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Single review: Katy Perry - California Gurls

Katy Perry

Release date

It came out on 21 June.

The style

Relax everyone! We can all breathe a sigh of relief.

THE anthem for this summer has arrived.

You know, there's always that one tune that conjures up images of beaches, sun lotion, ice cream… ooh everything summery.

And now Katy Perry's California Gurls is that tune.

This track is more dancey than many of her previous hits.

And the bits from veteran rapper Snoop Dogg give it an edgy feel.

The words

"Greetings loved ones, let's take a journey" Snoop Dogg invites us at the start of the song.

Basically this is a light-hearted track about how California 'gurls' are better than 'gurls' from everywhere else.

"California girls, we're unforgettable.

Fine, fresh, fierce, we got it on lock," Katy sings.

"You could travel the world, but nothing comes close to the Golden Coast."

Ok we got it, you're cool.

(And yes, Katy is a California girl herself.)

Will you still be humming it next week?

Next week? Try the whole summer.

It's an insanely catchy pop-dance track.

Will it make the charts?

Of course it will.

Probably another number one from this one-woman hit-making machine.

NR rating:


Your Comments

"I think it's OK."

Konni, 13, Seoul, Korea

"This is my fave track of the year!"

Sofina, 10, Belfast, N. Ireland

"Amazing! Incredible! Spellbinding! Awesome! Fantastic! Super! Cool!"

Kitty, 11, Bournemouth, England

"It is really good. I wish I had a voice like her."

Natasha, 7, Lincoln, England

"I love this song!"

Simran, 7, Essex, England

"I love Katy Perry. I have ALL her albums. I also love Lady Gaga, they should team up. I think it is the best song she has ever sung."

Ella, 10, Brussels, Belgium

"A great song, very catchy! But the music video is VEEEEEEEEEERY strange! However it is a fab hit with everyone at my school!"

Ellie, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"The song for the summer!!"

Amy, 13, England

"I think it's the best Katy Perry song EVER!"

Niamh, 10, Yorkshire, England

"I love this song! It's got a catchy chorus and when you've heard it once you'll have it in your head for ages!"

Amal, 11, Berkshire, England

"I love this song and hope she will make more similar and as catchy songs as this to keep the summer rocking!"

Elizabeth, 10, England

"I love this song because it is so addictive. Me and my friends are always singing it at school."

Sophie, 13, Basingstoke, England

"It's a great song! I always hear people humming and singing it. It's a really popular song!"

Sophie, 11, Wiltshire, England

"I think the song is absolutely BRILLIANT!"

Jennifer, 9, East Ayrshire, Scotland

"It's really annoying! At first I quite liked it but my friends keep on singing it which makes it annoying! Plus, California girls are sooo not better than the rest of us!!"

Ella, 11, Bristol, England

"The best song ever! Even though I'm in Spain, there are a lot of beaches here so I'll be dancing to it!"

Helena, 10, Barcelona, Spain

"I'm moving to another country this summer and I'm really sad and I'm going to miss my friends. But this song reminds me I can have a great summer anywhere!"

Mira, 12, Chicago, USA

"I think it is a really good song and I think the candy land theme is fantastic. Katy Perry just stands out from the crowd and this makes her so unique. I wish I could have blue hair but I don't think it's the best idea for school!"

Ruby, 12, Liverpool, England

"A beautiful song."

Killy, 12, Cornwall, England

"This song is fine, fresh and fierce, for a fantastic holiday to a beach!"

Dimzy, 11, Leicester, England

"I think this song is really good. It stays in my head! I will be singing it all summer!"

Molly, 12, Oldham, England

"I love this song and I sing it everywhere I go!"

Maisie, 12, Brighton, England

"I think it's so good, it's her best song ever!"

Amy, 10, Manchester, England

"I like this song a lot. It absolutely rules but I don't think much of Katy Perry!"

