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Aqua: Barbie Girl Meaning

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Song Released: 1997


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Barbie Girl Lyrics

Hi Barbie
Hi Ken!
Do you wanna go for a ride?
Sure Ken!
Jump In...

I'm a barbie girl, in the barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic!
you can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation
Come on Barbie,...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Sep 4th 2012 report

    From what I can tell, it's a spoof (obviously). It's saying, "As long as a guy tells you he loves you, it's okay to let him do whatever he wants to you." 'This isn't Aqua's want, more of a way to tell kids it isn't right while still letting little kids think it's just a fun song about a Barbie.

    Pretty much that's what Barbie is about though. It teaches girls and boys to be pretty/masculine and because of these reasons (and these alone) we'll be happy.

    Short version: It's okay to be a slut as long as he likes you. :3 (Don't think that this is true please! :P )

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Nov 1st 2006 report

    This song was most likely made to show young girls that there more to like than just to be a slutty girl and not to worship shoes, clothes and other things.

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    kiley
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    May 1st 2013 report

    This song is basically about the fake girls who think they're perfect and like barbie. It's also about them having sex and giving in. "kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky." hanky panky means sex.It also says bimbo and plastic quite a few times, so you can assume they are referring to the girl as a blonde, fake, dumb girl.

  4. anonymous
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    May 5th report

    My interpretation is that the song has a message about not being loose "You can touch, you play, if you say I'm always yours" and "You can touch my hair, undress me anywhere. 'Imagination' life is your creation." This all means you can have me if you commit to me. She can do everything he wants, if he commits to her because she's not a bimbo. This is probably why Rolling Stone voted it has one of the worst songs.

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  5. anonymous
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    Apr 1st report

    I love this song my best friend Taylor and I played barbies together, but we had fun but I write this next song barbie girl. It’s a girl song for young girls to do any kind of stuff they always have girl stuff, my friend James and Kendall worked on the song it had fun teen pop, and even though it goes through end and off. Because we’ve been together for so long. We wrote this about couple years ago, when I was born.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 31st report

    wow this song is so sexist it list ken as a pedofile and barbie as an addict to him. I never really realized how sexist this song was until i played back the the lyrics over and over until some words caught my attention '' you can touch you can play is you say i'm always yours'' which sounded messed up to me. But now i know why it was messed up... because its anti-feminist and women power degenerating :(

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 14th 2020 report

    This song basically an anti-feminist, in childhood my brother and thought it was cute but as a grown up we both feel disgusted, my brother is a lawyer now and he do support women empowerment. It's like teaching young boys to treat girls like an object, touch them where you want to, geez that's gross.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 1st 2019 report

    I love this song when I got in trouble I played barbies, with Amanda. That’s why I played with them.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 25th 2018 report

    I always thought that they were making fun of American women.

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 26th 2017 report

    its about how women put makeup on ans get plastic surgery and boob/butt jobs to make themselves look nicer ''life in plastic its fantastic'' its mainly referring to bimbos dumb blondes who care about how attractive they are.

  11. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2017 report

    It's about a pedophile.

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 19th 2017 report

    so basically im guessing the song is about giving an image to young girls?
    In one of Barbie's versus's, she says 'blonde bimbo girl'
    And bimbo means a woman willing to be a sex object.
    So this song is about sex now?
    And why is Ken's voice so deep?

  13. anonymous
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    Dec 6th 2014 report

    It's just a stupid song written by an idiot. In my humble opinion, this person not thinking about anyone but themselves and not thought about other peoples feelings.

  14. anonymous
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    Oct 7th 2012 report

    it is about 2 teenagers that are about to have sex. again.

  15. anonymous
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    Sep 15th 2012 report

    Considering this one takes heavily from Video Killed the Radio Star, I really think it is somewhat a parody.

    Sure, there have been pop star swooning icons since Elvis to the Cassidy's and so on and on which the tele has contributed a tremendous amount to that "glory."

    Both the hidden humor along with the similarity to the above mentioned song really drive home that often times it is the gliz and glam that truly take away the raw beauty of real music and compounds the irrelevance of the historical impact.

    Music is very much a part of the human experience and can be linked to.the missing link in our ancestory, I believe.

    Just like a plastic barbie doll warps the minds of everyone expecting life to be real, so does the video...for the the symbolism of both deviates from what music is!

  16. anonymous
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    Sep 13th 2012 report

    this song is just showing how she's willingly giving herself away like she's some sex toy skank.

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  17. anonymous
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    Jun 17th 2012 report

    It's about barbie as a prostitute

  18. scurvychef
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    Jan 11th 2012 report

    There is nothing existential about the content of this song. It is not satire conveying the diluted youth or any of that.

    It is a fine example of how the 90s pop culture utilized the already preprogrammed mind sets of a Barbie retired generation that wants to reunite with their youth. As well as the current Barbie fan base.

    It is Aqua's only claim to fame.

    "I'm a Barbie Girl..." is just another sticky slogan of the 90s.

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