The Best

Album: Foreign Affair (1989)
Charted: 5 15

Songfacts®:

  • 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 Benatar), 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."
  • Knight and Chapman wrote this song for Paul Young of "Every Time You Go Away" fame, but he passed on it.
  • 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.
  • This was used twice on season 4 of Schitt's Creek. On the episode "Open Mic," Patrick (Noah Reid) serenaded David (Dan Levy) with an acoustic rendition. Reid's version reached the Top 10 on the iTunes Canada chart. On the episode "The Olive Branch," David gave a lip-synched performance to Tina Turner's version to make amends with Patrick after a breakup.
  • This was also used on The Simpsons in the 2016 episode "Much Apu About Nothing."

Comments: 6

  • Phil from Youngstown, OhThis song reminds me of Mario Lemieux's first retirement from hockey. They would play this all the time at the Pittsburgh Penguins home games when he would score in his final season.
  • Alexis from San Francisco, Cayou should try to sing this song on SingStar. FUN STUFF!
  • Ben from Gosford, AustraliaAhhh, reminds me of the old NSWRL adds. "Winfield Cup- making the big game, even bigger!"
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumSimply The Best : Phil Spector I Presume.
  • Natalie from Austin, TxMy girlfriend wants this sing to be played at her funeral - HILARIOUS!! I'd prefer See you at the crossroads by Bone Thugs.
  • Rennie from Sydney, AustraliaThis song was adopted as the Australian 1990 Rugby Laegue season anthem.
    Tina Turner also sang this song in duet with Australian singer Jimmy Barnes.
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