Girls (Beastie Boys song)

"Girls" is a song by American rap rock group the Beastie Boys, released in 1987 as well as the music video as the seventh and final single from their debut album Licensed to Ill. This song was never performed live and it is one of the few songs on the album that are not in the vein of their standard rap songs.[citation needed]

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Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Licensed to Ill
B-side"She's Crafty"
ReleasedMay 6, 1987
LabelDef Jam, Columbia
Songwriter(s)Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"No Sleep till Brooklyn"
"Hey Ladies"

Song structure and lyricsEdit

The song is the shortest on the album, lasting just over two minutes long.

Lyrically, the song talks about the narrator (Ad-Rock)'s desire for women. He recalls an experience from two years before with a woman who had an interest in the narrator's bandmate MCA. MCA did not share her feelings and permitted the narrator to pursue her romantically. Ad-Rock takes the woman for a walk near a body of water and asks her out but rejects his proposal. She moves to a far away location but in the present day the narrator sees her back in town showing interest in his other bandmate, Mike D.

The arrangement is supplied by a drum machine beat and a simple melody on an electronic keyboard. Mike D and MCA provide wordless backing vocals reminiscent of doo wop that occasionally break into giggles at the song's humorous lyrics and Ad-Rock's exaggerated delivery.

GoldieBlox coverEdit

In 2013 the toy company GoldieBlox used the song with alternative lyrics in a video of a Rube Goldberg machine made primarily out of traditional girls' toys. The group accused the company of copyright infringement, and stated that Adam Yauch's last will prevented the use of their music in advertising. In November 2013, GoldieBlox countersued the Beastie Boys and producer Rick Rubin, saying the use of the song was a parody.[1][2] In March 2014, the Beastie Boys settled out of court, with GoldieBlox issuing a public apology and making a donation to a charity of the band's choice.[3]


Chart (1987) Peak
New Zealand Singles Chart 27
UK Singles Chart[4] 34


  1. ^ McGovern, Kyle (2013-11-22). "Toy Company Sues Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin Over 'Girls' Parody Commercial". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  2. ^ Gardner, Eriq (2013-11-22). "Beastie Boys, 'Girls' Viral Video in Copyright Infringement Fight". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
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  4. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Beastie Boys". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-05-10.

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