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In 1992, Haddaway released this tune named What Is Love. It is now seen by more than 83 million views on YouTube. A fantastic tune from the era when Eurodance was a huge music genre in the world.

What Is Love song by Haddaway was released on the 8th of May 1993. It became the album’s lead single and one of the biggest Eurodance hits ever to reach the world. This Eurodance tune was a massive hit in Europe and Africa, where it managed to become a number-one hit in at least 13 countries such as these below:


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Number One Place countries for Haddaway with What Is Love

Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)
Denmark (IFPI)
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)
France (SNEP)
Ireland (IRMA)
Italy (FIMI)
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)
Netherlands (Single Top 100)
Norway (VG-lista)
Portugal (AFP)
Spain (AFYVE)
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)
Zimbabwe (ZIMA)

Then this song reached number two in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Outside Europe, the song was successful too, reaching number 11 in the United States where it got a cult status when Saturday Night Live with Jim Carrey became one of the very first huge hits for young people around the globe as you can see above here.

Jim Carrey’s level physical comedy cannot be matched. He is one of a kind and it is shown in this video. It helped the interest boost in this Eurodance song also.

In Australia What Is Love reached 12th place, number 17 in Canada, and number 48 in New Zealand.

This is what Haddaway have mentioned about What Is Love song

We just used ideas that were fresh at that time and tried to make something that nobody else had, (…) The song came really fast. I had the idea for the melodies in about 45 minutes and the total structure of the song was done in a day and a half.

People always ask me about what I meant, (…) I meant that ‘what is love’ needs to be defined by everyone by his own definition. It’s unique and individual. For me, it has to do with trust, honesty, and dedication. – Interview with Haddaway article

Nestor Alexander Haddaway is now much older. He lives in Austria and spends time in Germany, where he moved from Maryland in the late ’80s and began pursuing a career in dance music. He is a Trinidad-born singer that has always been bigger in Germany, but in 2013, he finally scored a Top 20 dance hit in America once again with “Up and Up.” It is a very weird tune that has nothing to do with Eurodance era feeling at all.

Let’s have a blast and stay healthy with your lover.