The Very Best of Cher

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The Very Best of Cher
Greatest hits album by Cher
Released April 1, 2003 (U.S.)
Recorded 1965/2003
Genre Pop rock, dance-pop, disco, house
Length 72:00 (U.S.)
Label Warner Bros.
Producer David McLees
Cher chronology
Living Proof
The Very Best of Cher
Live! The Farewell Tour
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[2]

The Very Best of Cher is a 2003 compilation album by Cher. The album includes many of Cher's most popular songs, such as "If I Could Turn Back Time", "Believe", "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves", and "Take Me Home". It debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with sales of 219,000 copies, later reaching a #4 peak. As of November 2011, the album had sold 2.8 million copies in the United States.[3]

Album information[edit]

The Very Best of Cher was released by Warner Bros. Records, MCA, and Geffen Records. The original U.S. edition features 21 tracks, while the various later editions typically feature more songs or different selections.

The album originally coincided with the Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. The album cover picture is also seen on the DVD Cher: The Farewell Tour Live in Miami and was originally planned to be the DVD cover of The Very Best of Cher: The Video Hits Collection as well, but was changed last minute.

Track listing[edit]

North American version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Believe"   Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray, Timothy Powell 4:01
2. "If I Could Turn Back Time"   Diane Warren 4:03
3. "Heart of Stone"   Andy Hill, Pete Sinfield 4:20
4. "Just Like Jesse James"   Warren, Desmond Child 4:07
5. "Save Up All Your Tears"   Warren, Child 4:00
6. "After All" (Love Theme from Chances Are) (with Peter Cetera) Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford 4:07
7. "I Found Someone"   Michael Bolton, Mark Mangold 3:46
8. "One by One" (Junior Vasquez Vocal Edit) Anthony Griffiths 4:06
9. "Strong Enough"   Mark Taylor, Barry 3:43
10. "All or Nothing"   Taylor, Barry 4:00
11. "Song for the Lonely" (Edit) Taylor, Barry, Torch 3:29
12. "Take Me Home" (Edit) Bob Esty, Michele Aller 3:26
13. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"   Rudy Clark 2:53
14. "All I Really Want to Do"   Bob Dylan 2:58
15. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"   Sonny Bono 3:54
16. "Half-Breed"   Mary Dean, Al Capps 2:46
17. "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves"   Bob Stone 2:38
18. "Dark Lady"   Johnny Durrill 3:29
19. "The Beat Goes On" (Sonny & Cher) Bono 3:29
20. "I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher) Bono 3:09
21. "A Different Kind of Love Song" (Rodney Jerkins Main Mix - Faster) Johan Aberg, Michelle Lewis, Sigurd Rosnes 4:51

International version[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Believe"   Higgins, McLennen, Barry, Torch, Gray, Powell 4:01
2. "Strong Enough"   Taylor, Barry 3:43
3. "If I Could Turn Back Time"   Warren 4:03
4. "I Found Someone"   Bolton, Mangold 3:46
5. "Song for the Lonely" (Edit) Taylor, Barry, Torch 3:29
6. "Walking in Memphis"   Marc Cohn 3:58
7. "Just Like Jesse James"   Warren, Child 4:07
8. "One by One"   Griffiths 5:06
9. "Love and Understanding"   Warren 4:44
10. "Save Up All Your Tears"   Warren, Child 4:00
11. "Più che puoi" (with Eros Ramazzotti) Eros Ramazzotti, Galbiati 4:11
12. "Love Can Build a Bridge" (with Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry) John Barlow Jarvis, Naomi Judd, Paul Overstreet 4:16
13. "Take Me Home" (Edit) Esty, Aller 3:26
14. "Rudy"   Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo, Dennis Frederiksen, Howie Epstein, Jimmy Hunter, Mark Maierhoffer 3:54
15. "Bad Love"   Cher, Giorgio Moroder 5:29
16. "When the Money's Gone"   Bruce Roberts, Donna Weiss 3:44
17. "All or Nothing"   Taylor, Barry 4:00
18. "Alive Again"   Nick Bracegirdle, Ray Hedges, Tracy Ackerman 4:19
19. "A Different Kind of Love Song"   Aberg, Lewis, Rosnes 3:51
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"   Clark 2:53
2. "Heart of Stone"   Hill, Sinfield 4:20
3. "Dov'è l'amore" (Emilio Estefan Jnr. Mix) Taylor, Barry 3:44
4. "The Music's No Good Without You"   Cher, James Thomas, Taylor, Barry 4:42
5. "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves"   Stone 2:38
6. "Half-Breed"   Dean, Capps 2:46
7. "Dark Lady"   Durrill 3:29
8. "I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher) Bono 3:09
9. "The Beat Goes On" (Sonny & Cher) Bono 3:29
10. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"   Bono 3:54
11. "The Way of Love"   Al Stillman, Jacques Dieval 2:34
12. "All I Really Want to Do"   Dylan 2:58
13. "Train of Thought"   Alan O'Day 2:34
14. "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" (Sonny & Cher) Bono 3:14
15. "We All Sleep Alone"   Jon Bon Jovi, Child, Richie Sambora 3:54
16. "Love Hurts" (1991 version) Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant 4:19
17. "Not Enough Love in the World"   Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Benmont Tench 4:23
18. "Born With the Hunger"   Shirley Eikhard 4:05
19. "After All" (with Peter Cetera) Snow, Pitchford 4:07
20. "All I Ever Need Is You" (Sonny & Cher) Jimmy Holiday, Eddie Reeves 2:38
21. "Baby Don't Go" (Sonny & Cher) Bono 3:05
22. "Dead Ringer for Love" (with Meat Loaf) Jim Steinman 4:24
23. "Bang-Bang" (1987 version) Bono 3:51

Production and credits[edit]

Cher's best selling record was received with positive reviews.

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  • Producers: Sonny Bono,[4] Peter Asher, Michael Bolton, Desmond Child, Bob Esty, Snuff Garrett, Steve Lipson, Giorgio Moroder, Brian Rawling, Guy Roche, Bob Rock, Mark Taylor, Diane Warren, Richie Zito
  • Executive producer: Cher
  • Compilation producer: David MacLees
  • Remastering: Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch
  • Remixing: Junior Vasquez
  • Editorial supervision: Sheryl Farber
  • Annotation: Steve Woolard
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden
  • Art direction: Hugh Brown
  • Design: Barrie Goshko
  • Photography: Sonny Bono
  • Photography: Norman Seeff
  • Photography: Harry Langdon
  • Photography: Kevyn Aucoin
  • Project assistant: Leigh Hall
  • Project assistant: April Milek
  • Project assistant: Randy Perry
  • Project assistant: Tim Scanlin
  • Liner notes: Kurt Loder

Charts and Certifications[edit]


  1. ^ The Very Best of Cher at AllMusic
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 159. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  3. ^ "Ask Billboard: Cher Information, Yes?". Billboard. 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  4. ^ Production and credits
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m aCharts (2003). "aCharts; 2003". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  6. ^ " - Cher - The Very Best Of [2003]". Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  7. ^ aCharts (2003). "aCharts Special edition; 2003". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Cher - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  9. ^ Australian Albums Chart of 2003 ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2003 . Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Cher – The Very Best of". Music Canada. 
  12. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2003" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Cher – The Very Best of Cher". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Very Best of Cher in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Cher – The Very Best of Cher". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH