Graveyard Girl

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"Graveyard Girl"
M83 - Graveyard Girl.jpg
Single by M83
from the album Saturdays = Youth
Released April 28, 2008 (2008-04-28)
Recorded 2007; Rockfield Studios, Wales
Length 4:51
  • Anthony Gonzalez
  • Yann Gonzalez
  • Ken Thomas (producer)
  • Ewan Pearson
  • Anthony Gonzalez (co-producers)
M83 singles chronology
"Graveyard Girl"
"Kim & Jessie"
"Graveyard Girl"
"Kim & Jessie"

"Graveyard Girl" is a song by French electronic act M83. Written by Anthony Gonzalez with his brother Yann, it was released in April 2008 as the second single from M83's fifth studio album, Saturdays = Youth.

Background and composition[edit]

Anthony Gonzalez cited English band Tears for Fears and Scottish band Cocteau Twins, as well as John Hughes teen films The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, as inspirations for Saturdays = Youth.[1][2] A girl resembling Molly Ringwald appears on the album cover, and the lyrics and music video for "Graveyard Girl" further highlight these influences.[3] "I wanted to have the feeling of a teenager mixed with this period of the Eighties," Gonzalez said.[1] The song tells the story of a goth girl Gonzalez once knew who "worships Satan" but "dreams of a sister like Molly Ringwald."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Spin's Mosi Reeves called "Graveyard Girl" one of the album's "few compelling songs."[5] Dave Hughes of Slant Magazine said the song is "certainly the most typically, successfully pop moment this difficult, often transcendent act has ever produced."[3] Pitchfork's Amy Phillips wrote that "Anthony Gonzalez makes the teen years seem idyllic, a time in life when all emotion is pure and beautiful," and that the song is "melodramatic, overblown, and even a little bit silly. But then again, so is high school."[6] Jer Fairall of PopMatters suggested that on "Graveyard Girl", M83 found "pure pop perfection by dipping into the pool of mid-'80s synth-pop."[7] Treble's Tyler Parks noted: "It is quite possible that no one has ever sung quite so sweetly of someone worshipping Satan."[8]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Pitchfork Media US Top 100 Tracks of 2008[6] 2008 46
PopMatters US Best 50 Singles of 2008[7] 2008 17
Rockdelux Spain Lo Mejor de 2008[9] 2009 40
Treble US Top 50 Songs of 2008[8] 2008 1
The Village Voice US 2008 Pazz & Jop[10] 2008 46

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Graveyard Girl"
  • Anthony Gonzalez
  • Yann Gonzalez
2. "Graveyard Girl" (Yuksek remix)
  • A. Gonzalez
  • Y. Gonzalez

Other versions and appearances[edit]

A remix by French DJ-producer Yuksek serves as the single's B-side. ParkerLab's Dusted remix appears on M83's We Own the Sky EP, released in 2009.[11] "Graveyard Girl" is used in the 2010 film The Last Song.[12]


  1. ^ a b "New M83 Video - 'Graveyard Girl'". Stereogum. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  2. ^ Leven, Jeff (2008-04-15). "M83: 'Saturdays = Youth' - Music Reviews". Paste. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  3. ^ a b Hughes, Dave (2008-04-14). "M83: 'Saturdays = Youth' - Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  4. ^ Norris, John (2008-06-24). "M83's Anthony Gonzalez Talks 'Saturdays = Youth', His Ode To Teenage Life". MTV. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  5. ^ Reeves, Mosi (April 2008). "Reviews: New CDs". Spin. 24 (4): 100. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  6. ^ a b Phillips, Amy (2008-12-15). "The 100 Best Tracks of 2008". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  7. ^ a b Fairall, Jer (2008-12-19). "The Best Singles of 2008". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  8. ^ a b Parks, Tyler (2008-12-08). "The Top 50 Songs of 2008". Treble. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Lo Mejor de 2008". Rockdelux. 1 (269). January 2009. ISSN 1138-2864. 
  10. ^ "Pazz & Jop Singles". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  11. ^ "New M83 Video - 'Graveyard Girl'". Stereogum. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  12. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2010-04-26). "'The Last Song' - Movie Review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 

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