"Good Girls"
Elle King - Good Girls (single cover).jpg
Single by Elle King
from the album Ghostbusters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedJune 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)
Producer(s)Dave Bassett
Elle King singles chronology
"Different for Girls"
"Good Girls"
"Not Easy"
Music video
"Good Girls" on YouTube

"Good Girls" is a song written and recorded by American singer and songwriter Elle King from the soundtrack of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016).[1] The song was co-written and produced by Dave Bassett. It was released digitally on June 3, 2016 through RCA Records as the soundtrack's lead single and impacted American Triple A radio on June 13, 2016.[2][3]

Upon release, the song received positive reviews from music critics and attained a top 40 position on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.


"Good Girls" is an uptempo rockabilly[4] and pop rock[5][6] song written by Elle King and Dave Bassett. According to the digital sheet music published by EMI Music Publishing, the song was originally composed in the key of E minor and set in common time to a "fast" tempo of 176 BPM.[5] The song follows a chord progression of Em—A5—Em / Em—B7(no 3)—Em—G, while King's vocals span a range of two octaves and one note, from B3 through C5.[5] Critics have also noted influences of soul[7] and blues genres.[8]



In a review of the Ghostbusters soundtrack, James Monger of AllMusic praised "Good Girls" and "Get Ghost" as highlights, writing, "Mark Ronson... gets the vibe right on the hook-filled... "Get Ghost"..., and Elle King dispatches the sassy girl power jam "Good Girls," but the rest of the set feels rushed and forgettable."[9] Michael Roffman of Consequence of Sound gave a glowing review of the song, writing, "much like her past earworms... ["Good Girls" is] fucking nuclear, wired with dozens of hooks and made urgent by scandalous lyrics that go hand in hand with the majority of today's nihilistic pop."[10]


"Good Girls" debuted and peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart dated June 25, 2016.[11] The song also entered the Rock Digital Songs and Alternative Digital Songs component charts at 10 and 11, respectively, for the same week.[12][13] "Good Girls" entered the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart at number 24 on the chart dated August 13, 2016 and reached a peak position of 21 two weeks later.[14]

Music video

The accompanying music video for "Good Girls" was directed by Dano Cerny and premiered July 13, 2016.[15] It takes place first in a haunted laundromat and later in a dive bar, where King can be seen playing pool, smoking a cigar, and arm wrestling.[16][17] King dyed her hair blue for the video, with the makeup artist responsible for the clip, Michelle Clark, describing the goal of the visual styling as "badass."[18] Tying in the film concept, King's character dispatches a handful of ghosts with the franchise's signature proton gun. Towards the end of the video, clips of the film are showcased.[16][17]

Performances and promotion

King appeared on the July 15, 2016 episode of Good Morning America to promote the single and the Ghostbusters film, and performed "Good Girls" live.[19]


Chart (2016) Peak
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 29

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various June 3, 2016 Digital download RCA [2]
United States June 13, 2016 Adult album alternative [3]


  1. ^ "Ghostbusters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available July 15th". RCA Records. June 2, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Good Girls - Elle King | Release Info". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Kaufman, Gil (June 3, 2016). "'Ghostbusters' Soundtrack Features Fall Out Boy with Missy Elliott, Elle King and 5 Seconds of Summer". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Elle King "Good Girls" Sheet Music in E Minor". Musicnotes.com. EMI Music Publishing. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Breihan, Tom (June 3, 2016). "Elle King – "Good Girls"". Stereogum. SpinMedia. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Watt, David. "New Music Video: "Good Girls" by Elle King". All-Noise. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Perez, Ashley (July 15, 2016). "Elle King channels 'Ghostbusters' in new 'Good Girls' video". AXS TV. 2929 Entertainment. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Ghostbusters [2016] [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Roffman, Michael (June 3, 2016). "Elle King shares catchy "Good Girls" single off Ghostbusters soundtrack — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Elle King Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "Elle King – Chart history". Billboard Rock Digital Songs for Elle King. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  13. ^ "Elle King – Chart history". Billboard Alternative Digital Songs for Elle King. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  14. ^ "Chart history for "Good Girls" on Triple A". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  15. ^ Wicks, Amanda (July 13, 2016). "Elle King Premieres 'Good Girls' Video Off 'Ghostbusters' Soundtrack". Radio.com. CBS Radio. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  16. ^ a b Stutz, Colin (July 13, 2016). "Elle King Plays the Badass in 'Good Girls' Video for 'Ghostbusters' Soundtrack: Watch". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  17. ^ a b Roth, Madeline (July 13, 2016). "Elle King Wreaks Havoc And Busts Ghosts In Her 'Good Girls' Video". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  18. ^ Saunders, Nicole (July 16, 2016). "Elle King's Makeup Artist & Stylist Talks Badass Style for 'Good Girls' Video". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  19. ^ Elle King (July 14, 2016). "Elle King - Timeline" (photo). Facebook. Retrieved December 22, 2016. Tune in to Good Morning America tomorrow at 7AM EST on ABC Television Network to see me perform my new song “Good Girls”.