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

"What's Love Got to Do with It" is the second single released from Tina Turner's breakthrough solo debut album, Private Dancer. The song is widely credited for the huge success of the album itself. "What's Love Got to Do With It" is arguably Tina Turner's most popular and successful single, becoming her first number-one hit in the United States and establishing Tina Turner as a mainstream Pop and Rock artist, while also reaching number one in Australia and number three in the UK. In 1993, the song's name was used as the title for What's Love Got to Do With It?, a biographical film about Turner's life leading up to the actual release of the song. The music video was directed by Mark Robinson. It is ranked #309 on the 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 UK.

Chart information

Tina Turner had not had a top twenty single in thirteen years, and Capitol Records did not expect the song to turn out to be the hit it became. "What's Love Got to Do With It" went straight to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained there for three weeks, becoming Turner's first number one hit. Tina Turner's first single ("A Fool in Love" with her husband Ike) had charted in 1960, and she achieved her first number-one single on September 1, 1984, which set a new record from the longest span between an artist's first charted record and first number-one single (a difference of 24 years, to the exact week). It also established another record, as Turner was 45-years-old when the song went to number one, making her the oldest artist to place a number-one single on the Hot 100. Both records were broken however, by Aerosmith in 1998 and Cher in 1999. She was the oldest female to have a number-one single until Grace Slick (with Starship) broke the record twice (in 1985) with "We Built This City" and 1987 with "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"). Cher later broke Slick's record in 1999.

Versions and remixes

  • Album Version - 3:50
  • Extended 12" Remix - 5:45

Chart performance

Chart (1984) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart 1
South African Singles Chart 2
Spanish Singles Chart 2
US R&B Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 3
Austrian Singles Chart 4
Irish Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart 4
German Singles Chart 7
Swiss Singles Chart 8
US AC Singles Chart 8
Norweigen Singles Chart 10
Dutch Singles Chart 15
Polish Singles Chart 20
French Singles Chart 21
Italian Singles Chart 21
US Dance/Club Play Chart 21

Music video

The video features Turner walking down the street, intercut with scenes when she's singing directly to the viewers.


The song was honored with several awards welcoming Turner's comeback, including the Grammy Awards of 1985. The music video for the song also claimed a prize at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985, as the "Best Female Video".

The 1985 Grammy Awards

Other Versions

  • Around the same time Turner recorded the song, UK pop group, Bucks Fizz also recorded it. This was in February 1984 (although they had been given the song some months earlier). It was intended for possible inclusion on their next album I Hear Talk but was shelved when Turner released it first. This version (sung by a male) went unreleased until 2000.
  • In 1996, Warren G recorded a version of the song, with Adina Howard singing the chorus. The video featured Jackie Chan.
  • In 2001, Cliff Richard recorded the song for his album Wanted.

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