1985 - It's only love 7 Inch Single

"It’s Only Love" is a single from Bryan Adams’s album "Reckless". The song was written by Bryan Adams and Jim Valance. "It’s Only Love" is a (hard)rock song about that love isn’t always easy but it’s love after all.

When the song was ready for take-off, Bryan contacted Tina’s management again for passing the song onto Tina. He really wanted to record it as a duet with her. Bryan has always been a fan of Tina and was also influenced by her. He often had seen her live in concert in Canada and was always stunned and amazed when he saw her getting better year after year. Tina’s management asked if Bryan would be interested to come to Tina’s concert in Vancouver to meet up. Bryan said of course he would see her and so he went down to see the Queen perform again. Afterwards Bryan was escorted to a room full of journalists and Tina came into the room, she went straight to Bryan and let the press wait. She shouted "I Love It! I love the song!!"

Bryan and Tina recorded the song in the studio and Tina helped Bryan out and giae his career a second boost by including Bryan into the Private Dancer Tour as Support Act. Bryan has often said that working with Tina was his most memorable collaboration ever. He admired Tina for being gracious and grateful to her audiences and that she always gave everything in her shows. Bryan got many invitations for duets but he wasn’t tempted. Bryan simply said "I’ve sang with The Queen, who else do I have to sing with?" Bryan and Tina still have a beautiful friendship that will last forever.



"It’s Only Love" wasn’t a huge hit but very wellknown by people. For the promotion video they’ve used a live performance of the Private Dancer Tour in Birmingham, UK. They’ve also performed the song together at the Juno Awards. The song won a MTV Award in 1986 for Best Stage Performance and got a Grammy Nomination. The song was included on Bryan Adams’s album "Reckless" and later on the Tina "Live in Europe" album. Bryan and Tina performed the song many times together during the Private Dancer Tour, on some locations during the Break Every Rule Tour, The Rainforest Concert in 1993 and Tina’s Birthday Concert in the UK in 1999. John Miles often sang the male part of "It’s Only Love" when Bryan wasn’t around.

The single was released as 6th single from the album "Reckless" and came in the formats 7" single, 12" single and cassette single. There are also different releases like a fold out 7" single. They’ve used the studio recording for the 7" single.


Track Listing
"It's Only Love"
It's only love

Single: It's only love (with Bryan Adams) - 1985

When the feeling is ended
There ain't no use pretending
Don't you worry, it's only love
When your world has been shattered
Ain't nothing else matters
It ain't over, it's only love
And that's all

When your heart has been broken
Hard words have been spoken
It ain't easy, but it's only love
And if your life ain't worth living
And you're ready to give in
Just remember that it's only love
Yeah, that's all

You can live without the aggravation
You gotta wanna win, you gotta wanna win
You keep looking back in desperation
Over and over and over again

- 3.15 min.
"The Best Was Yet To Come" (UK) - 3.04 min. or
"Cuts Like A Knife" (Italy, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands) - 5.16 min. or
"The Only One" (USA, New Zealand, Australia, Canada)- 3.14 min.

Released: 1985
Genre: Rock
Length: 3.15 min.
Label: A&M
Writers: "It’s Only Love - B. Adams and J. Valance
"Cuts Like A Knife" - A. Williams, O. Hayes and V. Rice
"The Best Was Yet To Come" - B. Adams and J. Vallance
"The Only One" - B. Adams and J. Vallance
Producers: Terry Britten ("It's Only Love") and Bryan Adams and Bob Clearmountain ("The Best Is Yet To Come", "The Only One" and "Cuts Like A Knife")

Chart Positions (1985–86)
Australia (Kent Music Report) - 57
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) - 30
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) - 22
Canada Top Singles (RPM) - 14
Germany (Official German Charts) - 44
Ireland (IRMA) - 18
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) - 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) - 37
Spain Radio (PROMUSICAE) - 34
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) - 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) - 29
US Billboard Hot 100 - 15
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard) - 7


Source: Wikipedia and Discogs

1975 - Under my thumb
1975 - Whole lotta love
1976 - Acid Queen
1978 - Root Toot Undisputable Rock 'n Roller
1978 - Viva la money
1978 - Sometimes When We Touch
1979 - Fruits of the Night
1979 - Music keeps me dancin'
1979 - Backstabbers
1980 - Are you breaking my heart
1982 - Ball of confusion
1983 - Lets Stay Together
1984 - Help
1984 - What's love got to do with it?
1984 - Better be good to me
1984 - Private Dancer
1984 - I can't stand the rain
1985 - Show some respect
1985 - We don't need another hero - Mad Max
1985 - One of the living
1985 - It's only love - with Bryan Adams
1986 - Typical Male
1986 - Back where you started
1986 - Two People
1987 - Girls
1987 - What you get is what you see
1987 - Break every rule
1987 - Paradise is here - Special Edition
1987 - Tearing us apart - with Eric Clapton
1988 - Nutbush City Limits
1988 - Tonight Live - with David Bowie
1988 - Addicted to love
1988 - A change is gonna come
1989 - The Best
1989 - I don't wanna lose you
1989 - 6345789 - with Robert Cray
1990 - Steamy Windows
1990 - Foreign Affair
1990 - Look Me in the Heart
1990 - Be Tender With Me Baby
1990 - It takes Two - with Rod Stewart
1991 - Nutbush City Limits
1991 - Way of the world
1991 - I want you near me
1991 - Love Thing
1993 - I don't wanna fight
1993 - Disco Inferno
1993 - Why must we wait until tonight?
1993 - Proud Mary
1995 - Goldeneye
1996 - On silent wings
1996 - Whatever you want
1997 - Cose della vita - with Eros Ramazzotti