These female-oriented songs with the word “girl”, in the title, will complete your playlist.
A wide variety of emotions can be represented by the word “girl”. To express a variety of emotions, musicians use the term “girl”, in song titles or lyrics. Songs from various genres showcase the characteristics of girls in a thoughtful way. Although some songs do acknowledge the attractive personality of girls, most songs reflect the feelings of the singers or songwriters about them.
The word “girl” is used often in songs to express the perspective of the singer on young women. Songs are a reflection of the way singers and songwriters see girls. Some songs are charmingly able to showcase the unique characteristics of women.
Many songs recall the feelings of having a crush upon a girl. Songs tell the story of romantic moments with a girl in creative ways.
Songs about love and romance show the carefree spirit of freedom. These songs can be opinionated, with dark humor and sarcasm, but they often offer a dual perspective.
Some songs depict stereotypical images of girls. However, there are many songs that explore the unique qualities that make a girl special. Some songs are driven by strong sentiments about girl power. Songs that describe feminine beauty in poetic ways can elicit a feeling of desire. A lot of songs about girls contain a strong “girl power” sentiment.
Symbolism – Girls in Songs
The word “girl” in literature and music is a symbol of strength and weakness. Songs often exaggerate the many emotions associated with girls. Figuratively, both the good and bad aspects of a girl are frequently highlighted and expressed in comparable forms. To spark romantic feelings, lyrics highlight the nuances of beauty as well as passion.
Songs that convey a philosophical message depict concepts related to perception and reality. Some songs bring to life the problems that couples face in brutally honest ways.
Alternative genres are flooded with confessional lyrics about feelings about girls. Lyrics that praise individualism highlight the fact that each girl is unique. With a thoughtful message, certain songs reveal unique and inspiring qualities in girls.
In certain music videos, the fun things that girls do and their love of partying are shown. Songs are a creative way to tell stories through songs.
The term “girl” can be used to describe a variety of characteristics, but in songs the term is used to denote or symbolize:
Songs about girls can explore female friendships.
Best Songs With ‘Girl’ in the Title
It is a fact no more groan-worthy than any other, that naming a song after a woman has become one of the biggest music clichés of all time. But there have been some great ones and with lists, the relevancy is never in short supply.
Here is the list of awesome songs with “lady” in the title.
1. ‘Girl’ – The Beatles
The Beatles’ “Girl!” is an excellent example of a song that has the word “girl” in the title. It contains some memorable lyrics including “Is there anybody going to listen to my story all about the girl who came to stay?”
It’s a really well-known track from these four lads!
2. ‘China Girl’ – David Bowie
The well-known 80s album Let’s Dance includes the song China Girl, which is always worth listening to.
It was Iggy Pop when first recorded it (and co-wrote it), but it was Bowie who made the song a success. It’s Stevie Ray Vaughan playing the lead guitar on that track, which definitely helps!
3. ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ – Cyndi Lauper
One of the greatest songs of the 80s and also a favorite karaoke song for girls, this song was an anthem for women’s lib.
This book showed more people just how amazing styles from charity shops can be and led to the development of their own fashion trends.
4. ‘You’re a Big Girl Now’ – Bob Dylan
From Dylan’s return to form in the ‘70s, this is a popular breakup song. If anything, it’s one of his most emotional songs ever.
It talks about how you feel after someone breaks your heart, “with a pain that stops and starts / like a corkscrew to my heart / ever since we’ve been apart.”
5. ‘The Girl Is Mine’ – Michael Jackson feat. Paul McCartney
Collaborations were the big thing back in the 80s. Here, King of Pop, Michael Jackson teams up with former Beatle Paul McCartney.
This upbeat song about jealousy appeared on Jackson’s classic album Thriller and was featured alongside Billie Jean and Beat It.
6. ‘Breaking the Girl’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
The lead singer of a band called The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, sings about the end of a relationship. He compares it to love dying which he refers to as “the twilight of love.”
The song is also about his dad’s relationship with women, which he talks about in his book.
7. ‘Girl From Ipanema’ – Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
The song “A Felicidade” has been around for a while, but the lyrics are still applicable. It was written by two Brazilian composers and is about a young girl that the wrote found inspiring. The lyrics read something like this: “The girl walked like a samba past the bar where they reside.”
