Meaning of Simply the Best by Tina Turner & The Story Behind

The song The Best performed by Tina Turner is loved by athletes, politicians and showmen. Famous boxers entered the ring under it. It is regularly played at home matches of many teams. It is often included at motivational meetings and during election campaigns.

Although most people associate Simply the Best with Tina Turner, the first song was sung by another famous artist, although initially the song was not even intended for her.

The story of the song Simply the Best

It was written by Mike Chapman and Holly Knight. Their creative union gave the world some great music, awarded all sorts of awards, but this song was perhaps their highest achievement.

Holly shared her impressions of their offspring:

Simply the Best is one of those rare gems that can be called positive, but not sugary songs. It’s hard to write something positive while being truly sincere. This is a difficult task.

The authors wrote the composition for Paul Young, but he gave it to Bonnie Tyler. The singer recorded The Best under the direction of producer Desmond Child.

The track was included in the album Every Time You Go Away, released in May 1988. It was released as the first single. The song’s biggest chart success was number ten on the Norwegian Singles Chart.

Video of The Best by Bonnie Tyler

Now you can watch the online music video for the song The Best performed by Bonnie Tyler.

Song (Simply) The Best by Tina Turner

On September 2, 1989, Tina Turner released The Best as a single from Foreign Affair. The track became a major hit, hitting the charts in several dozen countries.

Next is the video of Simply The Best in the version of Tina Turner.

In 1992, Tina Turner recorded The Best as a duet with Jimmy Barnes.

Cover versions

In 1990, Irma Thomas, who is called the “New Orleans Queen of Soul”, presented her version of the song The Best. She included the track on the album Live! Simply the best.

In 2004, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan performed The Best for her album What’s Love? A Tribute to Tina Turner.

So performed Simply the Best Celine Dion.

Interesting Facts

  • The saxophone solo on Tina Turner’s song was played by Edgar Winter.
  • Tina Turner’s song Simply The Best has been chosen as the theme song by many famous athletes, including boxer Chris Eubank and race car driver Ayrton Senna.
  • Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko entered the ring under Simply The Best from 1996 to 2002.
  • Senator Joe Biden used the song throughout the 2008 presidential campaign.

The Best Lyrics by Tina Turner

I call you when I need you, my heart’s on fire
You come to me, come to me wild and wired
Oh, you come to me, give me everything I need

Give me a lifetime of promises and a world of dreams
Speak the language of love like you know what it means
Mm, and it can’t be wrong, take my heart and make it strong, babe

You’re simply the best, better than all the rest
Better than anyone, anyone I ever met
I’m stuck on your heart, I hang on every word you say
Tear us apart, baby, I would rather be dead

In your heart I see the start of every night and every day
In your eyes I get lost, I get washed away
Just as long here in your arms I could be in no better place


Each time you leave me I start losing control
You’re walking away with my heart and my soul
I can feel you even when I’m alone
Oh baby don’t let go


Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, MUSIC & MEDIA INT’L, INC., BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics of The Best by Tina Turner Alternate

I call you when I need you, my heart is on fire.
You come to me, you come excited and tense.
Oh, you come to me and give me everything I need.

You make me promises for life and a world full of dreams
You speak the language of love like you know what it is.
Mmm, and it can’t be wrong, take my heart and make it strong, baby.

You are simply the best, better than everyone else
Better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.
I got attached to you, I listen to your every word.
If we are separated, baby, I’d rather die.

In your heart I see the beginning of every night and every day.
I’m lost in your eyes, I’m just washed away.
As long as I’m in your arms, there’s no better place for me.


Every time you leave, I start to lose my temper.
You take my heart and my soul with you.
I feel you even when I’m alone.
Oh baby don’t go


Add a comment