Turn Back Time


About Turn Back Time

"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.


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Give me time to reason, 
Give me time to think it through 
Passing through the season, 
Where I cheated you 

I will always have a cross to wear, 
But the bolt reminds me I was there 
So give me strength, 
To face this test tonight 

If only I could turn back time, 
If only I had said what I still hide 
If only I could turn back time, 
I would stay for the night, for the night 

Claim your right to science, 
Claim your right to see the truth 
Though my pangs of conscience, 
Will drill a hole in you 

I've seen it coming like a thief in the night, 
I've seen it coming from the flesh of your light 
So give me strength, 
To face this test tonight 

If only I could turn back time, 
If only I had said what I still hide 
If only I could turn back time, 
I would stay. 

The bolt reminds me I was there 
The bolt reminds me I was there

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Aqua is a Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group, best known for their 1997 breakthrough single "Barbie Girl." The group formed in 1989 and achieved huge success across the globe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The group managed to top the UK Singles Chart with their first three singles. The group released two albums: Aquarium in 1997 and Aquarius in 2000, before splitting up in July 2001. The group sold an estimated 33 million albums and singles, making them the most successful Danish band ever. more »

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10 facts about this song

Band Formation
"Turn Back Time" is a song by Aqua, a Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group. The group was formed in 1989 and is best known for their multi-platinum crossover single "Barbie Girl."
Release Date
The song was released as the seventh single from their debut album, "Aquarium," on 16th February 1998.
Song Genre
While Aqua is known for upbeat, catchy dance-pop music, "Turn Back Time" stands out for being a slower, more emotional ballad. It is easier listening compared to their other highly energized tracks.
Chart Success
The song was successful in many countries, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in May 1998. It was their third single to reach this ranking in the UK.
Soundtrack Feature
"Turn Back Time" gained additional prominence because it was used in the soundtrack of the film "Sliding Doors," starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Music Video
The music video for the song reflects the theme of the film "Sliding Doors," telling a story with two different outcomes depending on one crucial moment.
Sales Achievement
In addition to its chart success, "Turn Back Time" became a commercial success, selling 480,000 copies in the UK.
Awards and Recognition
"Turn Back Time" was recognized at the 1999 Danish Grammy Awards. The song received the award for Best Danish Single.
The Song's Theme
The lyrics of "Turn Back Time" express regret and a desire to redo past mistakes, presenting a more vulnerable side of Aqua, which their fans appreciated.
Cultural Impact
Even more than two decades after its release, "Turn Back Time" remains a classic pop hit and is often included in 90s pop culture and music discussions, maintaining Aqua's legacy in the global music scene.

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