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"Good Girls Go Bad"
Single by Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester
from the album Hot Mess
Released May 11, 2009
(See release history)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Dance-pop, Synthpop, Pop punk
Length 3:18 (Album version)
3:38 (Video version)
Label Fueled by Ramen, Decaydance Records, Columbia Records (UK)
Writer(s) Gabe Saporta, Kara DioGuardi, Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher
Producer Kara DioGuardi, Kevin Rudolf
Certification Platinum (RIANZ)
Cobra Starship singles chronology
"Kiss My Sass"
"Good Girls Go Bad"
"Hot Mess"
Leighton Meester singles chronology
"Good Girls Go Bad"
"Somebody to Love"

"Good Girls Go Bad" is a song recorded by American Pop punk band Cobra Starship with guest vocals by Leighton Meester. It was the first single released from their third studio album, Hot Mess. The song was released digitally through iTunes on May 11, 2009.[1][2] On May 8, 2009, "Good Girls Go Bad" made its radio debut on KIIS-FM with Ryan Seacrest's show.[3]

The song was produced by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and Kevin Rudolf.[4] The song has enjoyed great success in the U.S., reaching number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song has started getting heavy airplay in Canada as well, debuting at 21 on Canada's radio airplay chart "Canadian Hit 30" on the issue date of July 25, 2009. The song also debuted on Radio 1 in the UK in September 2009. As a reference to Leighton Meester's vocals, the track was used on Gossip Girl for several scenes where her character, Blair Waldorf, is portrayed on the episode "The Freshmen".[5] This song was also used in Greek's "Friend or Foe?"

Some of the official remixes also feature artist and singer Flo Rida.



The band was first offered to work with Kara DioGuardi in 2009, just as DioGuardi was becoming an American Idol judge.[6] Vocalist Gabe Saporta explained,

We got offered to work with Kara right as she was becoming an American Idol judge. We didn't know who she was. She didn't know who we were. We got hooked up with her. I'm like, 'Who is this person?' She's like, 'Who's this annoying band?' But we got in the room, and it was like magic, and we wrote the song in 15 minutes. It's, like, the best song on our album.[6]

Fifteen minutes after the creation of the hook for the song, the entire track was done.[7] On April 27, 2009, it was announced Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester would be featured.[8] Lead singer Gabe Saporta had wanted Meester to be featured in the song because "it's already kind of her character in Gossip Girl, like the perfect girl with the bad streak."[7] Once Meester heard "Good Girls Go Bad", she took an immediate liking to it. "I thought, 'I need to get on that!' It totally is my sound too. Really fun to dance to it. Very edgy and cool".[7]

Structure and lyrics

"Good Girls Go Bad" is a dance pop song in A Minor and has a vocal range between A3 through C5. The song moves at 126 bpm and is set in 4/4 time.[9]

Critical reception

Billboard reviewer, Micheal Menachem made comment on the song:

"Good Girls Go Bad has the magic to launch the members of Cobra Starship into superstardom. The New York dance-punk band powers the single from its third album, "Hot Mess"—stylish enough for a stroll along the boardwalk and rowdy enough for the club. The guy anthem is sweetened with "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester's first musical effort, adding some sass to match Gabe Saporta's energetic vocals. The contagious hook and chorus have a lively group component where the co-eds battle in a call-and-response sing-off. With a similar appeal to No Doubt's "Hey Baby"—minus the reggae but with an accelerated jolt of electro—Cobra Starship has arrived."[4]

The song has also been praised by reviewer, Liza Woods. Woods stated the the song is "in the running for catchy song of the summer". She continued to describe it as "pure unadulterated fun. It just makes you want to dance with its flirty lyrics and electronic and dance meets pop sound."Woods also likened its potential pop impact with that of other hit-singles "naturally this seems destined to be a club favorite much like Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". This is one tune that shouldn't be overlooked and may be an underground favorite right now but give a bit of time and this single seems destined to be in heavy rotation everywhere"[10] The Web site named it "Sexy Song of the Day" on 30 June 2009.[11]

