If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time

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"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"
IF I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time.jpg
Single by R. Kelly
from the album R.
ReleasedJuly 24, 1999
Format
Recorded1998—1999
Genre
Length6:17 (album and single version)
4:56 (radio edit)
LabelJive
Songwriter(s)Robert Kelly
Producer(s)R. Kelly
R. Kelly singles chronology
"Did You Ever Think"
(1999)
"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"
(1999)
"Satisfy You"
(1999)

"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..[1] 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.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by F. Gary Gray.

Success and legacy[edit]

The song has sold 660,000 copies in the UK and is one of his biggest hits in many countries, in the Belgium the song is one of the best selling and biggest recordings there, selling triple Platinum. The song was certified Gold in the United States.[2] The song has been covered by several artists including Ed Sheeran and also sung at talent shows.[3] Rapper Mims sampled the song for his debut album Music Is My Savior on the track "I Did You Wrong".[4]

Later samples[edit]

Later covers[edit]

  • "Hands of Time" by Sanchez from the album Simply Being Me (2000)
  • "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Deja Vu feat. Tasmin from the album Handbag Heaven. Against All Odds (2000)
  • "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Kesse (2010)
  • "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Ed Sheeran (2013)
  • "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Martin Yates (2014)

Live performance[edit]

Kelly does not perform this song very often, he performed this song for the first time on live television when he was in England on the show Top of the Pops.[5] He seems to perform this song more when he does a show in Europe than in the US, reason for that is that this song was highly successful there.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "R Kelly - R. CD".
  2. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - December 06, 2015". www.riaa.com. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Ed Sheeran - If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time (R.Kelly Cover). 13 July 2013 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Mims's I Did You Wrong sample of R. Kelly's If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time - WhoSampled". WhoSampled.
  5. ^ R. Kelly- If i could turn back the hands of time live at top of the pops. 12 September 2009 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "R. Kelly Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "R. Kelly - If I Could Turn Back the hands of Time". GfK Entertainment.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Top Digital Download.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ a b c d "R. Kelly".
  23. ^ "End of Year Charts: 1999".
  24. ^ "Swiss year-end chart". swisscharts.com. 1999. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  25. ^ "End of Year Charts: 1999" (PDF). UKChartsPlus.
  26. ^ "End of Year Charts: 2000".
  27. ^ "Swiss year-end chart". swisscharts.com. 2000. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  28. ^ "Austrian single certifications – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in German). IFPI Austria. Enter R. Kelly in the field Interpret. Enter If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen. 
  29. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2000". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  30. ^ "French single certifications – R Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  31. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (R. Kelly; 'If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  32. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2000" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  33. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (R. Kelly; 'If I Could Turn Back the Time')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  34. ^ "British single certifications – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  35. ^ Myers, Justin (November 14, 2014). "Number 1 today in 1999: Robbie Williams – She's the One". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  36. ^ "American single certifications – Kelly, R. – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  37. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1999". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 112 (4): 63. January 22, 2000. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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