Haddaway - What Is Love

“What Is Love” became a cultural Eurodance hit in the 90s at clubs and on radio and television


Fans of Eurodance from the 90s will surely remember Haddaway’s hit song “What Is Love” with its catchy hook and pop culture crossover. The Trinidadian-German artist released the song in 1993 and became #1 in 13 countries and peaked at #11 on US Billboard Hot 100. Nearly 20 years later, Eminem and Lil Wayne sampled the song in their 2010 song titled “No Love” further cementing the lasting impact of Haddaway’s powerful message.

“What Is Love” provided the perfect soundtrack to the Saturday Night Live skit “The Roxbury Guys” featuring Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, and Jim Carrey. The skit featured the song playing in the background as the guys attended clubs attempting to pick up women, but ultimately failing to do so. A subsequent movie, “A Night at the Roxbury”,  was released and is considered a classic to this day. The popular song and skit was even immortalized as a meme after being featured on YTMND in 2005.

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Haddaway – “What Is Love” – Lyrics

I would tell you that I love you tonight
But I know that I’ve got time on my side
Where you goin’? Why you leavin’ so soon?
Is there somewhere else that’s better for you?

What is love if you’re not here with me?
What is love if it’s not guaranteed?
What is love if it just ups and leaves?

What is love if you’re not here no more?
What is love if you’re not really sure?
What is love?
What is love?

Told myself I wouldn’t cry when you’re gone
But I know it’s easier said than done
Look at me, look at me, choked up now
Got me choked up now
Try to tell you but it won’t come out

What is love if you’re not here with me?
What is love if it’s not guaranteed?
What is love if it just ups and leaves?

What is love if you’re not here no more?
What is love if you’re not really sure?
What is love if it just ups and goes?

I can’t live without you
I can’t live without you
I can’t live with you
I can’t live with you
What goes around will come right back around,
You won’t know ’til it hits you
We were supposed to be an empire
We were supposed to be an empire
We were supposed to be an empire

What is love if you’re not here with me?
What is love if it’s not guaranteed?
What is love if it just ups and leaves?

What is love?
What is love if you’re not really sure?
What is love if it just ups?..


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Music is an integral part of Drew’s life, whether it’s listening to trance or house while working or at a festival. He’s always out to discover new and exciting sounds. When video games RollerCoaster Tycoon and Unreal Tournament were the hot new games, one of his friends that he knew through the community forums introduced him to trance on Digitally Imported and he soon fell in love with trance, happy hardcore, hardstyle and other fast BPM (beats per minute) genres.

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