“Don’t Turn Around” was written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren (the same duo behind Starship’s “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now“) in 1986 and recorded by Tina Turner as the B side to her single “Typical Male” (US No.2, UK No.33), from her album “Break Every Rule”.
Two years later, it was recorded by British reggae group Aswad for their album “Distant Thunder” and released as the second single in February 1988. It would outperform Turner’s original and top the UK singles chart for two weeks, knocking Kylie‘s “I Should Be So Lucky” from her five week reign. The song reached No.45 in America and was a top ten hit in many countries across Europe as well as reaching the top spot in New Zealand.
In 1993, Swedish group Ace Of Base recorded the song for their debut album “Happy Nation”. It was released as a single in May 1994. Their version was a huge hit, making the top ten in twenty countries, including the US and the UK (No.4 and No.5 respectively) and selling over three million copies in the process.
There have been other versions recorded including one by Bonnie Tyler in 1988 for her album “Hide Your Heart”, which also featured the original version of “The Best“, later recorded by Tina Turner and turned into a massive global hit and her signature tune! Musical connections!
But which is best? TINA’s original or ASWAD’s cover, ACE OF BASE’s cover, or any of the other versions…?