The Best was originally released by Bonnie Tyler in 1988, but reached only #95 in the UK. One year later, Tina covered it for her album Foreign Affair and released it as the first and highly successful single. For promotion, she performed the song at several tv shows in Europe and live at her Foreign Affair Tour in 1990. The song has become Tina Turner's anthem and is repeatedly used during several ceremonies and sport events. In 1992, Tina re-recorded it as a duet with Jimmy Barnes under the slightly different title (Simply) The Best, to promote the New South Wales Rugby League season in Australia. Also in Australia, a „Grand Final Collectors Edition“ maxi single was released in 1993, including remixed versions. On April 19, 2010, fans from the Scottish Rangers football club began a campaign to get „The Best“ to number one in the UK charts, coinciding with the team taking the Scottish Premier League title. It subsequently charted at #1 in Scotland and #9 in the UK. The music video was filmed in the Mojave desert and is available on the Simply The Best video collection.
Holly Knight about the song: "The Best is one of those rare gems that’s a positive song, and it’s not cheesy. But the hard part is to write something in a positive mode that really is sincere - that's a tall order."
Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten
Photography: Peter Lindbergh
Written by Holly Knight, Mike Chapman / Produced by Dan Hartman and Tina Turner / Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge
Written by Tony Joe White, L. White / Produced by Dan Hartman / Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge
Written by Rupert Hine, Jeanette Obstoj / Produced by Rupert Hine
Track 2, 3, 4: Remix by John Luongo for "The Office"
Remix by Rod Layman