Nasty Girl (Vanity 6 song)

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"Nasty Girl"
Vanity 6 Nasty Girl.jpg
Artwork for German and Dutch releases
Single by Vanity 6
from the album Vanity 6
B-side"Drive Me Wild"
ReleasedSeptember 24, 1982[1]
Format7", 12" vinyl single
Length5:12 (Album Version)
2:55 (Single Version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer(s)Prince (as The Starr Company)
Vanity 6 singles chronology
"He's So Dull"
"Nasty Girl"
"Drive Me Wild"

"Nasty Girl" is a song written and composed by American musician Prince. The song was first recorded by his protégé girl group Vanity 6 in 1982, who charted at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart with their version. Prince gave the songwriting credit to lead singer Vanity, although he was the writer and composer.[3] Inaya Day recorded a hit cover version of the song in 2004 that reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart. There have also been several other versions of this song.

Vanity 6 version[edit]


"Nasty Girl" was originally recorded by Vanity 6 on the Warner Bros. Records label for their self-titled debut studio album Vanity 6. The song was produced by Prince and issued as the album's second single on September 24, 1982. Due to its explicit lyrics, "Nasty Girl" met with resistance on mainstream American radio, peaking within the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. It did, however, become a sizable hit on US R&B radio and it hit number one on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart for four weeks in November 1982. The song was knocked off the number one position by Prince's own "1999."

The lyrics's explicit content ultimately ends in a let-down for the woman from whose perspective they are written, concluding with the disappointed recitation, "Oh, is that it? / Hmph--wake me when you're done. / I guess you'll be the only one having fun."

"Nasty Girl" reached number 7 on the Dutch singles chart in November 1982,[4] and number 11 on the Belgian (Flanders) chart in December 1982.[5] Lead singer Vanity, who later became a Christian preacher, subsequently denounced the song and told members of her congregation who listened to the song to "keep praying for the Holy Spirit".[6]

Billboard named the song #37 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[7]

Track listings[edit]

U.S. 7"

  1. "Nasty Girl" (2:55)
  2. "Drive Me Wild" (2:30)

U.S. 12" Promo

  1. "Nasty Girl" (LP version) (5:12)
  2. "Nasty Girl" (Single version) (2:55)

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Belgium (Flanders) (Ultratop) 11[5]
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 7[4]
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1[8]
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 1[9]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Inaya Day version[edit]

"Nasty Girl"
Single by Inaya Day
Producer(s)Mousse T.
Inaya Day singles chronology
"Stand By Me"
"Nasty Girl"
"The Glamorous Life"


In 2004, American singer Inaya Day recorded a cover version of "Nasty Girl". It was released in 2004 and peaking at number 18 in Australia the next year, remaining on the chart for 11 weeks. It was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland the same year, peaking at number nine on the UK Singles Chart and number 42 on the Irish Singles Chart. The cover was also successful in Flemish Belgium, peaking at number 12.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Nasty Girl" (Ivan Gough Radio Edit)
  2. "Nasty Girl" (Mousse T & So Phat Club Mix)
  3. "Nasty Girl" (John Course & Mr Timothy ReRub)
  4. "Nasty Girl" (Luke Bowditch Mix)
  5. "Nasty Girl" (Phuture Grooves: Ajax & Damon Boyd Mix)
  6. "Nasty Girl" (Wei-Shen & Marcos Mix)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[12] 10
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 42
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 32
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 44
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 70[A]
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 9
  1. ^ Data not available before the chart dated September 4.[16]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
Australia Club Chart (ARIA)[18] 30
Chart (2005) Position
Australia Club Chart (ARIA)[19] 25
Australia Dance (ARIA)[20] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 143

Other versions[edit]

  • In 1993, rap trio Nuttin' Nyce covered the song for their album Down 4 Whateva....
  • In 1997, Dutch girl group Sex U All released their version of the song.
  • In 2008, pop singer Lene Alexandra covered the song for her album Welcome To The Sillycone Valley.
  • Lil' Kim performed the song on her European tour in 2009.


  • In 1996, rapper Foxy Brown sampled the song for the original version of "I'll Be", but was disapproved.
  • In 1999, Mercedes sampled the whole “Nasty Girl” song and a mixture sampled lyrics from Pebbles’Mercedes Boy” for her track called “Do You Wanna Ride” from her album, Rear End.
  • In 2000, Tech N9ne sampled the chorus for his song entitled "Nasty Girl" off his album "Celcius".
  • In 2001, producer Pharrell sampled the song for Britney Spears's hit "I'm a Slave 4 U".
  • In 2010, Jazmine Sullivan sampled the song on "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" from her album Love Me Back.
  • In 1982, Rap artists Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde sampled the song for "The Challenge", but was pulled for copyright infringement.
  • In 2016 Beyoncé mashed up the song for a live rendition of her song “Blow” on her “Formation World Tour”
  • In 2018, Janelle Monáe sampled this song along with Pharrell Williams in her track 'I Got The Juice'

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-03-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (February 15, 2016). "Prince Discovery Vanity Dies at 57". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2010-09-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b " > Discografie Vanity 6" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  5. ^ a b "Ultratop > Vanity 6 — Nasty Girl" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  6. ^ "Vanity denounces music that made her famous". Jet. 30 Jun 1997. p. 32.
  7. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Vanity | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Bubbling Under The Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004 (2nd ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 277. ISBN 0-89820-162-4.
  10. ^ " – Inaya Day – Nasty Girl". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  11. ^ " – Inaya Day – Nasty Girl" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  12. ^ " – Inaya Day – Nasty Girl" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 28, 2005". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 35, 2005" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  15. ^ " – Inaya Day – Nasty Girl" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Club Chart 2004". ARIA. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Club Chart 2005". ARIA. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Dance Singles 2005". ARIA. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  21. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2005" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved March 27, 2019.