1s (three in 1989 and one in 1990): "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted", and "Opposites Attract".

In December 2005, Abdul launched a cheerleading/fitness/dance DVD series called Cardio Cheer, which is marketed to children and teenage girls involved with cheerleading and dance.

In film, Abdul choreographed sequences for the giant keyboard scene involving Tom Hanks's character in Big.

7 on Billboard's album chart, becoming one of the most successful remix albums to date.

The Grammy award-winning video for "Opposites Attract" featured an animated cat named MC Skat Kat.

Other credits include appearances in Coming to America, Action Jackson, Jerry Maguire, The Running Man, American Beauty, Can't Buy Me Love, and Oliver Stone's The Doors.

Her television appearances include The Tracey Ullman Show, American Music Awards, the Academy Awards, and several commercials, such as The King's touchdown celebration, as seen in a string of popular Burger King television commercials that aired during the 2005–06 NFL season.

1, and was followed by the Top 10 hit "Blowing Kisses in the Wind" and two Top 20 hits: "Vibeology" and "Will You Marry Me? The album, Spellbound, retained much of the dance-oriented formula heard on her debut album. Abdul promoted the album through the "Under My Spell Tour", which was named by an MTV contest for fans.

This tour was nearly cancelled due to an accident during rehearsals.

During her freshman year, she was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Abdul choreographed videos for several singers throughout the 1980s, including many videos for Janet Jackson during her Control era.

In 1995, Abdul released a dance workout video entitled Paula Abdul's Get Up and Dance!

She was a tireless worker, and relied on input from her vocal coach and producers to improve her sound.