Time After Time is a song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper. It was recorded by Lauper for her studio album, Shes So Unusual. The track was produced by Rick Chertoff and released as a single on January 27,1984 and it was the second single to be released from the album and became Laupers first #1 hit in the U. S. The song was written in the final stages, after Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, She Bop. The writing began with the title, which Lauper had seen in TV Guide magazine, Time After Time is composed of simple keyboard-synth chords, bright, jangly guitars, clock-ticking percussion, and elastic bassline, and lyrically is a love song of devotion. Most music critics gave the positive reviews, with most commending the song for being a solid and memorable love song. The song has been selected as one of the Best Love Songs of All Time by many outlets, including Rolling Stone, Nerve, MTV. Time After Time was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 1985 edition. The song was a success on the charts, becoming her first number-one single on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9,1984, and remaining there for two weeks. Worldwide, the song is her most commercially successful single, after Girls Just Want to Have Fun, r&B singer Lil Mo also covered the song for her 2001 debut album Based on a True Story. An acoustic version was sung by Lauper with Sarah McLachlan on her 2005 album The Body Acoustic. Lauper has performed the live with Patti LaBelle twice in 1985 and 2004 and with Sarah McLachlan at the American Music Awards of 2005. While writing for her studio album, in the spring of 1983, Cyndi Lauper was introduced to American musician Rob Hyman, who was recommended by Rick Chertoff. Therefore, she and Hyman sat at a piano and started working on Time After Time, one of the first lines Rob wrote was suitcase of memories, which according to Lauper, struck her, claiming it was a wonderful line, while other lines came from Laupers life. The songs title was inspired after Lauper started writing for the song, thus, Lauper was looking in the TV Guide and saw a lot of movie titles, with the 1979 science fiction movie Time After Time being chosen. Although trying to remove the title later, Lauper claimed she couldnt take it out without the song falling apart, initially, Epic Records wanted Time After Time as the albums lead-single. However, Lauper claimed that releasing a ballad first defines an artist in a way, noting that she could have been known as a balladeer. Therefore, her manager Dave Wolf convinced that Girls Just Wanna Have Fun could be an anthem, Time After Time eventually became the albums second single, being released on January 27,1984
Rob Hyman (pictured) co-wrote and sings background vocals on the track.
Morristown, NJ, train station, seen at the end of the video.