The Best is a rock song, originally released by Bonnie Tyler in 1988, but only with minor success. One year later, Tina covered it for her album Foreign Affair and released it as the first and highly successful single. She promoted the song at several tv shows in Europe and performed it live at every concert tour. Live versions are available on the Do You Want Some Action! home video from 1991 and the album TINA Live from 2009.
The song became Tina Turner's anthem and has been repeatedly used at various 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, coinciding with the team taking the Scottish Premier League title. It subsequently charted at #1 in Scotland and #9 in England.
Writer: Holly Knight, Mike Chapman
Producer: Dan Hartman, Tina Turner
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Release: August 1989
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl / 3“ CD / 5“ CD / Cassette / Digital
Charts: Europe: #3 (single), #1 (airplay) / Germany: #4 / UK: #5 / USA: #15
Certifications: UK: 1x Silver
September 30, 1989
… "I just wanted the horse, and that feeling of being at one with the wind. The idea came to me while I was driving along in my Jeep.” The video is a pretty stunning affair, based on the metaphor of Tina Turner and her racehorse-like legs. It goes trot, trot, Tina’s legs, trot, trot, horse’s legs, trot, trot. “In some of the rushes our skin color and muscles are so alike, I can’t tell which is mine and which is his.”