Costello wrote "This Year's Girl" as an "answer song" to the Rolling Stones' 1966 track, "Stupid Girl
." "If you want to hear a song that's actually pretty indefensible, it's The Rolling Stones' 'Stupid Girl,' he said. "Read the lyric of that one and tell me which one is the misogynist, me or Mick! This year's girl is unashamedly modeled on 'Stupid Girl,' but I wanted to flip it."