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Debbie Gibson

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