Top 5 Katy Perry Singles (Plus One)

August 24th, 2013 4:30pm EDT

Katy Perry Regardless what your opinion is, Katy Perry has placed her stamp onto pop music in recent times. “Roar,” a single that has drawn scrutiny from critics despite aiming for archetypical Perry success, continues Perry’s lofty pop status. I didn’t think “Roar” was the second coming, but I though overall it was a decent single that paled compared to her most memorable. That said, while I’m not huge Katy Perry fan, I acknowledge the pop star has had her share of hits. Which ones are most important? Here’s my top five!

5. “Teenage Dream”

The title track from Perry’s 2010 sophomore effort was incredibly electrifying. One of numerous number one hits from Perry, it’s nothing short of addictive and sorta tastefully naughty. Balanced, “Teenage Dream” appealed to broad bases. “You make me feel like I’m living a / Teenage dream the way you turn me on / I can’t sleep / let’s runaway and don’t ever look back, don’t ever look back…” Sigh… and we haven’t Katy, we haven’t.

4. “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg

Before Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg guested on one of the summer’s most delicious hits in “California Gurls”. A standout from an initial listen, this promo single from Teenage Dream set the tone and hinted that the album was going to a gargantuan pop hit. Sure enough, Teenage Dream would spawn multiple, equally intriguing hits. “California girls, we’re unforgettable / Daisy dukes, bikinis on top / sun-kissed skin so hot, we’ll melt your popsicle / oh-oh-oh-oh…” Popsicle huh? Double entendres galore.

3. “Firework”

The song heard ‘round the world, “Firework” is a timeless Katy Perry hit, period. If “Teenage Dream” had a bit too much of a risqué vibe, “Firework” is safer, yet equally if not more electrifying. Bright, bubbly, and plain feel-good, this probably could’ve landed at number one on this list. All the cues are in place expected of a mega-pop hit, which pleased the most youthful to even adults. Sure, I could’ve of done without some of the “ah ah ah’s”, but that’s also part of the endearment. After all, “You just gotta ignite, the light / and let it shine / just own the night / Like the fourth of July / cause baby you’re a firework…”

2. “Hot N Cold”

Yes, the risqué “I Kissed A Girl” laid the foundation for Katy Perry the superstar, but the incredibly endearing smash “Hot N Cold” truly solidified Perry’s pop star status. Perhaps not as shocking as “I Kissed A Girl” to the traditionalists, “Hot N Cold” still managed to deliver some memorable lyrical moments such as the clever opening verse (“You change your mind / like a girl changes clothes / Yeah, you, PMS / Like a b***h, I would know…”). The hook of course is inescapably pleasing: “Because you’re hot then you’re cold / you’re yes then your no / you’re in then you’re out / you’re up then you’re down…” “Hot N Cold” failed to reach number one, which is incredibly shocking.

1. “I Kissed A Girl”

An argument could be made for several of the aforementioned hits landing as Perry’s most important track, but the one that truly established Katy Perry was “I Kissed A Girl.” The forward-thinking bi-curious anthem centered around lyrics heard around the pop-cultural sphere (“I kissed a girl and I liked it / The taste of her cherry chap stick…I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it…”) Definitely not teen-pop or in anyway, shape, or form drawing on Perry’s Christian roots, the rebellious album shaped a new rebellious pop star. Love her or hate her, the seven week ubiquitous number one hit launched Perry and in gargantuan fashion.

Honorable Mention: “Ur So Gay”

“Ur So Gay” is a superb song. While it’s edginess is in step with Perry’s free spirit as an artist, the cut isn’t responsible for Perry’s ascent to superstardom. Even so, it’s clever and a personal favorite. “You’re so gay and you don’t even like boys / no you don’t even like / no you don’t even like / no you don’t even like boys…” There it is.

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