Top 10 Anne-Marie Songs

Anne-Marie Songs

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Our top 10 Anne-Marie songs list presents the music of an English-born singer-songwriter eminent for her remarkable amalgam of pop, R&B, and grime influences. The 1991-born artist started professional singing in 2013, marking her entry to the music scene with her demo record “Summer Girl.” “Summer Girl” was issued through the Elton John-founded label Rocket Records.

After three years of sharpening her musical skills and collaborating with other artists, Anne-Marie rose to mainstream success with her breakthrough solo single “Alarm.” Almost a decade since she ventured into professional signing, Anne-Marie’s records still echo loudly in the pop scene. Anne-Marie has her career summarized by two studio albums, one extended play, and multiple collaborative efforts with distinguished artists/acts including Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Gorgon City, James Arthur, and KSI to name a few.

Anne-Marie’s Career Beginnings and Breakthrough

After issuing her demo through Rocket Records, Anne-Marie took some time out to focus on enriching her musical panache. However, with her “presumed” minimalist skills, Anne-Marie was featured in songs by Gorgon City and the electronic music trio Magnetic Man. Her impressive vocal style impressed the members of the British drum and bass outfit Rudimental. As a result, Anne-Marie was called up to feature on four tracks issued on the band’s sophomore studio album We the Generation.

Other notable vocalists featured to make We the Generation a success including Ed Sheeran, Bobby Womack, Mahalia, Ella Eyre, and Foy Vance. Eventually, Anne-Marie went on to issue her debut extended play Karate in June 2015. The EP’s name is evocative of Ann Marie’s karate skills which won her numerous accolades in world championships as a young girl. Karate was a fair release, featuring notable musical gems including “Gemini” and the album title track. Anne-Marie went ahead to release a single entitled “Do It Right,” in late November 2015. “Do It Right” rose to the ninetieth spot on the UK Singles Chart. Being her first hit to make it on the UK Singles Chart, “Do It Right” told more of Anne-Marie’s soon-to-flourish music career.

Anne-Marie’s Album Releases over the Years

2016 marked Anne-Marie’s breakthrough year, following the release of the hit “Alarm.” The song was the first single off her debut studio album Speak Your Mind which would be issued two years later. Speak Your Mind features noteworthy input from Amir Amor of Rudimental, Steve Mac, Ed Sheeran, and Emily Warren (known for her work with Dua Lipa, The Chainsmokers, Backstreet Boys, and Shawn Mendes).

The album was a mainstream success, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Speak Your Mind also made it to the Billboard 200, peaking at number thirty-one. The album was a commercial success earning platinum certification in both the US and the UK. Speak Your Mind also earned platinum certification in Canada two times and platinum certification in Norway three times. Some of the best Anne-Marie songs from Speak Your Mindi include “Alarm,” “Ciao Adios,” “Perfect to Me,” and “2002.”

Speak Your Mind was nominated for the British Album of the Year accolade at the 2019 Brit Awards ceremony. However, Anne-Marie lost the award to A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships by the pop rock band The 1975. Other albums that had been nominated for this award include High as Hope by Florence and the Machine, Lost & Found by Jorja Smith, and Staying at Tamara’s by George Ezra.

In 2021, Anne-Marie returned with her sophomore studio album TherapyTherapy was a mild commercial success earning gold certification in the UK. However, the album was quite impressive on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at the second spot. Therapy was only unable to surpass the platinum-certified album We’re All Alone in This Together by the British rapper Dave.

Both Therapy and We’re All Alone in is Together had been issued on the same day, 23rd July 2021. Therapy featured a number of reputable artists/acts including KSI, Little Mix, Digital Farm Animals, Niall Horan, Nathan Dawe, MoStack, and Rudimental. “Don’t Play,” “Our Song,” “Way Too Long,” and “Kiss My (Uh-Oh)” are the best Anne-Marie songs from the album.

Anne-Marie’s Other Musical Pursuits, Accolades, and Legacy

Over the years, Anne-Marie has proved to be one of Britain’s indispensable pop icons. The singer has also worked with distinguished artists including Rudimental, Nick Jonas, Clean Bandit, Lauv, James Arthur, David Guetta, and Marshmello. “Rockabye,” Ann-Marie’s collaborative hit with Clean Bandit and Sean Paul, remains her most successful work on the UK Singles Chart peaking atop the chart. Anne-Marie has also had an impressive career as a songwriter credited for work with CL, MNEK, Demi Lovato, and Sigala. Here we present the ten best Anne-Marie songs of all time.

