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Charted: July 23, 1988

Rating: 3.500 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: dance pop

Quotable: “a consistent album with some great dance-pop songs” – Bryan Buss, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. The Way That You Love Me
  2. Knocked Out
  3. Opposites Attract
  4. State of Attraction
  5. I Need You
  6. Forever Your Girl
  7. Straight Up
  8. Next to You
  9. Cold Hearted
  10. One or the Other


sales in U.S. only 7 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 7.3 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 10
peak on U.K. album chart 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Knocked Out (5/21/88) #41 UK, #21 UK, #8 RB
  • It’s Just the Way That You Love Me (9/10/88) #2a US, #74 UK, #9a RB
  • Straight Up (12/3/88) #1 US, #3 UK, #2 RB, #39 AC. Sales: 1 million
  • Forever Your Girl (3/11/89) #1 US, #24 UK, #54 RB, #11 AC. Sales: ½ million
  • Cold Hearted (6/24/89) #1 US, #46 UK. Sales: ½ million
  • Opposites Attract (12/16/89) #1 US, #2 UK, #3 RB, #45 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Forever Your Girl
Paula Abdul
“Singer/dancer/choreographer Paula Abdul hit the big time with the third single, Straight Up, off this album, which sparked a string of hits that carried through to her follow-up. Despite having a slight voice, her voice is distinct and perfectly suited to this synthesized type of late-‘80s dance-pop. Cold Hearted is insistent and catchy, Forever Your Girl is sweet and accessible, and Opposites Attract gives Abdul a chance to spar with the Wild Pair” (Buss).

“There is some filler – Next to You, for example – that hasn’t aged as well as the better material, but overall this is a consistent album with some great dance-pop songs. Unfortunately, as Abdul and her material matured, her audience waned” (Buss).

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Last updated April 1, 2008.