This was Gibson's first American #1 hit, giving the 17-year-old the honor of becoming the youngest artist ever to write, perform, and produce a #1 single. The song captures the fantastical feelings of a teenage girl as she deals with heartbreak for the first time and wonders if she can ever love again. It's very astute songwriting for a teenager, and much more complex than Gibson's first three singles, the upbeat songs "Only In My Dreams," "Shake Your Love" and "Out Of The Blue
Debbie Gibson's record was broken by Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, who was 17 years and one month old when the self-written and produced "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
topped the chart on September 15, 2007. Gibson was 17 years and 9 months old when "Foolish Beat" went to #1 on June 25, 1988.