The legendary music goddess Cher is completing another year of life, reaching 75 years intact and with a gigantic legacy since her official debut in 1963.
With a career spanning more than fifty years, the singer, songwriter and actress owns several records and decorations, including an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, a Golden Globe and many others – besides being one of the most all time successful. , with over 100 million records and singles sold worldwide.
Known for her unique style which includes the artistic use of preset and massive versatility, Cher also owns some of the most iconic songs on the contemporary scene, such as “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time”. And, to celebrate its anniversary, CinePOP has separated a brief list of ten of its most iconic songs.
BANG BANG (MY BABY SHOT ME DOWN)
Album: The Sonny Side of Chér (1966)
The powerful and nostalgic ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ narrative, along with the engaging folk rock backing, is what explains the song’s immeasurable success. Released in 1966 as part of the album ‘The Sonny Side of Chér’, the singer-songwriter created the song alongside former husband Sonny Bono and has been honored several times over the years. decades – notably by Nancy Sinatra and Lady Gaga.
GYPSYS, TRAMPS AND THIEVES
Album: Chér (1971)
As part of his seventh solo studio album, “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”, he immersed himself headlong into folk rock and created the story of a girl who “was born in a circus wagon. ambulant ”, speaking of racism, teenage pregnancy and even prostitution. Since its release, the song has been continuously acclaimed by specialist critics and is considered by several media as one of the songs that defined the century.
Album: Half-Breed (1973)
Sold over a million copies in the United States alone, “Half-Breed”, the lead single from the 1973 album of the same name, brought back the instrumentals of the musicians of the group Wrecking Crew and reached # 1 on Billboard Hot. 100. Revolving around the life of a biracial girl – the daughter of a white father and an indigenous mother – the track features themes such as racism and the double standard, in addition to being praised for frantic production.
TAKE ME HOME
Album: Take Me Home (1979)
Playing countless of her compatriots, including Diana Ross and Gloria Gaynor, Cher has stopped the world with the impeccable “Take Me Home” from her 15th solo production. Bringing the best of the album to life in the most frantic and dancing way possible, the song acts like a sultry semi-ballad on a romantic affair – and paid homage to Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
WE SLEEP ALL ALONE
Album: Cher (1987)
Building an engaging and exciting melody, Cher transformed “We All Sleep Alone” into a moving reflection on loneliness, dramatizing through soft-rock themes that travel from melancholy to frustration. Accompanied by a beautiful music video directed by the singer herself, the song features lyrical collaborations from Jon Bon Jovi and Desmond Child.
IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME
Album: Heart of Stone (1989)
The mix of pop-rock and soft-rock, characteristic of Cher since the beginning of his career, is found perfectly in the amalgamation of “If I Could Turn Back Time”. The first single from the album ‘Heart of Stone’, the production was in charge of Guy Roche and Diane Warren, becoming a worldwide and critical success, besides representing a worthy return to the form of one of the most important names. of the music industry.
JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES
Album: Heart of Stone (1989)
Resuming a partnership with Warren, Cher demonstrated her purest and most mature vocal skills with “Just Like Jesse James,” another of the incredible tracks from her 19th studio album. Making explicit reference to the infamous Wild West thief Jesse James, the music is carried by country-rock and has caught the attention of audiences and experts alike because it is quite different from the advances it has already made.
Album: Heaven Cheated – OST (1989), Heart of Stone (1989)
In another powerful rock ballad, Cher teamed up with Peter Cetera for the magnificent and memorable rendering of “After All”, the theme song for the feature film “O Céu se Enganou”. Making a splash on the charts in several countries, including the US and UK, the iteration received praise from fans and critics alike and won a nomination for Best Original Song at the Oscars this past. that year.
Album: Believe (1998)
It is very difficult to find someone who does not know “Believe”. The single from her 22nd album of the same name marked a profound transition in Cher’s career, which moved away from the pop-rock of previous forays and opened the doors to dance-pop. Praised for its chewing-gum character by international critics, the song also bears the marks of the “Cher effect” (distorted voice and deep use of the aforementioned autotuning). Bringing the theme of empowerment to the fore, the track reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, securing the artist a Book of Records entry as the longest-serving artist to top the US charts. .
TAKE IT LIKE A MAN
Album: Closer to the Truth (2013)
Decades after her debut, Cher continues to delight fans around the world and touch the hearts of a new generation who are discovering or rediscovering her discography. And one of the songs from this more recent era, “Take It Like a Man”, is exactly what we can describe as a quintessential entry by the artist. The mix of EDM, nu-disco and pop explodes into an immersive dance and music that deserves more recognition than it has.
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