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‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ with These 6 Cyndi Lauper Songs, Ranked

Sing and dance along to these 1980s pop hits by Cyndi Lauper

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer Cyndi Lauper was a staple of the 1980s, putting out hits like “True Colors” and “Time After Time.” And there’s no denying that Cyndi Lauper songs live on today, frequently filling the airwaves with her unique brand of music and leaving fans with a desire to hear her live. Well, it looks like they’ll get their chance.

Lauper recently announced her Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Farewell Tour, which Live Nation describes as follows: “The 23-city headlining tour – Lauper’s first major run in a decade – begins on October 18th at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC, making stops across North America in her hometown of New York City at the iconic Madison Square Garden, plus Boston, Nashville, Los Angeles and more before wrapping up in Chicago, IL at United Center on December 5th. Throughout the tour, Lauper will be joined by special guests to be revealed at a later date.”

There’s little doubt that Cyndi Lauper will be singing all of her major hit songs, the artist having been massively successful in her career and recently releasing the documentary exploring her journey so far, Let the Canary Sing.

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Cyndi Lauper (2018)Getty

The musician has received 16 Grammy nominations, winning two for Best New Artist at the 27th Grammy Awards, as well as Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots. Additionally, she’s an accomplished actress, her most recent on screen credits including Magnum P.I. (2018) and Young Sheldon (2020).

The 70-year-old artist has been on the music scene for decades, having released dozens of pop songs over the course of her career. Well, if you’re feeling nostalgic or need to brush up on your Lauper lyrics before you head to one of her upcoming shows, these are just a few of our favorite Cyndi Lauper songs.

6. “Money Changes Everything” (1983): Cyndi Lauper Songs

A hit penned by Tom Gray, but appearing on Lauper’s debut album, 1983’s She’s So Unusual. This song is the opposite of the usual message in songs like The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Money Changes Everything” saying that there are times when money can rule out over love. The song peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

5. “All Through the Night” (1983)

“All Through the Night,” written by Jules Shear, was Lauper’s fourth single release and it reached number five on the charts in 1984. It also stands as her fourth consecutive top-five single.

4. “I Drove All Night” (1989): Cyndi Lauper Songs

Originally recorded by Roy Orbison in 1987, but unreleased, Lauper ended up with the track and put her own unique twist on what became another hit. This version reached number six in the US and number seven in the UK. Lauper also received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Roy’s version of the song was finally released in 1992, five years after Lauper’s. “I Drove All Night” was also recorded and released by Céline Dion in 2002, her version reaching number 45 in the U.S.

3. “Time After Time” (1983)

“Time After Time,” co-written by Lauper and Rob Hyman, was the second single from 1983’s She’s So Unusual, and became the singer’s first number one on the Hot 100 chart. The song can be perceived in many ways, but Lauper herself has said, “It’s really about testing love. If you love somebody, you’re there… whatever happens, you’re there.”

2. “True Colors” (1986): Cyndi Lauper songs

This number one hit from Lauper’s second studio album of the same name, was released in 1986 and became one of her most iconic successes. “True Colors” explores the idea of seeing past a person’s flaws to recognize them for who they truly are. The song was the second of Lauper’s to reach number one, remaining one of her most significant hits.

1. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)

This was a major hit for the artist and has lived on as one of her greatest songs of all time. It’s a feminist anthem that became symbolic of the 1980s, driving home the idea that girls can have fun while doing the same things that men do without facing consequence. The song even reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been covered multiple times by many artists, including Miley Cyrus.

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