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I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry

Album: One of the BoysReleased: 2008Charted:
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  • In this song Perry dips her toes into the experimental sea when she kisses a girl after a night of clubbing (drinks are involved). She admits to liking it, but it isn't anything meaningful, and besides, she has a boyfriend - just another crazy club night. The Californian has drawn criticism from some quarters for targeting a young audience with a song about bi-sexual experimentation.

    It was Perry's first single, but she had to convince her record company to release it, as they didn't even want it on the album at first. Perry explained in 2010, "I was really excited to put that out because it was such a fun song that could be both silly and mean something to someone. 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."
  • This was not the first song where Perry had referred to matters of sexual orientation in her lyrics. In the Los Angeles singer/ songwriter's previous release "Ur So Gay" she disses an effeminate guy who isn't interested in her, "you need SPF-45 just to stay alive/Ur so gay and you don't even like boys." Interestingly Perry's debut album, which was released in 2001 under the name of Katy Hudson was a Christian music album released by a Christian record label. Both her parents are pastors and she grew up listening to gospel music - secular music was banned at home. Some commentators have expressed surprise at this turnaround from a Christian singer-songwriter to a hard drinking party girl who sings about gayness. See one church's reaction in Song Images.
  • In addition to Katy Perry, Dr. Luke ("Behind These Hazel Eyes," "Since U Been Gone," "Girlfriend"), Max Martin ("Oops... I Did It Again," "Baby One More Time," "I Want It That Way") and Cathy Dennis ("Can't Get You Out Of My Head," "Toxic," "About You Now") have songwriting credits on this song. Dr Luke also produced the track.
  • On Thursday June 26, 2008, Billboard announced that this song had officially become the 1,000th #1 US single of the Rock era, which began in 1955 when "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets reached #1 on what was then called the Best Sellers chart.
  • Perry is signed to Capitol Records, which is also the home of Coldplay, who had the previous #1 with "Viva La Vida." This was the first time Capitol had 2 consecutive #1 hits since 1976 when "Silly Love Songs" followed "Boogie Fever" into the top slot. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
  • In an interview with the Ventura County Star, Perry claimed this song is all about exploration and female bonding. She said: "There's just a magical beauty that women hold that can definitely slay men of all kinds. If Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman or Gisele Bündchen walked into the room, everybody would watch."
  • This song shares a name with a Jill Sobule song that was a hit in 1995. Perry told MTV News: "If my song directs traffic to Jill, that's awesome. She's deserving."
  • This was the first US #1 for co-songwriter Cathy Dennis. In 1991 she'd recorded three American Top 10 hits including "Touch Me (All Night Long)", which peaked at #2. Dennis also co-penned three other Top 10 entries, the previously most successful having been "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," which reached #7.
  • In July 2008 this became the first song since Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" to simultaneously appear on the Mainstream Top 40, Rhythmic, Adult Top 40 and Alternative charts.
  • Perry came up with the chorus for this song a year and a half before she recorded it. It went unfinished until a session with Dr. Luke where she decided to complete it.
  • Perry told the Observer Music Monthly that this song is about drunken curiosity, not as some have interpreted it, a call to change sexual orientation. She explained: "I'm talking about the way girls are really touchy-feely and sisterly. Especially when we're growing up. We're holding hands, we're having sleepovers, we're doing choreographed dance moves in our pajamas, we're painting each other's nails and practicing kissing on our arms - or maybe practicing kissing on one another. It wasn't something that we were doing for the sake of anybody else because we were scared of boys. I know I was scared of boys! My first kiss was with a boy, and he almost swallowed me alive. I wish I had kissed that girl I had the girl-crush on when I was growing up. I would have been much more prepared for my dating life, I think."
  • This topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks in a row making it the equal longest-running #1 on Capitol in the rock era, tied with the Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand," which reigned for seven weeks in 1964.
  • This was also the longest-running #1 by a female artist having her debut hit since Ciara's "Goodies" topped the Hot 100 for seven weeks in September-October 2004.
  • Kinga Burza, who directed the song's video, told MTV News that originally the promo was set in a hotel room but due to budget concerns and tight time constraints the location was switched. Instead it was filmed in a 1970s castle in the Hollywood Hills that has often been used as the setting "for pornos and horror films."
    Burza explained in the same interview why rather than taking a literal approach to the song's lyrics, she used the video to show off Perry's charisma. She said: "I just really wanted to have Katy performing, whilst being surrounded by loads of really sexy girls. Of course, I didn't want to feature them too much, as the video was all about Katy, and for me, it was more about insinuating and being suggestive with sexy body shapes and silhouettes. It was not [about being] obvious or distasteful. The song's lyrics are enough. We don't want female teens all over the world pashing each other because they look up to Katy Perry!"
  • Katy Perry's boyfriend Travis McCoy, the frontman of Gym Class Heroes, told MTV News about the time he first heard this song. He recalled: "When she was recording her record she'd send me songs, and when we were making our record I'd send her songs. So she sent me a demo of 'I Kissed a Girl,' and we were on tour, and I was playing it during our changeover, just watching the kids react. So she came out to one of our shows, and the song came out and she flipped out, like, 'What are you doing playing that?' and I took her to the side of the stage so she could watch the crowd react. And now, well, she's huge."
  • This won the award for Best Pop Song at the 35th People's Choice Awards, held on January 7, 2009. A few days later it won the Virgin Media Music award for Best Track.
  • Perry revealed to Q magazine March 2009 that the lyrics are about a real life girl. She explained: "The song was inspired by a friendship I had with a girl when I was 15, but I didn't kiss her. I was totally obsessed with her. She was beautiful-porcelain skin, perfect lips - and I still talk to her, but I've never told her the song is about her."
  • A pre-famous Ke$ha appears in the song's music video. The "TiK ToK" singer explained to We Are Pop Slags: "We were actually friends from before she was successful. We just knew each other from being out and about and we worked with some of the same people in Los Angeles."

