Tina Turner is a singer, songwriter, and actress who has earned the nickname of the ‘Queen of Rock.’ She began her career in 1957 and rose to prominence as one half of the duo ‘Ike & Tina Turner’ along with her first husband, Ike Turner. While she was performing with her husband, she also released work as a solo artist. After they disbanded in 1976, Turner successfully launched her solo career, and she was at the height of her fame and success during the 1980s. The singer was active until 2009 and then retired before making a second comeback in 2020. As a solo artist, Tina Turner released ten albums, two live albums, six compilation albums, 17 video albums, 46 music videos, two soundtrack albums, and 72 singles. Here are the 10 best Tina Turner songs of all time.
10. Private Dancer (1984)
Smooth Radio lists ‘Private Dancer’ as one of the best Tina Turner songs. It was the title track and the fifth single released from the album of the same name. The song reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, and it was also a top ten hit in Belgium and the Netherlands.
9. Nutbush City Limits (1973 and 1991)
‘Nutbush City Limits is about Tina Turner’s hometown in western Tennessee. Instead of using long-winded lyrics, Turner sings in short, sharp bursts to create a portrait of the religious area in which she was raised. It was the last single Tina and Ike Turner produced together, and it was a top ten hit in five countries. Tina Turner re-released it as a solo single in 1991.
8. I Can’t Stand the Rain (1985)
Despite not being a commercial success when it was released, ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’ has become one of the most beloved Tina Turner songs and one that she has performed live on many of her tours. The song was originally sung by Ann Peebles, but Turner made the song her own with her distinctive vocals. ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’ was one of the singles released from Turner’s ‘Private Dancer’ album.
7. Typical Male (1986)
‘Typical Male’ is about a woman on the dating scene who finds that the men available think they are more successful and intelligent than women. It was the first single Tina Turner released from her studio album ‘Break Every Rule.’ The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was also a top ten hit in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
6. The Best (1989)
‘The Best’ is possibly the most iconic Tina Turner song. She released the single in 1989, a cover of the original version that was sung by Welsh rock singer Bonnie Tyler. Although it only reached number 15 in the US charts, it was a top ten hit in Austria, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK.
5. I Don’t Wanna Lose You (1989)
‘I Don’t Wanna Lose You’ is a power ballad that became one of Tina Turner’s biggest hits. This song was written by Albert Hammond and Graham Lyle. The latter also wrote Turner’s hit single ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It.’ It appeared on the album ‘Foreign Affair.’
4. We Don’t Need Another Hero (1985)
‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’ attracted a new army of fans to Tina Turner beyond her existing and loyal fanbase, as it was the theme tune for the ‘Mad Max’ sequel, ‘Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome’. The power ballad was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award. In the US charts, this song peaked at number two, but it was a number one hit in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland. It was also a top ten hit in the UK, France, Belgium, and Austria.
3. Proud Mary (1970 and 1993)
‘Proud Mary’ is not an original Tina Turner song, as Creedence Clearwater Revival first released it. However, it is usually associated with Tina Turner, and it is one of her most popular songs. She originally recorded the song in 1970 with her former husband, Ike Turner. The singer then recorded the song again in 1993 as a solo artist. Turner’s lively performance in the song has made it a fan favorite at her live shows.
2. River Deep, Mountain High (1966)
Phil Spector produced ‘River Deep, Mountain High,’ and he was aware that Ike Turner was controlling in the studio. Therefore, he created a contract that meant Ike was paid $20,000 to stay away from the studio. The result was a song that only featured the vocals of Tina Turner but was credited to ‘Ike & Tina Turner.’ ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ has since been covered by many other artists.
1. What’s Love Got to Do with It (1984)
According to Oprah Daily, the best Tina Turner song of all time is ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It,’ which was released in 1984. It was one of the singles released from the album ‘Private Dancer,’ and it became Turner’s most commercially successful songs of all time. ‘What’s Love got to Do with It’ was a number one hit in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The track was originally offered to Cliff Richard, but he turned it down. It was then offered to Donna Summer, Phyllis Hyman, and Bucks Fizz. The latter recorded a version of the song, but it was shelved after Turner released her version first. ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ was on the soundtrack for the film of the same name about Turner’s life.