"(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" is a 1963 hit single penned by the Holland Dozier Holland songwriting team and made popular by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. It was originally released in July 1963, on the Motown subsidiary label Gordy, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart. It was later covered by rock vocalist Linda Ronstadt on her Platinum-selling 1975 album Prisoner in Disguise. Ronstadt's version of the song was also released as a single in September 1975, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the song is most often referred to as "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", the title on the label of the original 1963 single was "Heat Wave".
"(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" was one of several songs written and produced by the Holland–Dozier–Holland songwriting and producing team. It was the second hit collaboration between Martha and the Vandellas and the team, with the first being "Come and Get These Memories". The lyrics of "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" feature the song's narrator singing about a guy who has her heart "burning with desire" and "going insane" over the feeling of his love.
Produced and composed with a gospel backbeat, jazz...