Like last year, 'Cher News' asked you to vote for your top five all-time favorite Cher songs from her extraordinarily lengthy career either here on 'Cher News', on Facebook, on Twitter or on 'The Official Cher Community'.
The votes have been counted and calculated to form this top 50 count down, where we'll see chart-topping hits, hidden gems, and everything in-between...
#20 Bang Bang (#8 last year)
This isn't the million-selling 1966 hit version that hit #2 in the US and #3 in the UK – it's the 1987 rock version that appeared on Cher's 1987 self-titled album. Sonny Bono, who wrote the original 1966 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)', contributed further lyrics for this remake.
...Also from 1987's 'Cher' is this comeback single - following her 5-year music absence to make movies. The song was originally released by Laura Branigan in 1986, reaching #90 in the US Hot 100. The Michael Bolton and Mark Mangold-penned track reached #10 on the US Hot 100 for Cher as well as peaking at #5 in the UK and selling a million copies worldwide.
There's two popular versions of this song: the original version; and the US version. It's the original version that you have placed in the list of your all-time favorite Cher songs. Released in 1996 as the second single from 'It's A Man's World', 'One By One' became a big hit on the UK charts, reaching #7.
The title track of Cher's 1975 studio album was the final track on the record. It was written by Janis Ian – who won the 1975 Grammy Award for 'Best Vocal Performance – Female' for her US Hot 100 number three hit 'At Seventeen'. The same year, Ian's 'Between The Lines' album also topped the US charts.
This sassy, high-energy 2013 'Closer To the Truth' track has Cher singing the title at the top of her lungs. Its group of songwriters also wrote the album's bonus track 'Pride'.
#13 A Different Kind of Love Song
This vocoder-soaked dance song was the second US single from Cher's 2001/2002 album 'Living Proof'. It was briefly performed on an episode of 'Will & Grace' (watched by over 22 million viewers) and reached #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs Chart.
#12 Angels Running (#12 last year)
The album-track is a cover of a song originally called 'Good Thing' by American singer-songwriter Patty Larkin (her original version was ultimately included in the 1999 romantic drama film 'Random Hearts', starring Harrison Ford). Cher's re-titled version was released on her 1995 album 'It's A Man's World' - with a remix version on the US 1996 version of the album (t's the original version that you fans chose.)
The third single released from Cher's mega-selling 1998 album 'Believe' is 'All Or Nothing'. Unbelievably, the song completely missed the US Hot 100 chart but was a moderate success worldwide, reaching the Top 40 on at least ten national singles charts.
Right now though, let's take a look at some of the biggest Cher hits that didn't make the top 50 countdown!
Surprisingly, not a single Sonny & Cher song was included in the entire top 50, leaving out the likes of 'Baby Don't Go', 'I Got You Babe', 'But You're Mine', 'What Now My Love', 'Little Man', 'The Beat Goes On', 'All I ever Need Is You' and 'A Cowboy's Work Is never Done'.
Solo million-sellers 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)', 'The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In his Kiss)', 'Half Breed' and 'Dark Lady' were not chosen by enough fans to be included in the list.
Further hits absent from the top 50 countdown are early US top 40 hits 'All I Really Want To Do', 'Where do You Go', 'Alfie' and 'Train of Thought'. Also not in the top 50 are certified collaborations 'Dead Ringer For Love' (with Meat Loaf) 'Love Can Build A Bridge' (with Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton) and 'After All' (with Peter Cetera).
Next week, we'll be finding out your top 10 All-Time Favorite Cher Songs! Will 'Believe' be at number one like on last year's list? And which 'Closer To The Truth' track will be ranked highest?...
- 'Closer To The Truth' has descended to #154 (from #118) on the Billboard 200 this week whilst 'Take It Like A Man' has ascended to #17 (from #26) on the same publication's Hot Dance Club Songs chart.