You Can't Stop the Girl

"You Can't Stop the Girl" is a song by American singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha for the soundtrack of the 2019 Disney film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.[1] It was released as a single on September 20, 2019.[2][3] It was included on the soundtrack of the film, which was released on October 18, 2019.[4]

"You Can't Stop the Girl"
Single by Bebe Rexha
from the album Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)
Producer(s)The Futuristics
Bebe Rexha singles chronology
"You Can't Stop the Girl"
Music video
"You Can't Stop the Girl" on YouTube

Background and promotion

Rexha announced the single on September 17, 2019, following a snippet released the day before.[5][6]

Critical reception

Claire Shaffer of Rolling Stone wrote that the song "spins the story of Maleficent into a classic girl empowerment anthem [...] and lets Rexha show off her impressive vocal belt."[2] Writing for MTV, Trey Alston stated that "Bebe Rexha has just provided the anthem for power and resilience this winter [...] Being that it's attached to something so massive, it makes sense that it is so wide-eyed and vivid, ready to rear into roaring view. Inevitability has never sounded so strong."[1]

Music video

The "inspirational" music video was directed by Sophie Muller. It features Rexha leading fellow female runners through a city. The video also shows Rexha wandering through a "magical" and "butterfly-filled" forest while sporting a glittering black gown and headpiece. The video was released on October 15, 2019.[7]

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal.[3]


Chart (2019) Peak
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 39
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[9] 31
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 34
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 40
US Kid Digital Songs (Billboard)[12] 1

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various September 20, 2019 Warner [3]
United States September 23, 2019 Adult contemporary radio [13]


  1. Alston, Trey (September 20, 2019). "Bebe Rexha Roars About The Power Of Resilience In 'You Can't Stop The Girl'". MTV. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  2. Shaffer, Claire (September 20, 2019). "Hear Bebe Rexha's New Song 'You Can't Stop the Girl' for 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  3. "You Can't Stop The Girl (From Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil") / Bebe Rexha – TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  4. "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Geoff Zanelli". Apple Music. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  5. Bebe Rexha [@BebeRexha] (September 17, 2019). "#YouCantStopTheGirl the featured song for #Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Out Friday 🖤" (Tweet). Retrieved September 20, 2019 via Twitter.
  6. Bebe Rexha [@BebeRexha] (September 16, 2019). "n.a." (Tweet). Retrieved September 20, 2019 via Twitter.
  7. Rowley, Glenn (October 15, 2019). "Bebe Rexha Leads a Marathon in Empowering 'You Can't Stop The Girl' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  8. "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 50, 2019" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  9. "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 30, 2019. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  10. "Bebe Rexha Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  11. "Bebe Rexha Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved Noveber 9, 2019.
  12. "Bebe Rexha Chart History: Kid Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  13. "Hot Modern AC Future Releases". Retrieved September 20, 2019.
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