"Beautiful Girls" is a song by reggae-influenced musician Sean Kingston from his eponymous debut. The song samples the bassline from Ben E. King's classic "Stand by Me and uses digital pitch correction technology on the vocals. The song is about a boy who is suicidal over the failure of his relationship with a "beautiful girl". Certain radio stations play the censored version of the song, which replaces the word "suicidal" with "in denial". On MTV the word "suicidal" is completely removed with no replacement. On BET, Fuse and MuchMusic, "suicidal" was left intact. This song is also featured in the 2008 monster film Cloverfield, and on The CW's Gossip Girl.
This song was #86 on MTV Asia
On the official ARIA charts in Australia it debuted at #1, fell to #2 when Delta Goodrem's comeback single took the top spot. "Beautiful Girls" returned the next week and remained for a month before being replaced by Timbaland's "The Way I Are".
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The Plain White T's, whose song was knocked out of the charts by this one, did a cover version for Yahoo Music. Lead vocalist Tom Higgenson says that the group "started covering it as a joke almost. We started learning it because we were number one for a few weeks and then we got knocked out of the number one spot by Sean Kingston, by this song. It's kind of like an ode to Sean. To close out the song guitarist Mike Retondo breaks into the chorus of Stand By Me, a nod to the fact that that song's bassline is used in Beautiful Girls.
Teddy Geiger covered the song on his 2007 tour, due to popularity a recorded version of the song will be featured as a bonus track on the iTunes version of his upcoming CD "The March".
JoJo recorded a cover, changing the perspective from male to female. Example: Instead of the lyric "She'll have you suicidal", she sings "We'll have you suicidal" referencing herself as one of the "beautiful girls" of the title.