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This song was originally recorded by Bonnie Tyler on her 1988 album Hide Your Heart
(released as Notes From America
in the United States). It was written by Mike Chapman and Holly Knight. The duo have written a number of other successful songs including "Better Be Good To Me" (also Tina Turner) and "Love Is A Battlefield
" (Pat Banatar), both of which won a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Sometimes known as "(Simply) The Best," this has become Tina Turner's anthem and was adopted by both the English boxer Chris Eubank and the late Brazilian motor racing driver Ayrton Senna as their theme songs.
In our interview with Holly Knight
, she told us: "'Simply 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."
The sax solo is by Edgar Winter, whose band The Edgar Winter Group had an American #1 in 1973 with the instrumental "Frankenstein
Many popular songs work well with different arrangements. Knight gives this as an example of one that makes a great Country song, which is how Wynonna Judd recorded it for her 2005 album Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime.
Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan recorded this for the 2004 album What's Love? a Tribute to Tina Turner. As far as we can tell, this was the end of Kerrigan's singing career.
The song is played at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland when the players of Rangers Football Club and the visiting team run on to the park. As a result of a campaign by Rangers fans to get "The Best" to #1 in the UK singles Charts coinciding with the team taking the Scottish Premier League title, the song returned to the Top 10 in April 2010.
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