Cyndi Lauper

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Song Review by

Although she did not write most of the hit singles from her 1983 debut She's So Unusual, Cyndi Lauper made significant changes to most of the album's covers, shifting the lyrical viewpoint of Tom Gray's "Money Changes Everything" and subtly shifting the original ménage a trois lyrics of Prince's "When U Were Mine" into a more PG love triangle. The biggest change came with Lauper's debut single, Robert Hazard's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." The Philadelphia-based pop-rocker never recorded his own version of the song, but in a Rolling Stone interview, Lauper explained with uncharacteristic modesty that Hazard's original lyrics had bragged about "how girls wanted to have fun?with him?down there," and the album's liner notes pointedly thanked Hazard for letting her change the lyrics to his song. Lauper's new lyrics turn the song into an ebullient, unapologetic piece of smiley-face feminism; the sunny lyrics and the brilliantly goofy, gimmicky production ? the instrumental solo on the bridge sounds like it came from a Ms. Pac Man game ? make it one of the all-time classics of the early MTV era. Remarkably, it still sounds fresh and fun today.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
She's So Unusual 1983 Portrait / Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1984
Various Artists
CBS Records
Peter's Friends 1993
Original Soundtrack
Epic 3:51
Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) 1994 Epic / European Import 3:56
Night Moves, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 3:53
Let's Hear It from the Girls 1995
Various Artists
3:57
Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some 1995 Epic 3:56
She's So Unusual/True Colors/Hat Full of Stars 1997 Epic / Sony Music Distribution 3:57
Eighties Complete, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:47
Gold and Platinum, Vol. 4: 1980-1984 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:56
Party Time, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
SPG 3:33
Wanna Have Fun 1998 Sony Music Distribution 3:53
Girls Night Out [Telstar TV] 1999
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:51
80's Monster Rock 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:49
80s Monster Rock, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:49
The All Time Greatest Pop Album 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:51
Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:55
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:55
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:33
Legends of Music: Ladies of the 80s 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Legends of Music Collection 3:53
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:50
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 3:33
Millennium of Pop 2000
Various Artists
Import 3:50
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:57
Radio's #1 Hits: The Very Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:51
Dancing Queens [Medalist] 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 3:49
No Image 2001 Modular Recordings
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Riding in Cars with Boys 2001
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:57
The Ultimate Hits of the 80's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
A Year in Your Life: 1983, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:49
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:33
Simply the Best Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:49
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
Jukebox Hits of the '80s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:37
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:53
Rhythm & Grooves: Groove Is in the Heart 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:55
Sounds of the Eighties: Classic '80s 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:55
Time After Time: The Best of Cyndi Lauper 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Eighties Complete, Vol. 1-3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:47
Very Best of All Woman 2003 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV 3:47
The Essential Cyndi Lauper 2003 Legacy / Epic 3:55
Biggest Hits of the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Great Cyndi Lauper 2003 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:58
I Love 2 Party 2004 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 3:50
The Collection 2004 Legacy / Epic 3:58
Rewind: The Best In Music & Video [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
Greatest Collection 2004 Platinum Disc 3:54
Housework Songs 2005
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:51
Collections [Australia] 2006 Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution 3:55
Let's Hear It for the Girls 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Top Hits of the 80's: Groovin' Hits 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
Top of the Pops 1984 [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI 3:52
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 [Original Soundtrack] 2008
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. 3:56
Lo Esencial de Las Clásicas de... Universal 92.1 FM 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:50
Lo Esencial De Antrologia 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:51
Lo Esencial de Mix 106.5 FM 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:52
Greatest Ever!: Eighties: The Definitive Collection [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:51
Amazing 80s 2017
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 3:45
No Image
Various Artists
Virgin
Just Can't Get Enough: Video Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino
Otroligt 80
Various Artists
Bonnier Music
No Image
Various Artists
Digital 3:51
Smash Hits Girl Power
Various Artists
Rhino 3:51