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"Time After Time"
Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album She's So Unusual
B-side "I'll Kiss You"
Released 1984
Format 12" vinyl, 7" vinyl
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop, New Wave
Length 4:03
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman
Producer Rick Chertoff
Music sample
"Time After Time"

"Time After Time" was a single by singer Cyndi Lauper, the second from her album She's So Unusual. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1984,[1] and remained there for two weeks. Worldwide, the song is her most commercially successful single after "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", and reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart and number 6 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

"Time After Time" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1985 Grammy Awards.[2] The ballad is considered a classic of the 1980s and is still played frequently on adult contemporary radio. The song is known for its numerous covers by a wide range of artists, including an instrumental version by Miles Davis.



Lauper co-wrote "Time After Time" with Philadelphia rocker Rob Hyman of The Hooters, who also supplied backup vocals to the song. In a 2006 interview with Sound Off with Matt Pinfield (episode 212) on HDNet, Lauper related how the song was written. She indicated much of the lyrics were written about occurrences in the studio and her life at the time. The line "the second hand unwinds" referred to producer Rick Chertoff's watch which was winding backwards.

Hyman explained in an interview with Songfacts that he and Lauper stayed in the studio after the sessions composing the song.

Morristown, NJ, train station, seen at the end of the video.

Music video

The video for "Time After Time" was about a runaway leaving her lover behind. The video opens with Lauper watching the 1936 film The Garden of Allah. Lauper sings (signs) the title of the song to the deaf as she is leaving the train station. The video was played in heavy rotation on MTV. Lauper's mother, brother, and then-boyfriend David Wolff appear in the video, and Lou Albano, who played her father in the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" video, can be seen as a cook. The video was directed by Ed Griles. Portions of the video were filmed at the now closed Tom's Diner in Roxbury, the intersection of Central Ave & Main St in Wharton, New Jersey, and at the Morristown train station.

Track listing

  1. "Time After Time" (12" version) – 5:02 (Cyndi Lauper; Rob Hyman)
  2. "I'll Kiss You" – 4:12 (Cyndi Lauper; Jules Shear)
  3. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (extended version) – 6:08 (Robert Hazard)
  4. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (instrumental) – 7:10 (Robert Hazard)



Chart (1984) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 6
Ö3 Austria Top 40 5
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Casey's Top 40 Radio & Records 1
Dutch Singles Chart 5
French Singles Chart 9
German Singles Chart 6
Irish Singles Chart 2
Italian FIMI Singles Chart 5
Japan Hot 100 60
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 7
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Swiss Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents 25
Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Canadian Digital Singles 28

End of year charts

Country Chart Ranking
US Billboard Year-End 17
UK UK Year-End Singles 25


Country Provider Certification Sales Date
United Kingdom BPI Silver 200,000 July 1, 1984[3]
United States RIAA Gold 500,000 April 17, 1989[4]

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Let's Hear It for the Boy" by Deniece Williams
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 9, 1984 – June 16, 1984 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Reflex" by Duran Duran
Preceded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
June 9, 1984 – June 23, 1984 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Let's Hear It for the Boy" by Deniece Williams
Preceded by
"Let's Hear It for the Boy" by Deniece Williams
Cashbox Top 100
June 9, 1984
Succeeded by
"The Reflex" by Duran Duran

Cover versions

"Time After Time" has been covered, either in live performance or on a recording, by at least 120 different artists across a broad spectrum of genres. A partial list includes:

Artist Album Year
Nana Mouskouri Only Love 1991
Sowelu MATERIAL WORLD (B-side) 2009
Mariah Carey Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (sample on "Inseparable") 2009
Sarah McLachlan feat. Cyndi Lauper The Body Acoustic 2005
Tracy Chapman
Joey McIntyre One Too Many 2001
The Jane Bradfords 2009
Jessica Mauboy Been Waiting 2008
Marie Fredriksson 1984
Blaque Blaque 1999
Eva Cassidy Time After Time 2000
Allison Crowe
The Academy Is...
Miles Davis You're Under Arrest (instrumental) 1985
DJ Sammy
Everything But the Girl Acoustic 1992
Eddie Money and Juice Newton
The Flirtations Three 1996
The Gandharvas
INOJ Ready for the World 1997
The Boomtang Boys Greatest Hits Vol. 1 1999
Phil Keaggy Acoustic Cafe 2007
Lil' Mo
Distant Soundz 2001
Patti LuPone
Matchbox Twenty Live from Australia 1999
Little Boots
Freya Lin 非愛不可 心林凡 2007
Willie Nelson The Great Divide 2002
Nichole Nordeman Live at the Door 2003
John Barrowman Another Side 2007
Spoken Last Chance to Breathe 2005
Sugar Ray The Best of Sugar Ray 2005
Maria Taylor
Tuck and Patti Tears of Joy 1988
Uncle Kracker Clockstoppers soundtrack 2002
Frank White
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Cassandra Wilson Traveling Miles 1999
Show of Hands Cold Cuts (live album) 2002
Grand Incredible G.I.Gantic 2003
Quietdrive When All That's Left Is You 2006
The Hot Lies "Emergency! Emergency!" (B-side) 2007
Lisa Hartman Knots Landing 1984
LISA Gratitude 2004
Eric Martin Mr. Vocalist 2 2009
Ronan Keating Songs for My Mother 2009
Lil' Flip Virginia Tech massacre tribute ?
Boyz II Men Love (Boyz II Men album) 2009
Electric President 2009

The song was used as a main theme sung by Katie Cook in View from the Top (2003). Mark Williams and Tara Morice performed the song in the Strictly Ballroom soundtrack (in the scene where Scott and Fran dance on the rooftop). Eva Cassidy's version was featured in the TV series, Smallville, and it was added to the first Smallville soundtrack, The Talon Mix. The 2006 cover by Quietdrive appeared during the dance scene of the film John Tucker Must Die. It also contributed to a running gag in the second season of the TV series My Name Is Earl.

The song has been performed on American Idol three times. In 2005, Nadia Turner performed the song on Billboard #1 Hits week in the fourth season. In 2007, Brandon Rogers performed the song on the second week of the semi-finals in honor of his grandmother in the sixth season. In 2009, 4th place finisher Allison Iraheta performed it as a duet with Lauper in the eighth season finale. Season 7 Semi-Finalists Kady Malloy and Colton Berry released a video of their cover on YouTube.

On Channel 4's show Mobileact Unsigned, The Bad Robots performed a version of this track.

INOJ's cover version of "Time After Time" reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1998.

The song is briefly sung by Anna Kendrick's character as a karaoke song in the film Up in the Air.

Quietdrive's version can be heard in the film, John Tucker Must Die, during the food fight at John's birthday party. The song was also used in the 2008 remake of the film Prom Night. It peaked at number two on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart (the virtual equivalent of #102 on the Hot 100).

The song is featured numerous times in the film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

Elements of this song, mainly the guitar melody during the bridge, were used in the 2009 Black Eyed Peas song "Meet Me Halfway".


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