Time (The Alan Parsons Project song)

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Single by The Alan Parsons Project
from the album The Turn of a Friendly Card
B-side "The Gold Bug"
ReleasedApril 1981 (U.S.)
August 1981 (UK)
Genre Soft rock
4:11 (single version)
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
Producer(s) Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
The Alan Parsons Project singles chronology
"Games People Play"
"Snake Eyes"
Music video
"Time" on YouTube

"Time" is a song released in 1981 as a single by the Alan Parsons Project. It was from their 1980 album The Turn of a Friendly Card . In the U.S., the song peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. [1] On the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart, "Time" peaked at #10. [2] In addition, "Time" spent two weeks at #14 on Cash Box , making it the group's second most successful single ("Don't Answer Me" from 1984 also reached No. 15 on the Hot 100, but reached No. 17 on Cash Box). [3] Cash Box ranked it as the 94th biggest hit of 1981. [4] Outside the US, the song peaked at #30 in Canada. [5]


The song was the first Alan Parsons Project song (and single) to feature Eric Woolfson as lead vocalist, and one of the group's few songs in which Alan Parsons's own voice can be heard singing (background/counterpoint vocals).

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