Song of the Day: Steve Winwood, “Higher Love”

From his 1986 album Back In The High Life, "Higher Love" was the first single. It was his first #1 on the Hot 100, between Madonna’s "Papa Don’t Preach" and Bananarama’s "Venus," and spent four weeks at #1 on the Hot Album Tracks chart. It also reached #1 in Canada and #13 in the UK (his best chart performance there) and earned him two Grammys, for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The lovely Chaka Khan provided backup vocals and makes an appearance in the video, so be sure and look for her.

13 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Steve Winwood, “Higher Love”

  1. He changed somewhat in the 80s but I still liked him…I guess he had to change to survive in the pop world.

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  2. Hi John – I hadn’t realised he was English … see Willowdot above … I’m amazed it only reached #13 … still I’m enjoying the listen – take care – Hilary

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  3. I listened to a lot of this kind of music in the early 80s, as a young mum at home with young kids… thanks for the memories! 🙂

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  4. Great song , great singer.For an English singer songwriter this has a very American sound for a Brummie lad!
    Very different from when he was with Traffic, The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith . 💜

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