When She Was My Girl

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"When She Was My Girl"
When She Was My Girl - Four Tops.jpg
Single by Four Tops
from the album Tonight!
B-side"Something to Remember"
ReleasedAugust 1981
GenreR&B, soul
Songwriter(s)Larry Gottlieb, Marc Blatte
Four Tops singles chronology
"When She Was My Girl"
"Back to School Again"

"When She Was My Girl" is a 1981 single released by American vocal group the Four Tops. The song, their first release off Casablanca Records, helped to return the former signature Motown act to the American pop Top 40 charts, peaking at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 10 on the Cashbox chart, and reaching number one on the R&B charts.[1]

Internationally, it reached number nine in Canada, number six in New Zealand, and also became their first top 10 hit in the UK in nine years, reaching number three. Their top 40 showing made the group one of the few acts to have top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in three consecutive decades.

"When She Was My Girl" was a Grammy nominee for best R&B song.

Chart performance[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 250,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 212.
  2. ^ "Item". Library and Archives Canada. 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ The Irish Charts, November 8, 1981
  4. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1982-01-10. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 91.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research.
  7. ^ "Chartfile Top 100" Record Mirror 26 December 1981: 27
  8. ^ "American Top 40 Year-End Survey 1972". Lionking.org. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  9. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1981
  10. ^ "British single certifications – Four Tops – When She Was My Girl". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 1, 2022.

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