Turn Back Time (Aqua song)

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"Turn Back Time"
Turn Back Time.gif
Single by Aqua
from the album Aquarium and Sliding Doors: Music from the Motion Picture
Released 18 May 1998
Format
Recorded 1997
Genre
Length 4:09
Label Universal
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Søren Rasted
  • Claus Norreen
Aqua singles chronology
"Lollipop (Candyman)"
(1997)
"Turn Back Time"
(1998)
"Good Morning Sunshine"
(1998)
Music video
"Turn Back Time" on YouTube

"Turn Back Time" is a song by Danish dance-pop group Aqua, released as their seventh single overall, and the sixth from their debut album Aquarium. The song became another worldwide hit for the group, and was included on the Sliding Doors soundtrack.

Composition[edit]

The song possessed less of a "bubble pop" sound than their other releases. The song was slow-paced and showed the full range of Lene Nystrøm Rasted's vocals, while maintaining the Aqua sound. The song samples the Pet Shop Boys' single, "Heart".[1]

Release[edit]

The song featured on the soundtrack for the 1998 film Sliding Doors, and was released across the world the same year. In Japan, "Turn Back Time" was released along with "My Oh My". The song subsequently gained far more radio airplay than their other releases.

The Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Time to take it downtempo, and this standout track from Aquarium contains all the elements necessary to quickly float to the top. More than a handful of PDs and MDs consider this ballad to have Number One potential. This is an impressive display of the Danish group's versatility."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

The single is their third number one single in the United Kingdom. On its May 1998 UK release, the song topped the charts for one week, making Aqua one of the few groups to have their first three singles all make number one. This single reached #18 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart and therefore was their second highest charting hit in the United States.

Music video[edit]

The video for the release contained footage from Sliding Doors, and was therefore a departure from the campy and humorous style by the group. There are two different edits of this video, one contains more clips from the film. Much of the video was filmed on the abandoned platform 5 at Holborn tube station.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD Single (CD1)[3][edit]

  1. "Turn Back Time" (Original Version) 4:08
  2. "Turn Back Time" (Love To Infinity's Classic Radio Mix) 3:20
  3. "Turn Back Time" (Metro Scuba Club Mix) 6:34
  4. "Turn Back Time" (Master Mix) 5:13
  5. "Turn Back Time" (Thunderball Mix) 6:59

UK CD single (CD2)[4]

  1. "Turn Back Time" (original version) – 4:08
  2. "Turn Back Time" (Metro Radio Edit) – 3:22
  3. "Turn Back Time" (Love to Infinity's Classic Paradise Mix) – 7:29
  4. "Turn Back Time" (CD-ROM video)

Sweden CD Single[5][edit]

  1. "Turn Back Time" (Original Version) 4:10
  2. "Turn Back Time" (Love To Infinity's Classic Radio Mix) 3:17
  3. "Turn Back Time" (Love To Infinity's Classic Paradise Mix) 7:25

Denmark CD Single[6][edit]

  1. "Turn Back Time" (Original Version) 4:10
  2. "Turn Back Time" (Love To Infinity's Classic Radio Mix) 3:20

Scandinavia CD Single[7][edit]

  1. "Turn Back Time" (Album Version) 4:08
  2. "Turn Back Time" (Classic Radio Mix) 3:21

Australian CD Single[8][edit]

  1. "Turn Back Time" (Album Version) 4:09
  2. "Turn Back Time" (Love To Infinity's Classic Radio Mix) 3:20
  3. "Turn Back Time" (Love To Infinity's Classic Paradise Mix) 7:25
  4. "Turn Back Time" (Metro Scuba Club Mix) 6:34

Japanese CD Single[9][edit]

  1. "Turn Back Time" (Original Version) 4:09
  2. "Turn Back Time" (Love To Infinity's Classic Radio Mix) 3:20
  3. "My Oh My" (Radio Edit) 3:24
  4. "My Oh My" (Spike, Clyde'N'Eightball Club Mix) 5:04

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  19. ^ "Hits of the World: Ireland (IRMA/Chart-Track) 05/21/98". Billboard. 110 (23): 63. 6 June 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. 
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  23. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
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  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Aqua – Turn Back Time". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  32. ^ "British single certifications – Aqua – Turn Back Time". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Turn Back Time in the search field and then press Enter.

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