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  • Kaleb Crowhurst

Top Ten Katy Perry Songs

This weekend on 92.9, we are bringing you the Top 10 Katy Perry songs.



10.

E.T.

Teenage Dream (2010)

This celestial electronic ballad that sees singing Perry singing about a lover from "a different dimension" was co-written and co-produced by Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin. The serial hitmakers were also behind Perry's breakthrough hit "I Kissed a Girl." The song was Perry's fourth straight Hot 100 #1 single from Teenage Dream. This won Song of the Year at the People Choice awards, which were held on January 11, 2012. Perry won four other trophies at the ceremony, snagging awards for Favorite Female Artist, Tour Headliner, Music Video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," and TV Guest Star for her appearance on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother.


9.

Unconditionally

Prism (2013)

This big power ballad was released as the second single from Prism, and was the follow-up to "Roar."

"It's a love song and it's different from 'Roar' - it's not eighth-notey," said Perry. "I think it's a universal love song that everyone's going to be able to relate to no matter the age, no matter male or female. It's my favorite song off the record."

Perry singled out this as her favorite Prism track as it passed the "goose bump test." She explained, "There's this test that I do in the studio, after a song's complete and you've tracked some vocals. It's kind of like the goose bump test. If, every time you hear it, it gives you goose bumps, it's hitting a chord inside of you that's really important,. It's an emotional chord inside of you."


8.

Part Of Me

Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012)

This breakup anthem was released as the first single from Katy Perry's Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection album. It was one of three new songs from the special edition collection, which also includes four re-workings of her "Dream" hits. The song was released worldwide on February 13, 2012.

The song was debuted at the 2012 Grammys when after starting off with a minute-long rendition "E.T.," there appeared to be a complete technical meltdown as every light on stage went dark, and the backup musical track came to a halt. Once the lights and music were restored a blue-haired Perry launched into this track.


7.

Last Friday Night

Teenage Dream (2010)

At a beach-party-themed industry listening event held on June 14 2010, Perry explained that this mid-tempo party anthem, which recalls all the fun nights gone by, had a purpose for being on the album: "There's a lot of substance, but also some no-brainers," she said.

When this single climbed to #1 on the Hot 100, Perry became the first woman, and second artist overall following Michael Jackson, to send five songs from an album to #1. The singer's previous four chart-toppers from her Teenage Dream set had been "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg), Teenage Dream, "Firework" and, "E.T." (featuring Kanye West).


6.

Firework

Teenage Dream (2010)

This inspirational dance jam is the third single from American singer-songwriter Katy Perry's third studio album, Teenage Dream. Like several other tracks on Teenage Dream, this was inspired by Perry's love for her English fiancée, the comedian Russell Brand. The couple married in 2010 but divorced a little over a year later.

When this blasted to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated December 16, 2010, Perry became the first female artist in 11 years to take three straight radio singles from an album to the top of the charts.


5.

Hot N Cold

One Of The Boys (2008)

This tale of a neurotic ex-boyfriend was produced and co-written by Dr. Luke (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson). The musician, songwriter and producer also performed the same duties on "I Kissed a Girl." Perry says the song is about a real guy - an ex-boyfriend who she could never get a read on. Said Perry, "One day this person would send me a text and I would be so thrilled about it because I had been waiting for some kind of sign - a smoke signal. He would be all interested and then I would just lose him, or one day he would want to see me and then one day he wouldn't. I didn't know what was wrong with him, if he was bipolar, or if he was wearing a mood ring. I took the theme and the song kind of spilled out of me."


4.

California Gurls

Teenage Dream (2010)


This beach-friendly pop tune is the first single from Katy Perry's third studio album, Teenage Dream. Perry says it's a fun song that is perfect for the summertime. "My serotonin level changes, my personality changes," said the singer. "'California Girls' talks about all those iconic things that you've seen on postcards and on TV. And I wanted to do a homage to the Beach Boys." The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its fourth week on the chart, making it the fastest-rising single released by an artist signed to Capitol Records in 43 years.


3.

I Kissed A Girl

One Of The Boys (2008)

It was Perry's first single, but she had to convince her record company to release it, as they didn't even want it on the album at first. Perry explained in 2010, "I was really excited to put that out because it was such a fun song that could be both silly and mean something to someone. It was a subject matter that was on the tip of everyone's tongue at that moment, so it was kind of like a snapshot of things that were happening in 2008."

This won the award for Best Pop Song at the 35th People's Choice Awards, held on January 7, 2009. A few days later it won the Virgin Media Music award for Best Track.


2.

Teenage Dream

Teenage Dream (2010)

This is the second single and title track from American singer-songwriter Katy Perry's third studio album. On the song, Perry sings about a boy who makes her feel like a teenager again. "I want to call it Teenage Dream because there's a song on the record [called that] and I wrote that song in Santa Barbara and it was a very pure moment for me, because that's where I'm from," she said. "And it was, like, where I started my creative juices. And also it kind of exudes this euphoric feeling because everybody remembers what their teenage dreams were - all the girls that were on your poster walls."


1.

Roar

Prism (2013)

The lead single from Katy Perry's Prism album was written by the singer in collaboration with her friend Bonnie McKee and produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The same team also helped craft most of Perry's biggest hits on Teenage Dream, the exception being "Firework." The song is a bouncy statement by Perry of moving forward into the next stage of her life after the tumultuous end of her marriage to Russell Brand. She revealed, "It's a bit of a self-empowering type of song. I wrote it because I was sick of keeping all these feelings inside and not speaking up for myself, which caused a lot of resentment. Obviously I've been through a lot of therapy since my last record and that's what this is about."