What's Love Got to Do with It (song)

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"What's Love Got to Do with It"
U.S. and Canadian 7-inch vinyl single
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Private Dancer
B-side "Don't Rush the Good Things" (UK) "Rock and Roll Widow" (US)
Released May 1, 1984 (US)[1]
Format
Recorded 1984
Genre
Length 3:48
Label Capitol
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Terry Britten
Tina Turner singles chronology
"Help!"
(1984)
"What's Love Got to Do with It"
(1984)
"Better Be Good to Me"
(1984)
Music sample

"What's Love Got to Do with It" is a song recorded by the American singer Tina Turner, released in 1984. It was taken from her fifth solo album, Private Dancer and became Turner's most successful single.

Although Turner had already scored a UK Top 10 and U.S. Top 30 hit some months earlier with her rendition of "Let's Stay Together", "What's Love Got To Do With It" gave Turner her first and only U.S. number one. The song ranked #309 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". It also ranked #38 on Songs of the Century. It was the 17th best-selling single of 1984 in the United Kingdom. In 1993, the song's title was used as the title for the biographical film about Turner's life.

It was featured in the Miami Vice episode "Calderone's Return (Part II)", as Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs leave St. Andrews Island by boat and end credits.

In 2012, "What's Love Got to Do with It" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame[2] giving Turner her 3rd Grammy Hall of Fame Award and her 11th Grammy Award.

Background[edit]

This song was written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, who originally offered it to Cliff Richard, but it was rejected. It was then given to Phyllis Hyman, who wanted to do the song, but Arista Records head Clive Davis wouldn't allow her. The song then was offered to Donna Summer, who has stated that she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.[citation needed] Some months before Turner recorded the song, the British pop group Bucks Fizz were offered it. Member Jay Aston requested to sing lead on the track after hearing the demo, but was told by the producer that it was unsuitable for a female lead vocal. The group went on to record it in February 1984, but sung by male groupmember Bobby G.[3] Aston recalls that the demo was very similar to the eventual Tina Turner version, but their finished version was in a very different style.[4] It was intended for possible inclusion on their next album I Hear Talk but was shelved when Turner released her version first. The Bucks Fizz version went unreleased until it was included on a re-issue of their Are You Ready album in 2000. The Original Bucks Fizz went on to include the song in their reunion concert tour in October 2009.

Chart information[edit]

Up until the release of "What's Love Got to Do with It", Tina Turner had not had a U.S. top ten single since the early 1970s. The single went to #1[5] on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for three weeks, becoming Turner's first and only solo number-one hit in America. It peaked at #3 on the UK singles chart, which is also her highest singles chart peak there. Turner was 44 when the song hit number one, at the time making her the oldest female solo artist to place a number-one single on the US Hot 100. Grace Slick, who is older than Turner by about one month, hit #1 in 1985 and 1987 with "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", respectively, as a member of Starship. In 1999, Cher, at age 53, became the oldest woman - solo or as part of a group - to have a US number-one hit with her song "Believe".

Versions and remixes[edit]

  • Album version – 3:48
  • Extended Remix – 5:43

Music video[edit]

The music video features Turner walking down the street engaging with the public, intercut with scenes where she is singing directly to camera. The video was shot in New York City during the spring of 1984. The music video also features Sleepaway Camp 2's Pamela Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen's sister, as a street dancer and Samuel L Jackson before achieving stardom. The video was directed by Mark Robinson.

Awards[edit]

The song received three awards at the 1985 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Turner's live performance of the song at the Grammy show was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I.[6]

The music video for the song claimed a prize at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985 for "Best Female Video".

In 2012, "What's Love Got to Do with It" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Warren G version[edit]

"What's Love Got to Do with It"
Single by Warren G featuring Adina Howard
from the album Supercop
Released September 3, 1996
Format Vinyl, Cassette, CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:17
Label MCA/Interscope
Writer(s) Terry Britten, Graham Lyle, Warren Griffin
Producer(s) Warren G
Warren G singles chronology
"Do You See"
(1994)
"What's Love Got to Do with It"
(1996)
"I Shot the Sheriff"
(1997)

"What's Love Got to Do with It" was also recorded by American artists Warren G and Adina Howard for the Supercop soundtrack. The song both sampled and interpolated the chorus of Tina Turner's 1984 song of the same name, though Warren G replaced the original lyrics with his own. "What's Love Got to Do with It" became a hit, making it to 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Warren G's third top-40 single, as well as 5 on the Hot Rap Singles. While a success in America, the single found greater success in the UK where it made it to #2 on the UK Singles chart.

Music video[edit]

A music video (directed by Joseph Kahn) was produced to promote the single, featuring footage of Warren G and Adina Howard performing the song, with clips from the film Police Story 3: Super Cop.

Single track listing[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  1. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (Album Version)- 4:17
  2. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (Clean Radio Version)- 4:17

B-Side[edit]

  1. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (Acapella)- 4:15
  2. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (Instrumental)- 4:15

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[37] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[38] 5
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[39] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[40] 29
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[41] 14
France (SNEP)[42] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[43] 3
Ireland (IRMA) 7
Italy (FIMI)[44] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[45] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[46] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[47] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[48] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[49] 6
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 2
Billboard Hot 100 32
Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs 36
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 5
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 27

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  35. ^ "British single certifications – Tina Turner – What's Love Got to Do with It". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter What's Love Got to Do with It in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
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Preceded by
"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Tina Turner version)
September 1, 1984 - September 15, 1984
Succeeded by
"Missing You" by John Waite
Preceded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
September 10, 1984
Succeeded by
"Careless Whisper" by George Michael
Preceded by
"Twisted" by Keith Sweat
RIANZ (New Zealand) number one single (Warren G version)
October 18, 1996 - November 15, 1996
Succeeded by
"Wannabe" by Spice Girls