When you imagine songs with girl in the title, you might think about a girlfriend, ex-girlfriend or someone you have a crush on. In fact, these melodies can be extremely popular. If you have a unique girl in your life, you’re sure to find a song here that fits your mood.
1. “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” – Prince
Upon its release, ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ topped the charts. Although this melody is only for one woman, it’s often mistaken for referring to all females. It’s also about the beauty that’s on the outside and how much inner beauty counts. Based of of various lyrical masterpieces, Prince certainly had a fondness for sensuality. And the star was highly skilled in conveying this in music videos and song lyrics. Indeed, Prince is well-known for being a musical genius who created exhilarating songs at home in Paisley Park.
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2. “Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner
If you’ve been looking for one of those songs with girl in the title that’s also an exceptional love ballad, look no further. As singer Lou Gramm was performing ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’ in the studio, a mystery woman appeared. Fans believe every moment of this hit is magical yet it can make almost anyone imagine how it feels to have a soulmate or deep love. Although Lou never tracked down this person, this purposeful tune can give almost anyone the chills in the best way.
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3. “Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé
In this song, Beyoncé sings the praises of strong women everywhere. From hearing lyrics about bearing children to doing business, you might think no one could be stronger than a woman. And this is exactly what Beyonce wanted to convey. Plus, the video features animals and a group of powerful females to make everything even more epic.
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4. “The Girl is Mine” – Michael Jackson feat. Paul McCartney
As songs about jealousy go, ‘The Girl is Mine’ can be surprisingly sweet sounding. The collaboration between Jackson and McCartney combines two soft voices with meaningful lyrics. This tune is one of Michael Jackson’s underrated hits.
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5. “My Girl” – The Temptations
With one of the most recognizable opening baselines ever, The Temptations put on a startling performance. Although Smokey Robinson was in a relationship at the time, the singer said ‘My Girl’ wasn’t about one girl but includes all women. Additionally, you’ve probably heard it in movies and its emotional energy might have made you feel like crying.
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6. “California Girls” – The Beach Boys
In celebration of the women of California, Brian Wilson and Mike Love made this simple yet admired hit. Although these girls may hail from various U.S. areas, each one is definitely a unique individual. Of course, California girls can be beautiful and fun, but there’s more to women than this.
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7. “Material Girl” – Madonna
Portraying a manipulative gold-digger and looking like Marilyn Monroe in the video helped make Madonna into the queen of pop. But if you know Madonna, you understand it’s all for show. The singer once said in an interview how difficult it was to afford material items.
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8. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
This fabulous ’80s tune is all about girls having fun. Besides this, it’s a favored karaoke song that helped begin the thrift store fashion trend. Cyndi Lauper is the epitome of amusement in the playful video. Everyone, including girls and boys, might feel the desire to get up and dance upon hearing the excitement.
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9. “China Girl” – David Bowie
Utilizing this hit to fight racism, Bowie sings to a Chinese girl. David communicated the desire to destroy this girl’s culture. Despite the fact that Iggy Pop was the first person to record and co-write ‘China Girl’, David Bowie made it famous.
10. “I Kissed a Girl” – Katy Perry
Despite the criticism ‘I Kissed a Girl’ received, the bisexual subject matter gained Perry plenty of fans from the LGBTQ community. After all, exploring the female bond can be full of excitement and freedom. While some may view it as risky, the tune is about as entertaining as it gets.
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11. “Girl Like Me” – Black Eyed Peas and Shakira
In ‘Girl Like Me’, Shakira helps the Black Eyed Peas pay tribute to Latinas. Moreover, the song’s lyrics include Shakira and refer to the Columbian singer’s rhythmic dancing style. Will.i.am raps and Taboo gives a shout-out to Shakira’s career. In the colorful music video, Shakira does a sensual fitness/dance routine. It’s likely not your imagination if you feel addicted to this buoyant hit.
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12. “Girl” – The Beatles
John Lennon was the main writer of this melody about Christianity and the ideal woman. The singer was extremely fond of it as the singer recalls laughing about the lyrics and dreaming about a girl. In addition, ‘Girl’ was album Rubber Soul’s last song.
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13. “Uptown Girl” – Billy Joel
In this ’80s classic, Billy Joel is just a regular guy trying to make it obvious that he’s special to an upper-class woman. But at the time Billy Joel wrote this tune, the man was far from ordinary. There was a relationship with Elle Macpherson (among other supermodels) and Mr. Joel was living the high life in style.
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14. “Hollaback Girl” – Gwen Stefani
People tend to believe that Gwen Stefani gained the inspiration for ‘Hollaback Girl’ from the demeaning words of Courtney Love. Love called Gwen a ‘cheerleader’ and the singer used this idea to be the star cheerleader of the song. No matter what transpired, it probably reminds you of watching a football game in high school or something similar.
15. “Barbie Girl” – Aqua
A ‘Barbie Girl’ may refer to how society views a woman’s sex appeal. On the other hand, a female can see this in a personal, egotistical way. The tune is sexual and playful and may remind one of the trivialities of women who only seem to care about appearance.
