When you think of this song, you probably go right to the chorus, which tells it in certain terms: "You're simply the best." The rest of the song, though, is pretty saucy and very romantic, with lines like, "You speak a language of love like you know what it means."
"It can be so many things, and that's why it has taken on a life of its own," co-writer Holly Knight said in a Songfacts interview
. "It can be a love song, it can be love for anything. But it also is very marketable and it has different trajectories depending on who is singing it and why they are singing it."
"I think when you find something, whether it's a thing or a person, when you've finally found something that's the masterpiece of whatever it is, 'The Best' really describes that," she added. "Part of me was writing it as a love song because I had someone in mind that I was writing it for, but we had no clue it was going to be a song that made the kind of impact that it did."