Every P!nk Single, Ranked: Critics' Picks

Kurt Iswarienko


For nearly 20 years, P!nk has carved out an unforgettable space for herself in the music industry. From the edgy R&B upstart of her debut to the cool rock chick of Mizunderstood to the high-flying pop matriarch of Beautiful Trauma, the artist otherwise known as Alecia Moore has successfully navigated from one sound to the next, all while unapologetically belting out a message of vulnerability, individuality and rebellion.

In honor of P!nk’s new single “Walk Me Home,” released Wednesday (Feb. 20), and her showstopping, career-spanning medley performance at the 2019 Brit Awards, Billboard has ranked the singer’s two decades worth of singles below. (Note: Only singles that charted in the U.S. are included on this list.)

34. "Just Like Fire"

Released as a promotional single for Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, “Just Like Fire” felt practically inescapable in the summer of 2016, but it pales in comparison to the rest of P!nk's substantial body of work.

33. "Waterfall" (with Sia & Stargate)

In 2017, P!nk was recruited by Sia to add her vocals alongside the “Cheap Thrills” songstress to legendary production duo Stargate’s debut solo single. The result finds the two divas trading verses over the Norwegian producing team's spacey, jungle-tinged beats.

32. "Hurts 2B Human" (feat. Khalid)

On the gentle title track from her eighth studio album, the singer trades emotive verses with Khalid about the power and pain that comes from learning to accept -- and lean on -- our common humanity. 

31. "True Love" (feat. Lily Allen)

This bouncy duet with Lily Allen from 2012’s The Truth About Love reflects the contradictory and sometimes hilarious reality of true romance and long-term commitment. After all, who hasn’t felt the urge to simultaneously punch and hug their significant other at one point or another?

30. "Funhouse"

The title track from her 2009 album of the same name, “Funhouse” is fairly standard fare for P!nk, who sings about her split from husband Carey Hart over lively guitar licks and multiple references to "evil clowns." (Don’t worry, the couple later reconciled.)

29. "Stupid Girls"

“Stupid Girls” is a middle finger wrapped in a razor-sharp pop confection. But this time, P!nk’s ire is aimed not at sleazy guys in a club, but at the cultural trend of ditzy girls pretending to be dumb for attention. The accompanying video memorably called out numerous celebrity It Girls of the mid-2000s including Mary-Kate Olsen, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson for perpetuating the stereotype.

28. "You Make Me Sick"

As the final single from her 2000 debut Can’t Take Me Home, “You Make Me Sick” was the singer’s last attempt at the R&B-pop that dominated the late '90s and early '00s, but its lyrical content remained a running theme throughout P!nk’s more rock-oriented string of hits that followed.

27. "Love Me Anyway" (feat. Chris Stapleton)

P!nk goes country on her latest single from Hurts 2B Human, duetting with Chris Stapleton on the tender, hopeful love song. With its soaring harmonies and tender lyrics, "Love Me Anyway" remains further proof that P!nk's can transcend genre again and again with her powerhouse voice and ability to craft songs full of longing and vulnerability. 

26. "Family Portrait"

“I don’t want love to destroy me like it has done my family,” P!nk sings on this dark cut from 2001’s Mizunderstood. The song, which shines a spotlight on P!nk’s turbulent childhood and family issues, is a sharp left turn from the good times and snotty rebellion of the rest of the album.

25. "God Is a DJ"

While it may not have charted in the U.S., P!nk’s declaration of living life to the fullest is most remembered for being featured on the soundtrack of the 2004 hit Mean Girls.

24. "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"

This rollicking breakup anthem is classic P!nk with its explosive chorus and expletive-laden call out of an ex, but compared to some of her more iconic hits, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” lands squarely in the bottom third of the pack.

23. "There You Go"

“There You Go” was P!nk’s debut single way back in 2000 and its bubbly urban production and R&B sound is a far cry from the anthemic pop/rock of her later work. However, by the time she sent a motorcycle flying through a scrub’s window in the song’s music video, the neon-haired pop star had announced that she was a force to be reckoned with.

22. "Feel Good Time" (feat. William Orbit)

Though it’s no longer available on streaming, this collaboration between P!nk and William Orbit was featured prominently on the soundtrack of 2003’s Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and also served as the lead single for the international edition of the singer’s third studio album, Try This.

21. "Try"

This atmospheric, midtempo ballad was the second single from P!nk’s sixth studio album in 2012 and features one of the classic, belt-it-out choruses the singer is best known for as she urges the listener to put it all on the line for love.

20. Can We Pretend (feat. Cash Cash)

As the second single off her latest album, this Cash Cash collab is a welcome escape from the day's increasingly fractious and embittered cultural landscape. When she's not taking shots at the president, "fake-ass dudes" and unfortunate choices in footwear, P!nk would rather look back on a time before social media, envy and toxic politics turned the world on its head, back when the most important thing was dancing on tables with your best friends and pretending everything was going to be OK.

19. "Please Don’t Leave Me"

Perhaps the most arresting quality of this bouncing hit produced by Max Martin for the star’s fifth studio album, Funhouse, is her relatively laid-back vocal delivery of lines like “I’m capable of really anything/ I can cut you into pieces when my heart is broken” before launching into the pleading chorus.

