Shawn Mendes gained popularity in 2013 through the video site Vine and soon after, he released a self-titled EP in 2014. Mendes became a mainstream radio artist with hit single "Stitches" taken from his first LP Handwritten and is currently riding pop success with the lasting "Treat You Better," a track from 2016's Illuminate. Like "Stitches," "Treat You Better" continues to get airplay though other singles have been released. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter is up for several trophies at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Top Male Artist and will be announced on May 21 on ABC. AXS is looking at the 5 best Shawn Mendes lyrics ahead of a night where artists can take home handfuls of awards.
Taken from Illuminate, "Mercy" was released as the second official single from the set. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Adult Pop Songs chart, also known as Adult Top 40 geared to listeners over the age of 25. "Mercy" was a moderate hit around the globe for Mendes peaking at No. 3 on the Czech Republic's radio chart, No. 3 in Portugal and No. 4 in Switzerland.
"Please have mercy on me
Take it easy on my heart
Even though you don't mean to hurt me
You keep tearing me apart
Would you please have mercy on me
I'm a puppet on your string
And even though you got good intentions
I need you to set me free"
Though Shawn Mendes released an EP prior to 2015's Handwritten, his music didn't catch on until the lead single "Stitches" hit radio. It became his first entry to appear on any Billboard airplay chart when it would debut at No. 36 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart (Pop Songs). It also became his first top 10 hit on the Hot 100 songs chart, peaking at No. 4.
"You watch me bleed until I can't breathe
I'm shaking, falling onto my knees
And now that I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches
I'm tripping over myself
I'm aching, begging you to come help
And now that I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches"
"A Little Too Much" appears on Handwritten as an album track and was released as a promo ahead of the album's due date.. A video for the song was then uploaded to the official VEVO/YouTube channel to help promote the upcoming album.
"She would not show that she was afraid
But being and feeling alone was too much to face
Though everyone said that she was so strong
What they didn't know is that she could barely carry on
But she knew that she would be okay
So she didn't let it get in her way
Sometimes it all gets a little too much
But you gotta realize that soon the fog will clear up"
"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" was released as the third single from Illuminate on April 20. Once it became an official single, the album was reissued with the track appearing as the opener. It became Mendes' highest debut in the U.K., debuting at No. 7.
"She says that she's never afraid
Just picture everybody naked
She really doesn't like to wait
Not really into hesitations
Pulls me in enough to keep me guessing, whoa
And maybe I should stop and start confessing"
"Treat You Better" is a successful single for the Canadian artist. With it still receiving airplay, it marks one of his best performing singles thus far. It reached No. 1 on Adult Contemporary, a chart that takes time to climb, and No. 1 on Adult Top 40. It also reached No. 3 on the Pop Songs chart (Mainstream Top 40) while peaking at No. 6 on the Hot 100.
"I won't lie to you
I know he's just not right for you
And you can tell me if I'm off
But I see it on your face
When you say that he's the one that you want
And you're spending all your time
In this wrong situation
And anytime you want it to stop
I know I can treat you better than he can
And any girl like you deserves a gentleman
Tell me why are we wasting time
On all your wasted crying
When you should be with me instead"