Foolish Beat

In the summer of 1987, Debbie Gibson became a pop music phenomenon as her first single, “Only in My Dreams,” worked its way up Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart.  By the following spring, she had hit the Top 5 with each of her first three singles, but with peak positions of 4, 4, and 3 for those singles, Gibson had not yet hit number one.  That changed exactly 25 years ago, when her fourth single, “Foolish Beat,” hit number one for one week.  In the process, Gibson became the youngest artist to hit number one with a song that that artist wrote, sang, and produced.

Gibson’s next single, “Staying Together,” would end her run at the top 5 by stalling out at number 22 in September/October 1988; however, in the spring of 1989, Gibson would return to her former glory when “Lost in Your Eyes,” the debut single off her second album, hit number one for three weeks and became the biggest hit of her career.


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