First Hit #1: May 20, 1989
Paula Abdul is a grown woman. She also was a grown woman in 1989, for the record. I mention this only because Forever your Girl doesn’t seem like the song a grown woman would want to sing. It’s a silly pop song about love and jealousy, with repeated mentions of boys. Abdul’s performance itself doesn’t have too much range and it’s pretty one-note. She does get to do some tap dancing in the actual song this time, which is fun, and adds a distinct percussive instrument into a song that desperately needs something distinct about it. It’s not that it’s a bad song really, I just found myself thinking Abdul was a bit old for it. That’s not an example of ageism, it’s just a reflection of a song that feels like it should be sung by someone who is not merely young, but immature, someone who would actually belong in a high school, it would at least make the sillier elements of it make a bit more sense in context. When I hear Abdul singing it, no matter how many kids she puts in the video, no matter how high she sings it, I keep thinking she should have outgrown this kind of thing by now.
This is the perfect song for Tiffany or Debbie Gibson.