"Foolish Beat" - Debbie Gibson
from the album Out Of The Blue (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14
Today's song of the day is by Debbie Gibson, the teen prodigy that had already sent her first three singles, "Only In My Dreams", "Shake Your Love", and "Out Of The Blue", into the top-5 on the American pop chart. The fourth single released from her debut album, Out Of The Blue, was the set's ballad, "Foolish Beat". Done with the "freestyle heartbreak" theme like Expose's "Seasons Change", the way the melody and chorus flowed was much more mature and developed than some of the other songs in this genre. With her career trajectory reaching its zenith, Debbie set a mark that hasn't been topped since; at just seventeen years old, being the youngest artist to write, produce and sing on their own #1 hit single...
"Foolish Beat" became Debbie's first #1 pop hit in America in June of 1988. The song also climbed to #8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the single topped the singles chart in Canada, peaked at #8 in the Netherlands, and maxed out at #9 in the UK.
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...and here's Debbie performing the song live in concert in 1988...
...and finally, more recently live in 2013...
Up tomorrow: Canadians keep looking.