Pop star Kesha burst onto the scene in 2010 with her catchy party anthem hooks and glittery persona that sent her to the top of the charts. Following her debut album Animal, Kesha released the EP Cannibal and began working on a personal project that she described as more rock. Kesha even teamed up with Iggy Pop ("Dirty Love"), an inspiration for the album. That, however, was not the final product when all was said and done. Warrior only included a handful of those rock tracks but overall the album lived up to its hype from one of this decade's most interesting artists. The album's theme is based on its name, embracing the inner warrior, and while it didn't boast the chartings of the previous album, it kept fans wanting more.
AXS is taking a look at the top 5 best Kesha songs from Warrior.
Released as the second single from the album, "C'Mon" features a progressive rhythm that is just a feel good pop rap song. The track continues the juvenile attitude of "Your Love Is My Drug" and talks about finding someone at the bar that she wants to take home. A moderate hit, "C'Mon" ended Kesha's string of top 10 hits peaking at only No. 27 on the Hot 100. That however may have been in part due to the previous single "Die Young" suffering sales and airplay cuts following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
4. "Only Wanna Dance with You
A funky pop dance song on Warrior, "Only Wanna Dance with You" sums up Kesha's experience falling for someone and only having eyes for that person. "Since you got a hold of me/ I'm talkin' 'bout you in my sleep/ What the hell did you do to me?/ Now it doesn't matter," she sings in the song of instantly having a crush.
3. "Past Lives"
Kesha teamed up with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips for several songs on Warrior. Only one of those tracks would survive and "Past Lives" closes the deluxe album on a note that foresees where Kesha is headed. Serious songwriting and heartfelt sentiments of falling for a love throughout each lifetime showcases a deeper Kesha than what she was known for at that time.
2. "All That Matters (The Beautiful Life)"
"All That Matters (The Beautiful Life)" is classic Kesha with pounding beats and a freeing message that is ready to smash dancefloors without a remix. Kesha wants to enjoy herself with all the people around her and celebrate life without a care. The bridge intensifies the song singing, "It's raining down/ Been up all night/ There's no excuses/ We kiss the sky/ Don't wanna come down/ Is anyone out there?"
1. "Love Into the Light"
One of the highlights of the album comes at the closing of the standard edition. "Love into the Light" was produced by Greg Kurstin (P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Sia) and is by far one of Kesha's most intriguing tracks. The anti-bullying song starts out like a Phil Collins song before an anthemic chorus about letting love in and letting go of all hate.
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