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"What's Love Got to Do with It"
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Private Dancer
B-side"Don't Rush the Good Things"
ReleasedJune 4, 1984[1][dead link]
FormatCassette single, 7" single, 12" single
GenrePop, R&B
Writer(s)Terry Britten, Graham Lyle
ProducerTerry Britten
CertificationGold (RIAA)Silver (BPI)[2][dead link]
Tina Turner singles chronology

"What's Love Got to Do with It" is the second single (after "Let's Stay Together") released from Tina Turner's fifth solo album Private Dancer, released in 1984. In Europe, it was the third single following Turner's cover of The Beatles' "Help!". "What's Love Got to Do with It" became Turner's most successful single.

Turner had previously released two solo albums while still with her husband and musical partner Ike Turner. She split from him in 1976 and divorced him in 1978. Following the divorce, she released two more solo albums, both of which failed on the charts. However, "What's Love Got to Do with It", from her fifth solo album, reached the top five in both the United States and United Kingdom. The music video was directed by Mark Robinson[disambiguation needed]. 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 name was used as the title for What's Love Got to Do with It, a biographical film about Tina Turner's life. The song was originally recorded by UK pop group Bucks Fizz, whose version remained unreleased until 2000.[3]

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


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Chart information
  • 3 Versions and remixes
  • 4 Music video
  • 5 Awards
  • 6 In popular culture
  • 7 Chart performance
    • 7.1 End-of-decade charts
  • 8 Warren G version
  • 9 Music Video
  • 10 Single track listing
    • 10.1 A-Side
    • 10.2 B-Side
  • 11 Charts
  • 12 Cover versions
  • 13 References


This song was originally written for Cliff Richard, however the song 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 she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it. Some months before Turner recorded the song, British pop group Bucks Fizz were newly 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 member Bobby G.[4] Aston recalls that the demo was very similar to the eventual Tina Turner version, but their finished version was in a very different style.[5] It was intended for possible inclusion on their next album I Hear Talk but was shelved when Turner released it 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

Up until the release of "What's Love Got to Do with It", Tina Turner had not had a top ten single since the early 1970s. The single went to #1[6] 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. Tina Turner, along with then-husband Ike, first charted in the United States in 1960 with the single "A Fool in Love". "What's Love Got to Do with It" went to number-one in the United States on September 1, 1984, 24 years afterward. Another notable fact is that Turner was 44 when the song hit number one, making her the oldest solo female 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, although she was not a solo act on those recordings but instead a member of Starship). In 1999, Cher at age 53 became the oldest solo female to have a US number-one hit when "Believe" hit the top position in America.

Versions and remixes

  • Album version – 3:50
  • Extended 12" Remix – 5:45

Music video

The video features Turner walking down the street engaging with the public, intercut with scenes where she is singing directly to the viewers. The video was shot in New York City during the summer of 1984. The music video also features Sleepaway Camp 2's Pamela Springsteen as a street dancer.


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.[7]

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.

In popular culture

The song was also used on the 1980s television series Miami Vice season one episode "Calderone's Return, Part II".

In a Sex and the City season four episode the song's title was parodied as "What's Sex Got to Do with It".

Warren G version

"What's Love Got to Do with It"
Single by Warren G featuring Adina Howard
from the album Supercop
ReleasedSeptember 10, 1996
FormatVinyl, Cassette, CD
GenreHip hop
Writer(s)Terry Britten, Graham Lyle, Warren Griffin
ProducerWarren G
Warren G singles chronology

"What's Love Got to Do with It" is a song by American artist Warren G and Adina Howard from the Supercop soundtrack. The song both sampled and interpolated the chorus of Tina Turner's classic 1984 song of the same name, though Warren G replaced Turner's 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

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.


  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


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

Cover versions

  • CKBE-FM David Tyler
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic sampled this song as a part of "Hooked on Polkas" in 1985.
  • Trombonist Ray Conniff recorded the song for an album in 1985.
  • In 2001, Cliff Richard recorded the song for his album Wanted.
  • Reggae performer Sylvia Tella recorded a very different working of the song in 2003.[22]
  • US singer Tiffany recorded a version for a various artists tribute album in 2004.[23]
  • In 2009, American Idol's Season 8 Lil Rounds sang this song for "The Year They Were Born" Week.
  • Jaron and the Long Road to Love have performed the song in a few concerts.
  • The Gossip have performed this song live.
  • The song is featured in the stage musical "Priscilla Queen of the Desert".
  • In 2011, it was given a new and updated version by Naima Adedapo in Season 10 of American Idol, also for "The Year They Were Born" Week.[24]
  • In February 25, 2013, Dianna Agron featuring A House For Lions sang this song for You, Me & Charlie Concert.[25]
  • In 2013, Hannah Barrett performed her version of the song on the The X Factor (UK series 10)


  1. ^ British release date
  2. ^ British certification
  3. ^ Bucks Fizz - Are You Ready reissue (sleeve notes)
  4. ^ Are You Ready re-issue sleeve notes, October 2000
  5. ^ "The Original Bucks Fizz in conversation - official site". Theoriginalbucksfizz.org. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Tina Turner Music News & Info". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume 1: Various Artists". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  8. ^ "Official Dutch Charts Website". Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Warren G feat. Adina Howard: What's Love Got to Do with It" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: W". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Warren G feat. Adina Howard search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It". Singles Top 60.
  21. ^ "Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ Allmusic - Sylvia Tella version
  23. ^ Allmusic - What's Love? A Tribute to Tina Turner
  24. ^ iTunes Store, American Idol Performance - Single.
  25. ^ YM&C Concert Recap youmeandcharlie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-28

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