Fill out your playlist with these female-focused songs that have the word “girl” in the title.
The word “girl” represents a wide range of sentiments. Musicians use the term “girl” in their lyrics or song titles to express myriad emotions. The attributes associated with girls are showcased in thoughtful manner in songs from different genres. While certain songs acknowledge the alluring personality of a girl, the majority of songs are reflective of the singer or songwriter’s feelings about a girl.
In songs, the word “girl” is often used to convey the singer’s perspective on young women. The way in which singers and songwriters perceive the characteristics of girls come to life through their lyrics. Certain songs showcase the personality traits of women in an endearing manner.
A number of songs reminiscence about the feeling of having a crush on a girl. Romantic moments spent with a girl are narrated in songs in creative ways.
The carefree spirit of freedom comes to light in songs about love and romance. Although certain lyrics about girls are highly opinionated and laced with sarcasm and dark humor, these songs often showcase a dual perspective.
While certain songs portray a stereotypical image of girls, many other songs explore distinctive qualities that make a girl unique. Strong sentiments of girl power drive some tunes. Certain lyrics in songs describe the feminine appearance in a poetic way to evoke a sense of desire. Many songs about girls feature a “girl power” sentiment.
- Symbolism: Girls in Songs
- Best Songs With ‘Girl’ in the Title
- 1. ‘Girl’ – The Beatles
- 2. ‘China Girl’ – David Bowie
- 3. ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ – Cyndi Lauper
- 4. ‘You’re a Big Girl Now’ – Bob Dylan
- 5. ‘The Girl Is Mine’ – Michael Jackson feat. Paul McCartney
- 6. ‘Breaking the Girl’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- 7. ‘Girl From Ipanema’ – Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
- 8. ‘Girls’ – Beastie Boys
- 9. ‘Factory Girl’ – The Rolling Stones
- 10. ‘Girls Like You’ – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
- 11. ‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others’ – The Smiths
- 12. ‘My Girl’ – The Temptations
- 13. ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’ – Foreigner
- 14. ‘I Kissed a Girl’ – Katy Perry
- 15. ‘Girls and Boys’ – Blur
- 16. ‘American Girl’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- 17. ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ – Van Morrison
- 18. ‘Galway Girl’ – Ed Sheeran
- 19. ‘Material Girl’ – Madonna
- 20. ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ – The Cars
- 21. ‘Rubberband Girl’ – Kate Bush
- 22. ‘Psychotic Girl’ – The Black Keys
- 23. ‘West End Girls’ – Pet Shop Boys
- 24. ‘Run The World (Girls)’ – Beyoncé
- 25. ‘Cinnamon Girl’ – Neil Young
- 26. ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ – Queen
- 27. ‘California Girls’ – The Beach Boys
- 28. ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ – Prince
- 29. ‘Uptown Girl’ – Billy Joel
- 30. ‘Girls on My Mind’ – David Byrne
- FAQ for Songs With ‘Girl’ in the Title
- What are the best songs with “girl” in the title?
- What are most popular songs with “girl” in the title?
- What are the worst songs with “girl” in the title?
- Who has the most number of songs with “girl” in the title?
- What is the song “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 about?
Symbolism: Girls in Songs
In literature and music the word “girl” is symbolic of both strength and weakness. The many emotions associated with a girl are portrayed in an exaggerated manner in certain songs. Good qualities and bad qualities in a girl are often showcased figuratively and expressed in comparative forms. The nuances of beauty and passion are showcased in a detailed manner in lyrics to kindle romantic feelings.
Concepts associated with perception and reality is portrayed in songs that convey a philosophical message. In certain songs, the difficulties faced in relationships are brought to life in a brutally honest manner.
Confessional lyrics about how one feels about a girl are exceedingly popular in alternative genres. The fact that every girl is special in her own way is poetically essayed in lyrics that celebrate individualism. Certain songs unravel unique and inspirational qualities in a girl with a thoughtful message.
The fun things girls do and their love for partying is theatrically showcased in certain music videos. Traits such as warmth, supportiveness, expressiveness, humility, tenderness, devotion, and understanding among others are often creatively used in forms of story-telling through songs.
Although the word “girl” is used to exhibit a wide spectrum of attributes, in songs, the term is used to symbolize or denote:
Songs about girls may explore female friendships.
Best Songs With ‘Girl’ in the Title
Naming a song after a woman has, over the years, become the biggest music cliché ever. However, there’s been a ton of great ones, and is thereby prime fodder for music lists.
