Fell in Love with a Girl

"Fell in Love with a Girl" is a song by the American garage rock band The White Stripes, written and produced by Jack White for the band's third studio album, White Blood Cells (2001). Released as the album's second single in 2002, it peaked at number 21 on both the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and the UK Singles Chart. The song was covered in 2003 as "Fell in Love with a Boy" by Joss Stone and as a lounge song by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine for their 2002 album Tuxicity. It was also included on a polka medley by "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Angry White Boy Polka", from his 2003 album Poodle Hat.

"Fell in Love with a Girl"
Single by The White Stripes
from the album White Blood Cells
ReleasedApril 23, 2002 (2002-04-23)
StudioEasley Studio
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Songwriter(s)Jack White
Producer(s)Jack White
The White Stripes singles chronology
"Hotel Yorba"
"Fell in Love with a Girl"
"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
Audio sample
Music video
"Fell in Love with a Girl" on YouTube

The single was re-released as a 7" vinyl record for Black Friday Record Store Day 2012 on opaque red vinyl by Third Man Records and later issued on standard black vinyl.


"Fell in Love with a Girl" is an uptempo alternative rock and garage punk song that runs for a duration of one minute and fifty seconds.[2][3] The track retains a brash rock instrumentation which consists of guitar and drums. It is built a slashing rhythm guitar groove set to a high-speed, stuttering beat with thrashing crash cymbals and skipped snare drum.[3] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Universal Music Publishing Group, the song is written in the time signature of common time, with a fast tempo of 192 beats per minute.[2] "Fell in Love with a Girl" is composed in the key of D Major, while Jack White's vocal range spans from a low of B3 to a high of A4.[2] The song has a basic sequence of B–A–D–E during the introduction and verses and follows F–A–D–E–F–A–F at the refrain as its chord progression.[2]

The song opens with Jack White singing his lines with a manic vocal delivery at loud volume. His breathless performance exudes visceral intensity and quirky, exaggerated inflections.[3] White's lyricism contains a dense slew of words laced with anxious banter and snappy humor.[3] The musical arrangement comes to an abrupt hault at the last line of each verse.[3] In substitution of a chorus, "Fell In Love with a Girl" features an infectious backing vocal line. After each verse, Jack White incessantly belts a wordless sing-along composed of "ah-ah-ah-ah" harmonizing.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

The single met with widespread critical acclaim. Comparing it to that of the Ramones, Tom Maginnis from AllMusic called the single, "an attention-grabbing chunk of primal punk rock confection that flames out in a breathless one minute and 50 seconds. ... Surrendering is the only option; to fight against the infectious brutal and relentless energy of "Fell in Love With a Girl" is an exercise in futility."[3] The May 3, 2007 issue of Rolling Stone magazine listed the song as one of the forty songs that changed the world.[4] In 2011, NME placed it at number 6 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[5] The Times said that the track "mixes the blues with the Pixies."[6] The Village Voice's "Pazz & Jop critics' poll named "Fell in Love with a Girl" the sixth-best song of 2002.

Music videoEdit

The music video is a Lego animation directed by Michel Gondry. Gondry's son was featured at the beginning of the video, building Lego blocks. It was shot frame by frame with each frame having the Lego bricks rebuilt, sometimes in a complex manner to seem as if it were an actual shot, and then formed together to give the illusion of motion. The video mostly consists of red, white, and black color. The White Stripes couldn't strike a deal with Lego, so they had to buy a large amount of Lego boxes for the video.[7]

In an interview for The Work of Director Michel Gondry DVD, Jack stated that the White Stripes' long-time collaboration with Gondry started by accident; for "Fell in Love with a Girl", Jack stated that he wanted to work with the director who did Beck's video for "Devils Haircut", referring to Mark Romanek. Their record company mistakenly hired Gondry, thinking he was the director of "Devils Haircut". Jack didn't mind, as he did the video for Beck's "Deadweight", which Jack also liked.

