She Bop

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"She Bop" was the third commercially released solo single by American singer Cyndi Lauper.


Song information

The song was considered controversial in the dealing of the subject matter of masturbation. It was also included on the Parents Music Resource Center's "Filthy Fifteen" list, due to its sexual lyrics; this led to the creation of the parental approved sticker. (Other songs on the "Filthy Fifteen" list included tracks by Madonna, Prince, and AC/DC.) In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Lauper stated that she recorded the vocals of the song while nude.[1]

Lauper said she wanted little kids to think the song was about dancing, and to understand the real meaning as they got older. She never directly stated in the song what the meaning of the song was, so it could receive airplay.[citation needed]

The single has been released in over 32 variations across the world, the most common being a two track 7" vinyl single (with varying covers) and a two track 12" vinyl single (also with varying covers).

Lauper recorded a slow ballad version of the song for her album The Body Acoustic.

Chart performance

"She Bop" was released on February 17, 1984 and became a success. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at 52 on the issue dated July 21, 1984[2] and reached a peak position of two on the issue dated September 08, 1984[3], for a total of twenty-five weeks spent in the chart.[4] It reached the position ten on Hot Dance/Club Play Songs.[5] On April 17, 1989, the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the shipment of 500,000 copies across United States.[6] In 1984, "She Bop" achieved Lauper as the first female singer to generate four top 10 in Hot 100.[7] The song placed at 34 on year-end chart of 1984.[8]

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