Top 10 Pink Songs

Pink Songs

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Our Top 10 Pink songs list looks at a one of the most successful female musical artists of the 21st century. Pink was born In Philadelphia on September 8, 1979. She got her start at a young age singing in clubs in Philly in a girl group called Choice. L.A. Reid discovered the group but was only interested in Pink. The legendary music producer gave Pink an ultimatum to either quit the group and sign with him as a solo artist, or to continue working clubs with a group he had no interest in.  For Pink, the choice would come down to simply, no more Choice. Pink would signed with LaFace Records in 1998 as a solo artist.

Pink released her debut album Can’t Take Me Home in 2000. This was an r&b, pop and dance album. This album received mixed reviews. It peaked at 26 on the charts. It features the singles “There You Go,” “Most Girls” and “You Make Me Sick.” The album sold over two million copies. She won a Billboard award for new artist for this album. She went on to find greater success with the release of her second album.

Despite the fact that her debut album was a hit, she wasn’t happy with doing pop music. She considered it cookie-cutter music. She didn’t want to be compared to Britney Spears. She wanted to be taken seriously as a songwriter. For her second album, she wanted to change up her style of music. L.A. Reid wasn’t happy with the new direction of her music. He wanted her to remain a pop act. She stood her ground and it paid off for her. She released Missundaztood in 2001. This CD became her breakthrough album. It features the singles “Get the Party Started,” “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” Just Like a Pill” and “Family Portrait.” A lot of the songs on our Top 10 Pink Songs list come from this album. It debuted at number eight on the charts. It continued to move up on the charts the longer it was staying on the charts. It went on to sell over 13 million copies. It was the second biggest-selling album in 2002. It is on the top 200 albums of all time lists.

In 2003, Pink released her third album Try This. This album didn’t do as well as her previous albums. The album received mostly positive reviews. This album features the singles “Feel Good Time,” “Trouble,” “God Is a DJ” and “Last to Know.” Pink won a Grammy Award for “Trouble.” The album managed to sell over two million copies worldwide. She left her record label and decided to work with new producers.

Pink released her fourth album I’m Not Dead in 2006. This album peaked at number six in the U.S. and number one in other countries. This album received positive reviews. The critics were kinder with this album than they were with Try This. It features the singles “Stupid Girls,” “Who Know,” “U+Ur Hand,” “Nobody Knows,” “Dear Mr. President” and “Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely).” This album was on the charts for over a year. It sold two million copies.

She released her fifth album Funhouse in 2008. It debuted at number two on the charts. It sold over 180,000 copies in its first week. It features the singles “So What,” “Sober,” “Please Don’t Leave Me,” “Bad Influence,” “Funhouse,” “I Don’t Believe You” and “Glitter in the Air.” The album went on to sell more than four million copies.

In 2012, she released her sixth album The Truth About Love. She changed record labels. This is her first album at RCA Records. This is her first number one album in the U.S. It received positive reviews. The album features the singles “Blow Me (One Last Kist),” “Try,” “Just Give Me a Reason,” “True Love,” “Walk of Shame” and “Are We All We Are.” The album went on to sell over three million copies.

Pink took a break from recording to focus on her family. In 2017, she released her seventh album Beautiful Trauma. It debuted at number one on the charts. It sold 408,000 copies in its first week. This was her highest first-week sales at this point. It features the singles “What About Us,” “Beautiful Trauma,” “Whatever You Want” and “Secrets.” It went on to sell more than three million copies.

She released her eighth album Hurts to Be Human in 2019. She worked with Ryan Tedder and Max Martin on this project. It debuted at number one in eight countries as well as on the Billboard charts. It sold over 115,000 copies in its first week. It features the singles “Walk Me Home,” “Can We Pretend,” “Hurts 2 B Human” and “Love Me Anyway.”

Pink is a rock singer, but she started off as a pop singer. She wasn’t comfortable with that genre so she stood her ground and changed her music. It paid off because she managed to have a successful music career. She isn’t in the category for power balladeers such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, but she does have powerful vocals in her own right. She proved that she can sing pop songs as well as her signature rock songs. She also shows that she can hold power notes when the song calls for it. Pink has a lot of hit songs that could have made it to number one on this list. This Top 10 Pink Songs list will feature just some of her hit songs.

