When She Was My Girl

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"When She Was My Girl"
side-A vinyl label
Side A of the US single
Single by Four Tops
from the album Tonight!
B-side"Something to Remember"
ReleasedAugust 1981
GenreR&B, soul
Songwriter(s)Larry Gottlieb, Marc Blatte
Producer(s)David Wolfert
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 No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, No. 10 on the Cashbox chart, and reaching No. 1 on the R&B charts.[1]

Internationally, it reached No. 9 in Canada, No. 6 in New Zealand, and also became their first top 10 hit in the UK in nine years, reaching No. 3. 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.

Record World called it an "infectious dancer."[2]

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

Bruce Springsteen recorded the song for his 2022 album, Only the Strong Survive.

Chart performance[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] 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. ^ "Hits of the Week" (PDF). Record World. August 22, 1981. p. 1. Retrieved 2023-03-01.
  3. ^ "Item". Library and Archives Canada. 17 July 2013.
  4. ^ The Irish Charts, November 8, 1981
  5. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1982-01-10. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 91.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research.
  8. ^ "Chartfile Top 100" Record Mirror 26 December 1981: 27
  9. ^ "American Top 40 Year-End Survey 1972". Lionking.org. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  10. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1981
  11. ^ "British single certifications – Four Tops – When She Was My Girl". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 1, 2022.

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