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Throwback Thursday- Avril Lavigne ‘Girlfriend’

‘Girlfriend’ is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne. The song was written by Lavigne with her producer Dr. Luke for Lavigne’s third studio album, The Best Damn Thing.

‘Girlfriend’ was released as the lead single from The Best Damn Thing on February 27, 2007.

The song has been noted to have similarities to Toni Basil’s 1982 single “Mickey”, and The Rubinoos’ 1979 single “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”. The songwriters of “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” sued Lavigne and Dr. Luke for copyright infringement; the suit was later settled.

‘Girlfriend’ was certified multi-platinum in Australia and the United States. It was the top-selling song of 2007, with over 7.3 million worldwide sales. In 2008, the song became the most viewed video on YouTube, and was the first video on the site to reach 100 million views. Rolling Stone ranked the song number thirty-seven on their list of “Top 100 Songs of 2007″ list. Not too shabby.

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