Barbie Girl (3:15)

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“Barbie Girl” is a song in the bubblegum pop genre by the Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua, who released it in 1997 as their third single overall, and the first United Kingdom release. The song is included on the album Aquarium and was written by Claus Norreen and Søren Nystrøm Rasted after the group saw an exhibit on kitsch culture. The song topped the charts worldwide, particularly in European countries such as the UK, where it was #1 on the charts for three weeks; it was also on top of the charts in Australia for the same length of time, and reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The song was voted the fourth “Best Number One of All Time” in a VH1 poll, and was featured in spot #32 on VH1’s “Most Awesomely Bad Songs… Ever” countdown. An unrelated VH1 countdown, VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders, rated it #88.

The lyrics of the song are about Barbie and Ken, the dolls made by Mattel. Both the song and its music video feature Lene Nystrøm Rasted as Barbie and René Dif as Ken. As such, the lyrics drew the ire of Barbie’s corporate owners.

In 2007, Rolling Stone voted Barbie Girl as one of the 20 Most Annoying Songs.[1]

In 2007, MuchMoreMusic voted it at #27, as one of the 50 Guilty Pleasures.

In 2008, it was featured as “one of the worst songs ever played” on The Morning Wrap, the premiere talk show of the Florida Panhandle.

In 2009, Same Difference voted it #2 in their Ultimate Cheese-Fest Top 20 on 4Music.

Blender magazine also voted it at #33, as one of the 50 Worst Songs Ever.

“Barbie Girl” has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.

The music video played repeatedly on MTV and helped launch the career of Danish director Peder Pedersen, who designed its cartoon-inspired visuals.


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