I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner

Foreigner took this track to the top of the UK singles chart for three weeks in 1985.

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I want to know what love is by Foreigner replaced Do they know it’s Christmas? by Band Aid at the top of the UK singles chart this week in 1985. It had entered the top 40 four weeks previously at number 26 and broke into the top 10 two weeks later.

The song stayed at number 1 for three weeks and then made way for I know him so well by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson. It then spent another two weeks in the top 10, both in the top 5, before dropping into the lower top 40 for the final three weeks of its chart life.

I want to know what love is was released on the Atlantic record label and was the only UK number 1 hit for Foreigner. It was taken from the platinum-selling album Agent provocateur, which spent three weeks at the top of the UK albums chart. The single was certified gold in the UK and was also a US number 1.

The song returned to the top 40 in 2009 when Mariah Carey recorded a cover version. The single reached number 19.

More music from Foreigner


More number ones from 1985


UK singles chart for the week ending 19 January 1985

  1. I want to know what love isForeigner

  2. Do they know it’s Christmas?Band Aid

  3. Last Christmas / Everything she wants (remix)Wham!

  4. Like a virginMadonna

  5. ShoutTears For Fears

  6. I know him so wellElaine Paige and Barbara Dickson

  7. GhostbustersRay Parker Jr

  8. Step off (part 1)Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five

  9. Everything must changePaul Young

  10. Since yesterdayStrawberry Switchblade

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