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"Turn Me Loose" is a hit song recorded by the Canadian rock band Loverboy. It was released on their eponymous debut album in 1980, and as a single in 1981. With a strong rock synthesizer start to the song, followed by a steady build on the guitars, it peaked at #7 on the RPM singles chart in 1981 and #6 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart in the US.

The song was used in the movies Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Crank (2006), Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006) and Gutterballs (2008).


 [hide*1 Charts


Chart (1981) Peak


Australia (ARIA)[1] 3
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[2] 5
US Billboard Hot 100 35
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 6

Award successions[edit][]

Preceded by

"Echo Beach" by Martha and the Muffins "Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray

Juno Award for Single of the Year


Succeeded by

"Eyes of a Stranger" by Payola$

Cover versions[edit][]

  • Austrian Melodic Hard Rock/AOR band Fahrenheit covered the song on their 1989 album Talkin 'Bout Love.
  • Eminem and Limp Bizkit collaborated to 'cover' the song, albeit with significantly altered lyrics around 1999.
  • Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins covered it on their 2006 album My Better Half, under their recording alias T'N'T

Young Divas version[edit][]

"Turn Me Loose"
Single by Young Divas featuring Savage
from the album New Attitude
B-side "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man)"
Released November 17, 2007
Format CD singledigital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Dancepop
Length 3:50
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Paul DeanMike Reno
Young Divas singles chronology


"Turn Me Loose"


Savage singles chronology
"They Don't Know"


"Turn Me Loose"



(Remix) (2008)

"Turn Me Loose" was covered by Australian girl group Young Divas for their second studio album New Attitude. It was released physically and digitally as thelead single from the album on November 17, 2007.[3] "Turn Me Loose" also features New Zealand rapper Savage and is the final single released by the Young Divas. The song peaked at number 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The music video for "Turn Me Loose" features the Young Divas singing and dancing in front of a white backdrop.[4]

Track listing[edit][]

CD single
  1. "Turn Me Loose" – 3:50
  2. "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)" – 3:40
Digital EP[5]
  1. "Turn Me Loose" – 3:50
  2. "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)" – 3:40
  3. "Turn Me Loose" (Divas Only Version) – 3:18

Weekly chart[edit][]

Chart (2007) Peak


ARIA Singles Chart[6] 15

Year-end chart[edit][]

Chart (2007) Rank
Australian Artists Singles Chart[7] 35