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"Turbo Lover"
Single by Judas Priest
from the album Turbo
B-side"Hot for Love"
ReleasedApril 1986 (UK) [1]
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Tom Allom
Judas Priest singles chronology
" Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
"Turbo Lover"
" Locked In"
Music video
"Turbo Lover" on YouTube

"Turbo Lover" is a single by heavy metal band Judas Priest from their album Turbo. Unlike the album, most of the reception for this song has been positive, and it is considered a Judas Priest classic. [4]


The song's lyrics have been described as being about " auto"- eroticism. [5]

Singer Rob Halford said, "I just liked the analogy of the motorcycle as a euphemism for love. And 'I'm your turbo lover, Tell me there's no other.' It's got kind of a sexual undertone to it – which is fine. It's been done many times in rock n' roll: to use a machine, car, or motorcycle. It's just a fun bit of escapism more than anything else." [6]


AllMusic writer, Steve Huey, in his review of the song's parent album Turbo, called it "easily the best song on the record". [7] Decibel Magazine described the song as "one of the classiest songs in [Judas Priest's discography]". [8] Loudwire ranked the song at number 10 on their list of the "10 Best Judas Priest Songs". [9]


Chart (1986) Peak
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard) [10] 44


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  3. ^ Hartmann, Graham (20 May 2013). "Judas Priest, 'Turbo Lover' (Live) – Exclusive Video Premiere From 'Epitaph' DVD + Blu-ray". Loudwire. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  4. ^ Bowar, Chad (19 January 2017). "Judas Priest Unveil Live Version of 'Locked In'". Loudwire. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (20 June 2002). "Judas Priest: Turbo / Priest . . . Live!". PopMatters. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  6. ^ Prato, Greg (5 November 2020). "Rob Halford of Judas Priest: Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved 22 January 2023.
  7. ^ Huey, Steve. "Turbo - Judas Priest | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  8. ^ Begrand, Adrien (29 December 2010). "Justify Your Shitty Taste: Judas Priest's "Turbo"". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  9. ^ Hartmann, Graham (24 August 2012). "10 Best Judas Priest Songs". Loudwire. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Judas Priest Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 September 2022.