Better Be Good to Me

"Better Be Good to Me" is a hit rock song, written by Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn and Holly Knight, featured on Tina Turner's fifth studio album, Private Dancer (1984). The song was originally recorded and released in 1981 by Spider, a band from New York City with co-writer Holly Knight as a member. Tina Turner's version was successful in the United States on the Hot 100 and the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the US R&B/Hip-hop chart. At the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985, it won Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, one of four Grammys awarded to Turner's Private Dancer at that ceremony.[2]

"Better Be Good to Me"
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U.S. 12-inch vinyl single
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Private Dancer
B-side"When I Was Young"
ReleasedAugust 1984[1]
Length5:10 (LP Version)
3:43 (Single Version)
7:47 (Extended Version)
Producer(s)Rupert Hine
Tina Turner singles chronology
"What's Love Got to Do with It"
"Better Be Good to Me"
"Private Dancer"

The song was featured in the tenth episode of Miami Vice and was included on the first volume of the Miami Vice soundtrack.

Music videoEdit

In the video Tina Turner is seen performing this song on stage. She is wearing a black leather jacket, and black skin tight knee length leather pants, with leopard print high heels and spikey blond hair. Towards the end, a man appears on stage (Cy Curnin of The Fixx), grabs Tina's arms and Tina looks him in the eyes and sings the words "Why can't you be good to me?" to him and then pushes the man away. At the end of the video Tina disappears under the stage in a puff of smoke. Both Curnin and the guitarist in the video, Jamie West-Oram (also of The Fixx), perform on the Private Dancer album.

Versions and remixesEdit

  • 7" edit – 3:43
  • Video edit - 4:05
  • Album version – 5:10
  • Extended 12" Remix – 7:47
  • Extended 12" Remix (fade on Private Dancer EMI Centenary Remaster) – 7:03

Charts and certificationsEdit

In popular cultureEdit

Paul Rudd lip-synched the song for The Tonight Show.[17] It’s the favourite song of Debbie McGee


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  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-02-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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