Girl You Know It's True (song)

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"Girl You Know It's True"
Single by Milli Vanilli
from the album Girl You Know It's True
B-side "Magic Touch"
Released June 25, 1988
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1988
Genre Dance-pop, hip hop, new jack swing
Length 4:13
3:48 (7" version)
Label Arista
Writer(s) Bill Pettaway Jr, Sean Spencer, Kevin Lyles, Rodney Hollaman, Ky Adeyemo
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Milli Vanilli singles chronology
"Girl You Know It's True"
"Baby Don't Forget My Number"

"Girl You Know It's True" is a song written by Bill Pettaway, Sean Spencer, Kevin Lyles, Rodney Holloman, and Ky Adeyemo.[1] They recorded it as Numarx, but the song failed to make much impact until it was covered by Milli Vanilli and released as their lead single from the album Girl You Know It's True. It peaked at number one on the German Singles Chart. It peaked at number two in the United States and number three in the United Kingdom.

The song lyric skipped and repeated during a Milli Vanilli concert in Connecticut, revealing a case of lip synching during the performance and setting off a wave of controversy for the group.

That controversy was later recalled when Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at No. 85 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, stating, "Turns out absolutely nothing about this [song] was true. Which sets up the question 'Couldn't [Milli Vanilli] have bought a better lie?'"[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Milli Vanilli made a cameo appearance performing the song in an episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, based on the actual video game as seen Saturday mornings on NBC.

Other cover versions[edit]

  • The song was covered by Centory featuring Trey D. In 1996 and reached No. 50 on the German singles chart.[3]
  • Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch of Boyzone in 2000, with the rapped verses taking verbal shots at rival boybands Westlife and 5ive.
  • In 2007, a rap cover version was made by the German R&B duo Lemon Ice made up of Gunther Göbbel [Geeno] and Jay Low. It reached No. 26 in the German Singles chart.
  • The Danish artist Burhan G had a hit with a Danish language hit single "Jeg vil ha' dig for mig selv" that largely samples on the original song. Taken from his self-titled album Burhan G, "Jeg vil ha' dig for mig selv" (translated as I want you for myself) reached No. 8 in Tracklisten,[4] the Danish official Top 40 singles chart. (Burhan G Video)
  • Club remixes to the single "Sentimientos" by Ivy Queen sample this song.
  • German group Movetown, sang "Girl, you know it's true." In addition to the "I love you" in English, you can hear the words on Russian.


Track listings[edit]

12" maxi - Australia, New Zealand, UK
  1. "Girl You Know It's True" (NY subway mix)
  2. "Girl You Know It's True" (balearic mix)
  3. "Magic Touch"
12" maxi - Canada, U.S.
  1. "Girl You Know It's True" (super club mix) — 8:33
  2. "Girl You Know It's True" (G spot remix beats) — 6:22
  3. "Girl You Know It's True" (single version) — 3:48
  4. "Girl You Know It's True" (NYC subway mix) — 8:07
  5. "Magic Touch" — 3:47
12" maxi - Germany, UK
  1. "Girl You Know It's True" (super club mix) — 7:35
  2. "Girl You Know It's True" (radio mix) — 3:58
  3. "Magic Touch" — 3:22
7" single
  1. "Girl You Know It's True" — 3:58
  2. "Magic Touch" — 3:22

Charts and sales[edit]

"Girl You Know It's True" was a massive success in the United States, and peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending April 1, 1989, kept from the top spot by The Bangles' "Eternal Flame".[6] It became the first of five Top 5 singles for Milli Vanilli and spent a total of 26 weeks on the chart.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Milli Vanilli: Baby Don't Forget My Number
  2. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (September 11, 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever". AOL Radio. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ German Charts - Centory
  4. ^ DanishCharts: "Jeg Vil Ha' Dig For Mig Selv" Page
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Archives". Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Girl You Know It's True", in various singles charts (Retrieved February 26, 2008)
  8. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved August 1, 2008)
  9. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved February 26, 2008)
  10. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  12. ^ a b c d e Billboard (Retrieved February 26, 2008)
  13. ^ 1988 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  14. ^ "1988 Belgian Flanders Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  15. ^ 1988 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  16. ^ Canada certifications (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  17. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 145 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Girl+You+Know+It%27s+True')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  19. ^ Swedish certifications (Retrieved September 11, 2008)
  20. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  21. ^ U.S. certifications (Retrieved August 5, 2008)