What Are We Doin' in Love

"What Are We Doin' in Love"
Single by Dottie West and Kenny Rogers
from the album Wild West
Released March 1981
Format Album
Genre Country pop
Length 2:57
Label Liberty
Writer(s) Randy Goodrum
Producer(s) Brent Maher, Randy Goodrum
Dottie West singles chronology
"Are You Happy Baby?"
"What Are We Doin' in Love"
"(I'm Gonna) Put You Back on the Rack"
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"What Are We Doin' in Love"
"I Don't Need You"

"What Are We Doin' in Love" is a song written by Randy Goodrum and recorded by American country music artist Dottie West with the uncredited vocals of Kenny Rogers. It was released in March 1981 as the second from the album Wild West. "What Are We Doin' in Love" was the duo's third and final number one on the country chart.[1]

Since 1978, West and Rogers had been together as a duet partnership. Rogers revived the career of Dottie West when their song "Every Time Fools Collide" became a hit in 1978. They became one of the most successful duet partnerships since then. However, in 1980, both went their separate ways to become solo artists again. "What Are We Doin' in Love" became a crossover hit for the two, reaching number fourteen on the Top 40[2] as well as number seven on the Adult Contemporary charts. The song became Dottie West's first top 40 Pop hit after a few modestly charting solo records on the Billboard Hot 100 over the years. The single proved to be the final Rogers and West recorded duet, although they did occasionally perform together in later years on stage.

Chart performance

Weekly charts

Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 7
Canadian RPM Country 3
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 9

Year-end charts

Chart (1981) Rank
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [3] 55


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 379.
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 674.
  3. Musicoutfitters.com
Preceded by
by Razzy Bailey
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

June 13, 1981
Succeeded by
"But You Know I Love You"
by Dolly Parton
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