Time After Time (3:59)

Cover of She's So Unusual

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“Time After Time” was a single by singer Cyndi Lauper, the second from her album, She’s So Unusual. Speaking with Songfacts about this song in an interview, co-writer Rob Hyman explained Cyndi came up with the title when she saw it in the magazine TV Guide. “Time After Time” was the name of a 1979 science fiction movie starring Malcolm McDowell as a man who invents a time machine. Said Rob: “When she saw ‘Time After Time,’ something clicked - she said ‘I think I have a title.’ I was sitting at the piano and just started banging out what would eventually be the chorus, hook, and the way we sing it. It almost had like a Reggae feel, it was a little bouncier and a little more upbeat. We started getting off on that chorus, then the verse melodies started to appear. It’s a deceptively simple song.”

It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1984, 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 RIAA Singles Chart.

“Time After Time” was nominated for “Song of the Year” at the 1985 Grammy Awards. The ballad is considered a classic of the 1980s and is still played frequently on adult contemporary radio. It has been covered by numerous artists.


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.


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  • MylaSchiffer

    Nice Song

    Yesterday 1:16pm Reply
  • b5stewa

    even when I was young, I recognized that this song had good lyrics....

    9 Apr 5:06am Reply
  • MisterBoombox

    Secrets stolen from deep inside .... The drum beats out of time

    20 Mar 4:12pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    Overrated and rather dated, but a sure sign of the great heights Cyndi would later reach. Love the version with Sarah McLachlan though.

    16 Mar 4:19pm Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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    22 Feb 4:33pm Reply
  • aincrad

    i'm here because of the damn kurosaki

    18 Feb 7:48pm Reply

    Linda e inesquecível música

    14 Feb 7:54pm Reply
  • lv426tec

    This song holds a special place in my life, love it!

    5 Feb 1:21am Reply
  • bruno__alves

    Years later and I still remember my first boyfriend.

    27 Jan 6:19pm Reply
  • achromes

    halt dein maul

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Absolutely beautiful song, done absolutely beautifully!

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • victorttt


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    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JackMcFearless

    Napoleon Dynamite.

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheEnchantress

    Love this and the version with Sarah McLachlan, both equally worth a listen.

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • hannah9927

    umm this is Cyndi Lauper and its absolutely flawless! I love this woman <3

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • QueenieKins

    Oh my gawsh, I love her

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Pepon404

    sounds like Cyndi Lauper with Sarah McLachlan...

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • quint1968

    This is NOT Cyndi Lauper. Don't know wtf it is, but I Don't like it. I DO love the actualy song BY Cynid Lauper

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • N-Y-R

    This is what I call a classic !

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
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