What’s Love Got to Do with It

Released May 1, 1984 (US)
7″ single 12″ single cassette single
Recorded 1983
Pop R&B
Length 3:48
Label Capitol
Terry Britten Graham Lyle
Producer(s) Terry Britten

“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 US 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 US 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 the Songs of the Century list. 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.

In 2012, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame giving Turner her third Grammy Hall of Fame Award and her eleventh 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.

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.

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