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"Higher Love"
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Back in the High Life
Released June 1986 (1986-06)
Recorded Unique Recording Studio
New York, 1985
Genre Soul, R&B, Pop
Length 5:51
Label Island - IS 288
Writer(s) Steve Winwood
Will Jennings
Producer Russ Titelman
Music sample
"Higher Love"

"Higher Love" is a 1986 number-one hit song by Steve Winwood. It was the first single released from his third 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.

"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

The music video 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. Neither won.

Appearances in other 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"


Preceded by
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 30, 1986
Succeeded by
"Venus" by Bananarama


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