I Want To Know What Love Is
Featured in Episode
Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
1 (February 2, 1985, two weeks)
Year Released
Agent Provocateur
Mick Jones
RIAA Certification
Sequence song appears
Diane is killed by Lyle while Tubbs & Valerie are in bed
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"I Want To Know What Love Is" is a song performed by Foreigner, recorded on their album Agent Provocateur in 1984. The song appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Rites of Passage".


  • This was Foreigner's only #1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100, and was #1 at the time of "Rites of Passage's" airing. "Waiting For A Girl Like You", from their album 4, remained at #2 for ten weeks in 1981-82 without reaching #1, a feat not matched for 20 years.
  • Additional background vocals are provided by the New Jersey Mass Choir (who appears in the video for the song), Jennifer Holliday (star of Dreamgirls), and the new wave group Thompson Twins.
  • The song was featured on the Miami Vice-inspired video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, which featured voice-over parts by Philip Michael Thomas and Luis Guzman (who appeared in "The Prodigal Son").


  • Dennis Elliott - drums, vocals
  • Lou Gramm - percussion, vocals
  • Mick Jones - guitar, keyboard, vocals, background vocals, multiple instruments
  • Rick Wills - bass, background vocals


Miami Vice - Foreigner - I want to know what love is03:22

Miami Vice - Foreigner - I want to know what love is

Scene from "Rites of Passage"

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