Higher Love

Released 20 June 1986
Format 7″, 12″, cassette, CD
Genre Pop, blue-eyed soul
Length 5:45 (Album Version)
4:14 (Single Version)
Label Island – IS 288
Songwriter(s) Steve Winwood
Will Jennings
Producer(s) Russ Titelman

“Higher Love” is a 1986 song by English singer Steve Winwood. It was the first single released from his fourth solo LP, Back in the High Life. It was written by Winwood and Will Jennings, and produced by Russ Titelman and Winwood. The female vocals on the song were performed by Chaka Khan, who also appeared in the promotional music video.

“Higher Love” was Winwood’s first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, topping the chart for one week. It was preceded by Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” and followed by “Venus” by Bananarama. The song also spent four weeks atop the US Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. It peaked at number 13 in the United Kingdom, his highest charting solo hit there. It also earned two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.


Steve Winwood – vocals, synthesizer, sequencer programming, drum machine programming
David Frank – synth horns
Eddie Martinez – lead guitar
Nile Rodgers – rhythm guitar
Philippe Saisse – synth bass
John Robinson – drums
Carole Steele – tambourine, congas
Chaka Khan – backing vocals
Jimmy Bralower – additional drum machine programming
Andrew Thomas – PPG WaveTerm synthesizer programming
Robbie Kilgore – additional synthesizer and sequencer programming

Track listing

7″: Island / IS 288 United Kingdom
“Higher Love” – 4:14
“And I Go” – 4:12

7″: Island/ 7-28710 United States
“Higher Love” – 4:14
“And I Go” – 4:12

12″: Island / 12 IS 288 United Kingdom
“Higher Love” (Remix) – 7:45
“Higher Love” (Instrumental) – 6:05
“And I Go” 4:12
Tracks 1 and 2 remixed by Tom Lord-Alge

12″: Island / PRO-A-2507 United States
“Higher Love” (Edit) – 4:08
“Higher Love” (LP Version) – 5:45
US Promo 12″

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