Decades before Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea would see their names in the top five on the Hot 100, Tiffany was touring shopping malls in support of her self-titled debut album.
In 2011, Tiffany talked to us about her No. 1s: “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been.” And let’s not forget that at 16, she became one of the youngest female artists to earn a No. 1 album.
To celebrate her 43rd birthday, check out a few of her classic moments:
“Here in My Heart”
This was released as a promotional single in 1990, so it was ineligible to chart, but the video from her third studio album was dedicated to the troops serving in the Gulf War and became the official USO song.
“All This Time”
We see a more mature Tiffany in the music video for 1988’s “All This Time,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. Unfortunately, this top 10 hit from her second album, Hold an Old Friend’s Hand, would be her last in the U.S.
While Tiffany performed this song many times, there’s something about this 1988 karaoke-esque studio version, filmed for a Japanese late-night countdown, that is particularly ’80s. She belts the heck out of her second No. 1 Hot 100 hit, but at the same time, there’s sadness listening to the lyrics and knowing her career didn’t have the longevity she may have hoped: “When I think about what could’ve been, it makes me want to cry.”
“I Saw Him Standing There”
Tiffany put an ’80s spin on a ’60s classic in the music video for her 1988 hit “I Saw Him Standing There.” She also seems to be channeling Joan Jett throughout the Beatles cover, which peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100 that year.
“I Think We’re Alone Now”
For her first No. 1 hit in 1987, Tiffany went back to the mall (the place that helped launch her career). Her vocals are top-notch here for her cover of the Tommy James & The Shondells hit.