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Charted: June 18, 1984

Rating: 4.021 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. I Might Have Been Queen
  2. What’s Love Got to Do with It
  3. Show Some Respect
  4. I Can’t Stand the Rain
  5. Private Dancer
  6. Let’s Stay Together
  7. Better Be Good to Me
  8. Steel Claw
  9. Help!
  10. 1984


sales in U.S. only 5 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 900,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 20 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Let’s Stay Together (11/19/83) #26 US, #6 UK, #3 RB
  • Help (2/25/84) #40 UK
  • What’s Love Got to Do with It (5/19/84) #1 US, #3 UK, #2 RB, #51 AR, #8 AC. Gold single.
  • Better Be Good to Me (9/15/84) #5 US, #45 UK, #6 RB, #32 AR
  • Private Dancer (11/17/84) #7 US, #26 UK, #3 RB, #30 AC
  • I Can’t Stand the Rain (3/2/85) #57 UK
  • Show Some Respect (4/20/85) #37 US, #50 RB


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums One of VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Albums of All Time.

Private Dancer
Tina Turner
“In 1984, a 45-year-old Tina Turner made one of the most amazing comebacks in the history of American popular music. A few years earlier, it was hard to imagine the veteran soul/rock belter reinventing herself and returning to the top of the pop charts, but she did exactly that with the outstanding Private Dancer. And Turner did so without sacrificing her musical integrity. To be sure, this pop/rock/R&B pearl is decidedly slicker than such raw, earthy, hard-edged Ike & Tina classics as ‘Proud Mary,’ ‘Sexy Ida,’ and ‘I Wanna Take You Higher.’ But she still has a tough, throaty, passionate delivery that serves her beautifully on everything from the melancholy, reggae-influenced What's Love Got to Do With It to the gutsy Better Be Good to Me to heartfelt remakes of the Beatles' Help, Al Green's Let's Stay Together, and David Bowie's 1984. A reflection on the emptiness of a stripper's life, the dusky title song is as poignant as it is depressing. Without question, this was Turner's finest hour as a solo artist” (Henderson).

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Last updated March 28, 2008.