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"
"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"
"I Wish"

"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.


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.


Chart (1999) Peak
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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