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