This was Heart's first single under their new contract with Capitol Records. It marked a turnaround for the band, which after a triumphant run of hits in the '70s got off to a rough start in the '80s with a decline in sales and little airplay for their new material on radio or MTV. Capitol, determined to return them to commercial glory, paired them with a new producer, Ron Nevison
, and had them record songs written by outside songwriters. "What About Love" is one of these outside tracks - it was written by Brian Allen and Sheron Alton of the Canadian band Toronto, along with Jim Vallance, who co-wrote many of Bryan Adams' hits. The song was written for Toronto but they didn't record it. The demo found its way to Heart, which turned it into their first Top 10 US hit since "Magic Man" in 1976. Their next two singles did even better: "Never
" hit #4 and "These Dreams
" went to #1.