Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper song)

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"Time After Time"
Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album She's So Unusual
B-side "I'll Kiss You"
Released January 27, 1984
Format 12", 7"
Recorded June 1983
at The Record Plant
(New York City, New York)
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 4:03
Label Epic
Writer(s) Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman
Producer(s) Rick Chertoff
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Silver (BPI)
Platinum (Music Canada)
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
"Time After Time"
"She Bop"
Music sample

"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,[1] 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'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.[3] 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".[4]

The song, which is still played frequently on adult contemporary radio,[citation needed] is known for its numerous covers by a wide range of artists, including an instrumental version by 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, 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. A jazz version by Tuck and Patti on their A Gift of Love album is a well received version.[5]


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.[citation needed]


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.

The video for "Time After Time" was about a runaway leaving her lover behind.[citation needed] The video opens with Lauper watching the 1936 film The Garden of Allah. 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 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]

  1. "Time After Time" (12" version) – 5:02 (Cyndi Lauper; Rob Hyman)
  2. "I'll Kiss You" – 4:12 (Cyndi Lauper; Jules Shear)
  3. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (extended version) – 6:08 (Robert Hazard)
  4. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (instrumental) – 7:10 (Robert Hazard)



Chart (1984) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 5
Canadian RPM Singles 1
Dutch Singles Chart 5
French Singles Chart 9
German Singles Chart 6
Irish Singles Chart 2
Italian FIMI Singles Chart[6] 5
Japan Hot 100 60
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 7
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Swiss Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 3
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 14
Chart (2014) Peak
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Ranking
Canadian RPM Singles 8
UK Singles Chart 25
US Billboard Hot 100 17


Country Provider Certification Sales Date
Canada Music Canada Platinum 100,000 October 1, 1984[7]
United Kingdom BPI Silver 250,000 July 1, 1984[8]
United States RIAA Gold 500,000 April 17, 1989[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1984 – American Video Awards for Best Female Performance
  • 1984 – American Video Awards for Best Pop Video
  • 1984 – BMI Awards for Pop Award
  • 1984 – Billboard Awards for Best Female Performance
  • 1985 – Pro Canada Awards for Most Performed Foreign Song
  • 2008 – BMI Millionaire Award for 5 Million Spins on US Radio
  • 2009 – BMI Awards for Pop Award

Lists of best songs[edit]

Year By List Work Ranked
2000 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Pop Songs[2] "Time After Time" #66
2003 VH1 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years[10] "Time After Time" #22
2006 VH1 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s[11] "Time After Time" #19

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] The German Eurodance group Novaspace covered this song in the year 2002. It reached #6 in Germany, #7 in Austria and #15 in Australia.[12]

"Time After Time"
Single by Ronan Keating
from the album Songs for My Mother
Released February 8, 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop
Length 3:50
Label Polydor Records
Writer(s) Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman
Producer(s) Ronan Keating
Ronan Keating singles chronology
"This I Promise You"
"Time After Time"
"This Is Your Song"

"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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Time After Time" (stop-end version) – 3:50


Chart (2006) Peak
UK Singles Chart 88[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brian said... (2007-09-28). "1984 ~ HEARTBREAK BEAT". Hesawhore.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Rolling Stone & MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs: 1-50". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  3. ^ "The Leading Cyndi Lauper News Site on the Net". cyndilaupernews.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Cyndi Lauper Album Reviews". Sfloman.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  5. ^ http://www.tuckandpatti.com/song_gift.html
  6. ^ Hitparadeitalia (1984). "Hitparadeitalia Chart". Hitparadeitalia Charts. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  7. ^ Canadian Certification
  8. ^ UK Certification
  9. ^ US Certification
  10. ^ "VH1: 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years: 1-50". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  11. ^ "VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's: 1-50". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  12. ^ "hitparade.ch Novaspace - Time after time". Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  13. ^ "ChartArchive - Ronan Keating - Time After Time". Chartstats.com. 2009-03-28. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 

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