Cher is undoubtedly the ultimate gay icon and a legend. Having sold an estimated 150 million records worldwide as a solo artist and as a duo with then-husband Sonny and having been around since the mid-1960’s, she’s the definition of longevity. Now she’s back on the scene again with her 26th solo studio album and first since 2001 – entitled Closer To The Truth – due for release in September, and recently officially released its first single, “Woman’s World” – a female-empowering club anthem. So to mark this glorious occasion and return of this magnificent Queen of Pop, we have listed Cher’s six biggest and best hits (well, our favourites really) from her record-breaking six decades in the music business – one from each decade. Check them out below:
1960’s – Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Her third solo single and the second from her second album The Sonny Side of Chér, “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” became Cher’s first major worldwide hit in 1966. It has been covered many a time by other artists, the most famous being Nancy Sinatra’s version in the same year. Nancy’s father Frank also covered it, as well as Stevie Wonder, among others.
Cher’s other hits in this decade include début single “All I Really Want To Do”, and her version of “Alfie” for the US release of the film of the same name, as well as of course “I Got You Babe” with Sonny.
1970’s – Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves
“Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” became Cher’s first solo Number One hit in the US when it was released in 1971 and is still one of her signature hits four decades later, as well as still being one of her biggest-selling to date.
The 70’s saw more hits for Cher, such as “The Way Of Love”, “Half-Breed” and Dark Lady”.
1980’s – If I Could Turn Back Time
The music video for “If I Could Turn Back Time” cemented Cher as a classic gay icon, with a huge wig (which from then on she soon became well-known for wearing a variety of them) and controversial, wacky and revealing outfit (which inspired the likes of Christina Aguilera to wear a similar get-up in her “Dirrty” video) as well as a ship full of sailors. It was her first major global hit in about 15 years.
Her other big singles during the 90s include “Dead Ringer For Love” with rock star Meat Loaf and “I Found Someone”.
1990’s – Believe
The 90’s was Cher’s most successful decade as an artist – she racked up a string of hits, including “Just Like Jesse James”, “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)”, “Love And Understanding”, her gospel-tinged version of Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis”, “Strong Enough” and the big ballad “All Or Nothing” (proving she really had a good set of pipes on her).
However, it was of course “Believe” that stood out above the others. A huge hit all over the world, this iconic single with its trance-like beat and ingenious use of auto-tune to give Cher’s voice a robotic effect, set and broke records for her – mainly for the being oldest artist on practically any chart to reach Number One.
2000’s – (This Is) A Song For The Lonely
The 2000s were a slow decade for Cher, as she toured for what seemed like years (and it was) with her Farewell Tour, while promoting her last – and astounding – 25th studio album, “Living Proof”. While not hugely successful on the main charts, “Song For The Lonely” became another dance club hit for her, as did “A Different Kind Of Love Song”. “The Music’s No Good Without You”, the lead song from the aforementioned album was also quite popular.
2010’s – You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me
Perhaps it’s a given because it was her only song that charted anywhere since 2010, but “You Haven’t Seen The Last Me” became a new favourite for many fans when she recorded it for the Burlesque soundtrack. It showed her back in top form and once again proved that she still had a great voice that was able to belt out a big tune like this. It went to Number One on the Dance Club Singles chart in the US, breaking and setting more records for her and won the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song. “Welcome To Burlesque”, also from the film, is a popular track too.
What’s your favourite Cher song, do you like her new single and are you looking forward to her new album? Let us know!