18. "Beautiful Trauma"

This underrated gem from the singer’s 2017 album of the same name covers well-trod lyrical territory. Over constantly shifting beats and styles, P!nk details an inescapably toxic relationship -- turning from acoustic piano ballad to bumping dance track and back again. The intricately choreographed video also features a memorably charming turn by Channing Tatum as P!nk’s dance partner and husband.

17. "Setting the World on Fire" (with Kenny Chesney)

P!nk’s romantic duet with Kenny Chesney -- featured on the country star’s 2017 album Cosmic Hallelujah -- burned up the charts and hit No. 1 on both country radio and the Hot Country Songs chart.  

16. "Most Girls"

Of the three singles from P!nk’s R&B-laced debut LP, “Most Girls” has aged the best as the singer claims her independence over bouncing timpani and an utterly danceable beat. The song’s production may not sound anything like P!nk’s current hits, but her message hasn’t budged an inch from the confidence of this early hit.

15. "Walk Me Home"

P!nk’s latest offering, the lead single off her upcoming eighth full-length studio LP Hurts 2B Human, finds the singer in familiar territory as she belts out the anthemic chorus amid foot-stomping drums and twangy acoustic guitar.

14. "So What"

With its chanting, sing-along chorus and instant hook, the brash lead single from P!nk’s fifth full-length album remains an enduringly relatable hit for anyone who’s getting over a breakup by hitting the town, and peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 2008.

13. "Trouble"

The lead single from her third album, 2003's Try This, the riffing, guitar-laden “Trouble” earned P!nk a Grammy Award for best female rock vocal performance in 2004, which remains the only Grammy she’s won for her solo work out of 20 total nominations.

12. "Sober"

“How do I feel this good sober?” P!nk asks herself repeatedly on this critically lauded midtempo rocker from 2009’s Funhouse. With the help of a Jonas Åkerund-directed video, the song hit the top 10 in 14 countries around the world and peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs chart.

11. "Don’t Let Me Get Me"

P!nk’s 2001 ode to high school rebellion and self-loathing remains a relatable hit to anyone who’s ever felt like an outcast -- in the cutthroat pop music industry (who can forget that Britney Spears reference?) or otherwise.

10. "Lady Marmalade" (with Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil' Kim & Missy Elliott)

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? Teaming up with fellow pop stars Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil' Kim and MC Missy Elliott, this now-iconic Moulin Rouge! collaboration earned P!nk her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as a Grammy for best pop collaboration with vocals.

9. "Just Like a Pill"

Ditching her trademark pink hair for the first time, the music video for this crunchy, instantly recognizable rocker from P!nk’s massive sophomore album details the singer’s past struggles with substance abuse and toxic relationships.

8. "What About Us"

This lead single from 2017’s Beautiful Trauma wasn’t the singer’s first attempt at getting political -- that would be "Dear Mr. President," her 2006 collab with Indigo Girls aimed at then-president George W. Bush -- but the emotive protest song remains powerfully potent in the ever-divided cultural landscape of 2019.

7. "Glitter in the Air"

In a single, breathtaking performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards, P!nk reinvented her career by turning this simple, lovely ballad into an unforgettable moment as she soared above the crowd doing aerial gymnastics straight out of a Cirque du Soleil fantasy. The performance earned her a well-deserved standing ovation from the awed crowd and aerial work remains a central tenet of her electrifying live shows.

6. "Fuckin’ Perfect"

The second single from 2010’s Greatest Hits… So Far!!!, this gorgeous ballad doesn’t stray from one of the star's most consistent lyrical themes -- this time delivering a message of self-confidence and compassion in a raw, heartfelt package from the singer to her legions of fans.

5. "U + Ur Hand"

“You don’t really wanna mess with me tonight!” Perhaps the cheekiest in her arsenal of kiss-off songs, the proudly defiant “U + Ur Hand” and its not-so-veiled lyrical references had flirty guys running for the hills and critics clutching their pearls upon its release in 2006.

4. "Just Give Me a Reason" (feat. Nate Ruess)

We can give you more than one reason for why this stirring, plaintive duet with Nate Ruess of fun. isn’t merely P!nk’s greatest collaboration. It’s one of her very best songs to date and scored the singer her fourth No. 1 on the Hot 100.

3. "Get the Party Started"

Released as the lead single from 2001’s 5x-platinum Mizunderstood, “Get the Party Started” signaled an important pivot away from the urban sound of P!nk’s debut album and quickly became the quintessential party anthem of the early 2000s.

2. "Who Knew"

Often compared to the pop-rock excellence of “Since U Been Gone” by peer Kelly Clarkson, “Who Knew” was written by Max Martin and Dr. Luke for the star’s 2006 album I’m Not Dead and remains one of the most critically acclaimed singles in her long trail of hits.

1. "Raise Your Glass"

Cheers to all the dirty little freaks, geeks and anyone who’s ever felt wrong in all the right ways! To celebrate her first greatest hits compilation in 2010, P!nk released this gleeful anthem dedicated to underdogs everywhere. It shot to No. 1 in December 2010, marking the start of a new chapter of success for the star as she moved into yet another era of never being anything but loud and nitty-gritty. Raise your glass, indeed!


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