Tuesday, July 10, 2012

95 Songs of Summer, #21 - "What's Love Got to Do With It" (1984)

Talk about coming out of nowhere - this song, along with the album it came from ("Private Dancer"), was one of the most pleasant surprises of 1984.  Tina Turner had been around for a long time, but I'd venture to guess that few people had given her talent and ability much thought outside the context of "Ike and Tina Turner."  This album changed all that forever, and deservedly so.  1984 was one of those few years when the most popular albums of the year (like "Purple Rain" and "Born in the U.S.A.") were also the best albums of the year, at least from a critical standpoint.  "Private Dancer" fit that bill perfectly.

And this song?  From first listen, it was quite obviously a hit single, and a classic for the ages. 

"What's Love Got to Do With It," Tina Turner, from the summer of 1984.

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