The 10 Best Selena Gomez Songs: Critic's Picks
Here’s a list of the 10 best Selena Gomez songs to date.
Before we launch into the best Selena Gomez songs to date, can we take a moment to appreciate her maturation? She started as a child-star on Barney & Friends, then graduated to the celeb-factory that is the Disney Channel, and then she crossed over into the music world. That is not a unique path, to be sure, and it's what an artist does after making that jump from kid cutie to adult artist that truly matters.
Gomez, for her part, has done an incredible job. She survived the awkward phase of falling in love with a giant superstar, breaking up with said superstar in the harsh tabloid light, and even bested personal illness to come out stronger, more powerful, and totally in control of herself. She's always stood for positivity and personal strength, a message that should be applauded today and every day, and she currently explores an almost sinister sensuality that says coyly “there's more to me than this baby-face, playboy.”
Her latest album Revival is no doubt her best offering to date. It's got some great R&B vibes well-tempered with pop dance hits. Gone is the childlike sheen, although she's still playful and cheeky. She's expanding her vocal talents into the world of dance with songs alongside star producers Kygo and Cashmere Cat, among others. Her career is hitting all the right notes, and in her honor, Billboard Dance takes a look at the best Selena Gomez songs so far.
10. Selena Gomez & The Scene – “Who Says”
Shout out young Ms. Gomez for pushing one of the most positive agendas we've heard in pop music in the last decade. “Who Says” is a strong back hand to the haters, and as the crossover star of Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place, Selena had the hearts and ears of young girls and boys around the world, the exact market who needs to hear empowering lyrics like this more than anyone else. The song was a 2010 single from her band Selena Gomez & The Scene's third LP When The Sun Goes Down, and heralded a maturation in her sound from generic club hits to acoustic, thoughtful songwriting, something the singer has continued to explore.
9. Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”
In 2013, Gomez was stepping out on her own with her debut solo album Stars Dance. “Come & Get It” served as the lead single and reintroduced the pop star as a powerful, sensual being ready to leave her little girl veneer behind. It was also the first Selena Gomez song to land in the top 10 of the Hot 100. It's especially memorable for that infectious chorus and its use of Indian rhythms and instrumentation. Fun fact: the song was originally shopped to Rihanna for her LP Talk That Talk, but became Gomez' hit when the Barbadian singer passed. One woman's ex-nay is another woman's chance at big success, and ultimately, we can't imagine anyone else on this jam.
8. Selena Gomez – “Perfect”
Hold the phone. These are some deeply sensual vibes. Gomez has never sounds so grown and vulnerable as she does on this Revival album closer. Gomez' pain is so relatable and clear as she sings about the woman her man prefers. The irony is that Gomez delivers a “Perfect” modern R&B performance, and the radio needs to me more like her on this track. It was a deeply personal song for Gomez who told reporters she wasn't sure she was strong enough to put these feelings on the record. She took the emotional risk, and we are all the better for it.
7. Selena Gomez – “Me & The Rhythm”
Another deep cut from her latest album Revival, “Me & The Rhythm” is a perfect mix of subtle R&B and groovin' disco basslines. These synths are giving me heavy, smoky '70s club vibes. There's that touch of steel drum to add slight island flair. That vocal upward climb at the chorus seals the deal on this one. It's just a fun track, no two ways about it.
6. Selena Gomez – “The Heart Wants What it Wants”
The intro of this video is one of the most instantly arresting video intros I've ever seen. Of course the whole world insinuates this Selena Gomez song as a heartbreaking open-letter to Justin Bieber, her shining star of a young love endlessly referenced and inspected in the public eye. This song came out on her compilation For You. The musical progression mirrors the lyrics, starting bare and almost timid and slowly building in strength and confidence. It's a passionate single that marked a new era of Gomez's career, the truly grown and intimate artist we know and love today.
5. Selena Gomez – “Same Old Love”
“Same Old Love” is one of those songs you feel in your bones the moment it begins. That simple, straightforward piano riff and those snapping fingers are the stuff pop hook dreams are made of. Gomez comes in strong and powerful, and the rasp in the chorus makes you just fall in love. You can really hear songwriter Charlie XCX's fingerprints all over it. Ross Golan, Stargate, and Benny Blanco also helped create this killer tune.
4. Kygo with Selena Gomez – “It Ain't Me”
Fans were tickled pink to hear KyGomez was a thing, even before a note of this raw, pop-house anthem saw release. Now that it's here, we know it's the best darn Kygo song out so far, and it's one of Gomez' best performances for sure. It's a tad tropical, vulnerable, and stirring. It's a musical backbone for anyone who needs that extra push to stand up for themselves in the face of bad love. It's the perfect tune for the lovely young woman Gomez has become, and that vocal chop of a post-chorus is everything.
3. Cashmere Cat feat. Selena Gomez, Tory Lanez – “Trust Nobody”
This song is incredibly simple, which means it leaves no room for error. Good thing Cashmere Cat tapped Gomez for the lead vocal. She stood up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. She's husky and virile with super whispery bedroomy vibes. It's got us completely stoked on the Cat's forthcoming album Wild Love, for which this is a single, and it also had us looking at Gomez in a completely new way. It's a beautiful, dark continuation of the best R&B bits of Revival.
2. Selena Gomez with A$AP Rocky – “Good For You”
This is the one where Gomez makes the rest of us women look bad because you know we are walking around in them p-jays like all the time, screw a dude. Just kidding. This is the one you put on when you're getting dressed for your super hot date and you just feelin' yourself so hard, it's almost x-rated. Gomez is entirely seductive on this tune, and tapping A$AP Rocky for the feature verse was a smooth move. “Good For You” was the lead single for Revival, letting fans know right away we were in for a much more adult experience.
1. Selena Gomez – “Hands to Myself”
This Selena Gomez song captures everything there is to love about her from start to finish. It's catchy and danceable, it's powerful and affirmative, it's sensual and intimate. It showcases every facet of her musical personality, and most of all, it's really fun to listen to. Gomez has actually referred to it as her favorite on the Revival album, which might mean its her favorite overall, and why shouldn't it be? Even if it were a bad song, that little “I mean I could, but why would I want to” just blows everything else away. It's perfectly sassy, and we all could use a little more sass in our step.