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"Better Be Good to Me" is a hit single released from Tina Turner's breakthrough solo album, Private Dancer. The song had originally been released in 1981 by Spider, a band from New York City with co-writer Holly Knight as a member. The Tina Turner version was extremely successful on the radio charts of the United Statesmarker and the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached a peak of six on the US R&B/Hip-hop chart radio charts. At the 1985 annual Grammy Awards, "Better Be Good to Me" won the Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. It is still one of Tina Turner's most popular and recognizable songs.

Music video

In the video Tina Turner is seen performing this song on stage at the Beverly Theater. A silhouette of Tina is seen in the background, then she proceeds down some steps to the stage. She is wearing a black leather jacket, and black skin tight knee length leather pants, with leopard print high heels and a spikey blond wig. Towards the end of the song 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 song and 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 remixes

  • 7" Edit - 3:39
  • Album Version - 5:10
  • Extended 12" Remix - 7:47


Chart Performance

Position Chart
5 Billboard Hot 100
6 Canada
6 Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks
32 Mainstream Rock Tracks
16 Hot Dance/Club Play Tracks
45 UK
52 Germany
28 Australia
36 Netherlands
21 Ireland



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