Boy do I love me some Cher. I think I get it from my mother, who loves her as well and played her music while I was growing up all of the time. (My mom was mad when she got her “trademark teeth” fixed, as they were part of her identity; I thought this said a lot about how much she really likes the singer/actress.)
I could play Cher’s music all day, unlike many of my friends—and I’m not ashamed to admit it! Here are my picks for her best ten songs ever.
10. “Just Like Jesse James”
Not only does the beat of the song rock, the chorus is just amazing: “If you can give it, I can take it; ‘Cause if this heart is gonna break it’s gonna take a lot to break it…” And the way she sings “Come on” over and over again is just goose bump-inducing.
9. “If I Could Turn Back Time”
Say what you will about Cher’s famous outfit in this song’s video; I know many girls have sung this song to karaoke (both in private as well as in public), myself included. What an amazing song.
8. “Love Hurts”
I know it was done before, but damn do I love Cher’s version. It’s so soulful and gut-wrenching.
7. “After All”
What a beautiful song. A duet with Peter Cetera, it was the theme for Chances Are and, like many of Cher’s songs, has an utterly lovely chorus.
8. “Half Breed”
I don’t know if this classifies as an offensive song or not, and I’m really sorry if it offends anyone, but I really love the song. To me, it really captures the racism facing of people born into multicultural households. Plus, it’s just amazingly performed with a fantastic beat.
7. “Dark Lady”
Again, I don’t know if this song is offensive to some; it might be. To me, it’s very mysterious, creepy, and hauntingly performed.
6. “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”
They just don’t make them this emotional and chilling anymore. A combination of spooky softness and fast, twisting beats make this song catchy—and its lyrics make it stick with you.
5. “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves”
Now I know this one could be taken offensively, as I worked with gypsy children once before and this stereotypes them into something that makes them hated by many people. Still knowing this, I have to be honest; I can’t help but love the song, especially when I recall how it was used in The 10th Kindgom…
4. “Song for the Lonely”
Every time I hear the sort of techno-trippy intro to this song, I get excited. I just love this song, and the lyrics are gorgeous. My favorite? “When heroes fall, in love or war, they live forever.”
3. “Save Up All Your Tears”
What a wonderful, classic breakup song. I remember loving this when I was really getting into Heart as child, and it reminds me of a few of their songs just by association.
2. “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)”
What a fun song! Whether you’re playing it to clean house to or to reminisce about her awesome movie Mermaids, this is ultimate Cher you can really get into.
1. “I Got You Babe”
I can’t help but love this one the most, since it reminds me of singing with my mom in the car. It’s also such a feel-good, don’t-care-what-the-hell-people-think-about-us song, perfect for teens, new lovers, and anyone who wants to wear flowers in their hair.