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"Higher Love" is a 1986 song by English singer Steve Winwood.[1] It was the first single released from his fourth solo LP, Back in the High Life. It was written by Winwood and Will Jennings, and produced by Russ Titelman and Winwood. The female vocals on the song were performed by Chaka Khan, who also appeared in the promotional music video.

"Higher Love" was Winwood's first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, topping the chart for one week. It was preceded by Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" and followed by "Venus" by Bananarama. The song also spent four weeks atop the US Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. It peaked at number 13 in the United Kingdom, his highest charting solo hit there. It also earned two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.


Music video

The music video, which uses the shorter single version, was shot in June 1986 by directors Peter Kagan and Paula Greif. The same duo shot an almost identical video for Duran Duran's "Notorious" in November of that year; coincidentally, both videos were nominated for several awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards though neither won. Chaka Khan appears in the video, as does Nile Rodgers, who plays guitar with the backing band.

Personnel

Track listing

7": Island / IS 288 United Kingdom

  1. "Higher Love" - 4:14
  2. "And I Go" - 4:12

7": Island/ 7-28710 United States

  1. "Higher Love" - 4:14
  2. "And I Go" - 4:12

12": Island / 12 IS 288 United Kingdom

  1. "Higher Love" (Remix) - 7:45
  2. "Higher Love" (Instrumental) - 6:05
  3. "And I Go" 4:12

12": Island / PRO-A-2507 United States

  1. "Higher Love" (Edit) - 4:08
  2. "Higher Love" (LP Version) - 5:45
  • US Promo 12"

References

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Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
30 August 1986
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Canadian RPM number-one single
13 September 1986
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