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"And sometimes you feel like you're nobody, but you can feel like somebody with me!"

"So come on, baby, let down your guard.
When your date's in the bathroom,
I'll slip you my card!
I can tell just by looking
That you've got it hard
For ME!"
— "Special", Lucy the Slut from Avenue Q.

A subtrope of the "I Am" Song, in which a female character establishes her character... and her character is all about living freely, especially sexually. How explicitly that sexuality is addressed mostly depends on how old the musical is.

In musicals, usually sung by the secondary female character (soubrette). She might be anything from a prostitute to a Good Bad Girl. Not to be confused with a Villain Song by a female villain.



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  • Lots of The Millionaires songs. Their remix of My Chick Bad might be the best example.
  • "Private Dancer" by Tina Turner.
  • "Call Me" by Blondie. The singer is a girl, and she's asking for a call. Get the picture?
  • "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle, as well as the cover version by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil Kim.
    • Really, any Lil Kim song.
    • Also basically any Azaelia Banks, though the crown definitively goes to 212, where she basically tells any girl who thinks she is hotter than her to go down on her.
  • "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer, anyone?
    • Also MIA's "Bad Girls"
  • Pretty much any song by Beyoncé after her split from Destiny's Child. Girl Power attached to a danceable beat and long legs.
  • "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay":
    Ere my verses I conclude
    I'd like it known and understood
    Though free as air, I'm never rude
    I'm not too bad and not too good!
  • Tata Young's "Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy"
  • The Pussycat Dolls "Don't Cha"
  • "Shove" by L7 from the Tank Girl soundtrack.
  • "None Of Your Business" by Salt N Pepa.
    If I wanna take a guy home with me tonight, it's none of your business
    And if she wanna be a freak and sell it on the weekend, it's none of your business
  • A lot of Marina & the Diamonds's songs, particularly from the Concept Album Electra Heart, but Bubblegum Bitch and Homewrecker deserve special mention.
    "I'm only happy when I'm on the run
    I broke a million hearts just for fun
    I'm the image of deception."
  • The Lady In Red by Allie Wrubel:
    "The fellows are crazy for the lady in red
    The lady in red is fresh as a daisy
    When the town is in bed."
  • Dolly Parton's version of "The House of the Rising Sun" is about a prostitute and the titular brothel that's "been the ruin of many a good girl".
  • "Bad Girl" by Madonna from Erotica, as evidenced in the lyrics:
    Bad girl, drunk by six
    kissing someone else's lips,
    I smoked too many cigarettes a day
    Not happy when I feel this way...
  • Britney Spears' gender-flipped cover to Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" definitely fits, while the original didn't make much of a stir back in the day. Double Standard anyone?
  • Christina Aguilera's Dirrty, which opens with the words "too dirty to clean my act up!"
  • Many Missy Elliot songs, but mostly Pass That Dutch.
  • Eartha Kitt's "I Want to Be Evil" is a variant, describing how tired she is of playing the good girl and how much more fun it will be to be bad in (mostly) Poke the Poodle ways.
    "I wanna be horrid, I wanna drink booze
    (I wanna be horrid, I want to make news)
    And whatever I've got, I'm eager to lose"

    Professional Wrestling 
  • GLOW's set of bad girls had a Crowd Song called "Nasty & Mean", which was them revelling in their bad girl ways.
  • Sometimes if a female wrestler makes a Face–Heel Turn, she'll get a brand new theme song to emphasise this:
    • Naomi originally had a fun dance tune to fit with her 'Funkadactyl' gimmick. When she turned heel, she adopted a Bragging Theme Tune called "I'm Amazing".
    • Torrie Wilson replaced her "I Need A Little Time" theme - which was a smooth ballad - with "Not Enough For Me", sung from the perspective of The Tease. The theme would eventually become this for Michelle McCool and later Layla.
    • One without lyrics but Alexa Bliss had a sparkly theme called "Blissful" to represent her 'fairy princess' gimmick. After a heel turn, the theme got a remix to now be called "Spiteful".


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