“The Best” by Tina Turner

The logical deduction would be that the addressee of Tina Turner’s “The Best” is the lover of the narrator. And basically, what she is doing is touting him as “the best”. Another way of looking at this proclamation, based on the chorus, is that she considers him to be superior to anyone she has ever dealt with in a romantic capacity or probably even a more-exceptional person than “anyone (she’s) ever met” in general”. So accordingly, the bulk of the lyrics are dedicated to her praising him and secondly recounting how positive he makes her feel inside.

Facts about “The Best”

“The Best” proved to be one of the big hits of Tina Turner’s illustrious career. For instance, it charted in a whopping 20 nations. And in the process, it reached number 1 in Portugal, number 5 in Britain and number 15 in America (the Hot 100). Moreover it has been certified Platinum in Australia.

The song has also re-charted occasionally throughout the years. For example, as recently as 2010 it actually topped the Scottish Singles Chart and peaked at number 9 in Britain (the UK Singles Chart). This was due to the song being popular amongst rugby fans, particular those of the Rangers Football Club, in the United Kingdom.

Other notable appearances this song has had in pop media include being a regular at funerals in the UK and also appearing a couple of times on the popular sitcom “Schitt’s Creek”. And interesting to note that it was also once covered by figure-skating legend Nancy Kerrigan.

In 1992, Tina dropped a duet version of this song alongside an Australian singer named Jimmy Barnes.

A popular alternative name for this track is “(Simply) the Best”.

The famous saxophone solo in this song is performed by an accomplished musician named Edgar White.

Did Tina Turner write “The Best”?

No. “The Best” was written by two noted songwriters, Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. Interesting to note is that this is the same pair who co-wrote Tina Turner’s 1984 hit “Better Be Good to Me”.  

“The Best” was originally released by a singer named Bonnie Tyler in 1988. And when it was actually written, it was not intended for Tyler. It was penned with singer Paul Young in mind.

Tina’s version came out, via Capitol Records, on 2 September 1989. It served as the lead single from her seventh-solo album, which is entitled “Foreign Affair”. And her version was produced by the late Dan Hartman (1950-1994).

Her hit song “Steamy Windows” also appears on “Foreign Affair”.

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