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by Eddie Sayago
For this entry of Take Two, we look at a popular song from three decades ago that has become immensely popular thanks to a hit TV show, which has lead to memes and GIFs. To this writer’s surprise, it turns out that Tina Turner’s “The Best” is actually a cover itself...
Fun fact: Tina Turner's version is actually a cover. The O.G. of this stellar song goes to Bonnie Tyler. "The Best" is featured on her 1988 album Hide Your Heart, which was produced by Desmond Child (who had a very busy year, working with everyone from Joan Jett and Bon Jovi to Cher and Michael Bolton.) Tyler's recording was a Top Ten hit...in Norway. Hide Your Heart failed to chart on the Billboard charts.
There are two versions of Turner's cover. The first one, which is the one we all know very well, did a lot better on the charts, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989 and has been featured in numerous promos for restaurants, products, and sporting events. The second version, recorded and released a few years later, was a duet with Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes to promote the New South Wales rugby season.
Until I wrote this piece, I always thought that Tina Turner's version was the truly original version. Turner's version, recorded and released only a year after Tyler's, got a boost in 2018 when it was featured in the fourth season of "Schitt's Creek", when Noah Reid, as his character Patrick, performed the song to his boyfriend-turned-fiancee David (Dan Levy) at a talent show. Reid, who is also a professional musician, is going on tour this spring, and it appears this could be the song that everyone sings along to when he's onstage.
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