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Time After Time" is a song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, released as the second single from her album . It reached number one on the U.S. She's So Unusual chart on June 9, 1984, Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for two weeks. Worldwide, the song is her most commercially successful single after " [1 ] Girls Just Want to Have Fun", and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart and number six on the ARIA Singles Chart. The and Rolling Stone MTV's 100 Greatest Pop Songs ranked it at No. 66. [2 ]
"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 [3 ] magazine, describing the song as "gorgeously heartfelt" and "one of the decade’s finest ballads". Goldmine [4 ]
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 ] citation needed Miles Davis on his 1985 album, . You're Under Arrest Eva Cassidy also did a cover on the album Time after Time. An acoustic version was sung by Lauper on her 2005 album, . In this version, The Body Acoustic 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. A jazz version by Tuck and Patti on their A Gift of Love album is a well received version. [5 ]
Writing [ edit ]
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 (episode 212) on Sound Off with Matt Pinfield 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. [ ] citation needed
Recording [ edit ]
Drums were provided by a
LinnDrum drum machine, particularly the " salt shaker" sound. The guitar was recorded with a Marshall 2×12 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 [ edit ]
Morristown, NJ, train station, seen at the end of the video.
video for "Time After Time" was about a runaway leaving her lover behind. [ The video opens with Lauper watching the 1936 film ] citation needed . Lauper's mother, brother, and then-boyfriend David Wolff appear in the video, and The Garden of Allah 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 Edd 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. The video was played in heavy rotation on MTV.
Track listing [ edit ]
"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
Personnel [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
RPM Singles 8
UK Singles Chart
Billboard Hot 100 17
Certifications [ edit ]
Music Canada Platinum
October 1, 1984
July 1, 1984
April 17, 1989
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
Lists of best songs [ edit ]
Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Pop Songs
[2 ] "Time After Time"
100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years
[10 ] "Time After Time"
100 Greatest Songs of the 80s
[11 ] "Time After Time"
Other versions [ edit ]
"Time After Time" has been covered by a number of artists.
Changing Faces recorded it for their album All Day, All Night in 1997, and released it as a single in 1998; it reached #35 in the UK. [ ] citation needed
Time After Time" is the first single released from Irish singer/songwriter Ronan Keating's fifth solo album, . 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 Songs for My Mother UK Singles Chart.
Track listing [ edit ]
"Time After Time" (stop-end version) – 3:50
UK Singles Chart
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