Fifth Harmony's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks
In the nearly five years since Fifth Harmony placed third on Season 2 of the U.S. X Factor, the quintet (Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Dinah Jane Hansen and Camila Cabello) has proven their place in the top 40 and girl group realms. And even despite losing Cabello in a rather dramatic exit in December, the now-quartet is proving to maintain the same fierceness and killer harmonies they brought with hits like "Work From Home" and "BO$$" with their latest single, "Down."
As the girls grace the cover of Billboard, we wanted to celebrate the groups' most iconic songs from their debut EP and two full-length albums. Some proved to be hits, while others bubbled under the surface -- but whether they were a smash or not, all of them hold a special place in our hearts.
Check out our top Fifth Harmony songs below.
10. Fifth Harmony feat. Fetty Wap, "All in My Head (Flex)"
The girls had established that they were heating things up on their sophomore effort with "Work From Home," and this follow-up single cemented that with riqsue lines like "I wanna feel you/ Feel you under my body." But while their PG-rated days may have been behind them with "All of My Head," the bouncy beat and inspired Mad Cobra lift also showed that 5H werent even close to being done with crafting some seriously catchy tunes.
9. Fifth Harmony feat. Meghan Trainor, "Brave Honest Beautiful"
While confidence has never been something the 5H girls lacked, even in their X-Factor days, there's a blood-pumping rhythm in this one that really makes you feel the fierceness group is the singing with. And for them to team up with the queen of sass (and bass) Meghan Trainor to tell girls around the world that they're brave, honest and beautiful, this is absolutely one of the most anthemic, self-esteem-boosting Fifth Harmony songs to date.
8. Fifth Harmony, "Scared of Happy"
Empowering lyrics and attitude aside, the Fifth Harmony gals are capable of being vulnerable, and this 7/27 cut is a clear depiction of that. They even admit in the chorus that they're not used to not being fearless. Instead of being a love song that completely gushes about someone, "Scared of Happy" finds a way to make it about the girls rather than the love interest, which shows they haven't completely let go of the girl-power theme.
7. Fifth Harmony feat. Tyga, "Like Mariah"
About time a girl group paid tribute to the Queen Diva! The borrowing of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" is as brilliant as the vocals each girl brings in this jam -- especially the escalating power notes in the chorus. The punchy bass even feels a bit like a Carey song from her heyday, making the homage even more flawless.
6. Fifth Harmony, "Who Are You"
The girls were able to show off their chops on The X Factor, and their post-competition confidence with "Miss Movin' On," but "Who Are You" (from the Better Together EP) was really the initial introduction to what Fifth Harmony can do vocally without the help of a TV show. And considering how young they were at the time, it's quite the impressive showcase. The piano-based ballad allowed for their individual voices to shine while also highlighting how well group's vocals mesh -- bringing the harmony part of their name to life.
5. Fifth Harmony, "Sledgehammer"
"If you could take my pulse right now, it would hit you like a sledgehammer" -- an interesting metaphor for a bunch of teenage girls to use when talking about love, but the combination of the song's pounding beat and the girls' forceful singing embodies that line in a way that makes you want to fist pump and stomp your way through the entire four-minute tune.
4. Fifth Harmony, "We Know"
Other than a few hints of piano in the chorus and a snap-along beat while the girls sing the title, this Reflection track is basically a cappella, which really allows for the girls to show off their vocal abilities. Between the harmonies and the sharp-based melody, "We Know" is haunting, especially since the girls are singing about catching a game-playing jerk (and ultimately letting him know he's not getting away with the games anymore).
3. Fifth Harmony feat. Missy Elliott, "Not That Kinda Girl"
The other track with "girl" in the title on 7/27 ("That's My Girl") is quite the girl power anthem, but it sounds a lot like several other Fifth Harmony songs with its Top 40-friendly beat and fierce vocals. While this upbeat track is also oozing with self-assurance, it brings in an '80s pop, Paula Abdul-like element that sounds different than most of what 5H does -- but one that completely works with their vibe and their voices. Even if you don't like the new sound, can you really hate on a song that has an assist from the legendary Missy?
2. Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign, "Work From Home"
Yes, this song is probably a bit racy for the tender 7-year-old ears that love when this song comes on their radio, but the number of work-related metaphors and innuendos the girls packed into a smash hit like this one is commendable. And even if hearing the word "work" nearly 100 times in one song (98, to be exact) drives you crazy, the Fifth Harmony girls managed to present it in perhaps the catchiest way possible. You can't deny you've busted a move or sung along -- or both -- to it at least once or twice.
1. Fifth Harmony, "Miss Movin' On"
Considering how dynamic all five members sound on this track, it's hard to believe it was Fifth Harmony's first official single as a group after finishing third on The X Factor. While this isn't their best-performing song by any means -- in fact, "Miss Movin' On" is Fifth Harmony's lowest-performing Billboard Hot 100 hit, peaking at No. 76 -- that doesn't discredit the prowess the girls brought in this song. Their dominant vocals perfectly match the feverishness of the heavy, resounding beat, which makes for what may be the 5H girls' most authentic and iconic declaration of confidence. If anything, it served as an unforgettable introduction to the world, as if to say, "We're Fifth Harmony, and we're badass -- and we're here to stay."