Every Fifth Harmony Solo Single, Ranked: Critics' Picks
Though the ladies of Fifth Harmony announced their hiatus in March 2018, all of them have stayed busy working on their individual careers. While there's undeniable disappointment that we won't be treated to group jams like "Work From Home" -- at least for the time being -- each of the 5H girls have provided many notable solo bops in the meantime.
Camila Cabello's self-titled debut album, which dropped in Jan. 2018, sat atop the Billboard 200 and boasted a No. 1 single on the Hot 100 with the project's lead single, "Havana." Normani's Khalid-assisted "Love Lies" reached the top of the Pop Songs chart in September, and Lauren Jauregui's "Expectations" stood as an impressive official entry into her solo career in October. And though Dinah Jane Hansen and Ally Brooke have yet to release officially solo singles, the girls have teamed up with other artists to tease what they have in store.
Just 11 days into 2019, Harmonizers already have two more 5H solo singles to indulge in: Normani released the dance-inspired track "Dancing With a Stranger" with Sam Smith, and Jauregui unveiled a sassy follow-up single titled "More Than That." Below, take a look at a ranking of the singles that the ladies of 5H have released as solo artists. (Note: The musician must be either the lead artist or one of the lead artists to qualify for this list. Features and promotional singles have been excluded.)
17. Dinah Jane, RedOne, Daddy Yankee & French Montana, “Boom Boom”
This Latin-inspired tune -- and its star power -- led it to a No. 24 peak on the Hot Latin songs chart in October 2017. The track is upbeat and fun, but Dinah Jane’s feature doesn’t come in until around the 2:50 minute mark, which makes her fade in to the background. When finally presented with her solo time, the verse only lasts a handful of bars before transitioning back to the bridge.
16. Camila Cabello ft. Swae Lee, “Real Friends”
The remix to “Real Friends” adds a feature courtesy of Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee. While the Auto-Tuned crooner adds a smoother element to an otherwise bouncier track, the updated version hardly deviates from its original. Cabello’s first verse remains intact, as does her notable riffs on the song’s final chorus.
15. Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
When Fifth Harmony stopped by Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour, Cabello and Mendes met backstage together and ended up writing the guitar-based track “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and subsequently sparked romance rumors. It was the first solo endeavor for Cabello, who left the group about one year after the duet came out.
14. Camila Cabello & Machine Gun Kelly, “Bad Things”
Another pre-5H-exit song for Cabello, the pop star and MGK linked up on the seductive track “Bad Things” -- which cleverly samples Fastball's "Out Of My Head" -- and the accompanying video portraying a dangerous relationship. Even though the track peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, it unfortunately didn’t give Cabello much chance to shine outside of the chorus.
13. Camila Cabello, “Crying in the Club”
Serving as her first solo single following her 5H departure in December 2016, the music video quickly showcased Cabello’s ability to succeed on her own. The open gives her chops plenty of room to breathe before jumping into the Sia-penned song, which coincidentally sounds rather reminiscent of “Cheap Thrills.” Though the track didn’t make the final cut of Camila, it peaked at No. 47 on the Hot 100.
12. Lauren Jauregui & Marian Hill, “Back to Me”
Jauregui paired up with Marian Hill for the smooth “Back To Me” in 2016, marking Jauregui's first solo venture. The song features softer vocals for Jauregui, who is normally the one belting out the high notes. However, the track showed how smooth Jauregui's vocals are, and was a catchy preview into how versatile she could be.
11. Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”
Cabello and Pharrell Williams -- who also collaborated on “Havana” -- were sitting on this track for some time before sharing it with the world two months after the former’s 21st birthday. Dubbed as an early candidate for song of the summer, the salsa-laced jam stirred up more buzz for Cabello, just in time for her to head out on tour with Taylor Swift.
10. Lauren Jauregui & Steve Aoki, “All Night”
After “Back To Me,” Jauregui teamed up with producer Steve Aoki for their infectious track “All Night” in 2017, and the two created pure dance music magic. The bumping song jumped to No. 9 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and was accompanied by an epic video featuring Jauregui in a steamy night club scene.