Emily, 12, England

"We think California Gurls is amazing, definitely the track of the summer. Katy Perry is amazing and we love her so much! We love Katy Perry, another amazing one!"

Maddy and Kitty, 11 and 7, London, England

"I loved this single. It's way better than anything else that Katy has done in the past. I have been humming it for a number of weeks now and I will NEVER get sick of it."

Rachel, 13, County Antrim, N. Ireland

"I think it's great. It's like the best thing ever."

Caitlin, 10, Stratford, England

"I love this song sooooooooooo much, it is my favourite song at the moment! I can't help singing along to it whenever I hear it. Katy Perry is amazing and she is an inspiration for young girls like me who dream of being a singer."

Bethan, 14, Nottingham, England

"It's a good single BUT K'naan's Waving Flag should have been higher in the charts."

Amira, 10, Birmingham, England

"This song rocks!"

Anna, 11, London, England

"I love this song! I am sure it will make number one! I think Snoop Dogg slightly ruins it though."

Megan, 11, Norfolk, England

"I love this song, it's amazing!"

Mary, 11, Surrey, England

"Love, love, love this song! It is SO amazing and makes me be proud to be Californian! I have listened to it non stop all week! It is so good I even have my mom singing along and my brother too! LOVE IT!"

Emily, 10, California, USA

"I love this song!"

Kirsty, 12, UK

"I love it! Everyone's singing it in school, EVEN THE BOYS!"

Gabrielle, 14, York, England

"It's really great but it's one of those songs that you love and then it gets really annoying."

Imogen, 11, Essex, England

"I love this song, it's brilliant."

Lucy, 12, Suffolk, England

"I think Katy Perry's song is great."

Lucy, 9, Kent, England

"I adore this song! It's totally brilliant! It really gets me in the mood for summer!"

Hannah, 12, Worcestershire, England

"I hate it! It's too girly for a boy."

George, 8, West Lothian, Scotland

"I love this song, its really good. I like the music video and dance too. Thanks Katy, for this amazing song!"

Gemma, 11, West Sussex, England

"This song is brilliant! It totally describes us California girls. I'll be humming, dancing and singing to it all summer long!"

Ferne, 12, California, USA

"It really gets me into the summer mood!"

Sophie, 12, Kent, England

"California Gurls is the song of the summer. Katy should be very proud of herself with this song and brilliant music video!"

Imaan, 12, London, England

"I like California Gurls, it's very catchy!"

Fatima, 12, Blackburn, England

"I love it. It's so cool. When I get up, it's always on. I give it a 10/10."

Megan, 10, Belfast, N. Ireland

"Well, I wouldn't say I love the song, but the tunes OK."

Marth, 9, London, England

"I think it rocks!"

Grace, 10, Zurich, Switzerland

"Katy Perry is the best. I've got her California Gurls CD!

Amy, 11, Hampshire, England

"I have always loved Katy's songs, but California Gurls? It's just out of this world!"

Cassie, 13, London, England

"I love this song so much. I didn't really like Katy but I love her now!!"

Bethany, 12, Scotland

"10/10 so good!! Really catchy and never gets out of my head! I'm listening to it right now!"

Anna, 12, Northamptonshire, England

"Absolutely brilliant! 10/10 so good!"

Niajk, 9, Manchester, England

"Awesome song, Katy!"

Tasha, 12, Manchester, England.

"This song is awesome, just like Katy Perry. I can't get it out of my head!"

Jessica, 12, London, England

"Love, love, love it, best song ever! Keep rocking Katy!"

Milly, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I love this song, it's the best song ever!"

Maddie, 10, Cheshire, England

"I love this song! My friends and I always hang out on the beach. I'm not a usual fan of Katy Perry but as it is about my home area, WOO HOO!"

Molly, 14, California, USA

"I think her new song is brilliant and it's my favourite song this year!"

Sophie, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"This is so good! My friends and I LOVE to listen to it. It is pop, as well as edgy and funky!"

