The Best (song)

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"The Best"
BonnieTyler TheBest SingleArtwork.jpg
Single by Bonnie Tyler
from the album Hide Your Heart
B-side "The Fire Below"
Released1988 [1]
Genre Pop rock
Length4:07
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Mike Chapman, Holly Knight
Producer(s) Desmond Child
Bonnie Tyler singles chronology
"Band of Gold"
(1988)
"The Best"
(1988)
"Hide Your Heart"
(1989)
Music video
"The Best" on YouTube

"The Best" is a song recorded by Bonnie Tyler for her seventh studio album, Hide Your Heart (1988). In the following year, the song was covered by Tina Turner for her seventh studio album, Foreign Affair . The song was written by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. Tina Turner's version has become an icon of rugby league. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Contents

Bonnie Tyler version

Tyler's version was produced by Desmond Child and released on her 1988 album Hide Your Heart (in the US the album was titled Notes from America).

The single was released on a CD in 1988 along with two rare tracks that Tyler recorded, "The Fire Below" and "Under Suspicion". [7]

The single reached number 10 in Norway and number 95 in the United Kingdom.

Track listings

7" SingleCBS 651330 7 / EAN 5099765133073 [8]

  1. "The Best" – 4:15
  2. "The Fire Below" – 5:08

12" MaxiCBS CBS 651330 6 [nl] / EAN 5099765133066 [8]

CD-SingleCBS CD BEST 1 [uk] / EAN 5099765133028 [8]

  1. "The Best" – 4:15
  2. "The Fire Below" – 5:08
  3. "Under Suspicion" – 4:24

Chart performance

Chart (1988)Peak
position
Norway (VG-lista) [1] 10
UK Singles (OCC) [9] 95

Tina Turner version

"The Best"
Tinathebest.jpg
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Foreign Affair
B-side "Bold and Reckless"
Released2 September 1989
Genre Rock
Length
  • 5:30 (album version)
  • 4:11 (single version)
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Tina Turner singles chronology
"634-5789 (Live)"
(1988)
"The Best"
(1989)
"I Don't Wanna Lose You"
(1989)
Music video
"The Best" on YouTube

In 1989, American singer and songwriter Tina Turner released a cover version that became a highly successful single. It was included on her hit album Foreign Affair . The saxophone solo on Turner's version is played by Edgar Winter. It has become an icon of rugby league. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

The song title is often colloquially mis-cited as Simply the Best, reflecting a phrase in the chorus. This became so commonplace that the bracketed word 'Simply' was included in the titles for releases of some subsequent versions, and in the track listing for some Tina Turner compilation albums.

Holly Knight told Songfacts: 'The Best' is one of those rare gems that's a very positive love song, without being cheesy — that's a tall order." [10]

Critical reception

Bill Coleman from Billboard described the song as an "easy-paced pop offering which finds Turner's voice taking front and center stage." [11] The Daily Vaults Mark Millan called it an "sing-along anthem". [12] Music & Media stated that the singer's "dramatic range is fully utilised on this impressive and polished production (courtesy Dan Hartman and Turner)." [13] People Magazine said it "features such pizza-box lyrics as "You're simply the best/ Better than all the rest/ Better than anyone/ Anyone I've ever met"." They also noted that Edgar Winter adds a saxophone solo "with bite". [14] Pop Rescue wrote that Turner "makes light work of this song", adding it as simple with a "hard pop rock beat". [15]

Versions and remixes

Charts

Certifications and sales

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [55] Platinum70,000^
Italy (FIMI) [56] Gold25,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
United Kingdom (BPI) [57] Platinum600,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Double-dagger-14-plain.png Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Tina Turner and Jimmy Barnes version

"(Simply) The Best"
Tina Turner & Jimmy Barnes - Simply The Best.jpg
Single by Tina Turner & Jimmy Barnes
from the album Simply the Best
ReleasedMay 1992
Genre Pop rock
Length4:11
Label Mushroom
Songwriter(s) Mike Chapman, Holly Knight
Producer(s) Dan Hartman, Chris Lord-Alge
Tina Turner singles chronology
"I Want You Near Me"
(1992)
"(Simply) The Best"
(1992)
"I Don't Wanna Fight"
(1993)
Jimmy Barnes singles chronology
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
(1992)
"(Simply) The Best"
(1992)
"Sweat It Out"
(1993)

In 1992, Turner recorded "(Simply) The Best", a duet version of the song with Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes, to promote that year's New South Wales Rugby League season in Australia. The single subsequently appeared on a limited edition bonus disc as part of the Australian release of her compilation album Simply the Best (1991).

Versions and remixes

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1992)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [58] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [59] 11

Year-end charts

Chart (1992)Position
Australia (ARIA) [55] 78

The theme song of Besti Flokkurinn, an Icelandic political party standing in the 2010 Reykjavik local council elections, was "The Best". Prior to the 2010 election the party published a localized version of the song with a new lyric.[ citation needed ]

"The Best" is played at Ibrox Stadium, Scotland when the players of Rangers Football Club and the visiting team run onto the park. [60] [61] On April 19, 2010 Rangers FC fans began a campaign to get "The Best" to number one in the UK Singles Chart. [60] It subsequently charted at number nine on the UK Singles Chart. [62]

In the 1990s, Chris Eubank used "The Best" as both his nickname and entrance music before all of his world championship boxing matches. [63] [64]

At around mid-1990s, Hong Kong Tourist Association established a series of television advertisement and used "The Best" who was sang by Elisa Chan as the theme song.[ citation needed ]

Research by Co-op Funeralcare regularly places "The Best" in the Top Ten most popular songs requested to be played at funerals. [65] [66]

"The Best" has appeared several times in the CBC sitcom Schitt's Creek , often in scenes involving Daniel Levy and Noah Reid. In the episode "Open Mic", Noah Reid performs an acoustic version of the song that Reid arranged himself. [67] After airing, Reid's version of the song was released on Spotify and iTunes, where it reached No. 1 on the Canadian charts. All proceeds from the single were donated to the Ontario charity, LGBT Youth Line. [68] In the episode "The Olive Branch", Levy performs a dance routine while lip-syncing to Tina Turner's recording of the song. [69] In the series finale, "Happy Ending", Jazzagals (the town's a cappella group) perform an a cappella version of the song during the wedding of Levy's and Reid's characters. [70]

The song was also featured in the 2020 promo of NRL, [71] however the song played at the 2020 NRL Grand Final in the background after every team gets either a try or no try.

Dutch association football club PSV Eindhoven play the Tina Turner version of the song when the team takes to the pitch ahead of every home match at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. This was introduced by then-head coach Dick Advocaat and has since remained a club tradition. [72]

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