Women and feminism have an important role in modern music, and obviously, there are many fantastic songs that celebrate them.
So for today’s article, we selected the best songs with girl in the title.
From inspiring girl power anthems to powerful odes to women, the list is quite versatile. And we haven’t even scratched the surface.
So keep reading and discover the best songs with the girl in the title!
1. “Girl” by The Beatles
If you’re seeking songs containing the word “girl” in the title, we have no choice but to begin with The Beatles’ song titled “Girl.”
Is there a more compelling way to start a narrative than by asking, “Is there anybody going to listen to my story, all about the girl who came to stay?”
It’s definitely up there as one of the finest songs recorded by the fab four.
2. “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” by Prince
When it was first made available, the song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” quickly rose to the top of the charts. Even though this tune is intended for only one woman, it is sometimes misunderstood to allude to all women as a whole.
It is also about the beauty that can be seen on the outside, in addition to the importance of inner beauty. It is clear that Prince had a strong appreciation for sexuality, as seen by his many lyrical masterpieces.
And the celebrity was very talented at communicating this via both the music videos and the lyrics of his songs.
3. “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen
The catchy tune “Fat Bottomed Girls,” which was written by Brian May, centers on the idea that there are males in the world who like to be with women who are larger in size. This rock song is full of life and energy, and it didn’t take long for it to gain a following.
In today’s climate, it is highly unlikely that a band would be able to get away with writing and performing a song of this nature without running the danger of having their performance canceled owing to references to large buttocks.
Speaking of enormous bottoms, actor Michael McKean, who appeared in “This is Spinal Tap,” has indicated that the Queen number served as inspiration for the song “Big Bottoms” by Spinal Tap.
4. “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel
Although the majority of people would probably associate this with a song by Westlife, Billy Joel wrote the original version. It’s about a guy from the working class in the city who has a thing for a wealthy girl in the suburbs.
During the months of November and December in 1983, the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It maintained the position for a total of twelve weeks.
It was the only song by Joel to ever reach number one in the United Kingdom, where it dominated the charts for a total of five weeks and was unrivaled by any other artist.
5. “My Girl” by The Temptations
The Temptations deliver a remarkable performance with this track, which is highlighted by one of the most memorable beginning baselines in the history of music.
Despite the fact that Smokey Robinson was in a relationship at the time, the singer has stated that the song “My Girl” is not about a specific woman but rather about all women.
6. “Girl Like Me” Black Eyed Peas and Shakira
Despite the fact that the song was first created as far back as 2008 and was supposed to be a part of will.i.am’s album in 2013, it ended up becoming a part of the 2020 Translation album instead.
Because of its anthemic quality and Shakira’s commanding vocal performance, it was a hit with a large number of people.
When the song’s words are analyzed more attentively, it becomes clear that the song is intended to honor Latinas. Both English and Spanish are used in the lyrics of the song.
After its initial release, “Girl Like Me” became an almost immediate phenomenon. It garnered more than 23 million views on YouTube in less than three days.
A viral TikTok challenge was also launched as a result of it, in which users attempted to replicate the dance shown in the music video:
7. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper’s debut hit as a solo artist was “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which turned out to be an excellent pick for the bubbly vocalist.
This song is what introduced the world to Cyndi’s signature style. Her genuineness was shown all around the world on MTV.
This song of hers became the anthem for ladies worldwide in the 1980s, as they raced to the malls to acquire bling from Claire’s in order to imitate Cyndi’s style.
It was the song that inspired the “Cyndi Lauper effect.” Rick Chertoff, Cyndi’s producer and the one who persuaded her to record and release it, deserves a bit of credit.
8. “Girl From Ipanema” by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
The legend claims that Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, two Brazilian songwriters, were inspired to write this song after witnessing a young Brazilian woman named Helo Pinheiro stroll “like a samba” by the pub where they were residing at the time.
This song is largely responsible for Ipanema’s meteoric rise to prominence as a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.
9. “Material Girl” by Madonna
Material Girl is one of Madonna’s most recognizable songs, so if you don’t know it, you can’t call yourself a fan of the singer! It was included on her second studio album titled Like a Virgin which was released in 1984.
The singer stated that the song was a description of how her life was during that period and that it also demonstrated her provocative nature.
If you accept the lyrics of the song at face value, you may conclude that it is about a woman who takes advantage of powerful men in order to further her own monetary interests.
Despite this, the song discusses a lot more than such things. It tells the story of a pop singer and the biases of the people who are closest to her.
10. “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer
When it comes to composing songs, Donna Summer lacked any inhibitions. In 1977, she collaborated with the rock band Brooklyn Dreams on the composition of the song “Bad Girls.”
The women of the evening, or prostitutes as they are more often called, are the subject of this song. However, because of problems with her record company, she was unable to release the song until 1979, when engineer Steve Smith discovered the recording and played it for her.