    Also in the video: Katy's cat, Kitty Purry.
  • Perry told Billboard magazine that the song almost didn't make it on the album. She said: "There was some concern at the top, but I just let them sit with the song and they came around. They liked it so much, it became the (first official) single."
  • Reflecting on this song in 2013, Perry told Entertainment Weekly: "I think it worked because it was a zeitgeist idea. Everyone was talking about bisexuality and experimenting. Than all of a sudden you have a soundtrack."
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Comments: 27

haha dude there is like "try listening to zepplin..." its way better than katy perry. thats just sum dumb thing to say you cant really compare the two, like I'd say zeppelin was better too but whatever, the fact that your like not katy perry but zeppelin makes me think youre really obsessed with like witchcraftMark - Ann Arbor, Mo
To my ears, this song is heavily overproduced and seems as if it is trying too hard, almost like it wants to hit you over the head. Very forced, with painfully obvious autotuning. The lyrics themselves actually say very little considering how "controversial" they are made out to be. For crying out loud, Jill Sobule recorded a song with the same title 13 years earlier, a much better and more thoughtful song I would like to add.Kent Lyle - Cincinnati, Oh
nick and emily are right i also like this songRutba - Doha, Qatar
Katy never acctually kissed a girl. She got this tune stuck in her head. She later starting singing "I kissed a girl" just to play around. And the mangers said it'd make a great song.Azalea - Hot Springs, Ar
i never understood wat was so special with this song.... i find this song a clumsy, ordinary pop number...Rahul - Chennai, India
Bottom line:
catchy song, baddish lyrics, old music is better.

