Pop-Up Video: If I Could Turn Back Time (1989)

"If I Could Turn Back Time"
Artist: Cher
Album: Heart of Stone
B-side: "Some Guys"
Released: July 1, 1989
Songwriter: Diane Warren

"If I Could Turn Back Time" was recorded by Cher for her 
album Heart of Stone and released as the album's lead single.  It was written by Diane Warren, who has also written songs for Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter magazine, 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.'" 

Heart of Stone album cover


The  music video for "If I Could Turn Back Time" was filmed on board the USS Missouri while it was stationed at the former Long Beach Naval Shipyard. 


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.'" 

Lady Gaga at the MTV Awards 2010

MTV Video Awards

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.

Pop-Up Video
If I Could Turn Back Time
Cher (1989)


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