Unless you’ve been living under the world’s straightest and dullest rock, you are entirely aware (and very excited for) Cher starring in the ABBA-based movie musical Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again.
Playing an estranged—albeit singing and dancing grandmother—the icon will no doubt do what she does best: just show up and be Cher.
The Oscar-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning star not only appears on screen, but on the movie’s soundtrack as well, making it a must-listen. Then again, Cher has been leaving her indelible mark on soundtracks for decades. Here are her best contributions, from movies she starred in to those who used her trademark sound.
“Fernando” from Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again
When one '70s staple (Cher) meets another '70’ staple (ABBA), you’ve got the 2018 cover the deliciously cheesy pop ballad "Fernando." Cher, course, steals the whole thing from her co-star/duet partner Andy Garcia, and the two have already charted their way into adult contemporary hearts.
“The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” from Mermaids
The only real musical scene in the 1990 dramedy is when Cher, along with Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, lip sync the hilariously mean Jimmy Soul hit “If You Wanna Be Happy.” But the song forever associated with Mermaids is Cher’s cover Betty Everett's “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss).” And who can forget that awesome music video featuring none other than Cher, Winona Ryder and baby Christina Ricci?
“You Haven’t Seen the Last Me” from Burlesque
For a movie chock full powerhouse singers turning it all the way up to 11, Cher still manages to stand out with her showstopper “You Haven’t Seen the Last Me.”
“Alfie” from Alfie
What’s it all about? Well, how about an Oscar-nominated track with music and lyrics by the legendary Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Nah, it’s definitely all about Cher being the voice behind the best version this song about the titular character the 1966 dramedy.
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” from Bang Bang
Perhaps the best example a great song used in a terrible movie, Cher killed it in the Sonny Bono-penned hit, which was an international chart-topper in 1966. The Nancy Sinatra version used in Kill Bill may have left a bigger mark on cinema’s landscape, but, if nothing else, the so-bad-it’s-bad 1967 French musical introduced this awesome song to other parts the world.
“Hell on Wheels” from Roller Boogie
Just watch the music video. You’re welcome.
“Good Times” from Good Times
Yes, it’s corny as all hell now, but what would the '60s have been without musicians making their own misguided attempts at bringing their shtick to the big screen? (Plus, it marked the directorial debut , no joke, William Friedkin.)
“Human” from Stuck On You
In the pantheon Cher’s decades-spanning career, her appearance in the 2003 Farrelly Brothers conjoined twin comedy starring Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon definitely feels odd. But, hey, she makes a delightful cameo and gave the movie a pleasant, but sadly t-forgotten, single with “Human.”
“I Got You Babe” in Groundhog Day
No, Cher doesn’t actually appear in the 1993 comedy classic, but her voice is a major plot point. I mean, who doesn’t hear her famous duet with Sonny Bono and now think, “Oh no, is it Groundhog Day again?”
“If I Could Turn Back Time” in Deadpool 2
Ditto the unforgettable end credits sequence from Deadpool 2: thanks to Ryan Reynolds’ potty-mouthed superhero (and his future child named, yep, Cher) you’ll probably never hear this song quite the same way again.