What Is Love? (Howard Jones song)

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"What Is Love?" is the second single by musician Howard Jones. Released in 1983, from the album Human's Lib, it reached no. 2 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming the singer's highest chart placing to date. In the US, it peaked at no. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the summer of 1984.

"What Is Love?"
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Single by Howard Jones
from the album Human's Lib
Released1983
Format
GenreSynth-pop[1]
Length3:41
LabelWEA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Rupert Hine
Howard Jones singles chronology
"New Song"
(1983)
"What Is Love?"
(1983)
"Hide and Seek"
(1984)

The song was originally entitled "Love?" on the demo tape (listing below) which Howard Jones recorded in 1982, which itself was available at his gigs. Jones also used the question mark motif around this time on posters advertising his gigs; posters which also hung behind him on stage at his early 1980s Marquee Club appearances and which read simply "Howard Jones?".

In 2003 it was remade by Hakan Lidbo Featuring Emma Holmgren on vocals and featured on the CDs From Hackney to Caracas and Private Lounge 2. A second recording is also featured on the CD Musique Pour Le Bain Volume 2.[citation needed]

Music videoEdit

The music video to What Is Love? was filmed in Paris, France and features Jones walking around the city and a park.

Charts and certificationsEdit

Track listingEdit

7"
  1. "What Is Love?" (Jones/Bryant) – 3:41
  2. "It Just Doesn't Matter" (Jones/Bryant) – 3:36
12"
  1. "What Is Love?" (Extended Version) (Jones/Bryant) – 6:33
  2. "It Just Doesn't Matter" (Jones/Bryant) – 4:30
  3. "Hunt The Self" (Live at the Marquee) (Jones/Bryant) – 5:36
Limited Edition 12"

A limited edition pack was also released featuring the standard 12-inch single and a "Live at the Marquee" bonus 7-inch single which featured the tracks:

  1. "What Can I Say" (Jones/Bryant) – 5:10
  2. "Bounce Right Back" (Jones) – 5:23
Demo Tape
  1. "What Can I Say"
  2. "Always Asking Questions"
  3. "Human's Lib"
  4. "Love?" (aka "What Is Love?")
  5. "Risk"

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6773." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  5. ^ "InfoDisc" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Howard JONES" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Howard Jones – What Is Love?". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – What Is Love (Re 1)". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  8. ^ a b "I singoli più venduti del 1984" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Howard Jones – What Is Love?". VG-lista. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  10. ^ "WHAT IS LOVE? – Howard Jones" (in Polish). LP3. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Howard Jones – What Is Love?". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Howard Jones – What Is Love?". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Howard Jones Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  15. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JUNE 23, 1984 at the Wayback Machine (archived 30 September 2012). Cash Box magazine.
  16. ^ "Jahrescharts – 1984" (in German). Offiziellecharts.de. GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Howard Jones". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Howard Jones in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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