Top 10 Pink Songs
Pink songs stand in a category all their own, since the singer herself differentiates greatly from her pop peers. Pink doesn’t need to pout or get all breathy in her songs, since she’s already sexy. She’s a heat-seeking missile more interested in the mess and the fallout, rather than a singer striving for pop perfection. Pink’s edges are rough and frayed, her emotion always in your face. But most importantly, the woman born Alecia Beth Moore in the Philadelphia suburbs can sing. Oh, can she sing.
Pink’s smoky and bluesy voice is husky and electric. When she opens her mouth to sing, she crackles. She doesn’t need to rely on studio tricks, treatments, techniques or tools to make her sound good, because she already does.
Additionally, her bold, brassy lyrics are enhanced by her fearlessness. She isn’t afraid to be both vulnerable in one lyric all the while crass in another, and she does it all inside the confines of unforgettable pop songs. Pink’s a true pop firecracker. That’s why she has dozens of successful singles to her name, a decade deep into her career. She connects. She’s real — the people’s pop diva, if you will.
In honor of her awesomeness and addictive sound, we’ve narrowed down our 10 favorite Pink songs, which we consider her 10 best. We know we left off tunes from two albums, but it was not without much internal argument. Pink has an embarrassment of riches for a catalog.
‘Raise Your Glass’
Pink’s music certainly tickles the party gene and gets the (gin and) juices flowing. This upbeat track is perfect for New Year’s Eve, your birthday, the backyard BBQ in August, whatever. It’s a good-time track from her ‘Greatest Hits… So Far’ record. It was penned by Pink along with hitsmiths Max Martin and Shellback. Those are the many reasons ‘Raise Your Glass’ is oh so good.
‘Glitter in the Air’
This ‘Funhouse’ track is forever ingrained in our brains thanks to her soaking wet performance at the 2010 Grammys, dangling in mid-air and appearing almost naked in her skin-tight jumpsuit. It reeked of sexiness in a subtle way. Pink’s bluesy, smoky voice is laid over a piano melody, and as a result, it’s mature, adult and painfully pretty. It’s difficult by nature to make absence feel full, but that’s exactly what Ms. Moore does with this gorgeous track.
‘Just Like a Pill’
‘Just Like a Pill’ tackles somewhat of a contemplative subject matter, but it’s encased in a cray cray catchy pop song. In our “Don’t hate, medicate” culture, Pink faces down her demons and does it in a — pardon the pun — addictive and infectious way. This sassy track is one of the most memorable singles from ‘Missundaztood,’ which was an album full of unforgettable singles.
The divas of the day — Lil Kim, Mya and Christina Aguilera — joined Pink for this disco dream, which was for the ‘Moulin Rouge’ soundtrack. “Guichie, guichie, ya ya dada, mocha choca,” blah blah blah… whatever! Jibberish lyrics aside, it was Pink’s voice that anchored the song and she’s still the most relevant of the bunch. Sorry, Xtina, but Alecia Beth Moore is selling more records and tickets than you at this point because she has never done anything but be Pink!
‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’
Pink’s lead single from 2012’s ‘The Truth About Love’ finds the singer holding fast to her formula, and to terrific, as opposed to tired, results. She didn’t ditch her middle-finger-in-the-air pop in favor of synths or camp on this track, which was her first No. 1 record. She wasn’t trying to catch Rihanna or Lady Gaga or Katy Perry. She was just Pink, wink-winking and nudge-nudging us with her R-rated puns. She once again explored the seedy side of a failing relationship with panache.
This lead single from Pink’s 2003 sleeper album ‘Try This,’ the follow-up to her major, breakthrough record, is six shades of rock ‘n’ roll. It snaps, crackles and pops, just like our heroine herself. If trouble looks and sounds like this, count us in. This should have been a smash, but for some inexplicable reason, it just wasn’t. Instead, it remains a cult fave among Pinkaholics. If you’re not familiar, well, what are you waiting for? Hop to it. We promise, ‘Trouble’ will soon morph into one of your all-time faves.
‘Get the Party Started’
This Linda Perry-penned ‘Missundaztood’ track, full of wah-wahs and triggered drums, signified Pink’s ascent to the pop stratosphere. When she sang, “I’m coming out,” she meant it in more ways than one. It’s now a classic, frothy pop song that has more sonic girth and lyrical depth than much of which came out at the same time. It’s one of those tracks that’ll fill your earbuds while on a treadmill or elliptical, and helps burn off more of those pesky calories. A party anthem? Yes. But with a little of Pink’s signature soul.
This ‘Greatest Hits…So Far’ song is an emotional, weighty ballad, done Pink-style. It’s gritty, stained, torn, tattered and ragged, but it’s as real and as immediate as your own heartbeat. The track is a comfort for anyone who’s ever been bullied. Pink doesn’t strive for perfection like so many of her peers and because of that, she’s relatable, flaws and all, on a song like this. Even using a cuss word in the title shows she doesn’t care. She says what she feels, no matter if it needs a bleep or an assist from censors.
‘Don’t Let Me Get Me’
This ‘Missundazstood’ single is the anti-Britney and anti-Christina track that doesn’t seek sexification or show off it boobies. Pink was competing with those pop starlets for chart and retail shelf space. She was the runt of the litter, the last one picked for gym and the girl sitting by herself at recess, which made everyone lurve her. In the song, Pink laments, “So tired of being compared / To damn Britney Spears / She’s so pretty / That’s just ain’t me.” With that honest and ballsy confession, Pink won our hearts. Forever. Because she is as real as it gets.
Only a sassy, ballsy diva like Pink could make light about losing her husband in the space of a chunky pop song, full of “na na na na na nas.” It was an anthemic, guitar-driven track from ‘Funhouse,’ showing off Pink’s rocker edge, but it reminded us that she never takes herself too seriously and that she handles life’s bumps and bruises by channelling them into song. Anyone going through a simular situation can relate, and sing and dance, thanks to the insanely catchy way Pink manipulates a melody or adds inflection to a lyric. Yep, she’s a rock star. Our rock star.