The top ten best Cher songs of all time

Cher performing in Las Vegas, 2017 (Cher.com)

Cher will be appearing in Las Vegas and Washington D.C. in 2018

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Cher, much like Tina Turner with Ike Turner, successfully separated from the Sonny and Cher product that she had been with since their first pop singles charting in 1965. Although she did have hits while part of the husband and wife duo team, she emerged as a top solo artist on her own into the 1970s. During her long career Cher became an accomplished actress and popular Las Vegas act with the likes of Celine Dion, Bette Midler and Elton John.

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Born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946, the entertainer is preparing for more live engagements at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas (May and November) and Washington D.C.  (August). She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each decade from the 1960s to the 2010s.

Following are the all-time top 10 best singles of Cher:

10. “Just Like Jesse James”

Cher had a tendency to pick songs with an American West theme. A tough relationship was symbolized in the infamous outlaw Jesse James. It was co-written by Desmond Child and Diane Warren and peaked at #8 as a pop hit and #9 adult contemporary in 1989.

9. “The Beat Goes On”

This 1967 Sonny and Cher song peaked at #6. “The Beat Goes On” and “I Got You Babe” became their signature theme songs.

8. “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”

Cher’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” shot her to the #2 spot in 1966. Written by husband, Sonny Bono, it was her biggest hit of the 1960s.

7. “Half Breed”

In 1973 Cher earned her second #1 solo single and it stayed at the top spot for two weeks. For some reason Cher would not sing “Half Breed” in concerts until 25 years later.

 

6. “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”

This was her very first #1 pop hit single Released in 1971, it was produced by Snuff Garrett, the same guy who produced Vicki Lawrence’s #1 hit “The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia.”

5. “Dark Lady”

Cher earned her third #1 hit with “Dark Lady,” in which a forbidden affair ends in a killing climax. It was written by Johnny Durrill, of the Ventures and was released in 1974.

4. “The Way Of Love”

“J’ai le mal de toi,” was the original French version of “The Way Of Love,” Cher’s 1972 #7 hit. It was first recorded in English as “The Way Of Love” by British singer Kathy Kirby in 1965.

3. “I Found Someone”

Laura Branigan recorded the song, co-written by Michael Bolton, in 1986. “I Found Someone” only went as far as #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 for Branigan. In 1987 Cher recorded it and it went to the top 10 during her crowning movie career.

2. “If I Could Turn Back Time”

Written by Diane Warren and released in 1989, In 1989, “If I Could Turn Back Time” worked its way up to #3 on the pop singles chart becoming Cher’s biggest hit in 15 years. MTV would not show the music video before 9 p.m. because of her revealing outfit as she straddled on the battleship USS Missouri.

1. “Believe”

The absolute biggest worldwide hit of Cher’s career was “Believe,” a 1999 monster. This was the leading single and title for her 23rd studio album. The song sold over 11 million copies and remained at #1 for four weeks. It won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.

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