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Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson became a pop phenomenon in the late '80s, scoring a string of hit singles when she was only 17. Although she was still a teenager, Gibson showed signs of being a talented pop craftsman, capable of making catchy dance-pop in the style of Madonna, as well as lush, orchestrated ballads. Gibson's time at the top of the charts was brief, but it was quite successful, producing five Top Ten singles, including two number ones, and two multi-platinum albums. Gibson began writing songs in her early childhood, taking piano lessons from Morton Estrin (who also taught Billy Joel) from the age of five. At the age of six she wrote "Make Sure You Know Your Classroom," but it was "I Come From America," which she wrote at age 12, that earned wide recognition for her talents. "I Come From America" won 1,000 dollars in a songwriting contest, prompting her parents to sign a management contract with Doug Breithart. Breithart helped Gibson learn several instruments, as well as teaching her how to arrange, engineer, and produce records; she would record over 100 of her own songs by 1985. While she was still in high school, Debbie Gibson signed with Atlantic Records and began recording her debut album with producer Fred Zarr. "Only in My Dreams," her debut single, climbed to number four when it was released in the summer of 1987. It was followed in the fall by the dance-oriented "Shake Your Love," which also peaked at number four; the single also became a hit in Britain, reaching number seven. Out of the Blue, her debut album, was released in the fall of 1987, and by the spring of 1988, it had reached the American Top Ten. The title track became a number-three hit that spring and it was followed by her first number one single, "Foolish Beat," making her the youngest artist ever to write, perform, and produce a number one single. Following the success of "Foolish Beat," Gibson graduated from Calhoun High School in Merrick, NY, with honors. "Staying Together," released in the fall of 1988, didn't perform as well as her previous four singles, stalling at number 22. By the end of 1988, Out of the Blue had gone triple platinum in the U.S. "Lost in Your Eyes," the first single from her second album, Electric Youth, became Gibson's biggest hit early in 1989, staying at number one for three weeks. Electric Youth, released in the spring of 1989, also hit number one, spending five weeks at the top of the charts. However, her popularity began to slip by the end of the year -- "Electric Youth" just missed the Top Ten and her next two singles did progressively worse, with "We Could Be Together" unable to climb past number 71. At the end of 1990, she released her third album, Anything Is Possible; it peaked at number 41. Two years later, she released Body Mind Soul, which produced only one minor hit single, "Losin' Myself." After its release, she starred in a production of Les Miserables. Gibson returned to pop music in 1995, recording a duet of the Soft Boys' "I Wanna Destroy You" with the Los Angeles punk band the Circle Jerks and releasing a considerably softer album of her own, Think With Your Heart, which marked a departure from the dance-pop that made her famous. What You Want was released in fall 2000. M.Y.O.B. followed in early 2001, and Colored Lights: The Broadway Album two years later. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring
Debbie Gibson

    Awesome '80s

    Awesome '80s
    6 songs

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    1 song

    Pop Holiday

    Pop Holiday
    1 song

Albums by
Debbie Gibson

Top Songs by
Debbie Gibson

  1.   Song
  2.   Lost in Your Eyes
  3.   Electric Youth
  4.   Only in My Dreams
  5.   Foolish Beat
  6.   Shake Your Love
  7.   Out of the Blue
  8.   Should've Been the One
  9.   Silence Speaks (A Thousand Words)
  10.   Wake Up to Love
  11.   No More Rhyme
  12.   Only in Dreams
  13.   Over the Wall
  14.   Goodbye
  15.   Fallen Angel
  16.   Who Are You Now? by Deborah Gibson
  17.   In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)
  18.   Mood Swings
  19.   Sandy by Craig McLachlan
  20.   Who Loves Ya Baby?
  21.   Grease by Craig McLachlan
  22.   You're the One That I Want by Craig McLachlan
  23.   I Enjoy Being a Girl
  24.   Shock Your Mama
  25.   They All Laughed by Deborah Gibson
  26.   The I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love by Deborah Gibson
  27.   The Raise the Roof! by Deborah Gibson
  28.   Come Home (Wonder Years)
  29.   Losin' Myself
  30.   Silent Night
  31.   Only Words by Deborah Gibson
  32.   This So-Called Miracle
  33.   Where Have You Been?
  34.   In His Mind
  35.   Try
  36.   Negative Energy
  37.   Sure
  38.   One Hand, One Heart
  39.   Lead Them Home My Dreams
  40.   It Must've Been My Boy
  41.   Deep Down
  42.   Stand Your Ground
  43.   One Step Ahead
  44.   Reverse Psychology
  45.   Anything Is Possible
  46.   Another Brick Falls
  47.   Between the Lines
  48.   Red Hot
  49.   Staying Together
  50.   Shades of the Past
  51.   We Could Be Together
  52.   Blame it On the Summer Night by Deborah Gibson
  53.   Anytime (I Am There) by Deborah Gibson
  54.   Let Me Entertain You by Deborah Gibson
  55.   Helplessly in Love
  56.   On My Own
  57.   Greased Lightning by Craig McLachlan
  58.   Born To Hand Jive by Craig McLachlan
  59.   Hound Dog by Craig McLachlan
  60.   Beauty School Dropout by Craig McLachlan
  61.   Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee by Craig McLachlan
  62.   How Can This Be?
  63.   Little Birdie
  64.   Kisses 4 One
  65.   Tear Down These Walls
  66.   Hopelessly Devoted To You
  67.   Maybe This Time by Deborah Gibson
  68.   Sex by Deborah Gibson
  69.   I'm the Greatest Star by Deborah Gibson
  70.   The Colored Lights by Deborah Gibson
  71.   A Medley of Rhymes
  72.   Play the Field
  73.   Love or Money
  74.   When I Say No
  75.   On My Own (From "Les Miserables2)
  76.   Free Me
  77.   Summer Nights by Craig McLachlan
  78.   Do You Have It in Your Heart?
  79.   Tear Down These
  80.   Love in Disguise
  81.   There Are Worse Things I Could Do by Craig McLachlan
  82.   We Go Together by Craig McLachlan