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Deborah Gibson Celebrates 40th Birthday

She wrote her first song - "Make Sure You Know Your Classroom" - at age 5. On her special day, Chart Beat remembers the artist's later hits.

FOUNTAIN OF ‘YOUTH’: An artist who spent a hefty portion of her teens in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 40 celebrates her 40th birthday today.

Deborah Gibson was born Aug. 31, 1970 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Billed as Debbie Gibson, the pop singer-songwriter notched nine top 40 Hot 100 hits on Atlantic Records between 1987 and 1991.

Gibson’s debut album, “Out of the Blue,” generated four Hot 100 top 10s, including the No. 1 “Foolish Beat” in 1988. Not yet 18 when the song reached the summit, Gibson remains the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a Hot 100 chart-topper.

Gibson’s second album, “Electric Youth,” reigned for five weeks atop the Billboard 200 in 1989 and featured her second Hot 100 leader, “Lost in Your Eyes.”

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Gibson’s first two albums have been certified triple- and double-Platinum, respectively. Her third set, “Anything Is Possible,” earned a Gold certification.

Gibson, who added Broadway credits to her resume beginning in 1992, has most recently made headlines with the announcement that she has teamed with fellow former teen singing star Tiffany to film the upcoming Syfy original movie, “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” (also starring Mickey Dolenz) and for headlining Cirque Dreams’ “Jungle Fantasy” stage production.

“Thank U 4 all the bday wishes! 40 feels FABULOUS!,” Gibson Tweeted earlier today. “I’m giggling cuz the number doesn’t compute. I feel ETERNALLY ELECTRIC.”

On her 40th birthday, Chart Beat looks at Gibson’s nine Hot 100 top 40 hits to-date.

“Only in My Dreams”
Hot 100 Peak, Date: No. 4, Sept. 5, 1987

“Shake Your Love”
Hot 100 Peak, Date: No. 4, Dec. 19, 1987

“Out of the Blue”
Hot 100 Peak, Date: No. 3, April 9, 1988

“Foolish Beat”
Hot 100 Peak, Date: No. 1 (one week), June 25, 1988

“Staying Together”
Hot 100 Peak, Date: No. 22, Sept. 24, 1988

“Lost in Your Eyes”
Hot 100 Peak, Date: No. 1 (three weeks), March 4, 1989

“Electric Youth”
Hot 100 Peak, Date: No. 11, May 13, 1989

“No More Rhyme”
Hot 100 Peak, Date: No. 17, Aug. 12, 1989

“Anything Is Possible”
Hot 100 Peak, Date: No. 26, Jan. 12, 1991