Every Barbie Song Ranked From Worst To Best

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Summary

  • The Barbie movie soundtrack features a mix of fun-loving and glossy songs, with some standouts from popular artists like Billie Eilish and HAIM.
  • Some songs on the album feel commercialized, but there are surprising gems like Dominic Fike’s “Hey Blondie” and PinkPantheress’ “Angel.”
  • Ryan Gosling’s performance on “I’m Just Ken” steals the spotlight, while Tame Impala’s interlude and Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” address deeper themes in the film.

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The soundtrack of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie is one of the best parts of the 2023 summer box office hit, which makes the ranking of every Barbie song no easy feat. Most of the songs in Barbie encompass the fun-loving and glossy spirit of the film, with some rare exceptions that highlight and enhance specific moments and scenes in unique ways. While many of the songs on the Barbie soundtrack feel somewhat inevitably commercialized, there are some surprisingly great songs that came out of Mattel’s first blockbuster film and accompanying album.

With Mattel’s upcoming movies based on their popular toys set for future releases, the company has clearly made plans to build a Hollywood franchise after the massive success and originality of Barbie. More Mattel films could also inspire the production of additional great albums and songs from the music industry’s most celebrated and respected musical artists. Here is every song in the Barbie movie ranked from worst to best, with a specific focus on the quality of the music, its replay value, and each song’s overall impact on the film.

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17 “butterflies” by GAYLE

Ariana Greenblatt; Barbie movie

GAYLE of “abcdefu” fame comes in strong with the pop-punk “butterflies” which acts as a noticeable outlier to the otherwise mainstream Barbie album. While the song accurately personifies Weird Barbie (Kate McKinnon) in the film, it’s not the easiest song to listen to especially when considering its replay value. It has a lot going on and is somewhat overwhelmed by its own force. It does feature a popular sample from “Butterflies” by Crazy Town which flips its original ‘male gaze’ lyrics on its head.

16 “Choose Your Fighter” by Ava Max

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Ryan Gosling, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Ncuti Gatwa in Barbie

“Choose Your Fighter” by Ava Max feels right up the singer’s usual alley, which works both for and against her favor on the Barbie album. The energetic techno-inspired beat has the potential to get the blood pumping but is otherwise distracted by positive yet lackluster lyrics that drift into the realm of cliché. The song also sounds a little too much like Ava Max’s popular song “Kings & Queens”, leaving listeners with a generally recycled and uninspired impression that ultimately sounds too familiar.

15 “Pink” by Lizzo

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Lizzo’s “Pink” acts as a great and catchy introduction to Barbie Land and the film altogether, but suffers as a standalone single without the context of the film. Lizzo’s brightly exceptional voice shines as it always does, but the song is ultimately too ingrained in the on-screen action to garner much replay value from the album alone. Lizzo’s lyrics pertain to the childlike idealization of the Barbie doll that initially makes the film appear as a simple story exclusively for kids, which of course it’s not.

14 “Forever & Again” by The Kid LAROI

Michael Cera as Allan in Barbie

“Forever & Again” by The Kid LAROI of “Without You” fame features his signature passion and emotional sound, which doesn’t exactly fit in with the image of Barbie. While the song will likely satisfy most of his fans with its heartfelt lyrics and crisp vocals, it ends up feeling displaced compared to some of the other songs on the album. “Forever & Again” doesn’t speak much to the themes of Barbie and could easily have been released as a single entirely separate from the project.

13 “Dance The Night” by Dua Lipa

Margot Robbie as Stereotypical Barbie in Barbie

“Dance the Night” was the first single released from the Barbie soundtrack, which makes sense considering its mainstream appeal with Dua Lipa at the helm. The song is regrettably not one of her best efforts and again feels like a recycled version of several other disco-funk-inspired Dua Lipa songs that didn’t make the cut on her last album. “Dance the Night” is certainly poised to be the definitive song from Barbie but holds its structural expectation with hollow execution.

12 “Barbie Dreams (feat. Kaliii)” by FIFTY FIFTY

Barbie and Ken hugging in Barbie

“Barbie Dreams” is the last track of the album which ends on an upbeat with a distinctive K-POP influence from the girl group FIFTY FIFTY. The song is a bubbly and blissful representation of stereotypical Barbie’s frame of mind and naive worldview before it gets broken down by the harsh truths of the Real World. If “Barbie Dreams” is intended as a filler track, it fits the bill exceptionally by perfecting signature K-POP electronica with punchy and dreamlike lyrics that feel true to the source material.

11 “Man I Am” by Sam Smith

Barbie and Ken in cowgirl and cowboy outfits in Barbie

Sam Smith was the last surprise artist announced on the Barbie album and his contribution is a great inclusion for all Kens. Smith has changed up his creative style over the years, making it seem like the Barbie album has been his landing point all along. Smith successfully creates a feel-good pop song while maintaining originality and a stronger sense of the song’s purpose in the film, which essentially taps into the unrealized inner worth of all unappreciated Kens out there who are ready to let loose.

