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Tina Turner - the best songs of the "Queen of Rock and Roll": listen and enjoy

A look back at the best songs of the charming Tina Turner...

A selection of Tina Turner's best songs

Tina Turner is one of the most legendary women who has ever existed in the history of music... With a career spanning more than half a century and hits from pop to rock, R&B to soul, Tina has become a major inspiration for today's generation of musicians and fans. Her worldwide circulation is 100 million copies, making her one of the most commercially successful artists of all time! Anna May Bullock was first introduced to music in church, where, like many great vocalists, she sang in the choir. The girl began her career paired with Ike Turner, her future husband, with whom they formed a strong R&B duo! But it was Tina who was initially the driving force behind the project, and it was obvious to everyone... As a result, her raw and distinctively distinctive voice carried her from the studio to the stage, to the big screen and to the theater! Today we are here to remember this legendary performer's greatest hits! The songs collected below still stand the test of time...

"Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo" (1971)

Originally written and recorded by Jesse Hill, the track "Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo" was sung by many artists! Ike and Tina also introduced their version: eventually released as a single in 1971, the track reached #31 on the Billboard charts! Heavy piano keys provide the perfect introduction to this funky blues track, and Tina's vocals add confidence and sincerity...

"Whatever You Want" (1996)

Despite moderate commercial success, "Whatever You Want" ranks among Tina's best songs because of its orchestral arrangement, dynamic production and powerful vocals...

"It's Gonna Work Out Fine" (1961)

One of the biggest hits of the period when Tina performed with Ike...

"I Idolize You" (1960)

"I Idolize You" is a classic blues jam steeped in soul... Tina's husky, intense vocals contrast perfectly with the smooth rhythm and soothing melodies... The song bears some similarities to "A Fool In Love," one of the first songs the duo recorded together.

"We Don't Need Another Hero" (1985)

Tina recorded "We Don't Need Another Hero" for the 1985 blockbuster "Mad Max 3: Under Thunderdome." She also starred in the film with Mel Gibson and won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song!

"I Don't Wanna Lose You" (1989)

A pop ballad that honestly recounts a woman's bitter experience of love, heartbreak, betrayal, and fleeting moments of passion...

"Baby, Get It On" (1976)

A big disco number with Ike and Tina's distinctly funky approach to rock 'n' roll. "Baby, Get It On" was the first single from Tina's solo album Acid Queen. The song is notable for a number of reasons, including the fact that it features vocals by Ike, who usually only produced the duo's hits...

"I Don't Wanna Fight" (1993)

Turner recorded this single for her 1993 biographical film What Love Can Do, and it has since appeared on various compilations, including 2005's All The Best. Bold, dramatic and groovy -- this love ballad showcases a more mature and confident voice than before Tina...

"Private Dancer" (1984)

Written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, "Private Dancer" was originally recorded for the 1982 album Love Over Gold. Deciding that the lyrics weren't suitable for a male vocalist, Knopfler dropped the song, giving her the opportunity to process it as she wished... The track ended up being named one of her best songs! Sharp and sensual, Tina's version appeared on the album Private Dancer and was accompanied by a music video in which the singer portrayed a frustrated ballroom dancer...

"Goldeneye" (1995)

One of Tina's many soundtracks, "Goldeneye" was originally recorded for the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye. The track also appeared on Turner's Wildest Dreams album, released a year later... Written by Bono and Edge of U2, this smooth and sultry track remains one of the best James Bond theme songs - thanks in no small part to its unique voice.

"Better be good to me" (1984)

"Better be good to me" is a cool rock ballad taken from Private Dancer, which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100!

"Acid Queen" (1976)

Time and time again, Turner has proven herself worthy of the title of Rock and Roll Queen, and her performance of "Acid Queen" is the clearest proof of that... By the way: it was the last single she released before she left Ike & Tina Turner and her abusive husband...

"It's Only Love" (1984)

This phenomenal rock duo, which reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured on Brian Adams' multimillion-dollar album Reckless, showcases both singers' solid vocals combined with squealing, improvisation and harmonies... Turner also recorded her own version of the song for her live album, Tina Live In Europe.

"Typical Male" (1986)

Keyboards dominate this funk-electro-pop track, and Turner brings all the drama to her vocals, glorifying female strength and seductiveness...

"Tonight" (1984)

The track was originally written by David Bowie for Iggy Pop's 1977 album Lust For Life. Bowie later reworked the song in reggae style and made it the title song of his 1984 album, inviting Turner to perform "Tonight" as a duet...

"The Best" (1989)

One of the best love songs ever... This inspiring ballad was originally recorded by Bonnie Tyler in 1988: then Turner released her version the following year for the album Foreign Affair. At the age of 50, Turner wasn't about to let up and proved she could still put out great music...

"River Deep - Mountain High" (1966)

Initially this high-tempo song was met with coolness, especially in the U.S. - white stations dismissed it as R&B and refused to give it airplay. At that time, black stations considered "River Deep - Mountain High" "too white. Now rightfully called a classic, the track was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and named one of the 500 greatest songs of all time by NME and Rolling Stone magazines...

"Proud Mary" (1971)

One of Ike and Tina's most iconic songs, "Proud Mary" has sold over a million copies worldwide!

"What's Love Got To Do With It?" (1984)

Also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012, this mellow jazz ballad remains one of Tina Turner's best songs...

"Let's Stay Together" (1983)

The track "Let's Stay Together" entered the UK Top 10, topped the U.S. Dance Chart and put Turner on the path to superstardom!

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