All American Girls (song)


"All American Girls"
All American Girls - Sister Sledge.jpg
Single by Sister Sledge
from the album All American Girls
B-side"Happy Feeling"
ReleasedMarch 1981 (1981)
LabelCotillion Records
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Sister Sledge singles chronology
"Let's Go on Vacation"
"All American Girls"
"Next Time You'll Know"

"All American Girls" is a song by the American group Sister Sledge. It was originally released in 1981 as a single. The song became an international hit.

It was written by songwriter Allee Willis along with Joni Sledge and Narada Michael Walden's then wife Lisa Walden. Released in January 1981, the song peaked at number three on the R&B/Soul charts[1] and 79 on the Hot 100 charts in late March 1981.[2] It was also a Top 10 hit in the Low Countries, reaching number eight in the Netherlands[3] and number six in Belgium (Flanders).[4] It also charted in Germany (number 27),[5] Italy (number 34)[6] and the UK (number 41).[7]

The song is a patriotic hymn to feminism and the right of American women to receive the same professional and social recognition as men; the song was regarded as a patriotic and propaganda piece by Ronald Reagan's then newly elected conservative government and is often used as a soundtrack for feminist parades of black women's rights.[8][9][10]

Track listings

7" single "All American Girls"

A. "All American Girls"
(Allee Willis, Joni Sledge, Lisa Walden)
B. "Happy Feeling"
(Kathy Sledge)
Cotillion Records 46007



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  2. ^ a b "Sister Sledge Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  3. ^ a b "Sister Sledge – All American Girls" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  4. ^ a b "Sister Sledge – All American Girls" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ a b " – Sister Sledge – All American Girls". GfK Entertainment charts.
  6. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Top Annuali Single: 1981".
  7. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "Kathy Sledge is still our favorite 'all American girl!'". 30 July 2021. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Sister Sledge's 'All American Girls' Turns 40 | Anniversary Retrospective". Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  10. ^ Cavoto, Erin (14 May 2021). "The Best Songs About America to Play During the Summer Holidays". Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1981". Ultratop. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
  12. ^ "Jaaroverzichten - Single 1981". Dutch Charts. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
  13. ^ "Soul Singles" (PDF). Billboard. December 26, 1981. p. YE-30. Retrieved November 20, 2021 – via World Radio History.

External links

  • Sister Sledge - All American Girls on YouTube