I Kissed a Girl (Jill Sobule song)

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"I Kissed a Girl"
I Kissed a Girl (Jill Sobule song).jpg
Single by Jill Sobule
from the album Jill Sobule
FormatCD single, cassette single
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Jill Sobule, Robin Eaton
Producer(s)Brad Jones[1]

"I Kissed a Girl" is a 1995 song by Jill Sobule. It reached number 20 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 36 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. In Canada, it debuted and peaked at number 15 on the newly established RPM Alternative 30 chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video featured Italian model Fabio playing Sobule's heterosexual love interest. It parodies his romance novel covers, and features young women in 1960s-style hair and dresses.


Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 36
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[3] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 67
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 20

Katy Perry song comparisons[edit]

In 2008, new pop-singer Katy Perry issued a song of her own called "I Kissed a Girl" for her debut album One of the Boys. The song received mixed reviews, with much of the negative reception originating to comparative inferiority with the Jill Sobule song.[according to whom?] Hiponline.com wrote that the song is "not nearly as interesting or exciting as you’d expect. It’s not even half as good as Jill Sobule’s song 'I Kissed a Girl'".[6] Glitterati Gossip wrote that Sobule's song "was ten times better, because there was actual emotional content to her lyrics".[7] Sobule shared her feelings about Perry's song and use of the title in a July 2009 interview with The Rumpus:

When Katy Perry's song came out I started getting tons of inquiries about what I thought. Some folks (and protective friends) were angry, and wondered why she took my title and made it into this kind of "girls gone wild" thing....

As a musician I have always refrained from criticizing another artist. I was, "Well, good for her." It did bug me a little bit, however, when she said she came up with the idea for the title in a dream. In truth, she wrote it with a team of professional writers and was signed by the very same guy that signed me in 1995. I have not mentioned that in interviews as I don't want to sound bitter or petty...

Okay, maybe, if I really think about it, there were a few jealous and pissed-off moments. So here goes, for the first time in an interview: Fuck you Katy Perry, you fucking stupid, maybe 'not good for the gays,' title-thieving, haven't heard much else, so not quite sure if you're talented, fucking little slut.

God that felt good.[8]

In a later interview, Sobule later stated that the interview in The Rumpus was tongue-in-cheek and in an article she wrote for The Huffington Post, she stated

I thought maybe this time I would have fun with it and goof on what many of my fans were hoping to hear over the last year. I prefaced my reply with a wink, and then rambled on with a string of over the top dumb-ass profanities, purposely out of character and completely in jest ... I may be a touch cynical about the business, but I have never really been angry or had ill feelings towards Katy herself. I was actually in a small way happy to not be the "Kissed a Girl" girl anymore.[9]


  1. ^ "Jill Sobule | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Jill Sobule – I Kissed a Girl". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved December 23, 3018.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9238." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved December 23, 3018.
  4. ^ "Jill Sobule Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 3018.
  5. ^ "Jill Sobule Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 3018.
  6. ^ Raegun (2008). "Katy Perry - One of the Boys - review", HipOnline.com. Posted: June 16, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2008.
  7. ^ "Katy Perry Irritates The Hell Out Of Me", Glitterati Gossip. March 24, 2008.
  8. ^ "The Rumpus Interview with Jill Sobule". The Rumpus. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  9. ^ Sobule, Jill (2009-08-19). "My "Feud" With Katy Perry". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-02-27.

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