In The Work of Director Michel Gondry interview, Jack also said that the White Stripes contacted the Lego Group in hopes of having a small Lego set packaged with each single of the record, with which one could build a LEGO version of Jack and Meg White. The Lego Group refused, saying: "We don't market our product to people over the age of twelve."[This quote needs a citation] However, once the video became a hit, Lego contacted the White Stripes again and asked if they could reconstruct the deal to have Lego packaged with the single. This time, however, Jack White refused.

The Work of Director Michel Gondry DVD also reveals that one section, lasting only a few seconds, used computer animation to simulate the Lego bricks.

Entertainment Weekly said that "the images enhance the lyrics...You can take the metaphor even deeper. As with Legos, love and sex can ultimately take whatever form your imagination desires."[8] Entertainment Weekly included it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "An idea so simple it's a wonder no one thought of it before 2002: rock & roll Legos!"[9] Pitchfork deemed it the best video of the decade.[10]

The video was spoofed on the Family Guy episode "Ocean's Three and a Half".

The music video received four nominations for Video of the Year, Breakthrough Video, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, winning the latter three.

Track listingsEdit

  • CD single
  1. "Fell in Love with a Girl"
  2. "Let's Shake Hands"
  3. "Lafayette Blues"
  • CD single (UK Version – Part 2)*
  1. "Fell in Love with a Girl"
  2. "Lovesick" (Live at the Forum, London December 6, 2001)
  3. "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" (Live at BBC Radio-1 Evening Session)**

The single comes with a multimedia section featuring the "Fell in Love with a Girl" video. *Part 1 with the identical track listing as the US Version.

  • 7" single
  1. "Fell in Love with a Girl"
  2. "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" (Live at BBC Radio-1 Evening Session)**

**This is the same recording of the song that would one year later be an album track on Elephant and eventually be released as a single.


Chart (2002) Peak
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 21
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[13] 2
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[14] 21
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 12

Joss Stone versionEdit

"Fell in Love with a Boy"
Single by Joss Stone
from the album The Soul Sessions
ReleasedJanuary 26, 2004 (2004-01-26)
RecordedMay 5, 2003
StudioThe Studio
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Songwriter(s)Jack White
Joss Stone singles chronology
"Fell in Love with a Boy"
"Super Duper Love"

In 2003, English singer Joss Stone covered the song, retitled "Fell in Love with a Boy", for her debut studio album, The Soul Sessions (2003). It was released on January 26, 2004 as the album's lead single.

Critical receptionEdit

The single received mostly positive reviews from critics. Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian raved that "Fell in Love with a Boy" is the best track from The Soul Sessions as well as "the freshest and most deliciously inauthentic."[16] PopMatters reviewer Jason MacNeil commented that Stone gives the song "a groove-riddled, funky hip-shaker that never loses momentum."[17] Rolling Stone said the tune sounded like "a lost Memphis-soul classic."[18] However, Jim Greer of Entertainment Weekly viewed her version as "the only misguided ploy" on the album.[19] Andrew McGregor wrote for BBC Music that it "blends so well into the funky soul landscape that those less familiar with contemporary rock might miss the ironic juxtaposition altogether."[20]

Track listingsEdit

  • UK CD single
  1. "Fell in Love with a Boy" (radio version) – 2:25
  2. "Victim of a Foolish Heart" (live at Ronnie Scott's, London, November 25, 2003) – 6:25
  • European CD single
  1. "Fell in Love with a Boy" (radio version) – 2:25
  2. "Victim of a Foolish Heart" (live at Ronnie Scott's, London, November 25, 2003) – 6:25
  3. "Fell in Love with a Boy" (acoustic version) – 3:30
  • UK 7" single
A. "Fell in Love with a Boy" (radio version) – 2:25
B. "Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me?) Pt. 1" – 4:20


Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Soul Sessions.[21]


Chart (2004) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[22] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[23] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[24] 46
Italy (FIMI)[25] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[26] 80
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[27] 23
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[28] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[29] 18
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[30] 5
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[31] 16

Other appearancesEdit


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  34. ^ Video on YouTube

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