Right now, the music world is mourning a superstar as Tina Turner, the undisputed Queen of Rock and Roll, had died aged 83.
Tina's journey - from Anna Mae Bullock to the Ike & Tina Turner Revue and her own solo career - is one of resilience and determination; fighting through poverty and abuse, enduring, surviving, living.
Her heel turn into lacquered rock in the 1980s, after a decade away from the mainstream spotlight, is rightly considered one of the all-time great pop comebacks, re-defining Tina's entire career in the process.
To commemorate the lifetime of a true once-in-a-generation talent, we've crunched the numbers to reveal a newly-updated look at Tina Turner's Top 20 most-streamed tracks of all time in the UK.
But first, here's a closer look at the Top 5:
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5. River Deep, Mountain High (as Ike & Tina Turner)
UK Singles Chart peak: Number 3
Total UK streams: 31 million
One of her biggest hits with former husband Ike, River Deep, Mountain High remains the duo's biggest hit on these shores, reaching a peak of Number 3 in 1966. A rock standard to this day, even today listening to the impassioned vocal performance by Tina and the blues-inspired production, you can see why it helped make her a star.
4. What's Love Got To Do With It (with Kygo)
UK Singles Chart peak: Number 31
Total UK streams: 35 million
A very recent hit for the Queen of rock 'n' roll, her classic mid-tempo banger What's Love Got To Do With It got a very snazzy, modern production update from DJ Kygo. The result reached a peak of Number 31 in 2020, Tina's first UK Top 40 appearance since 2010. Sadly, it would also turn out to be her last.
3. Proud Mary
UK Singles Chart peak: 61
Total UK streams: 58 million
Yes, you know it. We all know it. Originally released by Ike & Tina Turner (the original has a placing of Number 10 on our list) that never charted at the time, this solo re-working credited just to Tina got a huge boost in 2010 thanks to a cover by the Glee cast and peaked at Number 61. Still, it remains her third-biggest streaming hit in the UK, with streams in excess of 58 million.
2. What's Love Got To Do With It
UK Singles Chart peak: Number 3
Total UK streams: 78 million
What's Love Got To Do With It and its accompanying album - 1983's Private Dancer - would completely transform Tina's career in the early 80s. Proving she could function as a solo star in her own right, What's Love Got To Do With It was a blockbuster record that solidified her position as a rock 'n' roll superstar of the highest degree. And the whole record - while not written by Tina or even firstly intended for her - seems to bleed with all the scars of her past. When she sings "what's love, but a sweet, old fashioned notion?" you feel it. In your bones.
Peaking at Number 3 on the Official Singles Chart, it's also her second most-streamed song with 78 million streams, although its (admittedly very dated) visual has the most video streams out of all of Tina's tracks.
1. The Best
UK Singles Chart peak: Number 5
Total UK streams: 101 million
No, not Simply The Best as your mother or Nanna might call it but just simply... The Best. Tina's biggest solo hit, The Best reached a peak of Number 5 on the Official Singles Chart, but is her biggest streaming hit by far, boasting 101 million streams.
A stone-cold classic, it was originally recorded and released by Bonnie Tyler, before being re-tooled by Tina for inclusion on 1989's Foreign Affair LP. The Best's very 80s production - all cascading synths and licks of an electric guitar - could very easily sound dated, but it's a resilient banger that hasn't aged a day to our ears.
Tina Turner's Official Top 20 most-streamed songs in the UK
|1||THE BEST||TINA TURNER||1989||9|
|2||WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT||TINA TURNER||1984||3|
|3||PROUD MARY||TINA TURNER||1993||62|
|4||WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT||KYGO & TINA TURNER||2020||31|
|5||RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH||IKE & TINA TURNER||1966||3|
|6||WE DONT NEED ANOTHER HERO||TINA TURNER||1985||3|
|7||NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS||IKE & TINA TURNER||1973||4|
|8||PRIVATE DANCER||TINA TURNER||1984||26|
|9||IT'S ONLY LOVE||BRYAN ADAMS & TINA TURNER||1985||29|
|10||PROUD MARY||IKE & TINA TURNER||1971||N/A|
|11||LET'S STAY TOGETHER||TINA TURNER||1983||6|
|12||I DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU||TINA TURNER||1989||8|
|13||BETTER BE GOOD TO ME||TINA TURNER||1984||45|
|14||STEAMY WINDOWS||TINA TURNER||1990||13|
|16||IT TAKES TWO||ROD STEWART & TINA TURNER||1990||5|
|17||I CANT STAND THE RAIN||TINA TURNER||1985||57|
|18||I DONT WANNA FIGHT||TINA TURNER||1993||7|
|19||WHEN THE HEARTACHE IS OVER||TINA TURNER||1999||10|
|20||NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS (SOLO)||TINA TURNER||1991||23|
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