much better (and this is coming from a 13yearold)
Emily - Around Chicago, Il
I personally like this song... katy perry has better songs tho, so don't judge her because of this one.Emma - Brooklyn, Ny
lyricaly gross, musically inferiorAl - Seattle, Wa
Gotta agree with Marley and Jeff. While Perry is quite beautiful, that does not make her music good. She has a lot of talent and throws it away on mediocre crap like this.Austen - Fourwinds, Tx
This song sucks. Try listening to something good like Led Zeppelin or Rainbow and you will wonder why you ever liked this music.Marley - Springfield, Nj
I think this song was for her to have fun and make fun of the situation of kissing girls, boys, or whatever. She is not declaring anything with this song and even if she did, who cares? Is her life and she can do whatever she wants with it... and she is just writing a song xD..its not like she was actually doing it(and even so xddd) GOooo KATY !! YOUR MUSIC IS REALLY HONEST :PPaulina - Santiago, Chile
This song is so not sh*t ok people. People who say this song suck should get a f**kin life!!I'm a girl and I kissed a girl before but not because i was drunk.I actually wanted to because us girls are so hottt. I'm not lesbian but i just think it's hot and nothing is wrong with it. Kiss a girl maybe you should try it and then tell me if this song sucks!!Nicollette - San Fernando, Trinidad And Tobago
its a sh-t song. it's because of crap songs like this that I dont listen to the radio anymore. I mean, who gives a sh-t if this (morbidly untalented) chick kissed a girl?? I mean, jesus, keep it to yourself. 14 yaer olds devour this kind of sh-t and it makes me rather peevy, only because Im extremely passionate when it comes to music, and let me tell you this is definately not music, its bullsh-t. Im 17 and converted to listening to mid 60's to late 70's music a long time ago, trust me thats where the pure gold stuff is. Put some Creedence and Doors in your ears, then you'll know what I mean. LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL!!!Nady - Adelaide, Australia
my mates made a little song lyk that b4 it came out it went:
i kissed a boy an' didnt lyk it
so i kissed a girl instead!!
they walked around singin that 4 ages
it was hilarious
Amy - Liverpool, United Kingdom
I don't really like it... But sure is a catchy song, so I can see why is so popular and so many people like itFrancia - Caracas, --
its catchy...thats all...Valerie - None Of Ur Buisness!!, Bc
I haaaaaate this song!! So annoying!!!!Jessie - Dallas, Tx
I agree with some of you regarding the beat - it is very catchy - the beginning has hints of .. hell, don't remember the song, but it's that one they play at sports things a lot ...

I've been reading about her a bit since I tend to do that with bands/artists I start to listen to some ... but I have yet to hear a comparison to who I think is probably the most modern "door opener" for her - Liz Phair.

I'd hit it til it's swollen, ice it down, and hit it again ...
Godzirra - Sioux Falls, Sd
Jeff from austin. Good Call. New music sucks and has no creativity. Some 80s music sucks but at least they went on a limb and tried something. This song feels like a rhianna knockoff. Its a joke. NEW MUSIC SUCKSDenver - Colunbia City, In
Honestly? This was on the top songs of America? A song about experimenting with girls? The beat is catchy but it was wasted on a song with a bad message...C - Sa, Tx
Hahahah, you guys are funny. You get annoyed about someone using the word 'gay' in a negative way. And yet, for all of you gay still means homosexual. Well I'v got news for you: gay means happy. Period!
By the way, the song is great. If you don't think so, stop waisting your time on this site.
Davina - The Hague, Netherlands
This song SUCKS! This chick is such a freaking poser!! She makes Christian albums, and no one knows who the hell she is. So what does she do?? She starts writing songs about calling a dude 'gay', and kissing girls! Just to get attention! God, new music sucks!! Kids, if youre reading this...listen to older music. Anything before the mid-90s, when the pop music demographic started being 12 yr olds.Jeff - Austin, Tx
yeah, gay is not a synonym for crappy. if you think a song sucks say that. because that's NOT WHAT GAY MEANS!!!!!!! i am so sick of people saying that.Susan - Alabaster, Al
i like the song. it kinda grew on me. who knows, maybe i'll even kiss a girl!Mel!ssa - Pittsburgh, Pa
I hate this song first off. But Brittany your dad didnt realize this song is about a bi-sexual experimentation? C'mon? Really? Is your dad that stupid. What did he think it was about. Pumpkin picking?Nick - Westwood, Nj
first off brittany, don't use "gay" as a negativity. second, there is nothing wrong with being a lesbian. i am not a lesbian, but the courage it must have taken katy perry to write and sing that song is amazing because people like you don't except the way that she or people who are gay/bi/lesbian are.Emily Mb - Boston, Ma
this is such a gay song
the first time i heard it my dad liked it
then he found out that is was about being a lesbian
now he has banned the song
Brittany - Lincoln, Ne