Here is our list of the best songs with the word “girl” in the title.
1. ‘Girl’ – The Beatles
If we’re looking for songs with ‘girl’ in the title, we have to start with this one by The Beatles. It’s simply called ‘Girl!. Is there a more memorable opener than “Is there anybody going to listen to my story, all about the girl who came to stay”?
It’s one of the best songs by the fab four.
2. ‘China Girl’ – David Bowie
From one classic to the next. ‘China Girl’ appears on Bowie’s celebrated 80s LP, Lets Dance, and is one of those songs you can’t get tired of listening to.
It was Iggy Pop who first recorded it (and co-wrote it), but it was Bowie who made it a hit. Stevie Ray Vaughan plays lead guitar on it, which seals the deal.
3. ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ – Cyndi Lauper
One of the biggest pop songs of the 80s and a favorite karaoke song for girls, this song was an anthem for women’s lib.
It also set off a whole fashion trend for charity shop (thrift store) fashion.
4. ‘You’re a Big Girl Now’ – Bob Dylan
From Dylan’s return to form ’70s album Blood on the Tracks, this is a breakup song and one (if not the) most emotional of his entire canon.
It deals with the aftermath of someone walking out on you, “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
The 80s was big of collaborations. Here, king of pop Michael Jackson joins forces with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.
This upbeat song about jealousy appeared on Jackson’s hit album Thriller, alongside ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billie Jean.’
6. ‘Breaking the Girl’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
A song about severing a relationship with a girl (lead singer Anthony Kiedis who broke off with his girlfriend), “the twilight of love had arrived,” he pronounces.
The song is also about his dad’s lack of commitment towards women, which Kiedis discusses in his autobiography.
7. ‘Girl From Ipanema’ – Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
The story goes that the writers of this song (two Brazilian composers, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes) were in awe of a young Brazilian girl (called Helo Pinheiro) who walked “like a samba” past the bar where they resided.
Ipanema is a district in Rio de Janeiro that shot to fame after this song.
8. ‘Girls’ – Beastie Boys
Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz’s rap features some outrageous misogyny (“Girls, to do the dishes / Girls, to clean up my room”) that is obviously satire.
The Beasties used satire a lot, like in their song “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party),” which was a parody on frat boy parties.
We include it in our songs about fighting if you want to read more.
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.”
The theory goes that the song is actually about Edie Sedgwick, a 60’s underground film star and socialite who appeared in several Andy Warhol movies he made in his studio, called ‘The Factory.’ A movie was made about her life in 2006.
10. ‘Girls Like You’ – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
Here’s an upbeat love song from one of the best modern pop outfits, Maroon 5.
The brilliant video took a few months to make as they kept inviting more women to join in, including Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Lopez. The final woman in the sequence is Adam Levine’s wife, holding his baby.
11. ‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others’ – The Smiths
One of The Smiths’ more peculiar songs (and there are a few to choose from), the song’s frivolous lyrics talk about the different sizes and shapes of females and their mothers! Morrissey found the topic interesting (only Mozzer could have gotten away with it as you know it’s not sexual.)
The lyrics even surprised co-writer Johnny Marr when Morrissey presented them to him.
12. ‘My Girl’ – The Temptations
Written and produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White (both members of The Miracles at the time), it became a massive hit for The Temptations.
The opening bass line is one of the most recognizable ever.
13. ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’ – Foreigner
This waiting song from British-American rock band Foreigner is a love ballad about finding that special someone.
This gut-wrenching performance was inspired by a mysterious woman who appeared in the studio when singer Lou Gramm was performing the song. But, unfortunately, he never tracked her down.
14. ‘I Kissed a Girl’ – Katy Perry
A song about, in Perry’s words, “exploration and female bonding.”
It garnered a fair amount of criticism on release for its subject matter of bisexual experimentation but won her as many fans for supporting the LGBTQ community.
15. ‘Girls and Boys’ – Blur
Writer Damon Albarn got the idea for this 90’s hit while on holiday in Magaluf (on the Mediterranean island of Majorca.)
Not a lot of people spot the line in German “du bist sehr schön,” which means “you are very pretty.”
16. ‘American Girl’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
This song works on a couple of levels. First, it’s about the end of innocence. This American girl has been brought up on “promises” but now realizes “there was a little more to life somewhere else.”
