The Best (1989)

Tina Turner - The Best - Single

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. It became also the theme tune for the New South Wales Rugby League in Australia in the early 90's, promoted from Tina several times with tv commercials and two exclusive Australian releases, including the Grand Final Edition. In 1992, Tina re-recorded the song together with Jimmy Barnes under the slightly different title Simply The Best, which was also available on a bonus disc as part of her Simply The Best album in Australia. 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. In 2020, all mixes have been released also digitally.

Writer: Holly Knight, Mike Chapman
Producer: Dan Hartman, Tina Turner
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Release: August 1989 / March 1990 (Winfield Cup Edition) / 1993 (Grand Final Edition) / July 2020 (digital)
Label: Capitol / EMI / Festival
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl / 3“ CD / 5“ CD / Cassette / Digital
Charts: Europe: #3, #1 (airplay) / Germany: #4 / Australia: #4 / UK: #5 (1989), #9 (2010) / USA: #15
Certifications: UK: 1x Silver
AlbumForeign Affair

7“ Vinyl / 3“ CD / Cassette

  1. The Best (Edit) 4:10
  2. Written by Holly Knight, Mike Chapman / Produced by Dan Hartman, Tina Turner
  3. Undercover Agent For The Blues 5:19
  4. Written by Tony Joe White, L. White / Produced by Dan Hartman

7“ Vinyl Postcard Pack (UK)

  1. The Best (Edit) 4:10
  2. What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:48
  3. Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten

12“ Vinyl / CD

    Side A
  1. The Best (Album Version) 5:30
    Side B
  1. Undercover Agent For The Blues 5:19
  2. Bold And Reckless (Previously Unreleased) 3:48
  3. Written by Rupert Hine, Jeanette Obstoj / Produced by Rupert Hine

12“ Vinyl Winfield Cup Edition (Australia)

    Side A
  1. The Best (Extended Mighty Mix) 6:36
    Side B
  1. The Best (Single Muscle Mix) 4:16
  2. The Best (Extended Muscle Mix) 5:29
  3. All tracks: Additional production, mixes and edits by John Luongo for "The Office, Inc."


  1. The Best (Extended Special Remix) 8:29
  2. Ultrasound
  3. The Best (Turntable Remix) 5:31
  4. DMC / Remix by Rod Layman


  1. The Best (Karaoke Edition) 5:32
    The Singles
  1. The Best (Edit) 4:13
  2. Undercover Agent For The Blues 5:22
  3. The Best (Album Version) 5:33
  4. Bold And Reckless 3:50
  5. The Best (Single Muscle Mix) 4:16
  6. The Best (Extended Mighty Mix) 6:36
  7. The Best (Extended Muscle Mix) 5:29
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The concept for the music video was Tina‘s idea. It shows her in a black dress, singing and dancing in the Mojave dessert and riding a horse during the saxophone part. The clip was originally released on the Foreign Affair EP on VHS and in 1991 on the Simply The Best video collection on DVD. It’s also available as a HD remastered version on Tina’s official YouTube channel. Otherwise unreleased alternate scenes with Tina riding the horse were shown in the tv special „Tina Turner Giving Her Best“ from VH1 in 1989.

Director: Lol Creme
Producer: Lexi Godfrey
Home VideoForeign Affair EP / Simply The Best
Time: 4:11

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I'm responsible for the arrangement on that one, because I changed it a lot… And it's the best! That song, I was in L.A. at the time, and everytime I was in my jeep driving I'd blast it because it was the best. It was… It makes you feel, even if you’re not in love with that song. You just feel that someone is there that's the best. You know when someone is really right, they’re the best. It doesn’t matter that they’re not as pretty or as great or as rich as someone else. You’re just the best. That song is so good for so many feelings and so many situations, and the best! I had to have it, I wanted it.

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Holly Knight

The Best is one of my most recognizable tunes as well as my biggest earner. Mike Chapman and I knew it was a hit song, but I don’t think either one of us ever imagined it would do as well as it did. Also known as Simply The Best, we originally wrote the song for Paul Young, a British pop star, but his manager passed on it. Bonnie Tyler recorded the tune next, and it was on the same record as another tune I cowrote, „Hide Your Heart,“ but the record met with mild success. Just after her album came out, my publishers played the song to Tina who fell in love with it. She and her manager Roger Davies called me to tell me she really wanted to record it, but felt it was missing a bridge and key change after the bridge. Mike and I had gone our separate ways for a while, and I had signed to EMI Publishing. We hadn’t worked together in a while, but the rewrite on the tune brought us back together, and the rest is, as they say, history. 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.

CashBox Review

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.”

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