“CYNDI LAUPER – Time After Time”

24 Apr


“Time After Time” is a song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper. It was recorded by Lauper for her debut studio album, She’s So Unusual (1983), with Rob Hyman (co-writer and founding member of the rock band The Hooters) contributing backing vocals. The track was produced by Rick Chertoff and released as a single on January 27, 1984. It was the second single to be released from the album and became Lauper’s first #1 hit in the U.S. The song was written in the album’s final stages, after “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, “She Bop” and “All Through the Night” had been written. The writing began with the title, which Lauper had seen in TV Guide magazine, referring to the 1979 science fiction film Time After Time.

“Time After Time” is composed of simple keyboard-synth chords, bright, jangly guitars, clock-ticking percussion, and elastic bassline, and lyrically is a love song of devotion. Most music critics gave the song positive reviews, with most commending the song for being a solid and memorable love song, as well as considering the track Lauper’s best song. The song has been selected as one of the Best Love Songs of All Time by many media outlets, including Rolling Stone, Nerve, MTV and many others.[1] “Time After Time” was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 1985 edition.[2] The song was a success on the charts, becoming her first number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1984, and remaining 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 song is also known for its numerous covers by a wide range of artists, including Miles Davis, who recorded an instrumental version for his 1985 album, You’re Under Arrest, and Eva Cassidy, whose cover of the song appears on her posthumous album of the same name. R&B singer Lil Mo also covered the song for her 2001 debut album Based on a True Story. An acoustic version was sung by Lauper with Sarah McLachlan on her 2005 album, The Body Acoustic.[3] Lauper has performed the song live with Patti LaBelle twice in 1985 and 2004 and with Sarah McLachlan at the American Music Awards of 2005,[4] as well as with rapper Lil’ Kim in 2009. The song has been featured numerous times in popular culture including the films Napoleon Dynamite, View From the Top, Strictly Ballroom, Up In the Air, John Tucker Must Die, Prom Night, Clockstoppers, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Sunny, Paranoia, Good Deeds, Nebraska, Irresistible, This Is Where I Leave You, Brown Sugar, and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion as well as the television shows Cold Case, Stars in Their Eyes, Smallville, Veronica Mars, The Simpsons, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Ugly Betty, EastEnders, Accused, Parks and Recreation, Atop the Fourth Wall, Psych, Defiance, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee and My Name is Earl.


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14 responses to ““CYNDI LAUPER – Time After Time”

  1. slesser1013

    July 14, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Love this song :)


  2. Grayson Hugh

    July 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Interesting side note, Rick Chertoff (who produced this song) was later president of RCA Records when I released my RCA debut album “Blind To Reason” (with the hits “Talk It over”, “Bring It All Back” and “How Bout Us”).

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  3. Ken Dowell

    July 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Was the song written by Cindi Lauper or by the Hooters? i always thought that she was coveriong the Hooters’ song. Which vbersion was it that was nominated for a Grammy?


  4. America On Coffee

    July 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Amazing man who has worked with many interesting artists. And, I believe Chertoff now owns the label, Blue Gorilla.

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  5. America On Coffee

    July 14, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    No covering… Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time was co-written with Rob Hyman, founding member of the rock band the Hooters. Yes, this inspirational song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1985, as song of the year.


  6. quirkywritingcorner

    July 31, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner.

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  7. America On Coffee

    July 31, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Thank u for all of your reblogs, quirkywritingcorner! :-)


  8. bluewillowcottage

    September 13, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I wish it had won the Grammy. Very memorable song. Reminds me of lost love… how it stays in one’s heart and soul forever… “I will be waiting…”

    Liked by 1 person

  9. America On Coffee

    September 13, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    The real Grammy is immortal — her song cherished in all of our hearts and souls. Thank you, ;-) bluewillowcottage!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Madam Shake'n'Shimmy

    April 24, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I almost blogged this song this morning. I tumblr’d a different song instead. Can’t remember what it was.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. America On Coffee

    April 24, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Hey but now you have it Madam! (C: You have a great, blessed week!!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Madam Shake'n'Shimmy

    April 24, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Yep, and cause of her can time after time in sign.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. kelleysdiy

    May 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Love,loved this song…and Cyndi

    Liked by 1 person

  14. America On Coffee

    May 1, 2017 at 10:13 pm




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