Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston song)

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"Beautiful Girls"
Sean Kingston Beautiful Girls.jpg
Single by Sean Kingston
from the album Sean Kingston
ReleasedMay 26, 2007 (2007-05-26)
  • 4:02 (album version)
  • 3:43 (radio edit)
Sean Kingston singles chronology
"Beautiful Girls"
"Me Love"
Alternative cover

"Beautiful Girls" is the debut single by reggae-influenced musician Sean Kingston from his eponymous debut; it was first released in 2007, when Kingston was 17. The song samples Ben E. King's classic "Stand by Me". The song is about a boy who feels “suicidal” (or "in denial" in the edited version) over being unable to be with a "beautiful girl". It is Kingston's signature song.

Rapper Lil Mama and actors Kenny Vibert and Lil' JJ are featured in the music video directed by Marcus Raboy.

Lyrics controversy[edit]

Due to the lyrics containing references to suicide, the track was removed from various radio playlists including FM104 in Dublin, where complaints were phoned in on a late night chat show, The Adrian Kennedy Phoneshow, and Wild 102 in Roseau, Minnesota. It was allegedly pulled from 2FM although a spokesperson said the song was not on its playlist at the time but did not confirm if it had been prior.[1] FM104 replaced "suicidal" with "in denial", a change Sean Kingston made for the radio station. The edited version also changed the line "Damn all these beautiful girls" to "Man, all these beautiful girls", and "When I went away for doing my first crime" became "When I'd rush back just to see you in time".

Track listing[edit]

US promo CD

  1. "Beautiful Girls" (main version) – 3:45
  2. "Beautiful Girls" (instrumental) – 3:45
  3. "Beautiful Girls" (a cappella) – 3:45

UK CD single

  1. "Beautiful Girls" (album version) – 4:02
  2. "Beautiful Girls" (a cappella) – 3:41
  3. "Beautiful Girls" (instrumental) – 3:40
  4. "Beautiful Girls" (remix) (featuring Fabolous and Lil' Boosie) – 3:27
  5. "Beautiful Girls" (video)

Official remixes[edit]

  1. Official remix featuring Fabolous and Lil' Boosie – (3:28)
  2. Official remix featuring AC – (4:12)
  3. Official remix featuring Lil Mama – (3:50)

Official versions[edit]

  • Main version, radio edit – 3:43
  • Album version, LP version – 4:02
  • Extended version, video version – 4:17

Chart performance[edit]

The song benefited from extensive airplay before its digital release, reaching as high as number 17 on the Hot 100. On July 24, "Beautiful Girls" was accidentally leaked onto the US iTunes Store, two days before the planned release date. The week after the song's digital release it hit number one on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs, debuting with 260,000 downloads in its first week (the second highest digital sales for a new song of 2007, only behind Rihanna's "Umbrella").[2] Kingston became the first artist born within the 1990s to top the Hot 100, beating rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em to it by six weeks.[3] It has also gone on to occupy the top spot on the US Hot 100 Airplay and the Canadian Hot 100. It remained on top of the UK Singles Chart for four weeks before being knocked off by the Sugababes' first single from their fifth studio album Change, "About You Now". The song ended 2007 as the year's 15th biggest-selling single in the UK.[4] On the official ARIA charts in Australia, it debuted at number one but fell to number two the following week when Delta Goodrem's comeback single took the top spot. "Beautiful Girls" returned the next week and remained for a month before being replaced by Timbaland's "The Way I Are".



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[53] Platinum 70,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[54] Gold 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[55] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[56] Platinum 15,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[57] Platinum 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[58] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[59] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[60] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[61] 3× Platinum 120,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[62] Platinum 20,000*
United States (RIAA)[63] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


A few months after "Beautiful Girls" was released in 2007, a new online video service called Votigo began a cover contest in which fans could submit covers of the song for a chance to get a call from Sean Kingston. After an online vote user Mallory Robbins won with an a cappella version of the song. Top honors also went to a rock cover of the song performed by the Ailan Christopher Project. Shortly afterward, singer JoJo released a cover response version of the track which was released on Myspace, however will not be featured on her upcoming album. Chris Moyles also released a parody cover, however it was about the song describing how bad it was in his opinion.

The lead singer of Sublime with Rome, Rome, sang the acoustic version of "Beautiful Girls" on RAWsession on October 20, 2008.

The Plain White T's, whose song was knocked out of the charts by this one, did a cover version for Yahoo Music. Lead vocalist Tom Higgenson says that the group "started covering it as a joke almost. We started learning it because we were number one for a few weeks and then we got knocked out of the number one spot by Sean Kingston, by this song. It's kind of like an ode to Sean."[64] To close out the song guitarist Mike Retondo breaks into the chorus of "Stand by Me", which is also done in the cover version by Boyce Avenue, a nod to the fact that that song's bassline is used in "Beautiful Girls". Maverick Sabre did the same at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[65]

Teddy Geiger covered the song on her 2007 tour, due to popularity a recorded version of the song will be featured as a bonus track on the iTunes version of her upcoming CD The March.

Lil' Brianna remixed the song and featured Kingston's vocals on her second mixtape, Princess of Miami.

Jesse McCartney covered "Beautiful Girls" during his Right Where You Want Me tour.

David Archuleta briefly sang the chorus of the song at the end of his May 6, 2008 performance on the US TV show American Idol. He was singing Ben E. King's original "Stand by Me" song.

Deer Tick recorded a cover of "Beautiful Girls", which can be found on

Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter recorded a cover of this song and has occasionally performed it live.

Boyband JLS performed a mashup of "Beautiful Girls" and "Stand by Me" as their bottom two performance on the fifth series of the UK TV show The X Factor. A year later on series six of the show, Lloyd Daniels sang the chorus and last verse of the song in his November 30, 2008 performance, also singing King's original "Stand by Me".

Bayside covers the song on Punk Goes Pop Volume Two.

BAMF! recorded a version entitled "Bootyfull Girl".

Russell Crowe, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, and Alan Doyle performed a cover version during the press tour for Robin Hood and at several benefit shows afterwards.

Beautiful Girls Reply[edit]

"Beautiful Girls Reply"
Song by JoJo
ReleasedJuly 20, 2007 (2007-07-20)
Songwriter(s)Joanna "JoJo" Levesque
Producer(s)J.R. Rotem

"Beautiful Girls" (also known as "Beautiful Girls Reply") is a song by American singer JoJo. It was released digitally on July 20, 2007, as a cover response to "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston.[66] The song samples Ben E. King's classic "Stand by Me" and uses digital pitch correction technology on the vocals. Whereas Kingston's version is about a boy who is suicidal over the failure of his relationship with a "beautiful girl", JoJo speaks from a girl's perspective.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 39 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 chart one month after its release.

Chart (2007) Peak
US Rhythmic Top 40 (Billboard)[67] 39


  • Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave from BBC Radio 1 have produced a popular parody, Sean Krapston – A Suicidal song.[68]
  • Kel Mitchell has produced a song on his Myspace called "Scariest Girl".
  • Panamanian reggae group Comando Tiburón made a parody of the song in Spanish, called "No Llores Más" ("Don't Cry No More").

Use in media[edit]

This song is featured in the 2008 monster film Cloverfield, the 2019 crime drama Hustlers, and on The CW's Gossip Girl. The "suicidal" version of the song, which ends differently from the single mix is also featured in the video game SingStar Hottest Hits.

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