Secondly, there’s a reference to a piece of Floridian folklore (Petty grew up in Florida). A student under the influence of hallucinogens was believed to have jumped to her death from her dorm room window (believing she could fly) in Beatty Towers.
These lyrics will make 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
An almost compulsory song at a wedding if the bride has brown eyes. Weddings aside, Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ is good but far from his best.
Even he admits in a Time Magazine interview that it’s “a throwaway song.”
18. ‘Galway Girl’ – Ed Sheeran
This folky pop song about an Irish girl from Galway nearly didn’t make it onto Sheeran’s hit album Divide, as the record label thought folk didn’t sell. How wrong they were.
This is one of his most loved songs, especially in Ireland (surprise, surprise), where it topped the charts.
19. ‘Material Girl’ – Madonna
In this song about wealth by Madonna, the queen of pop is portrayed as a manipulative gold digger. But, of course, for any student of Madonna, you’ll know that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“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
Here, his best friend’s girl used to be his girl, till she ran away with his mate. Now all he can do is lament his loss and remember how good she looked “dancing ‘neath the starry sky.”
It’s one of the best jealousy songs of the ’70s.
21. ‘Rubberband Girl’ – Kate Bush
Rubberband Girl sounds like a pop song, but it’s pretty deep (like most of her material, which is why she’s so good).
The message of this song is we live too rigidly, to our detriment. She ponders, “if I could learn to give like a rubberband”. She has a point. Wouldn’t the world be a better place?
22. ‘Psychotic Girl’ – The Black Keys
Of course, not every girl is an angel. Here’s a song about regretting being with a girl. “I thought you’d change,” he sings, but “then you do me wrong.”
Another great Black Key’s track is ‘Tighten Up,’ which we feature in our songs about whistling playlist.
23. ‘West End Girls’ – Pet Shop Boys
Here’s a song about clubbing in London’s West End, otherwise known as London’s ‘theatre district.’
The lyric “to a dive bar in a West End town” referred to an actual bar the Pet Shops boys used to frequent.
24. ‘Run The World (Girls)’ – Beyoncé
Beyoncé doesn’t mince her words: girls run the world. Girls are “smart enough to make these millions,” “strong enough to bare the children,” and “then get back to business.”
It’s true; speaking as a guy, we’re pretty lame a lot 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.
You have to listen to the studio version (included above) with the late, great Danny Whitten on backing vocals (singing the high bits). It’s far superior to later live versions (in my opinion).
We include this track on our list of food songs (yeah yeah, I know cinnamon is a spice!)
26. ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ – Queen
I have to admit this isn’t queen at their best. But despite the ridiculous lyrics, the song is still a lot of fun. With that pair of lungs on the mic, they could be singing about porridge, and it would still sound great!
Queen were no stranger to bizarre song choices. Check out their incredibly dour ‘I’m in Love with My Car,’ which we include on our list of car songs.
27. ‘California Girls’ – The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys made it easy for their audience – they mainly sang about surf, cars, and girls.
This track is one of their best about the girls from the West Coast. According to the band, they are the “cutest girls in the world.”
28. ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ – Prince
Prince was a purveyor of quality songs, consistently making great music in his residence at Paisley Park. ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ is a superb rock ballad that floored the charts on its release.
Prince sings, “it’s plain to see you’re the reason that God made a girl.” That’s some accolade!
For more from the genius Prince, listen to his brilliant ‘Money Don’t Matter 2 Night’, one of the best greed songs you’ll ever hear.
29. ‘Uptown Girl’ – Billy Joel
An ’80s classic here. The premise here is a working-class, regular guy (Billy Joel) tries to convince a glamourous, upper-class woman that this “back street guy” is the one for her. “She’s got a choice,” he reminds her.
The irony is that Billy Joel was anything but a working-class guy at the time of penning this tune. In fact, he’d had a string of relationships with supermodels (Elle Macpherson being one of them) and was himself living in a “white bread world”!
30. ‘Girls on My Mind’ – David Byrne
Any chance to include a David Byrne track, and I’ll take it!
It’s a song about a guy who can’t stop thinking about girls. It possibly has a more profound message about how testosterone overrides the male’s powers of reason. Or it might just be a bit of David Byrne silliness. Either works.
Of course, this is not a complete list of the best songs with ‘Girl’ in the title – if you wish, you can add much more to it. But we believe that these songs are the key material for the best 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.