My Girls (Animal Collective song)

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"My Girls"
My Girls Animal Collective.jpeg
Single by Animal Collective
from the album Merriweather Post Pavilion
Released March 23, 2009
Format Promo CD
Recorded February 2008
Genre Experimental pop[1]
Length 5:44
Label Domino
Writer(s) David Portner (Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Brian Weitz (Geologist)
Producer(s) Ben H. Allen, Animal Collective
Animal Collective singles chronology
"My Girls"
"Summertime Clothes"
Music sample

"My Girls" is a song by Animal Collective, released as the first single from their critically acclaimed 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavilion. It was released on March 23, 2009 by Domino Records as a promo CD only.

During the tours of 2007 and 2008, the song was known as "House".[citation needed] Panda Bear explained to Clash that lyrically the song is about his "desire on a basic level to own my own place and kind of provide a safe house for my family and the people I care about." [2][better source needed] The song resembles a seminal piece of early house music, "Your Love" (1984), by Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle.[3]


A promotional music video was created, showing the three members who worked on the album performing the song with samplers, synthesizers and percussion instruments. The video was animated by Jon Vermilyea, whose illustrations were used in the artwork for the band's live compilation Animal Crack Box. Only Avey Tare and Panda Bear's lips and Geologist's caving headlamp can be seen, with complete black bodies in colored scenarios, eventually becoming green and melting at the end of the video.[original research?]

Use in media[edit]

An edited version of the song was used in the BBC Panorama program The Secrets of Scientology.[citation needed]

An edited version of this song appears during Jake Johnson's part in Alien Workshop's skate film, Mindfield. The song can also be heard briefly during a party sequence in the 2012 film Project X.[citation needed] Beyoncé sampled "My Girls" in her song "6 Inch" from her sixth studio album Lemonade (2016).


  • "My Girls" was named the #1 Song of 2009 by Pitchfork Media.[4]
  • In 2009, Pitchfork listed the song at #9 of their Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.[5]
  • NME named "My Girls" the 5th best song of 2009.[6]
  • Slant Magazine named "My Girls" the best song of 2009.[7]
  • The Village Voice named "My Girls" the third best-song of 2009 on their annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[8]
  • In October 2011, NME placed it at number 91 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[9]
  • In 2014, NME named "My Girls" the 248th best song of all time.[1]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ a b NME.COM. "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time - 300-201". NME.COM. 
  2. ^ "My Girls by Animal Collective Songfacts". 
  3. ^ "'Your Love' - The Evolution Of A House Classic". NME Blogs. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Staff Lists". Pitchfork. 
  5. ^ "Staff Lists". Pitchfork. 
  6. ^ NME.COM. "50 Best Tracks of 2009". NME.COM. 
  7. ^ "The 25 Best Albums & Singles of 2009". Slant Magazine. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "New York News, Food, Culture and Events - Village Voice". Village Voice. 
  9. ^ NME.COM. "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME.COM. 
  10. ^ Soundcloud -