It is no secret, that as of right now, women are having a rough time on the charts. The last time a female artist was credited as a lead artist on a song that sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 was Sia a year ago with “Cheap Thrills”. The start if July brought the end of a 12 week run where not a single female was credited on any of the top five, lead or otherwise, when Rihanna featured on “Wild Thoughts”. However, this lack of female presence in the chart’s top places isn’t for lack of good female songs, and here are examples of female led songs that should have been hits.
Primadonna – Marina & the Diamonds
The lead cut from her sophomore album, “Primadonna” was an electric piece of pop music that deserved much more than it got, reaching a peak of 11 in the U.K. while failing to chart in the US whatsoever. So, while the track can be credited as the artist’s big break, this camp earworm never reached the heights that it should have.
Runaway With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen
The fact that Jepsen will be remembered by the general public as the girl who brought the horror that was “Call Me Maybe” in to our lives, instead of as the genius behind one the greatest tracks of this decade is a shame. It failed to make any real impression on any chart, but will always have a special place in the hearts of those who have experienced its 80s pop brilliance.
Green Light – Lorde
This one really hurts. The lead single of her second album and the first track from Lorde in four years and no one had the decency to make this a hit. Its modern lyrics and slick and inspired production that matched that of the smash-hit that was “Royals” made this track a standout for music fans everywhere in 2017. It is also one of the most critically-acclaimed singles of 2017, which just adds insult to injury when you consider that this track reached a peak of 19 before retreating back down the Hot 100.
Into You – Ariana Grande
Unlike the other tracks on this list, this one just screamed hit. Unfortunately, very few people heard those screams. A certified earworm, “Into You” should have easily been the song of the summer, but instead was relegated to moderate success, reaching the top 20 on both sides of the pond. However, with its flawless pop structure, mainstream artist and addictive hook, this track should have been one for the books.
Fuck Apologies – Jojo (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
After years out of the spotlight and surrounded by lawsuits and a fight to regain her voice as an artist, Jojo made a triumphant return with this R&B-infused bop. Despite the usual commercial draw that is a rap feature, this return to the industry failed to reach anywhere near the heights that her younger self had soared to.