Emilia, 9, West Lothian, Scotland

"Katy Perry is amazing. Her songs always top the charts so I wasn't surprised when she came out with another great song! Rock on Katy!"

Chloe, 11, Lancashire, England

"I love this song so much. It is the best song in the WORLD!"

May, 10, Norfolk, England

"It's really good. 10/10."

Elly, 11, Manchester, England

"I love this song! Its got a nice jazzy beat."

Emily, 11, Worcestershire, England

"I love this song! The perfect song to get the summer going!"

Ciara, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I love this song! It's the best song in the world!! 10/10 definitely!"

Lottie, 10, Manchester, England

"I think this song is brilliant! I listen to it all the time!"

Niamh, 12, County Tyrone, N. Ireland

"California Gurls describes me and my mates because we love to hang out at the beach and we're from California! Keep on rocking Katy!"

Eryka, 14, California, USA

"This song is great! The lyrics are fantastic. Katy Perry + Snoop Dog = nice song combination!"

Anna, 11, County Durham, England

"It's cool and VERY catchy! I got it stuck in my head, which is good if you like it, which I do!"

Claire, 10, Kent, England

"Great song! I know I'll be singing along to it all summer. It's going to stay at Number 1 for ages!"

Yasmin, 12, Sheffield, England

"I love this song but it is mega catchy!"

Cerys, 11, Leicestershire, England

"At first I hated the song but then I listened to all of it and now I LOVE IT! It's a 5 out of 5 from me, well done!"

Adil, 9, Scotland

"I think it is great music, especially for dances!"

Elise, 9, Scotland

"I really like this song. I think it's sick."

Aamenah, 11, Leicester, England

"I love the song but I wish there were more dance moves in it to learn!"

Chelsea, 12, Essex, England

"WOW! I absolutely love this song, it's great! Catchy, fun and fantastic describes this song wonderfully! 100/100!"

Chloe, 10, Cornwall, England

"I love listening to Katy Perry's songs, especially California Gurls! It is a great song. I love it!"

Jessica, 11, Southend-on-Sea, England

"This is my favourite song at the moment."

Tamara, 11, London, England

"I can't stop listening to it, it's just GREAT! It's my favourite song and I'm listening to it right now!"

Anna, 11, London, England

"This is one crazyyyy tune, I love it!"

Anne, 14, Bucks, England

"I love the song! It's definitely one of her best songs so far! Hope you have good things ahead for your career, Katy!!"

Niki, 10, Manchester, England

"I think this song is great! It gets you in the mood for summer."

Hannah, 13, Dublin, Ireland

"I love it, it's wicked."

Taylor, 10, London, England

"I absolutely HATE it!"

Anahita, 12, London, England

"I think that this song is what summer is missing! Thumbs up, Katy!"

Yasmeen, 11, London, England

"It's an amazing song and I love it! I can't seem to get it out of my head!"

Grace, 12, Kent, England

"It is an awesome tune, and one of the best summer songs this year."

Priya, 13, Aberdeen, Scotland

"I absolutely love it, it's amazing. And Snoop Dogg makes it the best song ever!"

Niamh, 12, Birmingham, England

"Katy's new song California Gurls rocks!"

Susie, 11, England

"I love this song, it's so catchy. I keep on singing it in class , it's driving all my mates crazy."

Emily, 12, Cambridge, England

"I love the song, it's so fresh and summery, just like Australia!"

Leah, 10, Brisbane, Australia

"I really love this song and I think it's a great summer tune!"

Jemimah, 8, Winchester, England

"I love this song and I think it's pretty cool that Snoop Dogg is in the song."

Amy, 10, France

"I love the single California Gurls."

Melissa, 10, Germany

"I love this song! It is so great! As soon as I get my pocket money, I will buy this CD!"

Beth, 11, Scotland

"I love this song. I originally heard it in a shop. It didn't sound much like her but I think it's a great song!"

