“What Is Love?” is a song written by British musician Howard Jones and Bill Bryant. It was released on November 17, 1983 as the second single single from his debut album, “Human’s Lib.” It became one of his signature hits and a notable track during the synth-pop era of the 1980s.
The song is characterized by its upbeat tempo, catchy melody, and Howard Jones’ distinctive use of synthesizers. Lyrically, “What Is Love?” explores the concept of love, reflecting on its nature and the emotions it evokes (“What is love anyway? / Does anybody love anybody anyway?”). Jones’ lyrics delve into the complexities and uncertainties surrounding the meaning and essence of love.
The music video to What Is Love? was filmed in Paris, France and features Jones walking around the city and a park.
With its infectious chorus and Jones’ energetic delivery, “What Is Love?” became a commercial success, reaching high positions on various music charts, including the Official German singles chart and the UK Singles Chart. Its catchy melody and thought-provoking lyrics contributed to its popularity, establishing it as one of Howard Jones’ most enduring and recognizable songs.