If I Could Turn Back Time
by Cher

Album: Heart Of Stone (1989)
Charted: 6 3
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  • This was written by Diane Warren, who has also written songs for Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion ("Because You Loved Me), Barbara Streisand, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston.
  • Heart Of Stone was Cher's first multimillion seller, with sales topping 3 million in the US. It was certified gold in September 1989, platinum in November, and in July 1990, went double platinum. >>
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    Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington - USA, for above 2
  • The "If I Could Turn Back Time" music video was filmed on board the USS Missouri while it was stationed at the former Long Beach Naval Shipyard at Pier D along with the crew. Cher recalled to Q magazine: December 2013: "The 'If I Could Turn Back Time' video we shot for days. There was a whole story – I climbed up stuff, I was running away from a lover. I was in a cage, in a speedboat... And when the director got to the edit, he just said, 'F this, here's the money (shot)' – me on the battleship with the sailors. They were real sailors too. They were funny. They kept calling me 'ma'am.'" >>
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    BIll - Highland, CA
  • Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter magazine, Diane Warren said Cher hated the song and she had to force her to sing it. "I held her leg down during a session," the songwriter recalled, "and said, 'You have to record it!'"

    According to Warren, Cher's response was, "F— you, bitch! You're hurting my leg! OK, I'll try it." However, once Cher had recorded the tune, "She gave me this look like, 'You were right.'"
  • In 2010, 64-year-old Cher presented the Video of the Year award at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing the same outfit she wore in this video. Under most circumstances, her get-up would have been the one getting the most buzz, but the winner was Lady Gaga (for "Bad Romance"), who accepted wearing a dress made of meat.
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Comments: 21

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 8th 1990, Rolling Stone Magazine awarded Cher* with two Rolling Stone Awards; one for 'Worst Dressed Female" and the second for 'Worst Video' for her "If I Could Turn Back Time"...
    It could be that I'm over loaded with testosterone, but in my opinion I thought it was a great video...
    Five months earlier on September 17th, 1989 the song reached #3 on the Top 100 chart {See next post below}...
    * At the time the video was taped she was 44 years old and to me she looked great, but I must state I was 45 at the time, so that could explain where I was coming from.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 2nd 1989, "If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #89; and on September 17th, 1989 it peaked at #3 (for 2 weeks) and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 5 of those 19 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    And on September 24th, 1989 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    It also peaked at #1 in Australia and Norway...
    Earlier in 1989 on May 17th, in a duo with Peter Cetera, she reached #6 (for 1 week) on the Top 100 with "After All"...
    Cher, born Cherilyn Sarkisian, celebrated her 68th birthday two months ago on May 20th, 2014.
  • John from Detroit, MiGuess what,Tom...you're a Numbhead...
  • Allard Wood from Spartanburg , Scevery time I hear this song I think of Jack on Will&Grace. "if I could turn back ttiimmee"...lol
    and she slapped his face,that was funny as hell.
  • Robert from Houston, TxIs there a single person on the face of the Earth who HASN'T seen Cher's *ss?
  • Nady from Adelaide, AustraliaI thought that Cher was a transvestite when I was growing up. You gotta admit, she really looks like a bloke
  • Alan from Milwaukee, WiBeing a 'former' Sailor in the U.S.N., I would have gone crazy to seeing ALL of Cher's ass-ets making a beautiful entrance like that. Way to go, Cher!!
  • Chelsea from Wichita, KsAll the people I talk to HATE this song,but for me I love it.
  • Michael from Toronto, CanadaIn an interview with Oprah, Diane Warren recounted that when she wrote this song she took it to Cher for recording. Cher hated it. Refusing to record it, Diane begged Cher to the point of grabbing her leg in the studio and not letting go till she agreed to record the song. The Rest is History.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiaif you look closely at the clip , some of those young sailors were in an aroused state at the time ,must have been the salty sea air
  • Musicfan from New York, NyOne of Cher's best songs... and she is one 'take no prisoners' kind of lady. She's smart, assertive and doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks. As it should be!
  • Marlow from Perthmassive hit in australia.. her son was playing the guitar in the video clip . and was extremely embarassed about the way cher carried on. i remember she walked up and bumped her hip on his. i swear he just wanted to be swallowed up in a hole somewhere.. fancy your mum tarting around in a seatbelt lookin G string...
  • Papa Burgundy from Bridlington, Englandcher looks like morse
  • Sarah Floyd from Bloomingdale, Ilwell she has to turn back time. if she didnt have hump the cannon then she wouldnt have to turn back time would she. well i guess its her choice.
  • Aj from Cleveland, GaI don't care what anyone says, I love Cher
  • Tony from Rapid City, SdIt wasn't carrier it was the battleship Missouri (mighty mo) The crew damm near went wild !! what fun!
  • Tom from New York, Nypossibly one of the worst songs of all time.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiaheard the US Navy said "never again" after viewing the clip... they had no idea what Cher was up to.....mind you the able seamen seemed quite happy with it .
  • Kent from Latrobe, PaDoes anyone else think that Cher was humping that cannon for real and know the REAL reason why those sailors had such HUGE smiles?
  • Genessa from Eugene, OrThe video had Cher barley clothed (even for Cher) and frolicking around an US air craft carrier, straddling missiles and such. Tame for today, but she was almost nude.
  • T.r. from South Bend, InI heard the music video for this song was the first ever to be banned by MTV, does anyone have any further information about this. Does anyone know what the video consisted of?
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