Spoiler Alert: Our list doesn’t feature her collaborative hits “Friends” with Marshmello and “Rewrite the Stars” with James Arthur.

#10- Psycho ft. Aitch

Opening our ten best Anne-Marie songs list is the stunning hit “Psycho.” “Psycho” is enough proof of Anne-Marie’s continued success in the pop scene in 2022. The song was issued as a single featuring British rapper Aitch, who is best known for his songs “Taste (Make It Shake)” “Baby,” and “Rain.” The song is featured on the 113th UK series of the NOW That’s What I Call Music!

“Psycho” has its lyrics aimed at a dishonest lover who has been seeing other people behind Anne-Marie’s back. Anne-Marie revealed that the song was inspired by a real-life situation with her partner. Upon confrontation, the partner attempted to gaslight her into doubting her findings, making her feel like a psycho.

The song has been cited by critics to have interpolated the 1999 chart-topping track “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…” by the German singer Lou Bega. “Psycho” peaked at the fifth spot on the UK Singles Chart. Despite its recent release, “Psycho” is one of Anne-Marie’s best-selling tracks having earned silver certification in the UK.

#9- Do It Right

Before she issued her breakthrough hit “Alarm,” Anne-Marie released an impressive track entitled “Do It Right.” The song was Anne-Marie’s first proper stab at mainstream success, having it become her first hit to make it to the UK Singles Chart. On the UK Singles Chart, “Do It Right” made it to number ninety.

“Do It Right” also made it to the twenty-second spot on the ARIA Singles Chart, earning a gold certification in Australia. A music video for “Do It Right” was filmed in Melbourne, Australia. The dance inflections of this song have attracted a number of dance/electronic artists including Blinkie and Paul Woolford alias Special Request, who have remixed it.

#8- Our Song ft. Niall Horan

Number eight on our ten best Anne-Marie songs list is the tripping hit “Our Song.” The song is a collaborative effort between Anne-Marie and Niall Horan, a former member of One Direction. “Our Song” is a pop ballad featured on Anne-Marie’s sophomore studio album Therapy. The lyrics to this song were a collaborative effort by Anne-Marie, Niall Horan, Phillip Plested, and the production trio TMS (best known for its work with Bebe Rexha, Maroon 5, Lewis Capaldi, and John Legend).

“Our Song” has its lyrics alluding to ruminations of a past love relationship. The song made it to the twenty-third spot on the Billboard Adult Top 40 Chart, peaking at the thirteenth spot on the UK Singles Chart. “Our Song” was a commercial success, earning gold certification in Canada and the UK. Anne-Marie and Niall Horan also collaborated in recording a cover of the 1987 hit “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac in 2021.

#7- Perfect to Me

Anne-Marie rises above the befuddling concept of perfection in her anthemic pop ballad “Perfect to Me.” “Perfect to Me” is an ode to acceptance of who we really are, appreciating our strengths and faults in equal measures. In this song, Anne-Marie confronts several of her faults or rather what some might term to be her imperfections including her earlier worries about body confidence, mental health, and her sexuality.

“Perfect to Me” is a great dedication towards self-love, and if you’re still reading this, receive this song as a heart-warming reminder that you are perfect just the way are! The song was a mainstream success, rising to number forty-one on the UK Singles Chart. “Perfect to Me” was silver-certified in the UK, proving to be one of Anne-Marie’s best-selling tracks.

#6- Birthday

Number six on our top 10 Anne-Marie songs is the radiant hit “Birthday.” The song was issued in 2019 as a single and has been featured on the Japanese Edition of the album Therapy. “Birthday” is an ode to fun-filled celebrations and indulgences on one’s birthday. The song has its lyrics being a collaborative effort between Anne-Marie and Delacey. Delacey is best known for her significant songwriting input in “Ruin My Life” by Zara Larsson and “Without Me” by Halsey.

“Birthday” has its pre-chorus telling of Anne-Marie’s attempts of distracting herself from missing her ex-lover. Her only way out to make that happen is by getting off with another guy, something that adds to the couple of impenitent things she wishes to do on her birthday. “Birthday” peaked atop the Sweden Heatseeker Chart, rising to number thirty-one on the UK Singles Chart.

The song proved to be a commercial success, earning silver certification in the UK. “Birthday” was nominated for the Best Pop Award accolade in the 2020 Melon Music Award. However, Ann-Marie lost the accolade to “To Die For” by Sam Smith. Other songs that were nominated for the same award include “Stuck With U” by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles, and the BTS remix version of “Savage Love” by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo.

