The 9 Best Pop Songs That Were Never Released As Singles, From Beyonce To Taylor Swift — VIDEOS
Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" just might be one of the greatest pop songs of all time, there's no arguing that — however the choice of singles that followed weren't the most expected choices. "Style" and even "Bad Blood" were fairly low on the 1989 totem pole, but these pop singles made it to the radio before some of the album's more deserving conteders. Sometimes that's just how it goes in pop music. Be it pressure from record labels or just the desire to release a really conceptual music video, singles are chosen and the rest of the album is left to be consumed on YouTube, Spotify, or if you're so inclined, Tidal.
Sure, the singles are always what close out a concert or blow up the encore, but the real musical gems aren't always the big hits. Some of pop music's best songs are found somewhere around Track 3 or 7 on an album where the artist decides to surprise you with something catchy and surprising — they may be less "radio friendly," but these songs are usually the ones that show the most growth or experimental flare.
From the late '90s to now, here are the songs that really shine, even though they were never released as singles:
It's hard to pick my favorite non-single from Bey's self-titled world-rocking album, but "Jealous" really takes the cake. It's a mature effort and one that shows Beyoncé's full range as an artist as it tackles something as real as jealously and insecurity in marriage.
Taylor Swift, "Out of The Woods"
It's everything 1989 was hyped up to be — a new dawning of Taylor. A Taylor for a new audience. A darker, deeper Taylor. I'm actually shocked this isn't an official single. Runner up: "New Romantics," but alas Tay Tay doth not release it for free on the interwebs.
Justin Timberlake, "Pusher Love Girl"
This might be the best damn song in the whole 20/20 Experience and it shockingly was never released as a single. It was so good it won Best R&B song at the 2014 Grammys.
Adele, "Take It All"
Almost any song from 21 that wasn't a single could make it on to this list because it is a near perfecr album. However, "Take It All" takes it home because it is endlessly powerful and impossibe to get out of your head, just like all of Adele's radio hits.
Florence And The Machine, "I'm Not Calling You A Liar"
Florence and the Machine broke though internationally with their album Lungs and the single, "Dog Days Are Over," however this track remains a huge favorite amongst fans and is one of the best break-up songs in the past decade.
Britney Spears, "Don't Go Knockin' On My Door"
Oops!...I Did It Again is arguably Britney's best, most pure-pop album and this song is everything tIf he era of late '90s and early '00s pop was all about — loads of heavy synth and divas who had NO time for games.
Backstreet Boys, "Don't Want You Back"
What's not to love? It's got a throwback to "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," a sexed-up Nick Carter, and had it been released as a single boy band fans around the globe could have heard how "Bye Bye Bye" totally ripped off of it. TEAM BACKSTREET FOREVER. MILLENIUM FOREVER!
P!nk, "Are We All We Are"
It's the leading track off of The Truth About Love and it sets the tone for the rest of the album. It's a classic Pink anthem and deserved way more attention.
Miley Cyrus, "#GETITRIGHT"
If this isn't a sexy feel-good summer track, I don't know what is.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go have a word with my local karaoke bar about getting these songs on their roster.