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