‘It’s My Party’ Singer Lesley Gore Dies at 68: Listen to 5 of Her Best Songs

She might have died but the party will never cease. RIP Lesley Ann Gore.


Lesley Gore was an icon to young women in the 1960s with feisty hits that expressed the frustrations of being a teenager. It’s a theme that could easily feel stale in 2015, but “It’s My Party” remains popular on oldies stations and “You Don’t Own Me” still holds lessons for girls in the 21st century.

The singer-songwriter died of cancer Monday at age 68, her longtime partner Lois Sasson confirmed. In honor of her life and influence, here are five of the New Jersey-raised singer’s best hits.

1. “You Don’t Own Me”

The 1963 feminist anthem hit No. 2 on the Billboard pop singles chart and still feels raw today. “When I heard that song at the age of 17,” Gore said in a 2005 interview, “it felt like a humanist song to me. I could see a guy singing that to a young woman as easily as I…

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