# 10 – Get the Party Started

The first song on our Top 10 Pink Songs list is the upbeat party song “Get the Party Started” from the extremely successful Missundaztood album. This fun song has an up-tempo beat. It has a dance pop sound. The song is self-explanatory. Simply put, the song is about partying. The glitzy dance-floor song is about nothing in particular. It’s an excuse to get you dancing. As you know, we always like to include trivia on our lists so here’s some trivia for you. Madonna was originally offered this song. She turned it down and Pink ended up singing it. This was a change of pace from Pink’s debut album because the debut album was r&b inspired while Missundaztood was more rock/pop. The music is contagious. You will catch a dance spirit while listening to it. The bass and the drumbeat are the stars of the music. Pink’s voice is good on the song, but with a song like this, strong vocals weren’t needed. She uses an alto pitch throughout the song, which went well with the music.

# 9 – Raise Your Glass

The next song on our Top 10 Pink Songs list is another party anthem. The attention seeking party jam is from Greatest Hits… So far!!! This song is the lead single from this number one album. It has a pop rock sound. This celebratory dance song is about people feeling left out. It’s a song dedicated to the underdogs of the world. It’s a relatable theme if you have ever felt lonely among a crowd of people. This song is unique because people don’t usually sing songs about this subject. It has a memorable chorus that’s sure to please rock fans. It has a great dance beat that gives you a chance to have fun while listening to it. Pink’s vocals are strong and throaty. She’s at her best when she does the hook because she holds notes. You can tell she’s having fun with the song.

# 8 – So What

This aggressive song is from the vulnerable Funhouse. This up-tempo song has a pop rock and dance sound. This energetic song is about her marital problems. She didn’t want to wallow in self-pity so she chose to poke fun at being a rock star. The music has a charging beat. It has amazing guitar riffs that will satisfy rock fans. The synthesizer gives the song an EDM sound. This is a different type of song for songwriter Max Martin because he doesn’t usually write pop rock songs like this. He was known for his pop songs about love. He didn’t write songs about a break up that often. The lyrics are enigmatic because you would have to listen to them to know that there are references to her separation in the song. It could have easily been a novelty song about her celebrity status. The chorus is simple and she practically begs you to sing it with her. It would be hard not to sing along with her because she has a lot of energy when she sings.

# 7 – Don’t Let Me Get Me

This self-deprecating song is from the mature-sounding Missundaztood album. This ballad has a pop rock sound. This song is about her putting herself down. She shows a vulnerable side by letting the world know about her insecurities. She takes a shot at producer L.A. Reid and Britney Spears in the song. There aren’t that many singers that are bold enough to put their producer on blast for the type of music they wanted them to make. L.A. Reid wanted her to be a pop star while she wanted to be a rock star. He was her boss at the time so she took a risk mentioning him in the song. She turns her pain into art. You can feel the pain in her voice as she’s telling the world that she’s not good enough. Her vocals are soulful and heartfelt. Her voice is gorgeous. The luster of her tone is impressive and pleasant to the ear. She manages to hold little notes in the song. The music was somber and melodic and fit the tone of the subject. The guitar riffs and percussion were impeccable.

# 6 – Just Like a Pill

This hypnotic song is the third single from the awe-inspiring Missundaztood album. This ballad has a pop rock sound. This cryptic song is about her struggles with addiction. This is a ballad with tempo. It gives you a chance to move around in your seat. The thumping guitar riffs will leave you breathless. It has killer drum percussion, which will allow you to bop your head to the music. Pink sings this song with grit and passion. She is talking about a very sensitive subject and you can tell it means a lot to her. She uses a double when she sings the hook. She uses her contralto vocals for the top part of the double while she uses her lower register for the bottom part of the double. The two different sounds were complimentary to each other. She gives the listeners a gift by vocalizing towards the fade out. Never had singing about addiction sounded so good.

