Cyndi Lauper sang it. Miley Cyrus covered it. Robert Hazard wrote it.
In the 1980s, Hazard's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" helped define Lauper as the free-spirited alternative to the boy-toying Madonna. The sing-along song rose to No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart, spawning a like-named Sarah Jessica Parker-Helen Hunt teen comedy, countless movie soundtrack inclusions, and a recent cover by Cyrus, the reigning teen queen.
If it was an interesting note that the girl-power anthem was penned by a man—in a 15-minute spurt in a motel bathroom in 1979, or so the story goes—then it was also interesting that the peppy pop hit was penned by a musician who preferred understated folk-rock.