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Selena Gomez plays to a standing room only crowd at the Fresno Fair in Fresno, California, Sunday, October 10, 2010.

Want to dive into the 'Revival' star's back catalog? Here are the seven songs you need to start with.

Selena Gomez has returned with Revival, her second solo album and first to include a top 5 hit on the Hot 100 chart (“Good For You,” featuring A$AP Rocky). The pop singer’s music career has reached a new plateau over the past three years, beginning with her Stars Dance album in 2013 and continuing with successful singles like “Come & Get It,” “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and “I Want You To Know”; of course, before that Gomez was the leader of Selena Gomez & The Scene, which notched hits like “Who Says,” “Naturally” and “Love You Like a Love Song.”

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Although Selena Gomez’s pop career thus far has been defined by radio-ruling smashes, the singer has four full albums’ worth of material worth exploring. Where should novices start? Here are our picks for the seven non-single Selena Gomez songs that can be placed on a pedestal next to any of her fan favorites:

“Bang Bang Bang”
From: When The Sun Goes Down (2011)

No offense to “Who Says,” “Love You Like a Love Song” or “Hit the Lights,” but how was “Bang Bang Bang” not released as a single from Selena Gomez & The Scene’s When The Sun Goes Down album? With a playful electro-pop construction and Selena tossing out quotables (“My new boy used to be a model/He looks way better than you”, “I hope you slip and fall, and trip all over my heart”) along with a ton of charisma, “Bang Bang Bang” ranks among Selena’s best tracks to date.

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“Birthday”
From: Stars Dance (2013)

The purring bass on the Stars Dance opener is worth the price of admission, but Selena’s ebullient attitude also captures a more carefree, effervescent angle of the singer that album singles like “Come & Get It” and “Slow Down” don’t offer.

“Kiss & Tell”
From: Kiss & Tell (2009)

When Selena embarked on a music career, she made a point of being the leader of a group and not a cookie-cutter pop star. “Kiss & Tell,” the first song on Selena Gomez & The Scene’s debut album of the same name, hammers home that point, opening with a loose electric riff and serving up a Paramore-esque brat-pop chorus; the song now sounds like a key to an alternate universe in which Selena continued as a rock front-woman instead of making a solo venture.

“My Dilemma”
From: When The Sun Goes Down (2011)

A rollicking pop-rock ditty that never tries to overreach, “My Dilemma” should have been a banger for those yearning for an update of Miley Cyrus’ “See You Again.” The last 20 seconds of the song are surprisingly aching and provide a glimpse toward Selena’s future balladry.

“Ghost Of You”
From: A Year Without Rain (2010)

“Ghost Of You,” the most fully developed song on 2010’s A Year Without Rain, features an especially affecting vocal take from Selena, who seethes on the bridge, “One of these days I’ll pray that I’ll be over, over, over you.” The singer would go on to record more emotional mid-tempo tracks and select them as singles, but “Ghost Of You” lingers.

“Summer’s Not Hot”
From: A Year Without Rain (2010)

Produced by RedOne and Rock Mafia, “Summer’s Not Hot” sounds a lot like Vengaboys’ eternal middle-school-dance blazer “Boom Boom Boom Boom,” and that’s a compliment of the highest order. Pure, innocent silliness, with lines like “You’re the reason that I jumped in the pool/‘Cause you’re so hot that I gotta get cool.”

“Love Will Remember”
From: Stars Dance (2013)

Over shuffling percussion and a dramatic piano line, Selena declares that the traces of a long-extinguished romance will forever remain with her, and a chorus of “whoa-oh’s” backs her up on this point. “Love Will Remember” contains just the right amount of melodrama, and a nifty melody in the chorus, which is highlighted by the sparse intro.

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