Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009

3. Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul

For young fans of American Idol reading this, it might prove quite the shock to learn that the judge who does her best to simultaneously encourage the contestants and put Simon Cowell in his place, was once one of the pop world's leading attractions herself. And Forever Your Girl was the undoubted highpoint of Paula Abdul's singing career, packed full of catchy, disposable classics such as the title track, "Straight Up", "Cold Hearted", and "Opposites Attract."

TIME's Take: "Abdul's celebrity ascent has been so persistent and so dizzying that it hasn't left her time to make a follow-up record."