Selena Gomez Birthday Playlist: Essential Jams From ‘Revival’ To ‘Lose You To Love Me’
Selena Gomez has time and again proved herself as a formidable force in the world of pop music. Looking back, her career trajectory is awe-inspiring starting off with Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place and her band that was formed in 2009, Selena Gomez & the Scene. With a discography full of pop, alt-pop and EDM-induced tunes, the singer invented, reinvented and revived herself over the years. Thinking back to early singles like ‘Fly To Your Heart’ (seriously, you’re a hardcore Selenator if you were already a fan back then) it has been surreal watching her release ‘Lose You To Love Me’ which is her first No.1 hit track. It’s a long way from ‘Revival’ (2015) to ‘Rare’ (2020) after all. On Selena Gomez’s 28th birthday, we’re casting an appreciative glance at her career spanning over a decade and six studio albums showing off her range as an artist. Here’s a birthday playlist full of essential jams to celebrate the day with.
‘Lose You to Love Me’
‘Lose You to Love Me’ came as a reminder of Selena’s stronghold in the music industry not that we ever forgot. But the ballad hit different and is for the most part, an total power jam. It made waiting patiently for the songstress’ comeback totally worth it. The song was quick to climb up to the No.1 spot on Billboard and it became clear Selena isn’t just here to make snackable pop songs. The singer’s vocals shine on the simple arrangement backed by the echoing choir chorus of her beautiful voice leading up to the strong climatic chorus.
The thing fans instantly noticed about ‘Bad Liar’ is that it was a fresh blast of music we didn’t see coming. The unpredictable hit was characteristically un-Selena Gomez and it was still a whole lotta fun. The song didn’t define her music but it did present her range making it clear she can totally do alt-pop if she wants to. The track plays off her strengths and these strengths only solidified from thereon.
‘Hands to Myself’
This song is her sexiest track and I haven’t even begun talking about the music video. The song is the kind of sexy that establishes power and it was here that we saw Selena dislodge herself from her former Disney kid and radio hit-making pop star image. It was rather symbolic with the bangs and smoky eyes. Change your hair (although it was a wig), change your life amirite? Selena is bold, seductive and mesmerising in this song that came with ‘Revival’ which was visibly a landmark move in redefining herself.
‘Vulnerable’ from her album ‘Rare’ is well, so vulnerable, it comes as a total revelation. The song with its trippy beats manages to pull you in. But the real highlight here is the lyrics. To fans, the lines are an honest look at Selena the person made mesmerising by Selena the songstress. The hypnotic song reinstates her ability to go from reigning queen of pop to a relatable voice. If that’s the real Selena Gomez, we’re just lucky to have witnessed it.
Okay, I’ll admit Selena Gomez has had her share of misfires with her EDM-heavy tracks but ‘Dance Again’ is not one of them. The catchy tune doesn’t do that thing most dance tracks do – rely on annoying hooks. This one is meant for dancing almost non-voluntarily. And who doesn’t dig a lil ’70s disco vibe?
Wishing Selena Gomez a very happy birthday.
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