Friday, February 26, 2016
About.com List Their Top 10 Cher Songs - Guess Which One Is At #1!
10. "The Way Of Love" (1972)
Cher first hit the pop singles chart in 1965. She was successful in the 1960s both as a solo artist and one half of the duo Sonny and Cher with her husband Sonny Bono. In the 1970s she emerged as one of the top female pop solo artists. Late in the decade her commercial fortunes faded, but she came back multiple times to earn more pop hits.
"The Way Of Love" was first written in French as "J'ai le mal de toi." It was France's 1960 entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The song was first recorded in English as "The Way Of Love" in 1965 by British singer Kathy Kirby. The new lyrics were provided by Al Stillman. Cher recorded the dramatic ballad with producer Snuff Garrett for the Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves album. It became the second top 10 pop hit from the album and peaked at #2 on the adult contemporary chart.
9. "Take Me Home" (1979)
For the most part Cher's first foray into disco was not highly successful. However, she did create one classic disco hit. "Take Me Home" was co-written and produced by Bob Esty and released on legendary disco label Casablanca. It became Cher's first top 10 pop hit in five years and peaked at #2 on the disco chart. Later in her career, beginning with the success of "Believe," Cher topped the dance club chart eight times.
8. "Dark Lady" (1974)
Cher's hit "Dark Lady" is a murder ballad that tells the story of an illicit relationship between the protagonist's husband and a fortune teller. They are both killed in the end. The song was written by Johnny Durrill of the instrumental guitar band the Ventures. "Dark Lady" became Cher's third #1 pop hit in the US and her last until "Believe" in 1998. The song reached #3 on the adult contemporary chart.
7. "Just Like Jesse James" (1990)
This is another in a long line of songs recorded by Cher that reference the American West in different ways. This time it is outlaw Jesse James used as a simile for a rough relationship. The song was co-written by pop hitmakers Desmond Child and Diane Warren. The song was a #8 pop hit and #9 adult contemporary hit for Cher. It was one of three top 10 pop hits from Cher's top 10 charting album Heart of Stone.
6. "Half-Breed" (1973)
Cher's "Half-Breed" followed in the footsteps of "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" by telling the story of a woman disenfranchised due to her ethnic background. However, the song generated controversy and questions about authenticity. The back cover of the Half-Breed album features Cher in a Bob Mackie created glamour Indian costume. It reached #1 on the pop singles chart, #3 adult contemporary, and it was certified gold for sales.
Cher refused to perform the song live for nearly 25 years.
5. "I Found Someone" (1987)
Co-written by Michael Bolton, "I Found Someone" was first recorded by Laura Branigan in 1986. It was only a minor hit for her peaking at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the next year Cher re-recorded it and took the song all the way to the top 10. "I Found Someone" was Cher's first top 10 hit in eight years. It stormed the charts while she was at the peak of her movie career. "I Found Someone" was the first hit from Cher's self-titled comeback album.
4. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (1966)
"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" is the song that made Cher a major solo pop star. It was written by her husband and partner in Sonny and Cher, Sonny Bono. The drama inherent in the story of the song set a tone for many of Cher's biggest pop hits through the rest of the 1960s and into the 1970s. The record peaked at #2 on the US pop singles chart. Cher re-recorded "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" for her self-titled 1987 album.
Nancy Sinatra recorded a memorable cover of the song, and David Guetta reworked it in his 2014 #1 dance hit "Shot Me Down" with vocals from Skylar Grey.
3. "Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves" (1971)
It had been four years since Cher had reached the pop top 10 when the single "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" was released. The story song became her very first #1 pop hit single and the first of many major comebacks for Cher. The song was produced by Snuff Garrett, a frequent collaborator in the early 1970s. He is also known for producing Vicki Lawrence's #1 hit "The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia." It climbed to #6 on the adult contemporary chart and received a gold certification for sales.
2. "If I Could Turn Back Time" (1989)
Written by Diane Warren and released in 1989, "If I Could Turn Back Time" peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart becoming Cher's biggest pop hit in 15 years. The music video filmed on the battleship USS Missouri is one of Cher's most notable. Due to her revealing outfit MTV refused to play the clip before 9 p.m. Cher initially disliked "If I Could Turn Back Time" and songwriter Diane Warren says she pleaded with the singer to perform it.
"If I Could Turn Back Time" went to #1 on the adult contemporary chart, her first solo single to do so.
1. "Believe" (1998)
Following a commercial resurgence in the late 1980s, Cher's chart success faded throughout the 1990s. However, she connected with British producer Mark Taylor for this lead single from her 23rd studio album of the same name. "Believe" is the first major pop hit to make use of Auto-tune sound effects. The result was the biggest worldwide pop hit of Cher's career. The song ultimately sold 11 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.