Bill Lamb of gave the song 3.5/5 stars stars commenting on its danceable sound and that it sounds good on the radio, catchy and sticks in the brain, and that Leighton Meester adds some spice but disregards the silly lyrics. Overall, he thinks that "This is one of the most deliberately polished pop singles of the year."[12]

However, Mayer Nissim of DigitalSpy gave the song one star out of five, saying it is "one of the most boorish, witless singles in recent memory.The music is bad enough, its sub-GaGa production bearing all the class of a street-bought 'Romex' watch. Somehow though, the lyrics manage to take the song into a whole new world of awful, reading like a passion-free imbecile manifesto." According to the review, the song is likely to be the "emotionally and artistically most bankrupt pop song" of 2009.[13]

Music video

Cobra Starship and Leighton Meester in the music video for "Good Girls Go Bad."

A music video for the song was shot on May 3, 2009 in New York City[7] by director Kai Regan and it premiered on Monday, June 29, 2009. Leighton Meester shot the clip while she was in town for the 2009 Costume Institute Gala. The concept of the video is that Gabe Saporta runs an underground speakeasy, complete with shelves of booze, gambling tables and a dance floor. The band is in charge of the above-ground deli that acts as a front operation to hide the debauchery within. To gain access to the illegal club, patrons must order the correct sandwich and proceed down a staircase. Meester and Victoria Asher- who has a codename of Johnny Outlaw- the band's keytarist, exchange several text messages while in the club concerning a package hidden in the DJ's booth. At one point, Meester makes references to her role of Blair Waldorf by texting "xoxo". Meester retrieves the package and shortly after, the club is raided by police, and the speakeasy operators - including Saporta - are all arrested. At the end of the video, it is revealed that Asher and Meester were undercover agents involved in a sting operation.[7] The video was nominated at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in the category Best Pop Video, but lost to "Womanizer" by Britney Spears.

Track listing

UK CD Single
  1. "Good Girls Go Bad" - 3:17
UK Digital EP
  1. "Good Girls Go Bad" - 3:17
  2. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Suave Suarez On Pleasure Ryland Remix) - 3:58
  3. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Cash Cash Remix) - 4:39
German CD Single
  1. "Good Girls Go Bad" - 3:17
  2. "Good Girls Go Bad Feat. Flo Rida " (Frank E Remix) - 3:22
German CD Maxi
  1. "Good Girls Go Bad" - 3:17
  2. "Good Girls Go Bad Feat. Flo Rida " (Frank E Remix) - 3:22
  3. "Good Girls Go Bad" (MoAzza Remix) - 4:08
  4. "Good Girls Go Bad" [funk Generation Club Remix)
  5. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Suave Suarez On Pleasure Ryland Remix) - 3:58
  6. "Good Girls Go Bad" (music video)


  1. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Suave Suarez On Pleasure Ryland Remix) - 3:58
  2. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Matt Haick Remix) - 4:10
  3. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Cash Cash Remix) - 4:39
  4. "Good Girls Go Bad" (MoAzza Remix) - 4:08
  5. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Isom Innis Remix) - 4:10
  6. "Good Girls Go Bad Feat. Flo Rida " (Frank E Remix) - 3:22
  7. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Ruff Loaderz Remix) - 4:01


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[14] 5
Belgian Ultratop 50 Singles (Flanders)[15] 4
Canadian Hot 100[16] 7
Dutch Top 40[17] 19
Finnish Singles Chart[18] 13
Irish Singles Chart[19] 17
New Zealand Singles Chart[20] 2
UK Singles Chart[21] 17
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs[22] 5
Chart (2010) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[23] 39

Release history

Region Date Format
United States May 11, 2009 Digital download
United Kingdom October 19, 2009 Digital Download, CD Single
Austria January 22, 2010 CD Maxi, CD Single
Germany[24][25] CD Maxi, CD Single


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  5. ^ "Music From Gossip Girl: Season 3, Episode 2". Preety Much Amazing. 
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  12. ^ Bill Lamb. Cobra Starship - "Good Girls Go Bad" featuring Leighton Meester Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  13. ^ "Music - Singles Reviews - Cobra Starship ft. Leighton Meester: 'Good Girls Go Bad'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
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