Tina Turner, whose death was announced on May 24, is one of the most iconic voices in the history of rock and roll. She first rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue with Ike Turner, whom she eventually wed. Their marriage was marked by abuse, and Tina left him in 1976. She went solo that same year, but her solo career truly took off as she recorded and released her 1984 album "Private Dancer."
Turner ultimately won 6 Grammys as a solo artist (plus one win with Ike, one for her work on Joni Mitchell's "River: The Joni Letters," three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award). As a solo artist, she released major hits and transformed herself into one of the greatest artists in the history of rock music.
Throughout her career, Tina released some of the most incredible (and incredibly influential) songs of all time. As a solo artist, she also re-recorded some of her biggest hits with Ike, reclaiming the legacy of those songs and casting them in her own voice. Her story eventually inspired the 1993 biopic "What's Love Got to Do With It"; Angela Bassett received an Oscar nomination for portraying Tina and Tina recorded more music for that film as well. Then, in 2016, she announced she was working on an autobiographical musical about her life, "Tina," which eventually opened in London's West End and on Broadway and featured many of her biggest hits.
Tina was ultimately inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: in 1991 with Ike and in 2021 solo. She is one of just three women — and the only Black woman — to be inducted twice.
In honor of Tina and her incredible legacy, revisit eight of her most essential songs ahead.