07/23/2014 10:01 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cher Hated 'If I Could Turn Back Time' At First

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If Cher could turn back time, she'd have second thoughts about one of her biggest hits. It turns out the singer hated "If I Could Turn Back Time" when songwriter Diane Warren presented it to her.

Warren wrote several songs for Cher, including "Turn Back Time," "Just Like Jesse James" and "Love and Understanding." The former two are part of Cher's current Dressed to Kill tour, and before performing "Jesse James," the singer gives a spiel about having despised the song upon recording it.

"But she's got the wrong song!" Warren told The Hollywood Reporter after seeing Cher's July 7 concert at the Staples Center. "The song she really hated was 'If I Could Turn Back Time,' but I held her leg down during a session and said, 'You have to record it!' "

To which Cher responded, according to Warren, "'Fuck you, bitch! You're hurting my leg! OK, I'll try it.' She gave me this look like, 'You were right.' If you look at Cher's song history, she's not always the best judge of her own material. I mean, she hated 'I Got You Babe.'"

Good thing she had a change of heart. "If I Could Turn Back Time" marked a major comeback moment for Cher in 1989. It hit No. 3 on the Billboard chart, spawned a classic (and controversial) music video and has remained a setlist staple since. Whatever would we do without that fishnet onesie?


[via THR]



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