Just a Girl is the first single from the breakthrough 1995 album, Tragic Kingdom, by No Doubt. The famous opening riff that guitarist Tom Dumont uses was actually taken from an earlier Eric Stefani effort. Matthew Wilder, Tragic Kingdom's producer, was instrumental in teaching the band simplicity in getting a song's idea across.
Gwen Stefani came up with the title. The song itself discusses the paradox of post-feminism. The song is heavily influenced by New Wave music, using synth noise from a Roland Jupiter 8, '80s keyboards and effects, and retro sounds.