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10 “Barbie World (with Aqua)” by Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice

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Another one of the more commercialized songs from Barbie, “Barbie World” by Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice feels fresh and exactly the right choice for the updated version of the famous Aqua song. Nicki Minaj often refers to herself as Barbie through her rap persona and understands the impact that the doll has had on standardized images of feminity and expectations of appearance. Minaj completely owns the opportunity to cash in on her Barbie association with a hip-hop/trap rendition that provides some of the best lyrical punches on the album.

9 “WATATI (feat. Aldo Ranks)” by KAROL G

Barbie smiling at Ken in Barbie

“WATATI” is another track in Barbie that is easy to dance to and packs a ton of energy because of its reggaeton influence. Its bouncy bass and Latin feel make it a great contribution to the movie by KAROL G that is more effective in producing fun-loving energy than other major pop stars’ efforts on the album are. As the second released single on the album, it was able to market the film to a wider, more global audience.

8 “Silver Platter” by Khalid

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Khalid’s “Silver Platter” is somewhat forgettable and suffers similar issues as other songs for being too familiar in ways, but the overall product makes for a highly enjoyable listen with high replay value. The song also arrives at a point in the Barbie film with a hilarious effect in which Ken is asking Barbie to let him stay the night at her house for once. The catchy baseline groove mixed with the soft piano and Khalid’s killer vocals makes “Silver Platter” a clear winner on the Barbie soundtrack.

7 “Speed Drive” by Charli XCX

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Charli XCX delivers a poppy and fast-paced track that accompanies a car chase scene in the Barbie movie but also acts as a great standalone track despite its Barbie-focused lyrics. The talented singer taps into the popular sensibilities of stereotypical Barbie as well as the classic glorification of her as a feminine idol, utilizing the famous line “Oh Barbie you’re so fine/ you’re so fine you blow my mind” to point out Barbie’s classic magnetism as well as her underlying expectations of aesthetic perfection.

6 “Journey To The Real World” by Tame Impala

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This short track “Journey to the Real World” by psychedelic pop-rock master Tame Impala acts as a literal interlude for when Barbie travels from Barbie Land to the Real World in the film. Tame Impala is known for his unparalleled use of futuristic and spaced-themed sounds that create lofty soundscapes of idealized worlds, which makes his inclusion in the Barbie soundtrack a great fit. If Tame Impala had gotten a chance to make a longer song that wasn’t so plot-specific, it would have the potential of being the best on the album.

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5 “I’m Just Ken” by Ryan Gosling

Ken singing I'm Just Ken in Barbie

Ryan Gosling’s overall performance for “I’m Just Ken” in the Barbie film essentially stole the spotlight from Margot Robbie momentarily, a feat that very few if any other actors could possibly do. While the song isn’t exactly the most sonically pleasing, its significance in the film and on audiences at large earns a Top 5 spot due to its impact alone. Gosling’s voice sounds even better than it did in his Oscar-winning musical film in “I’m Just Ken”, whose lyrics are also expertly written to portray the ironically tragic sorrows and struggles of the idyllic character.

4 “Hey Blondie” by Dominic Fike

Margot Robbie sitting on a bed near the end of Barbie

Dominic Fike’s impressively light and sunny sounding “Hey Blondie” introduces unique surf-rock influences while essentially being a love song at its core. Fike’s smooth vocal tone provides a comforting softness that acts as the most romantic and endearing song by a male artist on the album. Its stripped-down and sentimental vibe provides a sweet and passionate depiction of Ken’s infatuation with Barbie without overdoing it, allowing the listener to view Barbie through Ken’s glossy rose-tinted lens.

3 “Angel” by PinkPantheress

Margot Robbie's Stereotypical Barbie crying in Barbie

PinkPantheress seemingly comes out of nowhere to deliver a blissful soundscape that peaks into the sad-yet-pretty elements of Barbie’s underlying central themes. This hidden gem of a track blends so well into the general atmosphere of Barbie, which is potentially why it packs such an impact on the soundtrack due to its innate serenity that makes it easy to overlook. The combination of PinkPantheress’ sweet vocals and the dreamy but full-bodied production of BloodPop makes an exceptional match.

2 “Home” by HAIM

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HAIM offers a truly complete song on the Barbie soundtrack with “Home” which feels like an outstanding synthesis of a band’s organic sound and a commercialized focus. The song stays true to the HAIM sisters’ easily recognizable vibe and spirit while simultaneously applying seamlessly to the plot and themes of the film. Its subdued yet inspiring sound mixed with its wise and convincing lyrics make it one of the most mature tracks on the album and one that can easily be played on repeat.

1 “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish

A giant Barbie (Margot Robbie) looms over young girls in a desert.

Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” is a picture-perfect realization of her talents and sentiments as an artist being applied to Barbie’s most vulnerable moment in the film. Her lyrics are existential and clever, relating not only to the toy character Barbie but also hitting home for anyone who has questioned their life’s purpose. “What Was I Made For?” wonderfully breaks open the fears underneath Barbie’s plastic shell and embodies the overall sentimental themes that Greta Gerwig infused with expert grace into the Mattel movie, making it the best song on Barbie’s soundtrack.