Because of Smith’s efforts, “Bad Girls” became the most successful song of the summer, surpassing all other candidates for the top place, and staying there for a whopping five weeks.
11. “Summer Girl” by HAIM
In essence, this song sounds like a summer breeze.
Sisters Haim managed to capture the feeling of spontaneity and freedom, and it almost sounds like they’re doing it effortlessly. It’s a similar effect that Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” has.
In fact, the “Summer Girl” bass line and the ‘doot doot’ part is an homage to the 1972 classic, and he is even credited as one of the writers of the song.
12. “Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran
Unsurprisingly, this incredibly catchy tune is about an Irish woman from Galway.
“Galway Girl” is actually a collaboration between Sheeran and Irish folk band Beoga.
The song is clearly heavily influenced by Irish traditional music, and Sheeran conveniently announced it on 17 March 2017 – Saint Patrick’s Day.
13. “Only Girl (In The World)” by Rihanna
Of course, we can’t skip this popular club banger.
Rihanna released “Only Girl (In The World)” as a lead single for her fifth studio album “Loud” in 2010. Shortly after, the song won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
And even more than a decade after, the song still sounds fresh.
14. “Who Runs The World (Girls)” by Beyoncé
This song seems like a natural follow-up.
After it was released in 2011, “Who Runs The World (Girls)” quickly became a huge hit and a modern girl power anthem.
There’s also an interesting story behind the video – Beyoncé invited a Mozambican kwaito dance group to teach her the unique dance.
They’re also a part of the video, and she tells the whole story in the “Year of 4”, her short documentary film available on Youtube.
15. “My Girls” by Animal Collective
“My Girls” by the American experimental pop band Animal Collective is a captivating tune about taking care of your family.
It’s narrated from a male perspective (‘my girls’ could refer to the protagonist’s wife and daughter), but it can be interpreted in different ways.
Nevertheless, it’s definitely one of the unique songs with girls in the title.
16. “Cool Girl” by Tove Lo
Without a doubt, this Tove Lo’s track is one of the most famous pop songs with girl in the title of the past decade.
And that comes as no surprise. “Cool Girl” is simple and catchy, and it talks about playing it cool while keeping a guy at a distance.
17. “Señorita” by Justin Timberlake
Speaking of pop hits, we can’t skip this classic.
Justin Timberlake released “Señorita” in 2002, and it’s undeniably one of his signature songs. The song appeared on many charts and the video was nominated for an MTV Music Video Award.
So, if you associate “Señorita” with Camilla Cabello’s song, don’t forget that Justin was there first.
18. “Secrets From A Girl (Who’s Seen It All)” by Lorde
Lorde released “Secrets From A Girl (Who’s Seen It All)” on her third studio album “Solar Power” in 2021.
Just like the rest of the album, the song is ideal for easy listening. It feels very gentle and natural, and although it sounds familiar at first, it also somehow has very unique vibes.
19. “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry
Do you remember this pop gem?
“I Kissed a Girl” was a debut single from Katy Perry’s second studio album.
And it was a game-changer for her, and when asked about the meaning behind the song, she explained: “It was a subject matter that was on the tip of everyone’s tongue at that moment, so it was kind of like a snapshot of things that were happening in 2008.”
20. “Girls And Boys” by Blur
‘Girls who want boys, who like boys to be girls, who do boys like they’re girls…’ The lyrics of Blur’s “Girls And Boys” can be quite confusing.
But the song is very catchy, and although it was released back in 1994, it’s still nice to hear it.
21. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
Now let’s move forward to something more romantic and happy.
In fact, Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is arguably one of the sweetest-sounding songs ever written.
The moment you hear it, you’ll be transported to a warm summer evening with someone special. At least that’s how we see it.
22. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
All right, the romantic section of the list wasn’t very long. But it’s because we remembered this banger from the 2000s.
When it comes to catchy, feminine pop hits, Gwen Stefani is the queen. And the title of her signature song “Hollaback Girl” refers to a woman who is ready to reply to somebody who is coming at them. But it could also be related to the cheerleading term.
Either way, it’s an unforgettable girl-power hit.
23. “What A Girl Wants” by Christina Aguilera
One of the questions that rises in many pop songs is: what does a girl want?
In the 1999 track “What A Girl Wants”, Christina Aguilera is addressing a special someone. And it seems like they know what a girl wants.
24. “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys
Here comes another girl power anthem – and it’s on fire.
Alicia Key’s chart-topping hit talks about finding inner strength and moving forward in life.
In one of the interviews, Alicia explained that “being on fire means having passion and being unstoppable”.
25. “Girl” by Destiny’s Child
Another pop song with the girl in the title is “Girl” by Destiny’s Child.
