'At Last': Cyndi Lauper's Standard Issue Pop singer Cyndi Lauper was huge in the 1980s, starting with "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." Then she faded from the public eye. Now she's back with a new CD that emphasizes some of her favorite classic pop tunes. Hear full songs from the CD and samples of her earlier hits.

'At Last': Cyndi Lauper's Standard Issue

'80s Star Back in Full Voice with Collection of Pop Classics

'At Last': Cyndi Lauper's Standard Issue

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She just wanted to have fun and who could blame her? In 1984, Cyndi Lauper crashed the pop music party with a "girl power" anthem that literally took the country by storm: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." Throw in a rainbow punk hairdo and vintage clothing store ensemble and a cultural icon was born. The resulting fame and fortune was almost more than the Queens native could handle.

Songs from 'At Last'

audio icon 'At Last'

audio icon 'Stay'

audio icon 'Unchained Melody'

Fast forward 20 years, and it's clear that Lauper came through her moment with her sense of fun, adventure and happiness intact. She speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the blue collar neighborhood of her youth and her most recent CD, a collection of pop standards called At Last.

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Lauper says that recording the new album brought back memories that infused the material with a deeply personal emotion and intimacy. The sessions included a duet with Tony Bennett, whose voice often filled her family home when she was growing up in Ozone Park.

"I didn't care if I was singing the alphabet with him," she says.

Classic Cyndi!

Samples of Lauper's Hits

audio icon 'Time After Time'

audio icon 'Money Changes Everything'

audio icon 'She Bop'

Lauper is still proud of her music of the 1980s, citing its positive message, and is counting on her fans to find a the same uplifting experience while listening to At Last.