If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time

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"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"
Single by R. Kelly
from the album R.
Released July 24, 1999
Format CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1997
Genre R&B, soul
Length 6:17 (album and single version)
4:56 (radio edit)
Writer(s) R. Kelly
Producer(s) R. Kelly
R. Kelly singles chronology
"Did You Ever Think"
(1999)
"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"
(1999)
"I Wish"
(2000)

"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" is a song by R. Kelly, released as the fifth single from his 1998 album, R.. The song is a sweeping ballad about a man wishing he could go back in time and repair his relationship with his girlfriend. The song was a top 10 hit on the pop charts of several countries, while in the United States it finished just outside the top 10, peaking at number 12.

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The song shows similarities to "Turn Back the Hands of Time" recorded by American R&B singer Tyrone Davis, and to the song by Otis Redding, "For Your Precious Love". The song was co-written by Jack Daniels and Bonnie Thompson "Turn Back the Hands of Time" based on the relationship problems that Daniels was having at the time.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 24
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Belgian Flanders Singles Chart 1
Belgian Walonia Singles Chart 1
Canada Singles Chart 8
Dutch Singles Chart 1
French Singles Chart 2
German Singles Chart 2
Italian Singles Chart 20
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 39
Norwegian Singles Chart 9
Swedish Singles Chart 3
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 2

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