Girlfriend (Avril Lavigne song)

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Single by Avril Lavigne
from the album The Best Damn Thing
B-side "Alone"
Released March 5, 2007 (2007-03-05)
(see release history)
Format CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop punk, power pop, teen pop, bubblegum pop
Length 3:37
Writer(s) Avril Lavigne, Dr. Luke
Producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
Certification Platinum (ABPD) [1]
2x Platinum (RIAA)
4x Platinum[2] (ARIA)
Avril Lavigne singles chronology
"Keep Holding On"
"When You're Gone"

"Girlfriend" is a song by Avril Lavigne. It was the lead single from her third album, The Best Damn Thing (2007). It was produced by Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald. "Girlfriend" became Lavigne's biggest hit in the United States, where it reached number one on the U.S. Hot 100, in Australia, where it topped the chart, and in the United Kingdom, where it reached number two. A remix version featuring singer Lil' Mama was released in June 2007.

"Girlfriend" was the subject of a lawsuit filed by songwriters for The Rubinoos, who alleged that the writers of the song copied The Rubinoos' single "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend". Only one line, not even of the same tune was: "Hey, hey, you, you! I want to be your girlfriend!" Note it was "I want to" not "I wanna".

The music video became the second most viewed video of all time on YouTube,[3] currently having over 100,000,000 views. In the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, it is nominated for the category Monster Single of the Year.[4]

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