Despite her iconic voice and illustrious career, there are many moments from Christina Aguilera that have flown under the radar.
We are not here to dissect the could have been, instead we are here to celebrate the what is with a series of rare gems from the singer..
Join us below as we countdown That Grape Juice’s Top 5: Underrated Christina Aguilera Songs…
5. The Right Man
‘Back To Basics’ arguably still stands as Aguilera’s best work to date both vocally and lyrically. Packed with nostalgic sounds of the big band era, there is no shortage of gems hidden across her fifth studio album. However, ‘The Right Man’ shines the brightest. This power ballad beams with confidence as she finds security in her marriage and serves as the perfect contrast to the themes of her childhood in other works. For, she has now found the happiness she thought she could never find we she was younger. A full-circle moment, ‘The Right Man’ is the right song to showcase her talents.
While ‘Back To Basics’ may stand as her strongest work, ‘Liberation’ is her most personal and cohesive album. Case in point, the tenderness of ‘Masochist.’ Across the track, the songbird keeps returning to a relationship that only hurts her in the end. Soft piano keys, a gentle backbeat, and a humming bass line clear the way for her to give one of her most emotional and powerful vocal performances of her career. Equal parts heartbreaking and beautiful, ‘Masochist’ is Aguilera at her absolute peak.
Aguilera is no stranger to exploring various musical styles and eras; however, the 70’s disco-themed ‘Telepathy’ is one of her strongest experiments. Vibrant strings and horns line this track, making it a dance-worthy tune perfect for any occasion. Easily one of the best songs of 2016, ‘Telepathy’ is a glittery disco tune that beams with the success of experimentation.
2. Lift Me Up
Despite the many hardships faced throughout her life and career, Aguilera has proven she is a fighter. However, even the strongest of us need help sometimes and ‘Lift Me Up’ sees the singer plead for some assistance during a difficult time. Written and produced by Linda Perry, this rarity is guided by piano, funky synths, and a tambourine. When the instrumentals are paired with her heartbreaking vocals, they culminate in one of the most heart-wrenching songs of her career. A change of pace from the electronic sounds of ‘Bionic,’ ‘Life Me Up’ proves why Aguilera is one of the best vocalist to ever grace the microphone.
When we say this track is everything, we mean it is everything.
Bursting with an unlimited amount of confidence, ‘Vanity’ sets the tone for the sounds of Pop music to come later in the decade. From the buzzing synths, to the cadence in her delivery, the track could have easily appeared on Lady Gaga‘s ‘Artpop’ album, except she makes the sound all her own.
Moreover, it reaffirms why Aguilera is one of the baddest to ever do it and only highlights how underappreciated her ‘Bionic’ era was.
While she may ask “Who owns the thone,” the answer is clear: she does, proving her legacy will live on thanks to this marvelous song.
Do you agree with our picks?