Wednesday, October 3, 2018

"It's Only Love" by Bryan Adams and Tina Turner

Song#:  2546
Date:  11/23/1985
Debut:  53
Peak:  15
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  By this time, Adams was five singles deep into his album Reckless. All made the Pop Top 15 with one of them, "Heaven," getting to the top spot. At this point it would be questionable to release a sixth single, but Adams had a minor trump card still in his hand with this duet track. Adams and Turner were certainly at career peaks at the time and that made prospects higher than the norm for this single. In addition, it would be backed up by a live concert video that had Adams singing this song with Turner during one of her tour stops. It all worked well as the track made it to #7 at Rock and then became the album's sixth Top 15 entry. When all was said and done, Reckless would sell over 5 million copies to become the best selling studio album of Adams' career.

ReduxReview:  This is another good track from Reckless with a pretty great opening guitar lick, but what really made the song a hit was Tina Turner. Without her, I don't think it would have been as big of a hit (or probably wouldn't have even been released at all). The MTV video certainly helped as well with the pair really selling the song in concert (especially the strutting Turner in her classic jean jacket/mini skirt look). This song doesn't get played as much as some of the other hits from the album, but it ranks right up there with them.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The video for this song ended up winning an MTV Video Music Award. It won for Best Stage Performance in a Video. This category began with the very first award show in 1984, but was eliminated later with the last award given out in 1989. Besides Adams and Turner, the only other artists to receive this award are Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Prince with Sheena Easton, and Living Colour.


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