“Heart of Stone,” the title track for Cher’s 1989 album, was released as the third single from the album. The single was released on January 23, 1990, and peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
I was 14 years old and in the ninth grade when this single was released. I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. A single remix was done for the song, which was used in the video, and I didn’t think the remix sounded as good as the album version did. I think what really grabbed me were the lyrics to the song; even at 14 years old, I had an understanding of how poignant the words were, and Cher’s vocal delivery helped to emphasize their poignancy. Honestly, I think the lyrics are just as poignant today, if not more so, than when this single was released 25 years ago.
The music video sees Cher lip-syncing in the middle of a room that has projections going on behind her. At first, the images being projected behind her is footage from throughout her career up to that point as well as footage from old home movies. As the song progresses, the images behind her expand out to the world as a whole, including shots of historical figures (Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Oliver North, etc.) and major historical events (Woodstock, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the fall of the Berlin Wall, etc.) It’s a simple video, yet effectively illustrates the meaning of the song.