Best Katy Perry Tracks of All Time
Katy Perry is an artist for whom few people need an introduction. She’s had nine US Billboard Hot 100 number-one releases, four in the UK Top 40 and four in the Australian ARIA Charts.
In 2019, Billboard even described the Patepluma as the fourth-top female artist and eight-best overall of the 2010s in recognition of her success during the decade. Only Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Adele sat higher than her in the list and she managed to even edge out Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande.
Of course, Perry is much more than a singer today. She’s enjoyed a very varied career that has included songwriting, acting, creating a fashion line, running businesses, and working as a judge on American Idol. But she will always be, first and foremost, a musician.
So in recognition of her musical brilliance, let’s take a look at Katy Perry’s greatest tracks of all time.
I Kissed a Girl – 2008
I Kissed a Girl was Katy Perry’s debut single and was released in late April 2008. Its catchy tune, unique and cheeky lyrics, and upbeat tone all helped it to become an instant success.
It shot to the top spot in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and several other major singles charts around the world. In the United States, it remained firmly fixed in the number-one position for seven weeks, though it remained near the top for quite some time after it.
The music video for I Kissed a Girl was released a few weeks later on May 16, 2008 and featured several of Perry’s friends, including Kesha and Shannon Woodward.
Although it’s now 14 years old, I Kissed a Girl is still the 10th best-selling single of the 21st century and remains a huge hit among Perry’s loyal fans and the general public. So much so that it is still performed at every one of her live shows, including her legendary Super Bowl Halftime Show performance in 2015.
Roulette is one of Katy Perry’s more recent and lesser-known hits, but that doesn’t stop it from being a banger.
The song is inspired by the legendary casino game of the same name which has been enjoyed for several hundred years. Artists like Perry can continue to make references to it in their work because, despite its age, it continues to be popular today.
This popularity is thanks to online casinos that continue to create new and unique variants of this centuries-old title, such as High Roller Roulette which offers higher limits than other versions. By offering so much choice, these sites and apps can cater to just about everyone.
Of course, Perry doesn’t talk about the game in that much detail, instead, she uses it as a metaphor to describe having an exciting time with a lover with lines like “Like roulette, ooh-ooh, Wanna close my eyes and roll it with you”.
The track was more popular in Eastern Europe than Perry’s traditional English-speaking markets, but it’s definitely the singer at her finest.
Firework is another of Katy Perry’s most decorated singles. Released in 2010, it was included on her third album, Teenage Dream.
Its name and musical style which is designed to replicate the launch, flight, and detonation of a firework, as well as its uplifting lyrics, made it an instant hit.
For these reasons, Firework claimed the top spot in several major music charts, including the Canadian Hot 100, the Recorded Music NZ, the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40, and even the Venezuelan Pop Rock Record Report.
In the US, the track has gone 12x Platinum, selling almost 7.5 million singles, while it hit Triple Platinum in the UK with over 1 million sales.
Like Roulette, Firework uses the subject of the song as a metaphor to tell a story and communicate a message to the listener. It’s a common feature of many songs, but Perry is a master of the art and it shows.