Katy Perry’s 10 Best Billboard Hot 100 Hits
Following Katy Perry’s explosive performance of “Dark Horse” at this year’s Grammy Awards, the track has gone on to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100!
To celebrate her most recent chart-topper, we’re ranking Katy’s 10 most popular hits through the past several years! Check out our list and tell us what you think:
1. “Firework” (2010)
“Firework” was easily one of the most popular hits in the summer of 2010, but could it be the best Katy Perry song of all-time? With inspiring lyrics, a great melody and an extremely catchy chorus, it definitely could be!
In the months following its release, “Firework” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and stayed there for four weeks…but it’ll always be No.1 in our hearts!
2. “I Kissed a Girl” (2008)
Katy Perry’s first major single boasted more of an electro-rock vibe, which was in line with the sound of her earlier music. While we love the poppy perfection of her songs today, the edginess of the singer’s debut single definitely caught the world’s attention.
Or maybe it was the fact that she made the proclamation that she’d kissed a girl…and she liked it.
Regardless, this No. 1 hit remains one of Perry’s best-selling singles of all-time, with well over four million copies purchased in the U.S. alone.
3. “Teenage Dream” (2010)
The title track to Perry’s third studio album, Teenage Dream, was released in July of 2010 and quickly became the perfect anthem for anyone who’s ever had a summer fling.
The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was later ranked No. 4 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Best Singles of 2010, but it was the song’s retro-style and Perry’s care-free sounding vocals that really made us fall in love.
4. “E.T.,” ft. Kanye West (2011)
At the time of its release, Katy Perry’s unforgettable electro/hip-hop-inspired duet with Kanye West took Perry’s popularity to new heights, and many commended her vocal performance.
“E.T.” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 and stayed put for five weeks, and the track even became the fourth most-played single on U.S. radio that year, according to Nielsen Soundscan. “E.T.” has since been certified 5X Platinum.
5. “Dark Horse” (2013)
As “Dark Horse” currently sits atop the Billboard Hot 100, the success of this song sort of speaks for itself.
The track is a return to Perry’s edgier side, but this time, as a more experienced singer and songwriter. Incorporating genres of hip-hop and trap dance music, the Juicy J duet is as dark as its title implies, and equally as sexy.
6. “Wide Awake” (2012)
Emotional and haunting, “Wide Awake” is a power ballad that stays with you long after you’ve left the dance floor.
Many have said that the song was written about Perry’s divorce from actor/comedian Russell Brand, and the song’s lyrics and its music video seemingly serve as proof, with themes of a fairy tale coming to an end.
“Wide Awake” was well-received from fans and critics, and hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
7. “California Gurls” ft. Snoop Dogg (2010)
As the leadoff single to Katy Perry’s sophomore album Teenage Dream, “California Gurls” ensured that Miss Perry was here to stay, hitting No. 1 and staying there for six weeks.
Once again dubbed a ‘summer anthem,’ the upbeat piece of pop perfection was catchy, fun and very danceable. It also didn’t hurt that the song featured Snoop Dogg.
8. “Roar” (2013)
Katy Perry’s first single from her 2013 effort Prism has many of the elements to the inspirational “Firework,” with themes of self-empowerment in its feel-good lyrics.
Though the song became Perry’s eighth to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, many critics weren’t so impressed with “Roar,” stating that the singer was playing it safe. Others couldn’t help but point out the fact that the power-pop track sounded strangely similar to the Sara Bareillis hit “Brave,” which was released a few months prior.
Regardless, “Roar” grabbed two nominations at the 2014 Grammys in the categories of Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Not too shabby.
9. “Part of Me” (2012)
If “Wide Awake” signaled the end of a fairy tale romance, “Part of Me” found Katy Perry taking back control of her own life.
Though it was not included on the original Teenage Dream tracklist, the emotional, yet upbeat and powerful breakup song later became the first single from the album’s reissue, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. It later went on to score Katy yet another No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
10. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” (2011)
Katy Perry has become almost as well-known for her goofy sense of humor and quirky personality as she is for her music, and the 2011 hit “Last Friday Night” perfectly combined the two.
Truly the party song of the year, the Teenage Dream track outlines a crazy Friday night which includes dancing on table tops, skinny dipping and potentially doing something illegal.
Add to it a catchy dance-pop beat and a hilarious music video featuring internet star Rebecca Black and Perry once again soared to the top of the charts.
Which Katy Perry songs would make your list? Let us know in the comments section!