9. Ally Brooke & Topic, “Perfect”
Ally Brooke went for a casual slow jam for her breakout solo single. Accompanied by Topic, the song features lyrics highlighting insecurities in a relationship. While it isn’t a banger, per se, the song perfectly highlights Ally’s powerful vocal ability. The single, which peaked at No. 38 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, stands as Ally Brooke’s second solo endeavor, after her 2017 collaboration with Last Kings and A$AP Ferg -- but her first as the lead artist.
8. Lauren Jauregui, "More Than That"
Jauregui has always carried an independently sassy persona, but now she has her own song to manifest it. "More Than That" is a flirty, yet fierce declaration that it takes a lot to win her affection -- "You gon' have to come stronger than this liquor/ Wanna take me home, better be more convincing/ It'll take more than that to get to me," Jauregui demands on the chorus -- with a bouncy beat that helps her powerful vocals soar.
7. Dinah Jane ft. Marc E. Bassy, Ty Dolla $ign, “Bottled Up”
In her debut solo single, Jane called on both Marc E. Bassy and Ty Dolla $ign (boyfriend of Lauren Jauregui) for features. The club-friendly dance track doesn’t reinvent the wheel lyrically, but it’s a song that’ll stick with the listener all day and that easily lends itself to repeat plays. With reports that Jane is working with several notable producers, “Bottled Up” serves as a promising start to a solo career.
6. Camila Cabello, “Never Be the Same”
As the opening track on Camila, “Never Be the Same” sings stardom from the first verse. Boasting a mesmerizing synth-riddled beat, the ballad is an epic drug metaphor that is just as intoxicating as the relationship that Cabello details. Her impressive high-pitched vocals are on full display in the chorus but are suitably balanced with calmer verses.
5. Normani & Sam Smith, "Dancing With a Stranger"
Normani continues to prove her versatility with this pounding collaboration, which lays her whispery tone over dreamy production. Following her R&B-leaning Khalid team-up "Love Lies," Normani reminds fans of her pop tendencies by pairing with Smith, but "Dancing With a Stranger" maintains her flirtatious vibe. Even though it's technically a breakup tune ("I don't want to be alone tonight/ It's pretty clear that I'm not over you," Smith sings on the opening lines), the song's sultry vocals and alluring beat make you want to grab a rando and bust a move -- even if you're brokenhearted.
4. Camila Cabello, “Consequences (Orchestra)”
The orchestral rendition of “Consequences” is achingly beautiful in all the right ways: you’ll tear up, turn a somber smile just at the corners of your mouth and get goosebumps in one fell swoop. The music video does little to relieve those emotions -- nor should it -- with Cabello strolling through the most perfect autumn day imaginable while picturing the highlights of a young (and failed) love. The further stripped-back version of the track simply enhances her impressive vocals.
3. Lauren Jauregui, “Expectations”
Jauregui’s debut solo single simply demands the world take her seriously as a solo artist. The sultry track burns each and every lyric into the listener’s head, as Jauregui’s slightly raspy vocals accompany the backing guitar wonderfully. Sure, she’s clearly got the big pop hit as part of her arsenal, but this fierce-yet-vulnerable side opened up a whole different window of possibilities for the budding soloist.
2. Normani & Khalid, “Love Lies”
Though Cabello has likely created the most individual buzz since the ladies of 5H headed their separate ways, don’t sleep on Normani -- and if you do, don’t let Nicki Minaj know about it. “Love Lies” firmly put Normani on the map, finessing her R&B groove with 21 Under 21 star Khalid. The track peaked at No. 9 on the Hot 100 and has only led to more successes for her: In 2018, she nabbed features on Quavo and Jessie Reyez tracks and dropped a two-track EP with Calvin Harris. And 2019 seems to be no different, as she just dropped the club-ready Sam Smith collab "Dancing With a Stranger."
1. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
It’s hard to believe Cabello’s smash hit “Havana” was written in one night over sushi. The song, written about Cabello’s early life in Havana, Cuba, before moving to Miami, went on to top the Hot 100 in January and became the longest run atop Billboard's Pop Songs Chart by a female in five years. Of the Latin-inspired hit, Cabello told Z100 that the Young Thug-assisted single was the “highlight of my career” -- and so far, we couldn't agree more.