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"Time After Time" is a song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, released as the second single from her album She's So Unusual. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1984, and remained there for two weeks. Worldwide, the song is her most commercially successful single after "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart and number six on the ARIA Singles Chart. The Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs ranked it at No. 66.
"Time After Time" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1985 Grammy Awards. The song has been critically acclaimed, with Scott Floman, music critic for Goldmine magazine, describing the song as "gorgeously heartfelt" and "one of the decade’s finest ballads".
The song, which is still played frequently on adult contemporary radio, is known for its numerous covers by a wide range of artists, including an instrumental version by Miles Davis. An acoustic version was sung by Lauper on her 2005 album, The Body Acoustic. In this version, Sarah McLachlan provided backing vocals. The version with Sarah McLachlan was used in Ugly Betty season 3 finale. Cyndi Lauper has performed the song live with Grammy Award winning singer Patti LaBelle twice in 1985 and 2004 and with Grammy Award winning singer Sarah McLachlan at the American Music Awards of 2005 and has also performed the song with Grammy Award winning rapper Lil' Kim in 2009.
Lauper co-wrote "Time After Time" with Philadelphia rocker Rob Hyman of The Hooters, who also supplied backup vocals to the song. In a 2006 interview on Sound Off with Matt Pinfield (episode 212) on HDNet, Lauper related how the song was written. She indicated much of the lyrics were written about occurrences in the studio and her life at the time.
Hyman explained in an interview with Songfacts that he and Lauper stayed in the studio after the sessions composing the song. Lauper conceived the title after seeing the 1979 Malcolm McDowell film of the same name, and built the song from there..
Drums were provided by a LinnDrum drum machine, particularly the "salt shaker" sound. The guitar was recorded with a Marshall 2x12 combo amp. A rackmountable Publison DHM89 harmonizer was used in the effects loop, set to delay-pitch-shift up the signal on the left channel and delay-pitch-shift up the signal on the right channel, to create a rich and lush chorus-like effect.
Music video 
Morristown, NJ, train station, seen at the end of the video.
The video for "Time After Time" was about a runaway leaving her lover behind. The video opens with Lauper watching the 1936 film The Garden of Allah. The video was played in heavy rotation on MTV. Lauper's mother, brother, and then-boyfriend David Wolff appear in the video, and Lou Albano, who played her father in the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" video, can be seen as a cook. The video was directed by Ed Griles. Portions of the video were filmed at the now closed Tom's Diner in Roxbury Township, New Jersey, the intersection of Central Avenue and Main Street in Wharton, New Jersey, and at the Morristown train station.
Track listing 
- "Time After Time" (12" version) – 5:02 (Cyndi Lauper; Rob Hyman)
- "I'll Kiss You" – 4:12 (Cyndi Lauper; Jules Shear)
- "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (extended version) – 6:08 (Robert Hazard)
- "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (instrumental) – 7:10 (Robert Hazard)
Cover versions 
"Time After Time" has been covered, either in live performance or on a recording, by at least 120 artists across a broad spectrum of genres. A partial list includes:
Ronan Keating version 
"Time After Time" is the first single released from Irish singer/songwriter Ronan Keating's fifth solo album, Songs for My Mother. The single was released on February 8, 2009, and became Keating's first single to be released in three years. The song was produced by Keating himself. The song peaked at #88 on the UK Singles Chart.
- "Time After Time" (Stop-End Version) - 3:50
|UK Singles Chart
Use in media 
- The song was used as a main theme sung by Katie Cook in View from the Top (2003). Mark Williams and Tara Morice performed the song in the Strictly Ballroom soundtrack. Eva Cassidy's version was featured in the TV series, Smallville, and it was added to the first Smallville soundtrack, The Talon Mix. The 2006 cover by Quietdrive appeared in the film John Tucker Must Die.
- It was used and performed in the Japanese manga Nana by Reira/Layla Serizawa in a flash back volume 18.
- The song has been performed on American Idol three times. In 2005, Nadia Turner performed the song on Billboard #1 Hits week in the fourth season. In 2007, Brandon Rogers performed the song on the second week of the semi-finals in honor of his grandmother in the sixth season. In 2009, 4th place finisher Allison Iraheta performed it as a duet with Lauper in the eighth season finale. Season 7 Semi-Finalists Kady Malloy and Colton Berry released a video of their cover on YouTube. Season 11 finalist Colton Dixon performed it during 1980s week, top 8.
- In April 2011, on the premiere of the American version of the reality competition television series The Voice, Javier Colon performed an acoustic version of the song during the "blind audition" phase. The studio recording of his cover peaked at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
- INOJ's cover version of "Time After Time" reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1998.
- An uptempo dance remix sung by the artist listed as Vinylgroover was made for the 1998 compilation Dancemania Speed. Another uptempo dance version, remixed at 175 BPM by Sound Assassins, was included on the 2003 happy hardcore compilation Best of Hardcore.
- The song is briefly sung by Anna Kendrick's character as a karaoke song in the film Up in the Air.
- The song was used in the 2008 remake of the film Prom Night. It reached at number two on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart (the virtual equivalent of #102 on the Hot 100).
- The song is featured numerous times in the film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.
- Elements of this song, mainly the guitar melody during the bridge, were used in the 2009 The Black Eyed Peas song "Meet Me Halfway".
- The song is featured in the film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
- The song is featured in the dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite and is on the soundtrack album.
- The song was used in the manga Dengeki Daisy as one of the CDs Kurosaki listens to.
- The song version with Sarah McLachlan was used in Ugly Betty in episode "The Fall Issue" of season 3 finale.
- The song was sung by April and Ann in Season 5, Episode 16 ("Bailout") of Parks and Recreation.
- The song was sung by Skip in the season finale of 1600 Penn
- The song was sung and referred to in the 2008 Japanese film 10 Promises to My Dog.
Year-end charts 
|Canadian RPM Singles
|UK Singles Chart
|US Billboard Hot 100
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Awards and nominations 
List of the Best 
||100 Greatest Pop Songs
||"Time After Time"
||100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years
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||100 Greatest Songs of the 80's
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See also 
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