P!nk's Top 10 Deep Cuts: Her Best Songs That Were Never Singles
There are few artists whose chart performance has been as consistent as P!nk. Since her debut in 2000, she has racked up 26 entries on the Hot 100—15 of which have cracked the top ten.
While most artists see surges and drop-offs, P!nk’s two latest entries mirror chart peaks of singles from her first album. For example, her contribution to 2016’s Alice Through The Looking Glass soundtrack, “Just Like Fire,” peaked at No. 10. Her first two singles from her 2000 debut also notched top ten peaks, “There You Go” (peak No. 7) and “Most Girls” (peak no.4). Her third single, “You Make Me Sick” stalled at No. 33 — a similar placement to last year’s Kenny Chesney collaboration, “Setting The World On Fire,” which peaked at No. 29.
While P!nk has remained a Hot 100 mainstay, she hasn’t conformed to sticking to one sound. Throughout her career, the rebellious singer has experimented with R&B, country, hip-hop, rock, dance, folk and everything in between. And while her vast collection of hits is a strong testament to her evolution, some of her best artistic moments never made it to radio. Take a look at ten of P!nk’s best non-singles:
"Hell With It," Can't Take Me Home (2000)
Before P!nk was swinging from the rafters to her rock-tinged catalog, she debuted as an aggressive R&B vixen. Though she’d quickly evolve from her original sound, the cool, skittering beat in “Hell Wit It” serves as a reminder of how versatile her vocal abilities are, and the electric guitar surging in the song's background foreshadowed her upcoming genre shift.
"My Vietnam," M!ssundaztood (2001)
P!nk’s crossover to pop-rock was a major risk, but it paid off: M!ssundaztood launched three singles to the Hot 100's top 10 and stayed in the top 40 on the Billboard 200 for over a year. The album explored several personal themes, including her parents’ divorce and an abusive relationship, but the most vulnerable of the collection is undoubtedly “My Vietnam,” where she compares her veteran father’s stint in The Vietnam War to her own inner struggles.
"Humble Neighborhoods," Try This (2003)
While P!nk’s third album, Try This, has been marked as a low point for P!nk’s career -- not only has she since dismissed it, but it’s her lowest selling album -- it still had a few standout moments. She notched her first solo Grammy win for “Trouble,” and it contains two of her more experimental (albeit hardly chart-topping) singles: “Feel Good Time” and “God Is A DJ.” Another highlight? The rowdy “Humble Neighborhoods,” a roaring anthem to living the rockstar life and traveling the world.
"I'm Not Dead," I'm Not Dead (2006)
P!nk found her signature sound on her career-reviving 2006 comeback, I’m Not Dead. With lyrics like “I’m not scared/ just changing/ right behind the cigarette and devilish smile,” its title track serves as the perfect thesis for this era.
"Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)," I'm Not Dead (2006)
While this playful jam was released as a single in other countries, we got the short end of the stick in the States. This singalong anthem seamlessly blends P!nk’s two best qualities: her humor and her honesty. With cheeky lyrics like “I don’t believe Adam and Eve spend every goddamn day together,” there’s a reason it was included on the setlist of her past three major tours.
"Dear Mr. President," I'm Not Dead (2006)
P!nk has been outspoken throughout her career, but she went for the jugular in this open letter to President George W. Bush. Not only does she question his stances on No Child Left Behind, the Iraq war and LGBTQ rights, but she also brings up his past drug and alcohol use. The sobering ballad, which features harmonies from The Indigo Girls, is filled with scathing lines like “Let me tell you about hard work/ minimum wage with a baby on the way.” A fan questioned if P!nk would be writing a sequel, dedicated to President Donald Trump, to which she responded, “There aren’t words for this shameful person.”
"It's All Your Fault," Funhouse (2008)
“It’s All Your Fault” may be one of the darkest songs in P!nk’s catalog, but you wouldn’t guess that from the uptempo Max Martin production. The song echoes the desperate, vulnerable themes of its parent album, opening with the despairing couplet “I conjure up the thought of being gone/ But I’d probably even do that wrong.” The break-up record continues into deeper, darker territory before cumulating in a confession: “I would never pull the trigger/ But I’ve cried wolf a thousand times."
"Walk of Shame," The Truth About Love (2012)
Some of P!nk’s biggest hits are irreverent party anthems: “So What,” “U + Ur Hand” and “Get The Party Started,” to name a few. “Walk of Shame” serves as the perfect sequel to any and all of them. It’s crass, funny and quintessentially P!nk.
"Is This Thing On," The Truth About Love - Deluxe Edition (2012)
Between her high-flying cirque routines and her tough-as-nails demeanor, it’s easy to forget just how great P!nk’s vocal abilities are. While this Truth About Love bonus track works fine as a midtempo number, P!nk’s exceptional vocal delivery begs for a stripped-down acoustic rendition. The heartbreaking lyrics reference her temporary separation from husband Carey Hart in 2008.
"Timebomb," The Truth About Love - iTunes Deluxe Edition (2012)
Rather than serving reheated leftovers, P!nk’s bonus tracks — especially those on The Truth About Love — are a savory dessert. They’re so delectable that it was impossible to choose just one (she had seven!) for this career-spanning list. While it could be argued to swap in the stadium-ready “The King Is Dead But The Queen Is Alive” or the quirky “My Signature Move,” it’s her energetic “Timebomb” that was so beloved by fans that there was speculation it would get the single treatment. Lyrically, the song exemplifies P!nk’s zero-f--ks-given approach to love: “it’s only love/ Give it away/ You’ll probably get it back again.”