Girls Just Want to Have Fun

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (Robert Hazard, Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual, 1983)

One of rock’s greatest feminist songs, Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is an exhilarating and joyous tirade against the tyranny of boredom. (For you millennials, “feminism” was a powerful protest movement concerning women’s’ rights, and feminism has arguably become extinct outside of a few conclaves in New York, Portland and San Francisco.) Note: boys also just want to have fun. The song was originally recorded by its writer Robert Hazard from a male perspective. Lauper changed the gender and created an MTV and cultural classic.