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"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 second biggest single of 1984 in the US and the 17th biggest 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 giving Turner her 3rd Grammy Hall of Fame Award and her 11th Grammy Award.

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. 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. Aston recalls that the demo was very similar to the eventual Tina Turner version, but their finished version was in a very different style. 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. The name of the song was adapted into an autobiography film in 1993, where it revealed the abusive relationship between Tina and Ike Turner. It became a significant feminist power movement for female artists.

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 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".

The song also spent five weeks at #2 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart, from July 14 to August 18, 1984; it was kept from the top spot by "When Doves Cry" by Prince (another Hot 100 number-one single).


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In Love

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In Love

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