The Essential Soundtrack to Pop's Greatest (and Gayest) Year


By Aaron Hicklin

A Musical Primer to 1983 (if there was a better year for music, we'd like to hear it).

Depeche Mode’s third album, Construction Time Again, is released (see November).

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” a bright slice of exuberant pop and an early exemplar of girl power, establishes Cyndi Lauper’s solo career. The song goes on to become one of the most covered of all time, by everyone from Miley Cyrus to Katy Perry, while Lauper becomes a gay icon and one of our most consistent and effective allies. Today it’s de rigueur for a young pop diva to establish her credentials with the gays — in 1983, it wasn’t.

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