Without a doubt, the 1980s was filled with amazing artists. From the ‘King of Pop’ Micheal Jackson to powerhouse Whitney Houston, there are tons of iconic performers known by the entire world. There is one person that should be mentioned when talking about the history of 80s music. That is none other than the ‘Queen of Rock n Roll,’ Tina Turner.
Turner started out as “Little Ann” in the group Kings of Rhythm together with Ike Turner, her now-deceased ex-husband, in 1957. She was introduced as ‘Tina Turner’ in 1960 with the single “A Fool In Love.”
The husband and wife duo went on releasing multiple songs together including the Grammy Award-winning song “Proud Mary.” The duo was disbanded in 1976.
However, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Tina Turner hit her superstardom in the 80s. Here are some of her biggest hits during the Queen of Rock n Roll’s reign in the 1980s.
Let’s Stay Together (1983)
Turner signed with Capitol Records in 1983 and released her own rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” as her return. When the single was released in November 1983, it charted in the UK at number 6. The single was then included in her album “Private Dancer,” which was released in 1984.
Turner’s rendition of the Al Green song became the most successful solo single she ever released. This was also the starting point of her reign.
What’s Love Got to Do with It (1984)
The single “What’s Love Got to Do with It” is Turner’s one and only number 1 on the Billboard charts. She also became the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100 chart at the time; Turner was 44 years old. Turner also received three Grammy Awards thanks to the single in 1985; the Record of the Year, the Song of the Year, and the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Turner’s 1993 biographical film was also named after the hit single. While “What’s Love Got to Do with It” was inducted as part of the Grammy Hall of Fame; This was her third Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
One of the Living (1985)
Turner is not only an amazing performer, but she is also a great actress. She starred in the film “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” in 1985 and released two songs. “One of the Living” is one of the two songs and it managed to get her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. The single also reached the 15th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Device and Tim Cappello also featured in the single alongside Turner.
Back Where You Started (1986)
The song “Back Where You Started” is another Grammy Award-winning song on Turner’s long list. It was first released in 1986 as an album track from her Platinum-certified album “Break Every Rule” and was released as a promotional single in 1987. Despite not being released as a single first, the song still managed to enter and hit big on the US Rock Chart.
The Best (1989)
Turner released her own rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s “The Best” in her album “Foreign Affair” in 1989 after taking time off to finish her tour. The song topped the charts in different countries and was so successful to the point it was used as part of a Pepsi commercial she starred in.
The single was critically acclaimed, even called “flawless” by Pop Rescue.
There is a reason why Tina Turner kept her superstardom for decades. Going with her hit single, she is simply “The Best.”
Turner’s range with her musicality and the impact she has in her songs; Making cover songs her own. She is also a phenomenal actress.
Tina Turner is an award-winning actress, a Grammy Award-winning singer, and the Queen of Rock n Roll.