- Publish Date
- Thursday, 27 January 2022, 5:53PM
Thirty-nine years ago, the legendary Cyndi Lauper released her catchy feminist anthem 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'.
And now, after being added to YouTube in October 2009, the song's iconic music video has officially hit over one billion views on the video platform!
According to YouTube, the video - which shows Lauper dancing across New York City back to her parent's apartment, accompanied by a parade of revellers - has averaged more than 300,000 views per day over the last 12 months.
Reflecting on the milestone achievement, the 68-year-old singer said that many people don't realise that 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' is really a political song.
"When I got my feminist hands on ['Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'], I knew I wanted to make it into an anthem for all women. Sonically, I wanted the song to be uplifting and joyful," she said in a statement.
"When it came time to make the video it was really important to me to make sure we included women from every walk of life. I wanted every little girl watching the video to have the joyful experience of seeing herself on that screen. I wanted us to be a community."
She continued: "Back when we made the video there was no YouTube, so when you think about it, it’s really extraordinary. The reach that this song has. The longevity. That people still purposely seek this video out and press play. Wow. I’m really grateful. Thank you."
The clip is now the fifth song from the '80s to have a video reach the billion views mark.
Others include Guns N’ Roses’ 'Sweet Child O’ Mine,' A-ha’s 'Take on Me,' Michael Jackson’s 'Billie Jean' and Rick Astley’s 'Never Gonna Give You Up.'
Lauper's rendition is a cover of the song, which was written and performed by Robert Hazard and released as a single in 1979.