Howard Jones

What Is Love?

Song Review by Stewart Mason

A wise follow-up to the exceedingly chirpy "New Song," Howard Jones' second single is the romantic ballad "What Is Love," a mildly cynical lost-love song that adds a different set of emotional shadings to his generally upbeat persona. Musically, "What Is Love" is much richer-sounding than the exclusively electronic and lightweight "New Song," adding what sounds like actual electric bass and percussion to the synthesizers for a more varied song. Although it was a Top 5 hit in Jones' native United Kingdom, this obviously commercial and appealing song was a comparative flop in the US.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Human's Lib 1984 Elektra 3:45
The 12" Album 1984 WEA 6:35
Like to Get to Know You Well [video] 1987 Warner Home Video
Pop & Wave, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:37
The Best of Howard Jones 1993 Elektra 3:41
This Is the 80's [Alex] 1996
Various Artists
WEA International 3:41
Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
WEA International 3:39
Fantastic 80's 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:37
Fetenkult Wave to 80s 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 3:40
Perform '01 [Avex] 2001 Avex 8:06
The Essentials 2002 Rhino 3:43
Electric: The Very Best Early Electronic, New Wave & Synth 2002
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:38
Greatest Hits 2002 Masters / Intercontinental Records 5:17
What Is Love and Other Hits 2003 Rhino 3:42
Back to the 80's: The Long Versions, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 6:34
Ultimate Collection 2005 Warner Music 3:40
Platinum Collection 2006 Warner Platinum 3:39
Hits of the 80s [Canadian Import] 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 5:30
Very Best of the 80s 2006
Various Artists
Mastersong 5:30
'80s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
'80s Love: The Collection 2015
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:39
The Best 1983-2017 2017 Cherry Red 6:34
80s Symphonic 2018
Various Artists
Rhino
100 Hits: The Best Eighties Album
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:39
100 Hits: The Best Love Album
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG / Sony Music 3:38
80 Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino
Forever Young: Best of the 80's
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:40
New Classics .80/.90
Various Artists
Warner Music 6:35
Radio Air Play, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:37
Take Me On: 80s, The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:39
Top 100 80s
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 6:35
What Is Love? Rhino