Ipanema is a district in Rio de Janeiro that became famous after this song.
8. ‘Girls’ – Beastie Boys
Many artists, including Ad-Rock Horovitz, will make jokes of this nature in their work. This type of thing is usually a joke or parody rather than genuine.
The Beasties used satire a lot in their song (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party), which was a parody on frat boy partying.
I see you wanna know more about fights, we can talk about that in our songs.
9. ‘Factory Girl’ – The Rolling Stones
A lesser-known Stones song from their Beggars Banquet LP, ‘Factory Girl’ is an acoustic blues number about a disheveled girl who’s a “sight for sore eyes.”
Though there are many theories about the song, one popular one is that it’s about Edie Sedgwick. She was a 60s underground film star and socialite who appeared in some of Andy Warhol’s movies in his studio and was made the subject of an 2006 motion picture by director Andrew Carnegie.
10. ‘Girls Like You’ – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
This is an upbeat song from one of the best modern pop bands, Maroon 5.
This is a really clever video. It took about 3 months to make as more and more women got involved, including Ellen DeGeneres & Jennifer Lopez. The final girl in the sequence is Adam Levine’s wife, holding his baby.
11. ‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others’ – The Smiths
One of The Smiths’ stranger songs, the lyrics go on to explore the different shapes and sizes of women (obviously flattering not all of them) as well as their mothers. Morrissey must’ve found these topics interesting since he has no boundaries.
When Morrissey presented the lyrics to Johnny Marr, he couldn’t believe them.
12. ‘My Girl’ – The Temptations
Written and produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White (both members of The Miracles), this became a massive hit for The Temptations.
The bass line in the opening riff of this song is one of the most recognizable ever.
13. ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’ – Foreigner
The Foreigner song “Waiting for a Girl Like You” is about that time in your life when you’re waiting for someone special to come along.
This gut-wrenching performance was inspired by a mysterious woman who appeared in the studio when singer Lou Gramm was performing the song. But as it turns out, he never tracked her down…
14. ‘I Kissed a Girl’ – Katy Perry
The song is about female bonding and exploring new things.
The subject matter in this book won her a lot of critics but it also won her many fans of the LGBTQ community.
15. ‘Girls and Boys’ – Blur
Damon Albarn can thank his stay in Magaluf for writing this 90s hit.
A lot of people tend not to spot that in German the phrase “Du bist sehr gut,” which means “You are very pretty.”
16. ‘American Girl’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
This song has a deeper meaning. It’s about how American girls in high school believe that being brought up on promises will lead them to a better life, but when they grow up, they realize there is more to life somewhere else.
Secondly, there is reference to something Floridian folklore (Petty grew up in Florida). A student who was on the influence of drugs jumped to her death from the window of her dormitory (believing she could fly) when she was in Beatty Towers.
These lyrics make more sense now: “she stood alone on her balcony, she could hear the cars roll by, out on 441.” Beatty Towers is on State Road 441.
17. ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ – Van Morrison
‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison is a great song, but it isn’t his best work. You can easily guess that by the title!
Despite what he says in the Time interview, it sounds like he doesn’t think this song had a lot of meaning.
18. ‘Galway Girl’ – Ed Sheeran
This song went viral in Ireland and wasn’t originally going to make it onto Sheeran’s album, but he insisted on adding it. Folk music isn’t well known so the record label didn’t think that folk would sell. They turned out to be wrong.
This is one of his most popular songs, ranking especially high in Ireland where it had a bit of an unusual twist.
19. ‘Material Girl’ – Madonna
In this song by Madonna, the pop queen is portrayed as a gold-digger. But, then again, any student of her knows that couldn’t be more accurate.
“I feel lucky to be able to afford a Frida Kahlo [painting],” she said in a Rolling Stone interview, but “these things are not mandatory for my happiness.”
20. ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ – The Cars
His best friend’s girlfriend used to be his girlfriend, till she ran away with his best friend. Now, he can only lament the loss and remember how good she looked dancing ‘neath the starry sky.
It’s one of the best songs about jealousy from the ’70s.
