Cher (born as Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere) has been a powerhouse in the music industry since her debut in the 1960s. With hits spanning from pop to rock and even country, Cher’s vocal prowess and unmistakable presence have dominated the music scene for decades. Here are the top 10 songs that have cemented her legendary status.
10. Just Like Jesse James
In this track, Cher masterfully blends her powerful vocals with a narrative about a rogue resembling the infamous American outlaw, Jesse James. Released in 1989, the single showcases Cher’s talent for bringing a rock ballad to life with her signature flair and passion.
9. Dark Lady
This is one of Cher’s most intriguing pieces, steeped in mystery and drama. “Dark Lady,” released in 1974, spins a tale of a fortune teller, deceit, and betrayal. The song quickly climbed the charts, reaffirming Cher’s status as the queen of pop music.
8. Fernando (with Andy Garcia)
Originally an ABBA classic, Cher covered this song for the film “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” Alongside Andy Garcia, she brought a touch of nostalgia and romance to this timeless hit, delighting fans of all ages with a refreshed rendition of “Fernando.”
7. I Found Someone
In this poignant track, Cher sings about finding new love after a painful breakup. Released in 1987, “I Found Someone” is a moving ballad that showcases the raw emotion and strength of Cher’s vocals.
6. Love Can Build a Bridge (with Neneh Cherry, Chrissie Hynde, and Eric Clapton)
A collaboration of epic proportions, this song united some of the biggest names in the music world. Originally by The Judds, the track is about hope and recovery, and Cher’s vocals harmonize perfectly with the other legendary artists.
5. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
Arguably one of Cher’s most iconic hits, “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” from 1971 narrates the story of a girl growing up in a nomadic family. It’s a song rich in emotion and power, and remains a fan favorite across generations.
4. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
This cheerful, upbeat number is a cover of the 1963 original and became a massive hit for Cher in the early ’90s. It exemplifies Cher’s ability to give any song her unique twist.
3. I Got You Babe (with Sonny & Cher)
The song that started it all. “I Got You Babe” is the duet that propelled Sonny & Cher to global stardom in 1965. It remains a timeless love anthem and a memento of the beginnings of Cher’s illustrious career.
2. If I Could Turn Back Time
Featuring an iconic music video aboard the USS Missouri, “If I Could Turn Back Time” ranks among Cher’s greatest hits. Its powerful chorus and emotive lyrics stand as a testament to Cher’s musical genius.
No list of Cher’s top hits would be complete without “Believe.” Released in 1998, this track has become synonymous with the singer and is often considered her trademark. With its electronic beats and auto-tuned vocals, it broke records and solidified Cher’s status as a true pop diva.