Isabel, 11, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I love her new song. It's amazing!"

Holly, 10, County Durham, England

"I love this song! It's really catchy and me and my mates can't stop singing it."

Maddie, 13, St Albans, England

"This song is really good and catchy. I give it 5/5."

Fawziyah, 12, Bolton, England

"I love it! It's so catchy, I was singing it all day today!"

Georgi, 13, Manchester, England

"I think this is a brilliant single."

Sienna 11, England

"This is my favourite song and I especially love the music video."

Hannah, 12, Newcastle, England

"This is my favourite song! It is AMAZING! I love it so much and it is sooooo catchy. Plus the music video is really funny!"

Izzy, 11, Wokingham, England

"This is a fabulous song!"

Christina, 10, Chester, England

"I love this song!"

Olivia, 12, West Lothian, Scotland

"I really like this song."

Korban, 6, Devon, England

"When I first heard this song, I thought it was a bit boring. But now I love it, best one of Katy's songs so far. Hopefully she'll make more as good as this one."

Georgina, 13, England

"This song is so cool, and it's catchy too. I give it 5/5."

Lucy, 8, Isle of Man

"I love her new song, it's so cool!"

Olivia, 10, London, England

"It's brilliant!! It's so catchy and I'm sure it will be the number 1 hit for the summer."

Maisie , 13, Bedfordshire, England

"This song is ok but it's not great. It has a catchy tune and lots of people will like it."

Ryan, 11, London, England

"I really like Katy Perry! Her song is really catchy."

Vida, 12, Birmingham, England

"This song is totally ace."

Tash, 9, Lancashire, England

"I love this song. It's my favourite song at the moment."

Graham, 13, Glasgow, Scotland

"I love this song! It has a good beat and she is a great singer!"

Emma, 14, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

"I have one thing to say about this song, WOW!"

Anna, 11, England

"This is one of the coolest songs ever. I love the song. To anyone who has not heard it yet, PLEASE listen to it. The perfect tune for the summer!"

Imaan, 10, London, England

"This is a very nice song. Katy has got a very good voice."

Nusrat, 11, London, England

"It's the best song this month, all summery and catchy. It's the best song ever! Love you Katy!"

Rubie, 12, UK

"Cool video, amazing song. This hit is sure to be number one for a long time!"

Owen, 10, Coventry, England

"I don't really like this song, it's very boring."

Jessica, 14, Newcastle, England

"I love this song and I JUST had to put it on my phone. It's my new ring tone."

Asha, 13, Kent, England

"I love this song! I always listen to it wherever I am!"

Aziza, 13, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I love this new song, it's the best!"

Amber, 11, Carlisle, England

"Love Katy's new song!"

Antonia, 12, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland

"I love the song!"

Chloe, 11, Lancashire, England

"This song is amazing! It's got a really catchy tune and has a real summer feel to it! Fab!"

Zara, 13, London, England

"I really really like this song. It is really catchy and has a strong beat."

Rebecca, 11, Lancashire, England

"I love this tune wonderful song. It has a really edgy beat. I think it's Fantastic."

Maisie, 12, Angus, Scotland

"I love this song! I love California too."

Rosie, 11, Hampshire, England

"I love it! It's a really great song, I love Katy Perry. The words are really catchy and I know them all by heart. It's a really good song that you can dance to."

Hinna, 13, Surrey, England

"I love this song, it's so catchy!"

Lei, 11, Derby, England

"It's ok. I don't really like her songs. They are all a bit too squeaky and girly. I don't like that sort of music."

Ella, 10, Preston, England

"It is totally awesome and I really love it. Normally I don't like Katy Perry but this is a great song."

Shannon, 9, Northumberland, England

"I think this is Katy Perry's greatest hit since Hot 'n' Cold and Waking Up in Vegas. I give it 10/10. Another summer anthem has arrived!"

Patrick, 12, Glasgow, Scotland