Bad Girl (Avril Lavigne song)

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"Bad Girl"
Song by Avril Lavigne featuring Marilyn Manson
from the album Avril Lavigne
Recorded 2013
Genre Nu metal
Length 2:56
Label Epic
  • Chad Kroeger
  • David Hodges
Avril Lavigne track listing
"Give You What You Like"
"Bad Girl"
"Hello Kitty"

"Bad Girl" is a song by Canadian singer Avril Lavigne for her fifth studio album, Avril Lavigne (2013). It was written by Lavigne, Chad Kroeger and David Hodges, while the song was produced by Kroeger and Hodges and features guest vocals by American singer Marilyn Manson.

Lyrically, the song talks about sex, where Manson is the daddy to Avril's baby girl. Upon its parent release with the album, "Bad Girl" received favorable reviews, with most critics complimenting the odd duet, calling it "catchy" and "unapologetic smutty". The song charted at 58 on the South Korean's Gaon Chart and at number 88 on Billboard's Canadian Hot 100.

Background and composition[edit]

"Bad Girl" features vocals by Marilyn Manson.

When she was 18 years old, Avril Lavigne met American singer Marilyn Manson at one of his concerts, and eventually they became friends.[1] On July 7, 2012, it was reported that Lavigne was dating Manson, with the rocker denying the rumour, claiming, "Yesterday it said that I was dating Avril Lavigne. What the f**k is that - she's Canadian, I wouldn't do that." He continued, "I know her. I accidentally shaved her head," he joked. "But yeah, you never know where these stories come from."[2] Lavigne commented that, "I had wanted to shave the side of my head for quite some time, [...] and so it was kind of like shaving it. And then one night, it was on my adventure to France. During my adventure when I was living there, we were hanging out backstage and we were with his band having a few drinks and I was like, 'Let's shave my head. I'm ready; let's do this!'. He's like that, though. He has fun. He wears his make-up; his wardrobe is very visual. I like his style."[3]

Later, the singer revealed that she did a song with Manson, confirming to Billboard about the collaboration, saying, "I wrote this song called 'Bad Girl', and it's like darker and heavier, it's one of the rock tunes on the record."[4] Lavigne also revealed that recruiting Manson for the track, "It was last minute. I was sitting there at the board thinking Manson would be perfect on this track, so I texted him, and he's like, 'I'll come over and I'll hear it.' So he came at 4 o'clock in the morning. ... Yes, it was one of those nights."[1] "Bad Girl" was written by Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger and David Hodges, with production being handled by Kroeger and Hodges.[5] The song features guest vocals by American alternative singer Marilyn Manson. Musically, "Bad Girl" has been described as a nu metal song by Slant Magazine.[6] Lyrically, the song talks about sex,[5] with Manson croaking about his "daddy" fantasies while Avril invites him to "do whatever" and more.[7] "I've been a bad girl, don't you know?/Come get it now or never/I'll let you do whatever," Lavigne sings.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

"Bad Girl" has received positive reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine declared that Lavigne's husband Chad Kroeger's "blunt-force hooks and bad taste are evident all over the place on this vaguely icky sex song," ultimately calling it "a union made creepier by Kroeger's presence as a co-writer and producer."[5] Jason Lipshut of Billboard named it a "salacious, sloppy, muddied rock music - as it damn well should be," praising Lavigne and Manson for turning the song into "glorious chaos."[8] Nick Catucci from Entertainment Weekly wrote the song is "kohl-black but super-bouncy",[7] while Sam Lansky of Idolator named it "catchy but shrill."[9]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy praised the song for "recalling '70s punk surprisingly faithfully and offering an indication of where her sound could be go in the future."[10] Calling it "a riotous, pumping guitar work-out", Laurence Green of musicOMH wrote that 'Bad Girl' "sounds like the soundtrack to that bit in every corny teen movie where the good girl decides it’s time to ‘let loose’ and hit the town."[11] Bradley Stern of MuuMuse declared that the song is "a manic, unapologetically smutty track."[12] Kyle Fowley of Slant Magazine was critical with the song, calling it a "dull piece of nü-metal, featuring a phoned-in performance by a disinterested Marilyn Manson."[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Along with many other songs from the parent album, "Bad Girl" debuted at number 58 on the Gaon Music Charts, with 4,511 copies sold in its first week.[13] In Canada, the single peaked at number 88 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Chart (2013) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 88
South Korea (International Downloads Chart)[13] 58


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  2. ^ Rowley, Alison (July 7, 2012). "Marilyn Manson: 'Me dating Avril Lavigne? F*** that, she's Canadian'". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ Corner, Lewis (May 23, 2013). "Avril Lavigne talks Marilyn Manson duet: 'He helped me shave my head'". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "igne 2013, iHeartRadio Q&A: New Album, Marilyn Manson Collab". Billboard. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  6. ^ a b c "Avril Lavigne: Avril Lavigne | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-11-10. "Bad Girl" is a dull piece of nü-metal, featuring a phoned-in performance by a disinterested Marilyn Manson. 
  7. ^ a b "Avril Lavigne's new self-titled album, streaming today: Read EW's review | The Music Mix |". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Avril Lavigne, 'Avril Lavigne': Track-By-Track Review | Billboard". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  9. ^ Sam Lansky. "Avril Lavigne's 'Avril Lavigne': Album Review | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  10. ^ "Avril Lavigne: 'Avril Lavigne' album review - Here's to never growing up? - Music Review". Digital Spy. 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  11. ^ "Avril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne | Album Reviews | musicOMH". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  12. ^ Stern, Bradley. "Avril Lavigne, 'Avril Lavigne' (Album Review)". MuuMuse. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Gaon Download Chart". Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 

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