Charlotte Caffey

Charlotte Caffey


Charlotte Caffey is a die-hard songwriter and a founding member of The Go-Go’s, who wrote the classic hits “We Got The Beat”, “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels”. She has also written and recorded with such diverse artists such as Keith Urban (co-writing his first #1 song), Carol King, Courtney Love (Hole), The Bangles, Jewel, Heart, Lindsey Buckingham, and Jon Bon Jovi to name just a few. Her melodic, riff-laden songs have been licensed in dozens of classic movies like “Fast Times At Ridgemont High”, “Romy and Michelle”, “Superstar”, “13 Going On 30” and most recently “My Little Pony: The Movie”. She has written theme songs for TV shows from Clueless (1995) to Welcome To The Wayne on Nickelodeon (2017) as well as composing original songs for Jell-o and T-Mobile commercials.

In addition to her success in film, television and songwriting, Caffey is a composer and playwright for theater. Her first endeavor was Lovelace: A Rock Opera, co-written with frequent writing partner and sister-in-law, Anna Waronker. Caffey and Waronker wrote the book, music, and lyrics to this completely sung-through masterpiece, which ran in Los Angeles, CA from 2008-2009 and went on to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. “Lovelace” starred a then unknown, now Broadway darling and Tony Award winner, Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit).

In 2015, Caffey worked with Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner on a re-imagined version of Searching for Signs Of IntelligentLife In The Universe co-composing the underscore for this beloved play. 

Head Over Heels, a new musical, opened on Broadway in July of 2018, directed by Michael Mayer with arrangements and orchestrations by Tom Kitt. The songs of The Go-Go’s, including all of Caffey’s well known hits and other classic songs she wrote for her band, tell this story of love and acceptance.

Currently, Caffey has co-written the end-title song called Club Zero for The Go-Go’s, the new documentary about the extraordinary story of this iconic group directed by Alison Ellwood. The doc had its debut at Sundance 2020 to rave reviews and standing ovations and will premiere on Showtime this summer (2020).

Selected Credits


Santa Clarita Diet (Co-Writer) 
“This Old Feeling” 
Director: Marc Buckland 
Producers: Nancy Juvonen, Ben Smith (VIII), Jimmy Simmons 
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson 

My Little Pony: The Movie (Songwriter) 
“We Got The Beat” 
Director: Jayson Thiessen 
Producers: Haven Alexander, Stephen Davis, Brian Goldner 
Starring: Uzo Aduba, Ashleigh Ball, Adam Bengis

Lazy Susan (Co-Writer) 
Stargazer Films USA 
“Head Over Heels” 
Director: Nick Peet 
Producers: Todd Milliner, Carl Moellenberg, Shane O’Brien 
Starring: Sean Hayes, Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick

Like Father (Co-Writer) 
Director: Lauren Miller Rogen 
Producers: Anders Bard, Amanda Bowers, Molly Conners 
Starring: Kristen Bell, Danielle Davenport, Kimiko Glenn

When We First Met (Songwriter) 
“We Got The Beat” 
Director: Ari Sandel 
Producers: Michelle Knudsen, McG, Mason Novick 
Starring: Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario, Shelley Hennig 


Welcome To The Wayne (Co-Writer, Main Title) 
Director: Tahir Rana, Rick Ritter 
Producers: Lacey Stanton, Michael Pecoriello, Heather Walker 
Starring: Billy Lopez, Dana Steingold, Alanna Ubach


The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In The Universe: Revisited (Music, Lyrics) 
Director: Ken Sawyer 
The Davidson/Valentini Theater

Hit The Wall (Music, Lyrics) 
Director: Ken Sawyer 
The Davidson/Valentini Theater 

Lovelace: A Rock Opera (Music, Lyrics) 
Director: Ken Sawyer 
Hayworth Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 


Head Over Heels (Music, Lyrics) 
Director: Michael Mayer 
Hudson Theater


Head Over Heels Original Broadway Cast Recording (Co-Writer) 
Sony Masterworks


Guitar Hero (Songwriter) 
“We Got The Beat” Red Octane/Activision

Rocksmith (Songwriter, Co-writer) 
“We Got The Beat” 


Anna Waronker Ellen Shipley 
Annie Roboff Gregg Alexander 
Belinda Carlisle (Go-Go’s) Greg Wells 
Gina Shock (The Go-Go’s) Jill Sobule 
Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) Jon Bon Jovi 
Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s) Keith Urban 
Beth Nielsen Chapman Linda Perry 
Billy Steinberg Lindsey Buckingham 
Bob Crewe Louise Goffin 
Carol King Rick Nowels 
China Forbes (Pink Martini) Shelby Lynne 
Courtney Love (Hole) Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) 
Craig Wiseman Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) 
Dana Parish 
Dave Bassett