Fall is my favorite season. Back to school, back to reality, back to cardigans and boots. These are the months to start fresh, turn over a new leaf, live out even more cliches. With the release of what feels like a million new singles, it’s obvious that our favorite pop stars feel the same way. Let’s take a look at what these five songstresses are cooking up this season.
5. Ke$ha, “Die Young”
Hey guys, have you noticed lately that we’re young? From Fun.’s “We Are Young” to One Direction’s, “Live While We’re Young,” the pop charts are all about reminding listeners that youth is fleeting and you better get on it while you can. So … when does one stop being “young?” Youth is in the eye of the beholder, perhaps. Get ready to dance in the driver’s seat to this one. It’s a teen anthem at its finest.
4. Rihanna, “Diamonds”
Can you believe this single is coming from Rihanna’s seventh album? I know it can’t just be me; how much does the “Shine bright like a diamond” chorus sound like the caricature that is Lana Del Rey? Sadly, this track won’t be thumping in any clubs until it has the shit remixed out of it. If you’re a fan of darker Rihanna tracks like “Take a Bow,” this one’s for you.
3. Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
The girl has three singles on the charts from an album that hasn’t even dropped yet. Would you expect anything else from Swift, who recently donated $10,000 cash and concert tickets to a deaf school in Boston? Sweetie wants to dominate, and who can blame her? There’s a lot of competition to be the best out there. “I Knew You Were Trouble.” makes that clear — the track is more “pop” than ever.
2. P!nk, “Try”
With a brand new video that left her mother “uncomfortable” and “speechless,” P!nk knows how to wow a crowd with beautiful acrobatic movements and a body that doesn’t quit. “Try” ties emotion with physical power, and for once P!nk doesn’t have me rolling my eyes. Raise your glass with me — P!ink ain’t messing around here.
1. Ellie Goulding, “Figure 8″
The best pop singer Britain has to offer has given us a different part of herself on her sophomore album, “Halcyon.” It’s a bit slower with more of a focus on ballads, but “Figure 8″ still carries that big bass drop and a catchy hook. Think new boyfriend Skrillex had anything to do with the sound? Goulding has stated in interviews that “Halcyon” is essentially a breakup album, one that she described as a “Journey from dark to light … It’s personal to me, very personal.”
Which of these songs are going on your Halloween party playlist? How about for your walk to class? Long morning commute? Leave your answer in the comments.
Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.