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16. “Bad Girls” – Donna Summer
When Summer sent a black secretary to do an errand on Sunset Boulevard, (which was full of illicit activity) police harassment ensued. Not only did this make Donna angry, but the singer decided to write about the situation. The police can certainly be a problem, but Donna turned a negative ordeal into a hit single. The ‘Bad Girls’ Donna sang of were prostitutes.
17. “The Girl of My Best Friend” – Elvis Presley
Being in love with your best friend’s girl can make a man like Elvis long for this person’s love. This is how Elvis feels and the singer goes on to describe the woman’s attributes and features, and love between the best friend and the woman. The King of Rock and Roll may seem too good to pine after another man’s woman, but the guy’s only human.
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18. “All the Pretty Girls” – Kenny Chesney
This country ditty is all about today’s youth, coming of age and understanding yourself better. There’s also uncertainty and a life lesson thrown into the mix. A summer fling, fun and freedom make it easier to not take life too seriously. Being a laid-back country star is one of the things Kenny Chesney does best and this song portrays the singer in this light.
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19. “Girl on Fire” – Alicia Keys
While a girl can be a simple person, being on fire can be special. This can mean a girl’s passionate and untamed and maybe even successful, similar to Keys. ‘Girl on Fire’ has what it takes to motivate and enliven women and young girls. Alicia knows how to hit the right notes and create an outstanding hit to remember. Mothers, daughters and females across the planet have the chance to gain inspiration from this amazing hit.
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20. “Calendar Girl” – Neil Sedaka
Listening to this melody might bring to mind happiness in the summertime and beautiful women. Each month features a lover’s endearment in an upbeat, joyful way. Plus, you can imagine each holiday, junior prom and the beach, among other things as you listen. This tune can even put a person in a better mood because of the carefree energy it provokes in almost anyone who hears it.
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21. “West End Girls” – Pet Shop Boys
Clubbing in London’s ‘theatre district’, a.k.a. London’s West End, is what the Pet Shop Boys sing of. For one thing, the Pet Shop Boys refer to a bar the group would visit in the lyrics. The cool ’80s vibe can still be stylish, even by the modern standards of today. Listening to this tune can make you feel as though you’re actually in London and about to head to a club. Traveling back to the ’80s can be simple when you hear ‘West End Girls’.
22. “Jessie’s Girl” – Rick Springfield
This tune is about a woman who Springfield didn’t know the name of and never even spoke to. But he did watch this person from a distance and wrote about the infatuation in ‘Jessie’s Girl’. Further, Rick describes it as being more difficult to write than it might seem. The simplicity of the lyrics make it stand out and yet the meaning behind it can be mysterious.
23. “Galway Girl” – Ed Sheeran
This tune is about an Irish woman from Galway and it almost wasn’t on the album. Although the record label thought folk music wouldn’t be particularly popular, this pop song rose to significant fame in Ireland. The record label was completely wrong and Irish people and Americans approve of it.
24. “Girl from Ipanema” – Stan Getz and Astrid Gilberto
Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim were a pair of Brazilian composers at a bar. Upon seeing a young Brazilian girl named Helo Pinheiro who had an expressive walk, the writers gained inspiration from this fantastic womanly display. After this, the words must have naturally flowed out because this tune became famous.
25. “You’re a Big Girl Now” – Bob Dylan
‘You’re a Big Girl Now’ is a story of lovers who break up. Personal and heartbreaking, this song stirs fans’ emotions. Bob Dylan wails through it all as the harmonica plays on.
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26. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – Fergie
While Fergie may be mature, breaking up with someone can be a truly sad event. The song relates a girl’s childish feelings to the need for clarity and shelter. Nearly any female can connect with the feeling of shedding tears for an ex-lover. Sometimes big girls do cry and this just has to be okay.
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27. “Girls and Boys” – Blur
When writer Damon Albarn went to Magaluf on holiday, this ’90s hit came to fruition. It’s about sexual preference, freedom and sexual roles. Further, the video involves men and women having a great time in a fun environment.
28. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
While Van Morrison said Brown Eyed Girl wasn’t his best, this tune can be reminiscent of sunny days, innocence and romance. It was about an interracial relationship and the original title was ‘Brown Skinned Girl’. You might even feel like singing along while driving or drinking lemonade outdoors at barbeques.
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29. “My Best Friend’s Girl” – The Cars
If you’ve ever been jealous, you can probably relate to ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’. A girl used to belong to one guy but this female decided to be with the guy’s friend. The male laments this loss and remembers being with the girl.
30. “Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
You might be able to guess just how much Adam Levine from Maroon 5 loves women. This tune is a love song to females everywhere. The video features women as diverse as Jennifer Lopez and Ellen DeGeneres, not least of which is Adam’s wife holding the couple’s baby. Positive lyrics and upbeat energy simply ooze out of ‘Girls Like You’. And Cardi B has an appealing way with words that makes the rapper stand out from the crowd.
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31. “Beautiful Girls” – Sean Kingston
One reason why ‘Beautiful Girls’ might seem familiar is that it’s based on ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King. In a couple of hours, Sean Kingston created this remarkable hit single. And girls all over the world can feel as beautiful as ever for listening to this masterpiece.
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