Did Cher Ever Have a No. 1 Hit Song as a Solo Artist?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Cher has been making music for many years and has quite a few hits. But did any of them hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100? Here’s a have a look at her greatest solo hits — and the way they charted.

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4. ‘Dark Lady’

“Dark Lady” is extra like a brief story than a traditional pop track. It’s about what occurs when Cher — or somewhat, the character she’s portraying — goes to see a voodoo queen from New Orleans. It’s like a mix of Tales from the Crypt and The Princess and the Frog, with some ominous music and New Orleans taste. “Dark Lady” is one among 4 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 one singles by the Goddess of Pop from her solo profession. Here’s a have a look at the three others.

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“Dark Lady”

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3. ‘Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves’

This track is dated from the title alone. It makes use of a slur for the traditionally oppressed Romani folks —  a slur that has develop into more and more unusual in recent times. Ironically, the monitor’s lyrics empathize with the plight of the oppressed.

For higher or worse, this monitor is unforgettable. Cher’s vocal efficiency is commanding, and it’s made extra highly effective by a pounding beat. There are issues to admire about “Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves” — simply not its use of slurs.

2. ‘Believe’

Though Cher recorded many dance tracks, “Believe” is probably going essentially the most well-known. According to The New York Times, the monitor stems from a dialog Cher had with Rob Dickins, president of Warner Music U.Okay. ”He stated, ‘I want you to make a dance album,”’ Cher stated. ”I stated I didn’t need to. But I’ve that downside: If somebody says I need you to do one thing and I’m unsure, I normally simply say I don’t need to do it.”

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Cher was dissatisfied with “Believe” as a result of its lyrics have been initially extra downbeat. ”I believed, ‘You can be sad for one verse, but you can’t be unhappy for 2,”’ Cher stated. ”That evening I used to be mendacity there in my bathtub with my toe in that little faucet, enjoying round with the phrases, and it got here out in a single line. I believed, ‘I’ve had time to see it by way of/Maybe I’m too good for you.”’ Thus, she made music historical past.

1. ‘Half Breed’

“Half Breed” is Cher’s most profitable solo track. It’s undoubtedly a relic of an period. The 1970s have been a time when depictions of Indigenous folks in popular culture have been extra sympathetic than in earlier many years. For instance, the Clint Eastwood Western The Outlaw Josey Wales and Paul Revere & the Raiders’ hit “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” have an empathetic view of Native Americans. However, it’s not as if 1970s popular culture wasn’t problematic — and “Half Breed” exemplifies this.

“Half Breed” is a track in regards to the evils of racism the place Cher takes on the function of a half-Indigenous girl. Is she Indigenous? According to Mental Floss, she at all times stated she was Armenian, Irish, and German. However, following the discharge of “Half Breed,” she stated she had Native American ancestry on her mom’s aspect. Cher shunned performing the track on some tour stops up to now few years; happily, she has many different hits from which to decide on.

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