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I'll Cry If I Want To is the debut album of Lesley Gore. The album included her hit singles "It's My Party" and its follow-up, "Judy's Turn to Cry". The album was rushed out after "It's My Party" became a big hit, and the songs are mostly about crying, linking to the hit single's first line "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to", incorporating songs with titles such as "Cry", "Just Let Me Cry" and "Cry and You Cry Alone".[1][2] Besides the hit singles, the album included pop standards such as "Misty", "Cry Me a River" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?".[1] The album reached #24 on the Billboard 200.[3][4] Edsel Records released the album on Compact Disc in 2000 in combination with Gore's second album, Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts.[5] The album was named the 181st best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.[6]

I'll Cry If I Want To
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Studio album by
ProducerQuincy Jones
Lesley Gore chronology
I'll Cry If I Want To
Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."It's My Party"Walter Gold, John Gluck Jr., Herb Weiner2:20
2."Cry Me a River"Arthur Hamilton2:14
3."Cry"Churchill Kohlman2:05
4."Just Let Me Cry"Ben Raleigh2:18
5."Cry and You Cry Alone"Hilda H. Earnhart2:02
6."No More Tears (Left to Cry)"Mark Barkan2:23
Side two
7."Judy's Turn to Cry"Beverly Ross, Edna Lewis2:23
8."I Understand"Kim Gannon, Mabel Wayne1:53
9."I Would"Kurt Feltz, Edna Lewis, Werner Scharfenberger2:24
10."Misty"Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke2:19
11."What Kind of Fool Am I?"Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley1:43
12."The Party's Over"Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green2:00


Year Chart Position
1963 US Billboard 200 24
Year Single Chart Position
1963 "It's My Party" US Billboard Hot 100 1
US R&B Singles 1
"Judy's Turn to Cry" US Billboard Hot 100 5
US R&B Singles 10


  1. ^ a b Unterberger, R. "I'll Cry If I Want To". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  2. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard: 10. June 22, 1963.
  3. ^ "Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  4. ^ Whitburn, J. (2007). The Billboard Albums. Record Research Inc. p. 418. ISBN 978-0-89820-166-6.
  5. ^ Westergaard, S. "I'll Cry If I Want To/Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  6. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2017-08-22.