"If I Could Turn Back Time" is a song by American recording artist Cher. Written by Diane Warren and co-produced along with Guy Roche, the pop rock track was included on Cher's nineteenth album, Heart of Stone (1989). The song was released on June 1, 1989 as the second North American and first European single release from the album.
It was certified Gold by the RIAA for the sales of 500,000 copies. In November of 2011, Billboard reported the digital sales of "If I Could Turn Back Time" to be 394,000 in the US.
Highly successful around the globe, "If I Could Turn Back Time" was seen as a major comeback for Cher in the late 1980s. It charted at number one in Australia and Norway, and reached number three in the United States and number six in the United Kingdom, respectively.
The video for "If I Could Turn Back Time", directed by Marty Callner, takes place on board the battleship USS Missouri, where Cher sings to a large group of sailors. Cher's outfit for the original video a fishnet body stocking under a very revealing black one-piece bathing suit caused a lot of controversy, and many television networks refused to show the video. In 1989 the MTV network banned the video and later played it only after 9 p.m. A "censored" video was made, including new scenes, and showing less explicitly sexual content than the original. The outfit and sexual nature of the video were not expected by the Navy when they had originally granted permission for filming. The USS Missouri liaison, Steve Honda, asked Callner to prevent Cher from wearing the outfit when he saw it on-set, but Callner refused. Following the release of the video, the Navy took a lot of flack and has since refused to allow any music videos to be filmed aboard US Navy ships.
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