21. ‘Rubberband Girl’ – Kate Bush
Rubberband Girl seems like a typical pop song (which is why she’s so talented) but it has a much deeper meaning, like most of her other songs.
This song is about how we continue to live a rigid life, which can be bad for us. The singer wonders what could happen if she would learn “how to give like a rubberband”. She has a point. Isn’t the world much better when we don’t have to be so uptight?
22. ‘Psychotic Girl’ – The Black Keys
Here’s a song about regretting being with a girl. It starts out, “I thought you’d change, but then you do me wrong.”
Another good song by Black Keys is ‘Tighten Up,’ which we have in our whistle songs playlist.
23. ‘West End Girls’ – Pet Shop Boys
Here’s a song about clubbing in London’s Theatre District, otherwise known as London’s ‘West End.‘
Some people have speculated that the line “to a dive bar in a West End town” from The Pet Shop Boys song refers to an actual bar they used to frequent.
24. ‘Run The World (Girls)’ – Beyoncé
Beyoncé really knows what she’s talking about: girls are just as smart, strong and capable as men. Girls “run the world.” She does mention that this is because of their empathy for balancing work & family life and staying committed to both.
It’s true, as guys we’re kinda lame for most of the time.
25. ‘Cinnamon Girl’ – Neil Young
With its gloriously overdriven guitars and handclaps, ‘Cinnamon Girl’ was easily one of Neil Young’s career highlights in the early years.
The studio version of this song (above) is not the same as live versions – it includes the late, great Danny Whitten on backing vocals and sounds far better than any other live performances.
We know that cinnamon is actually a spice but this song has the word “food” in it.
26. ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ – Queen
It’s not their best but I still think this song is a lot of fun and worth listening to, even if it’s pretty weird. The vocalist has such impressive lungs that they could be singing about anything and it would sound good.
Queen were no stranger to bizarre lyrics. ‘I’m in Love With My Car’ is one of these, and it’s a good addition to our list of car songs.
27. ‘California Girls’ – The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys mainly sang about surf, cars, and girls.
This is one of the group’s best track about some girls from the Western Coast. According to them, they’re “the cutest girls in the world”.
28. ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ – Prince
Prince was a master of his craft. He put out great music in his time at Paisley Park- from 1985’s ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ to 1991’s ‘My Name is Prince’. His legacy lives on.
Prince sings, “it’s plain to see that you’re the reason God made a girl.” He sure sounds like he thinks very highly of you!
If you love Prince, then we highly recommend listening to one of his best songs- ‘Money Don’t Matter 2 Night’. It’s a brilliant song about greed.
29. ‘Uptown Girl’ – Billy Joel
This was a favorite of mine growing up. It’s about a down-to-earth guy (Billy Joel) trying to convince an upper class woman that he deserves her. It’s kind of cheesy, but I like it. “She’s got a choice,” he reminds her.
It’s ironic that Billy Joel wrote this song when he actually came from a wealthy background. At the time, he was dating supermodels, and he himself had a privileged upbringing.
30. ‘Girls on My Mind’ – David Byrne
Wow, I’m not even surprised anymore. It’s always a David Byrne track!
This song is all about a dude who can’t stop thinking about girls, and how this takes over his power of reason. It might be David Byrne being silly, but that’s kinda the point in the first place!
Obviously, this is not a complete list of girl-themed songs – you could make your own list by adding more. But the songs on this list are some of the most important in terms of music lists.
FAQ for Songs With ‘Girl’ in the Title
What are the best songs with “girl” in the title?
1. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
2. “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Mötley Crüe
3. “Girls and Boys (Intro)” by Goodie Mob
What are most popular songs with “girl” in the title?
Some of the most popular songs with “girl” in the title are “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 and Cardi B, and “Girls Talk Boys” by Little Mix.
What are the worst songs with “girl” in the title?
The worst songs with girl in the title are “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne, “Girl Next Door” by Daughtry, and “Girl on TV” by Ed Sheeran.
Who has the most number of songs with “girl” in the title?
The Beatles have the most number of songs with “girl” in the title, with 11 songs.
What is the song “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 about?
The song is about a guy who is trying to convince a girl that she should give him a chance. He compares her to the other girls he has dated and explains why she is better than them.