Our Top 10 Top 10 Khalid Songs list looks at the music of one of the most exciting hip hop artists of recent memory. Born as Khalid Robinson out of Fort Stewart, Georgia in 1998, the singer best known for his mix of pop-rock and R&B music relocating often due to the military career of his mother. His father was also in the military but died in a car accident while Khalid was still just a child. Along the way, Khalid studied music and theater in school that would eventually lead him to a signing contract with RCA Records in 2017. Shortly after the release of his first studio album, American Teen, Khalid enjoyed his first taste of success in the trade of the music industry. The album received multiple certifications around the world that include going platinum in multiple countries including the United States and Canada.
In addition to his highly successful debut album, Khalid’s second recording, Free Spirit, was released on April 5, 2019. Just like his debut album, it also became certified double platinum numerous times around the world.
Currently, there is a third studio album in the works so far titled, Everything Is Changing, but its release date hasn’t been confirmed yet. In addition to the three albums, Khalid has also recorded a mixed tape in 2021 titled Scenic Drive, as well as an extended play (EP), Suncity, that was released in 2018.
Top 10 Khalid Songs
#10 – Ocean (featuring Martin Garrix)
Released in 2018 as a non-album single, “Ocean” was a globally chart-hitting success for Khalid and Martin Garrix. On the US Billboard 100, it ranked as high as number seventy-eight. However, on the US Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, it peaked at number five. As a commercial success, enough copies of the hit single were sold for it to become certified Platinum twice over with Australia’s ARIA. Platinum was also achieved with USA’s RIAA. Among the official music associations of Music Canada, UK’s BPI, and Denmark’s IFPI, the song became certified Gold. Khalid’s soulful performance is credited for adding an excellent level of rhythm and blues to Garrix’s rich and soft playout that seemed to perfectly dance alongside the song’s vocals.
#9 – Beautiful People (featuring Ed Sheeran)
In 2019, “Beautiful People” charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number thirteen. On the UK Singles Chart, it peaked at number one. “Beautiful People,” also became a multi-Platinum certified single at a global level, namely within most of the nations just mentioned. The single belongs to Ed Sheeran’s fourth studio album, No. 6 Collaborations Project, which was released on July 12, 2019. For Khalid, his silky addition to Ed Sheeran’s smooth vocals was highly acclaimed to make the somber pop song one of the strongest and most likable hits that dominated the music charts in 2019.
#8 – Better
“Better” is among Khalid’s highly charted singles he has released as a solo artist. In 2018, the song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, as well as number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. Globally, Better charted within the top ten on the official music charts among the nations of Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, and Singapore. It also earned a number of multi-Platinum certifications, namely among the nations of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US. Platinum certification was also earned from Denmark, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and the UK. In Brazil, the single became Diamond-certified while among the nations of Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland it was Gold-certified.
#7 – Eastside (featuring Benny Blanco and Halsey)
Benny Blanco’s debut studio album, Friends Keep Secrets, was released on December 7, 2018. “Eastside” was a collaborated hit performed by Blanco, Khalid, and Halsey and became a number one hit on New Zealand’s Official Singles Chart and on the UK Singles Chart. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at number nine. Eastside also became certified Platinum many times over, including five times with USA’s RIAA and Music Canada.
In Australia, the single was certified Platinum nine times. Triple Platinum was realized with UK’s BPI and New Zealand’s RMNZ. The nations of Denmark and Sweden also certified the single as Platinum. As successful as the single was, it came face to face with a copyright-related lawsuit that was filed by the band, American XO, who felt the guitar’s hazy riff was a knock off from their 2015 song, Loveless. So far, a verdict hasn’t been decided yet, but the March 2021 lawsuit has since made headline news within the music industry that has so far left the fans to voice their opinion on the matter.
#6 – Love Lies (featuring Normani)
The duet, “Love Lies,” peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number nine in 2018, and at number three on Australia’s ARIA chart. The hit single is featured on the soundtrack to the motion picture, Love, Simon, which premiered at the Mardis Gras Film Festival on February 27, 2018. Performed as a romantically curious R&B duet, the globally multi-Platinum hit single served as a mature approach to an otherwise playful song.
#5 – Young, Dumb & Broke
The second single from Khalid’s debut album was “Young, Dumb & Broke.” In 2017, right on the heels of his debut hit single, Location, the song topped the US Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart and on New Zealand’s Official Singles Chart. It also peaked as high as number eighteen on the US Billboard Hot 100. Worldwide, the multi-Platinum certified single mostly scored within the top forty of their official music charts. It peaked as high as number one on the Philippine Hot 100 and at number two on a variety of indie and urban music charts among the nations of Australia, Belgium, and Mexico.
#4 – Silence (featuring Marshmello)
“Silence” was a dance ballad performance by DJ Marshmello and Khalid, which topped the US Billboard Dance Songs chart in 2017. At the time, it was not associated with an album release but did become a multi-platinum certified hit around the globe. The emotional delivery of Khalid’s vocal performance in the song is in direct reference to his personal experience as a child often feeling displaced as the military careers of his mother prevented the luxury of settling in one place for long. Silence also appeared on the US Billboard Hot 100 as high as number thirty. Globally, the song charted in the top twenty of most of the official music charts, as it peaked as high as number three in New Zealand and the UK, as well as number five in Australia and Sweden.
#3 – 1-800-273-8255 (featuring Logic and Alessia Cara)
The collaborated performance between Logic, Khalid, and Alessia Cara for the hit single, “1-800-273-8255,” became a multi-platinum certified song that is featured on Logic’s third studio album, Everybody, which was released on April 27, 2017. For Khalid, the song was his first top ten single, and it was also a song that made a tremendous impact on a number of people, including the artists who performed it. The subject of the song revolved around the sensitive issue of suicide and how all it takes is a single act of kindness to turn a potentially tragic event into a triumphant one. The Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Pop Awards recognized the song in 2018 as one of their Award-Winning Songs.
#2 – Location
“Location” was certified Platinum seven times over after Khalid’s debut single was released in 2017. In Canada, it became Platinum six times over, while in Australia it was Platinum five times over. It was certified double Platinum in New Zealand and was also awarded Platinum with the UK’s BPI, Denmark’s IFPI, and the NVPI of the Dutch. Sweden’s GLF certified the single Gold. On the music charts, it peaked as high as second on the US Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart and at number sixteen on the US Billboard Hot 100. Globally, Location put Khalid’s name on the map as a world-class artist as the song charted as high as number eleven on New Zealand’s Official Singles Chart.
#1 – Talk (featuring Disclosure)
“Talk” was the song that won Khalid Favorite R&B/Soul Song in 2019 by the American Music Awards, as well as Top R&B Song by the Billboard Music Awards in 2020. Khalid’s performance of the song heightened the emotional impact of a romance that seemed to move a bit too fast for the narrator’s liking. The synth-heavy song featured the musical talent of Disclosure. Talk reached the top of the music charts of US Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs and its Mainstream Top 40.
It also charted as high as number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. Globally, the internationally multi-Platinum single charted within the top ten among the nations of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Malaysia, and the UK. The mix of the electric-infused synthesized performance from Disclosure with Khalid’s R&B vocal performance at its best rightfully earned Talk the global recognition it received, as well as the multitude of certifications and award nominations.
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