It has been ten years since No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani released her debut solo album, which polluted our airwaves with the single “Hollaback Girl.” Somehow, society managed to survive, and Stefani herself rejoined her excellent band.
In spite of that regrettable hit, there have been many other “______ Girl” songs that have become hits. Here are the 15 best songs with two-word titles all ending with “Girl.”
“American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: The sparkling self-titled debut of TP and his Pumpbusters spawned several great tunes, none better than this single.
“Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates: Daryl Hall admitted this bitter pop hit from Bigger than Both of Us is actually about a guy, an ex-boyfriend of the Sara in “Sara Smiles,” but he felt rich girl sounded better than rich guy.
“Material Girl” by Madonna: This chart topper remains the Diva’s biggest hit, the song most associated with her.
“My Girl” by the Four Tops: One of Motown’s sweetest songs, this classic is sung by thousands of guys every year on February 14 to their sweethearts.
“Young Girl” by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap: In today’s society, this classic would be viewed not as a beautiful love song, but as the musings of a potential child molester.
“Party Girl” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions: One would think a song with this title would be the rockingest, most electric on the album, but this ballad is the softest tune on Armed Forces.
“China Girl” by David Bowie: This single from Let’s Dance was co-written by Iggy Pop and propelled by a romantic video.
“Goodbye Girl” by Squeeze: This was one of the Brit new Wave band’s first singles, stemming from the excellent sophomore album Cool for Cats.
“Moonshine Girl” by the Minus Five: Scott McCaughey added a tinge of country to this song, as he does to others on The Lonesome Death of Buck McCoy.
“Georgie Girl” by the Seekers: The song has aged much better than the film, which starred 22 year old Lynn Redgrave and veteran actor James Mason.
“Valley Girl” by Frank Zappa: “Gag me with a spoon” is just one of the tidbits of 80s slang to be heard in this novelty track by the rock legend.
“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel: This smash hit from An Innocent Man announced a change in musical direction for the Piano Man, who had just married super model Christie Brinkley.
“Diamond Girl” by Seals and Croft: Jim and Dash paired up for a dozen hits in the 70s, and this one ranks right up with “Summer Breeze” and “Hummingbird” as their best.
“Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield: The actor had quite a musical career as well, which peaked with this song about living your best friend’s girl.
“Orchid Girl” by Aztec Camera: Roddy Frame wrote this sweet ballad for the band’s excellent High Land Hard Rain debut, but it was inexplicably left off the album.