#5- Kiss My (Uh-Oh) ft. Little Mix

One thing we have to credit Anne-Marie for is her impressive musicianship in almost all of her collaborative tracks. “Kiss My (Uh-Oh)” is one of her imposing collaborative hits, this time teaming up with the British pop girl group Little Mix. The song finds Anne-Marie and Little Mix exploring some electropop and calypso-pop sounds with its lyrics pointing at a seditious ode to womanhood!

“Kiss My (Uh-Oh)” is a celebratory track to the independence one gets after exiting a toxic love relationship. The singers’ vocals are supercharged telling of the thrill of packing their bags to leave after having enough of the lies from their significant others. The song also oozes the carefree feelings by the singers towards their ex-lovers.

“Kiss My (Uh-Oh)” made it to the tenth spot on the UK Singles Chart, rising to number forty-three on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 Chart. The song was gold-certified in the UK. “Kiss My (Uh-Oh)” is one of the most sought-after hits off Anne-Marie’s sophomore studio album Therapy. The song sampled the 2003 hit “Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)” by the American rapper Lumidee.

#4- Alarm

“Alarm,” issued in May 2016, became Anne-Marie’s breakthrough song after it catapulted the singer to mainstream success globally. The song was released as the lead single to Anne-Marie’s debut studio album, Speak Your Mind. “Alarm” has its lyrics alluding to Anne-Marie’s narrative about being concerned that her then-boyfriend would drop her for another lady. The singer revealed that the boyfriend was in another relationship, which he ended to be with Ann-Marie.

The song was a commercial success earning platinum certification in the UK and gold certification in the US. “Alarm” peaked at number sixteen on the UK Singles Chart, rising to position thirty-four on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Chart. “Alarm” failed to rise into the Billboard Hot 100 but managed to rise to the third spot of the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Chart.

#3- Don’t Play ft. KSI and Digital Farm Animals

Back to Anne-Marie’s sophomore studio album where we find the third pick of our ten best Anne-Marie songs list “Don’t Play.” The song is a collaborative effort between Anne-Marie, KSI, and producer/DJ Digital Farm Animals. As a producer, Digital Farm Animals has worked with Dua Lipa, Nathan Evans, Little Mix, Hailee Steinfeld, Nelly, Becky G, and Noah Cyrus. “Don’t Play” finds Anne-Marie and KSI giving us a taste of their pop-tinged croons while Digital Farm Animals delivers the UK garage sound influences.

The song indulges Anne-Marie and KSI in a lyrics exchange that tells of a troubled relationship. Anne-Marie seems to be tired of the lover’s games with her heart. KSI, acting as Anne-Marie’s lover in the lyrical exchange, tries to remind Anne-Marie of his care, declaring his desire that the relationship continues. “Don’t Play” is Anne-Marie’s highest-charting hit on the UK Singles Chart, rising to the second spot. The song managed platinum certification in the UK and remains the best-selling single from Anne-Marie’s sophomore studio album Therapy.

#2- Ciao Adios

“Ciao Adios” is one of the most alluring hits by Anne-Marie off her debut studio album Speak Your Mind. The song’s title was crafted from the Italian and Spanish translations of the word “goodbye.” “Ciao Adios” has its lyrics alluding to the singer’s move to dump her boyfriend following cheating behavior.

Joining Anne-Marie in the songwriting process of this hit are Jenn Decilveo, Tom Meredith, and Mason Levy. While the song was issued in February 2017, Anne-Marie previewed the song during her live performance at KOKO in November 2016. “Ciao Adios” went ahead to peak at the ninth spot on the UK Singles Chart, earning platinum certification in the UK twice.

#1- 2002

Number one on our ten best Anne-Marie songs list is the outstanding hit “2002.” The song is the most successful solo song by Anne-Marie in her music career so far. “2002” was penned by Anne-Marie in collaboration with Ed Sheeran, Benny Blanco, Julia Michaels, and producer Steve Mac. The song is featured on her debut studio album Speak Your Mind. After a number of fiery breakup tracks, “2002” introduces us to Anne-Marie’s heart-warming romantic musings and ruminations.

“2002” pays homage to six songs sampling their lyrics, especially at the beginning of its chorus. Some of the songs sampled by Anne-Marie for her hit “2002” include “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears, “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly featuring City Spud, “99 Problems” by Jay-Z, and “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Kurupt.

“2002” made it to the third spot on the UK Singles Chart, rising to number four on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Chart. The song has been platinum-certified (two or more times) in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. “2002” earned Anne-Marie two nominations (out of her four nominations) in the 2019 Brit Awards ceremony including British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year accolades. However, Anne-Marie lost the awards to “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, and “Woman Like Me” by Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj.

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