Our top 10 Haim songs introduce us to a pop-rock band formed by three American sisters. The trio, Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, grew in a musical family. It all started with the three sisters playing instruments for the cover band Rockinhaim, fronted by their biological parents Donna and Moti. Danielle and Este would later perform with Valli Girls in 2005, only to leave the group shortly after. Two years later, the two would tag in their sibling Alana to form the band Haim in 2007. However, the sisters didn’t put much effort into developing the band until five years later, when they devoted time for Haim. The move to have an active music career as Haim followed Danielle’s success as a guest guitarist with Jenny Lewis and Julian Casablancas.
Haim went on to release their first EP Forever, which had them bag a recording deal with Polydor Records. The band would also attract a management deal with Roc Nation, which Jay-Z owns. Haim was featured on music by Kid Cudi on the song “Red Eye” and later on Major Lazer’s single “You’re No Good” alongside Vybz Kartel, Yasmin, and Santigold. Later on, in 2014, the band released its first album, Days Are Gone. The album featured the single “The Wire,” which Else dedicated to PM David Cameron, a move that Johnny Marr of The Smiths criticized. However, this didn’t hinder Haim from making it big in their art, having them awarded the Best International Band NME Award in 2014. The band would become friends with Taylor Swift, with whom it toured as an opening act. The three sisters are gifted in playing multiple musical instruments while contributing to a three-part vocal harmony for most of their songs. Our top 10 Haim songs look at the best releases from this renowned girl band that prefer to be honored as musicians on their individual merits.
#10 – The Steps
Opening up our top 10 Haim songs is the ballad “The Steps” from the band’s most recent album Women in Music Pt. III. The song is a ruffled guitar-led rock ballad that finds the Haim sisters singing about their disordered yet independent ways. While their partners can barely comprehend their way of living, the Haim sisters care less since they feel that they are doing all okay. “The Steps” features a hurtling drum pattern that the band used to make the song’s sound unique. Haim performed this song on the 2021 Grammy having it also nominated for the Best Rock Performance. However, the song lost to “Shameika” by Fiona Apple.
#9 – Little of Your Love
“Little of Your Love” takes us back to the 2017 sophomore album by Haim, Something To Tell You. The band had initially struggled writing new songs for Haim’s second studio album. However, the Haim sisters would find their breakthrough in writing a song for the movie Trainwreck. The song allowed the band to escape the weight of following up their debut record. “Little of Your Love” has been described as a retro pop-rock song known for its bouncy tune. While the song was not picked finally for the movie Trainwreck, it became one of the best Haim songs of all time.
#8 – Now I’m In It
Featured on the band’s third studio album Women in Music Pt. III, “Now I’m In It” is a wheezy pop-rock song that finds the band addressing a row with a friend. Danielle revealed in an interview that the friend in the song is herself. The song’s primary motive was to describe the sentiments she held when she was suffering from depression. She expressed how she felt a little bit stuck in a dark abyss and at odds with her mind.
#7 – Summer Girl
“Summer Girl” is a horn-laden song release from the band’s album Women in Music Pt. III. The song was inspired by producer Ariel Rechtshaid’s tough times when he was diagnosed with cancer. Danielle would travel home in between shows to check on Ariel, who is also her romantic partner. The act was a gesture of being his light in the dark times, offering hope to him when all seemed lost. Haim had video director Paul Anderson, a student of Haim sisters’ mom in art, direct the video of this song.
#6 – Don’t Save Me
Number six on our top 10 Haim songs is the ballad “Don’t Save Me.” The song was the song single by the band, having it featured on the band’s album Days Are Gone. “Don’t Save Me” had its video feature the three sisters playing basketball. Este revealed that the video to the song was inspired by showing the world what the three sisters liked to do daily. With the sisters owning a basketball court at home, it is no surprise that Este made all the trick shots with no camera trickery. “Don’t Save Me” peaked at number thirty-two on the UK Singles Chart.
#5 – Forever
“Forever” is another brilliant song from the band’s album Days Are Gone. The song has its lyrics allude to a relationship plunging into a breakdown. “Forever” was originally released as the title track of the band’s first EP. The song helped the band gain the attention of record labels and fans as well. “Forever” peaked at number seventy-five on the UK Singles Chart and number twenty-four on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart.
#4 – The Wire
When we talk of playful songs by Haim, we definitely can’t leave “The Wire” out. Featured on the band’s album Days Are Gone, “The Wire” has its video show Haim sisters dumping their partners. Dedicating the song to PM David Cameron had the song receive both positive and negative criticism from critics and fans. The song peaked at number sixteen on the UK Singles Chart.
#3 – Falling
“Falling” is the third single from Haim’s debut studio album, Days Are Gone. The song finds vocalist Danielle singing about heart matters with its video shot at a botanical garden. Danielle has described the song as a stay-strong sought of cheerleading ballad. Director Tabitha Denholm revealed that the idea for the song’s video was to have the Haim sisters look stranded. The song peaked at number thirty on the UK Singles Chart.
#2 – If I Could Change Your Mind
Featured on the band’s album Days Are Gone, “If I Could Change Your Mind” is a thrilling song about ending relationships. The song lyrics point to the situation where one contemplates whether ending a relationship was the best idea or else you could be losing on the right one. “If I Could Change Your Mind” peaked at number twenty-seven on the UK Singles Chart.
#1 – Want You Back
Number one on our top 10 Haim songs list is the ballad “Want You Back” from the band’s sophomore album, Something To Tell You. The song is a heartbreak anthem finds vocalist Danielle singing about fixing a shattered relationship. Regret and recrimination are themes vividly outlined in the song’s lyrics. “Want You Back” has Danielle achieve rhythmic flow that aids her flex her strengths as a singer. The song peaked at number fifty-six on the UK Singles Chart.
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