Although it’s not one of their most popular hits and the release of the song resulted in moderate commercial success, “Girl” received mostly positive reviews from critics.
Nonetheless, the song reflects R&B vibes from the early 2000s. And it’s pure Destiny’s Child.
26. “Stupid Girls” by Pink
Oh, what a hit this was!
Pink released “Stupid Girls” in 2006. The song is focused on the empowerment of young girls, and it strongly opposes sexism and harmful trends.
That message is still relevant, but it was especially important at the time it was released.
It’s definitely one of the most unique, empowering pop songs with girls in the title.
27. “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)” by MIKA
In his song “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)”, Mika also tries to send the message that it’s important to feel comfortable in your own skin.
Whether he manages to convey the message or not, the song is very positive, quirky, and catchy – it’s typical Mika.
28. “Who’s That Girl?” by Eve
Here comes another major musical throwback.
Eve released this hip-hop jam in 2001, and it quickly became a universal hit.
Hearing “Who’s That Girl?” will immediately make you dance (and feel more confident), whether you grew up with this song or not.
29. “Girl Talk” by TLC
Another R&B/hip hop song with girl in the title from the early 2000s is “Girl Talk” by TLC.
TLC is always a nice throwback and a proper energy booster.
And although the song lyrically seems very plain and simple, if you consider the year it was released, it’s actually a part of that pop and R&B movement that put girls and their power into the main focus.
30. “Girl” by The Internet and KAYTRANADA
A more modern hip-hop track with girl in the title is “Girl” by The Internet and KAYTRANADA.
The song is smooth, sensual, and easy to listen to, and it appears on the band’s Grammy-nominated album “Ego Death” released in 2015.
31. “Girls” by The 1975
The 1975 released “Girls” on their self-titled debut studio album in 2013.
The song tells a story of a 17-year-old girl, young love, and breaking hearts. The track itself sounds very youthful, and it marked the beginning of the career of this English band.
32. “Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins
The Scottish singer Edwyn Collins released “Girl Like You” in 1994.
It’s a brilliant track that became a worldwide hit. And it’s basically a song dedicated to a specific woman.
33. “Just Another Girl” by The Killers
The Killers could learn a thing or two from Edwyn Collins. Their song “Just Another Girl” doesn’t have a generous title.
In the song, the protagonist’s friends are telling him to move on and forget about the girl because she’s just another girl.
We wonder if she would be stuck in his head if she was ‘just another girl’.
34. “China Girl” by David Bowie
Without a doubt, this is one of the most iconic songs with girl in the title.
The song first appeared on Iggy Pop’s debut solo album, but Bowie’s version became universally popular.
Pop’s version didn’t have that recognizable oriental guitar riff – Nile Rodgers came up with it for Bowie.
35. “Pretty Girl Rock” by Keri Hilson
This R&B gem was released in 2010, and it still sounds fresh.
In the song and video, Keri Hilson pays homage to ‘groundbreaking, strong women who were fearless, bold, and confident that they made women feel that way’.
So, in essence, the song is about not seeking validation and being confident.
36. “Bad Girls” by M.I.A.
M.I.A. is known for making music about important political and social issues. And her “Bad Girls” is no different – it’s about women in the Arab world.
Some people believe it’s also a critique of Saudi Arabia’s ban against women driving (considering the music video).
Either way, it’s an empowering song and M.I.A. is a powerful artist that deserves more attention.
37. “Cinnamon Girl” by Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey’s music is imbued with sensual, feminine energy.
She released “Cinnamon Girl” on her studio album “Norman Fucking Rockwell” in 2019.
The song depicts complex feelings towards someone and a possibly bad relationship that isn’t healthy for her.
38. “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” by Billie Eilish
The brilliant and catchy track “all the good girls go to hell” was released on Billie’s debut album in 2019.
The lyrics can be interpreted as the questioning of moral acts and their potential futility.
But Billie revealed a deeper meaning and clarified that the song is actually about global warming and climate strike and what’s really important.
39. “Good Girls” by CHVRCHES
This indie pop song about girls was released in 2021.
In “Good Girls”, the singer clearly oppresses misogynistic ideals. So, even though the song sounds cheerful, it’s actually full of thoughtful verses and important themes.
40. “I Need My Girl” by The National
It’s time to wrap it up, and this sentimental gem is a perfect ending to our playlist.
In “I Need My Girl”, The National’s Matt Berninger supposedly sings about his family. And that sounds plausible because it’s arguably one of the band’s sweetest and most direct songs.
Songs With Girl in the Title – Final Thoughts
We hope you enjoyed our selection of the best songs with girl in the title.
All of these songs are related to women in one way or another.
Some of them are full of feminine energy, some are written for a specific person, and others emphasize the importance and power of all women.
Either way, we hope you find what you were looking for.