"What About Love
" is a song recorded by the rock band Heart
Heart is an American rock band who first found success in Canada. Throughout several lineup changes, the only two members remaining constant are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. The group rose to fame in the 1970s with their music being influenced by hard rock as well as folk music...
, and released in June 1985. The band's "comeback" single, it was the first Heart track to reach the top 40 in three years, and their first top 10 hit in five. It was released as the first single from the band's self-titled 1985 album, Heart
Heart is the self-titled eighth studio album, but ninth album overall, released by Heart. Released in 1985, the album completed the band's transition into a pop group, a genre that yielded the band its greatest success by far, marking the band's Capitol Records debut, and it spent 92 weeks on the...
, as well as their first hit single on their new record label, Capitol Records
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The song was originally recorded in 1982 by Canadian rock group Toronto
Toronto was a Canadian rock band from the late seventies and early eighties who have been compared to Heart and Pat Benatar. They were formed in the late 1970s in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, when singer Annie "Holly" Woods met guitarist Brian Allen...
, of which songwriters Sheron Alton and Brian Allen were members. (The other songwriter, Jim Vallance
James Douglas "Jim" Vallance, OC is a retired Canadian musician, songwriter, arranger and producer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. He is best known as the former songwriting partner of Canadian international recording artist Bryan Adams...
, was not a member of Toronto, though he played drums on Toronto's recording of the song.) However, Toronto elected not to release their version, upsetting Alton and Allen. They subsequently left the band and the song was offered to Heart who turned it into a worldwide hit. Toronto's original version appears as a bonus cut on the CD Toronto: The Greatest Hits
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and Mickey Thomas
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, co-lead vocalists of Starship at the time, provide additional background vocals on the song.
The song's sound marked a considerable change in the musical direction for Heart, moving from the hard rock and folk rock of their earlier work to a more polished, power-ballad sound. "What About Love" received extensive airplay on MTV
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and returned Heart to the Top-10 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100
The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on radio play and sales; the tracking-week for sales begins on Monday and ends on Sunday, while the radio play tracking-week runs from Wednesday...
for the first time in five years, peaking at #10.
The song peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart
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upon its re-release in 1988. Exclusively in its UK release, "What About Love" was also featured in an extended version on 12" and CD single versions.
The song's chorus was featured in a series of Swiffer WetJet
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TV commercials from late 2010 into the following year. The campaign followed a series of previous Swiffer commercials using popular songs of the '70s and '80s.
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- On the compilation album of the 2006 season of American Idol
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, the song was performed by finalist Melissa McGhee. Janell Wheeler performed the song in Season 9
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of the series.
- Rick Ross
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samples "What About Love" in his song "Shot to the Heart."
- Lil Wayne
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samples "What About Love" in his song "Something You Forgot."
- On the TV show Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious
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, finalist Chrystina performs this song in the series finale which eventually leads to her making the final group.
- Rytmus samples "What About Love" in his song "Na Toto Som Cakal."
- Soprano singer Jackie Evancho
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made a cover of her song on her self-titled album: The Other Songs Collection.