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Whitesnake - Is This Love (1987)

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“Is This Love” is a song by British rock band Whitesnake. It was released in 1987 as the second single from their ...

“Is This Love” is a song by British rock band Whitesnake. It was released in 1987 as the second single from their self-titled album.

The single was a hit for Whitesnake, reaching number nine in the UK Singles Chart and number two in the US singles chart (barred from the top spot by George Michael’s smash hit “Faith”), making it their second-biggest US hit after “Here I Go Again”, which hit number one. The single was reissued in 1994 to promote Whitesnake’s Greatest Hits. This version reached number 25 on the UK Singles Chart.

“Is This Love” has been a mainstay in Whitesnake’s live shows since 1987. As such, it is featured on several of their live albums, including Live: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006) and Live at Donington 1990 (2011). John Sykes played it live in 2004 (Bad Boy Live!).

Music video

A music video was also made, featuring Coverdale’s then-girlfriend actress Tawny Kitaen. The music video, which was directed by Marty Callner, depicts the band playing the song on a misty stage, intercut with scenes of Coverdale singing, Kitaen dancing and the two of them together. Due to Coverdale firing the other members of the band before the album was released, he is the only Whitesnake member present on both the recording and in the music video; this was the case for all music videos released for songs from the 1987 album (except for “Here I Go Again”, Vandenberg performed the guitar solo on the recording and later appeared in the music video as well).

Charts and Certifications

Is This Love has charted at number 13 on Billboard’s mainstream rock chart. It has also charted at number 38 on the adult contemporary chart in the U.S., however, this song doesn’t get played on AC stations, instead, Here I Go Again, which did not chart on the AC charts gets airplay on adult contemporary stations, most notably the iheart radio owned stations.

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