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Higher Love

"Higher Love"
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Back in the High Life
Released 20 June 1986
Genre Pop, blue-eyed soul
Length 5:45 (Album Version)
4:14 (Single Version)
Label Island - IS 288
Writer(s) Steve Winwood
Will Jennings
Producer(s) Russ Titelman
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Higher Love"
"Freedom Overspill"
Music sample

"Higher Love" is a 1986 song by 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 1
  • Appearances in media 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Track listing 4
    • 7": Island / IS 288 United Kingdom 4.1
    • 12": Island / 12 IS 288 United Kingdom 4.2
    • 12": Island / PRO-A-2507 United States 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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.

Appearances in media


Track listing

7": Island / IS 288 United Kingdom

  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"


  1. ^ "Steve Winwood".  
  2. ^ "Grand Theft Auto". 

External links

  • Steve Winwood website album details
  • Songfacts - Back In The High Life Again entry
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Preceded by
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
30 August 1986
Succeeded by
"Venus" by Bananarama
Preceded by
"Mad About You" by Belinda Carlisle
Canadian RPM number-one single
13 September 1986
Succeeded by
"Friends and Lovers" by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
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