# 5 – Most Girls

The next song on our Top 10 Pink Songs list is the edgy “Most Girls” from the r&b friendly Can’t Take Me Home album. This heart-pounding song has an r&b, dance and rock beat. This up-tempo song is about wanting a man for love and not his money. This song is such a head bopper and is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. The subject of not being a gold digger has been done many times, but Pink manages to make it sound different. This isn’t a typical baby-making song by Babyface. He wrote this song to accommodate her style and it worked. This song is a reminder that Pink can sing r&b music as well as rock music. She has excellent vocal timing. She sings every note to the beat. She matches every beat change effortlessly. It’s easy to see why this song was a hit for her.

# 4 – True Love

This romantic song is the fourth single from the love-inspired The Truth About Love album. This emotional song has a dance, pop and reggae sound. This ballad is about her loving her husband despite his flaws. The song will hook you as soon as the chords start. The music is pleasant and rhythmic. She makes the subject about love sound original because people don’t usually say they want to slap the person they love. They also don’t usually insult them while expressing their love for them. Only Pink can get away with doing something like that. This isn’t your typical love song. It can be misleading if you don’t pay attention to the lyrics. Pink’s vocals are outstanding. She utilizes her signature sexy and husky tone. She uses her lower register in the chorus and it sounds flawless with the music. Singer Lily Allen is featured on the track. She also gets her chance to shine in the song. She has a soprano voice, which was a good contrast to Pink’s lower voice.

# 3 – There You Go

This sassy song is the lead single from the chart-topping Can’t Take Me Home album. This up-tempo song has an r&b sound. This is about a woman who has been hurt. This theme has been covered many times, but she manages to make it sound fresh. This sounds similar to Destiny’s Child’s ”Bills, Bills, Bills.” Pink has stop-start lyrics. She runs through the lyrics effortlessly. She doesn’t miss a beat. She immediately picks up on the next lyric hence the term stop-start lyrics. She sings it similar to the way Beyonce sings “Bills, Bills, Bills.” Her runs give her voice the soul she needs to pull off the song. She vocalizes well throughout the song. It’s hard to believe that she wasn’t comfortable with this genre of music because she sounds right at home. This r&b song is just as good as her rock songs.

# 2 – Just Give Me a Reason ft. Nate Ruess

This pleading song is the third single from the underrated The Truth About Love album. This ballad has a pop sound. This emotional song is about trying to hold on to a love that is about to end. Here is some trivia about the song. Pink was originally going to sing this song by herself, but she wanted it to sound like a conversation between two people. The music is stripped and mostly features the piano. It has drum percussion and bass in the chorus. The stripped down music showcases the emotion Pink and Nate use throughout the song. Pink starts off the song until the first chorus. Nate comes in after the first verse. The song turns into a duet after the second chorus. The fact that the song has a simple sound of the piano in the beginning allows the listener to hear the pure emotion in their voices. They both win the voice challenge because they both have ample opportunities to shine in the song.

# 1 – Family Portrait

The number one song on our Top 10 Pink Songs list is the intimate “Family Portrait” from the monster-hit album Missundaztood. This ballad has an r&b and pop sound. This dramatic song is an inside look into Pink’s family and the drama she endured growing up. The music is soft and haunting and matches the theme of the song. The lyrics can send chills up and down your spine. It’s hard to imagine anyone going through this kind of pain in his or her family. Pink went in an area that artists don’t usually go musically. She wasn’t afraid to let everyone know that her family wasn’t perfect. Her vocals are layered from the pre-chorus on because she uses a double. After the bridge, she uniquely blends three lines for ad libs. She does this incredible feat until the fade out. It gives the song something extra. It may be hard to decide which part to sing because each one is worth singing.

Pink Albums

Can’t Take Me Home  – 2000

Missundaztood – 2001

Try This – 2003

I’m Not Dead – 2006

Funhouse – 2008

The Truth About Love – 2012

Beautiful Trauma – 2017

Hurts to Be Human – 2019

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Pink Songs

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