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Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Girls Just Want to Have Fun


by Cyndi Lauper

Girls Just Want to Have Fun Introduction

In a Nutshell

Did you know that up until 1983, girls weren’t allowed to have any fun? It was a difficult time for everyone, but thank goodness Cyndi Lauper came along.

About the Song

ArtistCyndi Lauper Musician(s)Cyndi Lauper (vocals)
AlbumShe’s So Unusual
LabelPortrait Records
Writer(s)Robert Hazard, Cyndi Lauper
Producer(s)Rick Chertoff, William Wittman
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“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was not exactly the first popular anthem specifically for the ladies, but Cyndi Lauper was a groundbreaking figure who rocked a girl power sensibility before “Girl Power” was a household term or “Girls Rule, Boys Drool” was a t-shirt from Hot Topic. These days, she hangs around the likes of Lady Gaga, making waves as a gay rights activist. Though she certainly was no mere one-hit wonder, “Girls…” was her first hit, as well as one of her most enduring.

Ah, to live through those days when MTV played mostly music videos, and the music videos featured Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, and lots of leather jacket action. Read on for a quantum leap back into the early 80s…

On the Charts

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed on the chart for 50 weeks in 1983 and 1984.

The song was #1 in Australia, Canada, Brazil, Ireland, New Zealand, and Norway and charted in the top ten in Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.

Lauper’s debut solo album, She’s So Unusual, gave her a string of hit singles: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “She Bop”, “Time After Time,” and “All Through the Night” made Lauper the first female artist to have four consecutive top five singles on Billboard.

The video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” took home the first-ever award for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.

Lauper was nominated for six Grammys in 1985 and took home two—Best New Artist and Best Album Package for She’s So Unusual.

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