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Beauty and the Beat
Studio album by The Go-Go's
Released July 24, 1981
Recorded 1980-1981
Genre Pop rock, New Wave
Length 32:17
Label I.R.S.
Producer Rob Freeman,
Richard Gottehrer
Professional reviews
The Go-Go's chronology
Beauty and the Beat

Beauty and the Beat is the debut album from Californian all-female band The Go-Go's. Released in 1981 on the IRS Records label, the album was preceded by the single "We Got the Beat," which became a massive club hit in Europe and, later, the United States. When the album was eventually released, it steadily climbed the Billboard 200 chart, ultimately peaking at number one, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. The L.P. sold in excess of three million copies, and reached double platinum status, making it one of the most successful debut albums of all time. It is now widely considered as one of the cornerstone albums of 1980s new wave music. It was the first album entirely written and performed by an all-female band to top the charts.

The title is a play on the European fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, a story retold in numerous, perhaps most widely known version being Disney's 1991 feature length animated adaptation which released a decade after Beauty and the Beat.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 413 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[1] This album was chosen as one of's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005. The lead single and album opener, "Our Lips Are Sealed", has been covered over the years by numerous artists, and remains a staple of 80's playlists. It is frequently cited as one of the Top 100 and Top 50 songs of the 80's. Rolling Stone magazine has named it one of the Top 100 Pop Singles of all time.


Track listing

# Title Composer(s) Time
1. "Our Lips Are Sealed" Terry Hall, Wiedlin 2:45
2. "How Much More" Caffey, Wiedlin 3:06
3. "Tonite" Caffey, Wiedlin, Case 3:35
4. "Lust to Love" Caffey, Wiedlin 4:04
5. "This Town" Caffey, Wiedlin 3:20
6. "We Got the Beat" Caffey 2:32
7. "Fading Fast" Caffey 3:41
8. "Automatic" Wiedlin 3:07
9. You Can't Walk in Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)" Caffey, Wiedlin 2:54
10. "Skidmarks on My Heart" Caffey, Carlisle 3:06
11. "Can't Stop the World" Valentine 3:20




  • Rob Freeman: production, engineering, and mixing
  • Richard Gottehrer: production
  • James A. Ball: assistant engineer and mixing assistant
  • Ted Blechta, Darroll Gustamachio, Gray Russell, John Terelle: assistant engineers
  • Stuart Furusho, David Leonard: mixing assistants
  • Doug Schwartz: remixing
  • Greg Calbi: mastering




Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 1 2x Platinum
Canadian Albums Chart 2 Platinum
Australian Albums Chart 27 -


Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. MSR U.S. Dance UK singles CAN singles AUS singles
1981 "Our Lips Are Sealed" 20 15 10 47 4 2
1982 "We Got the Beat" 2 7 35 - 3 29
Preceded by
Freeze Frame by The J. Geils Band
Billboard 200 number-one album
March 6 - April 16, 1982
Succeeded by
Chariots of Fire (soundtrack) by Vangelis


  1. ^ "413 Beauty and the Beat" "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" 1 November 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2009.

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