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"Believe" is a song by American entertainer Cher from her twenty-second studio album of the same name (1998). It was released as the album's lead single on October 19, 1998, by Warner Bros. Records. After circulating for months, a demo written by Brian Higgins, Matthew Gray, Stuart McLennen and Timothy Powell, was submitted to Warner's chairman Rob Dickins, while he was scouting for songs to include on Cher's new album. Aside from the chorus, Dickins was not impressed by the track so he enlisted two more writers, Steve Torch and Paul Barry in order to complete it. Recording took place at Dreamhouse Studio in West London, while production was in charge of Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling.

"Believe" is an upbeat dance-pop and electropop song and represents a complete musical departure from Cher's previous efforts. It featured a pioneering use of the audio processing software Auto-Tune to distort the singer's vocals, which was widely imitated and became known as the "Cher effect". The song's lyrics describe empowerment and self-sufficiency after a painful breakup. "Believe" has been met with appreciation ever since its release; music critics have praised in particular its production and catchiness, with some of whom deemed it as a highlight from the album, and listed it as one of Cher's most important releases. At the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards the song was nominated for the Record of the Year and the Best Dance Recording, winning the latter.

"Believe" was a commercial success worldwide, topping the record charts in over 23 countries and with sales of over 11 million copies is Cher's most successful single to date and one of the best-selling singles in music history. "Believe" was the biggest-selling song of 1998 in the United Kingdom and remains the highest-selling single by a solo female artist. In the United States it was Cher's fifth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1999. The accompanying music video, directed by Nigel Dick, was nominated for Best Dance Video at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

Cher has performed the song in several occasions, including the 1999 Brit Awards and the Sanremo Music Festival and it has been a regular staple in the set list of her concert tours ever since. "Believe" has been covered by numerous artists and it's also been sung or referenced in feature films and TV shows. Scholars and academics noted the way in which Cher was able to re-invent herself and remain fresh and contemporary amidst the more teen pop-based music of the period. They also credited the song for restoring Cher's popularity and cementing her position as a pop culture icon. "Believe" earned Cher a place in the Guinness Book of World Records; Rolling Stone listed it among the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

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