Post by SabrinaFan on Jan 29, 2020 10:26:14 GMT -5
Album: Eyes Wide Open (2015) Standout lyric: “You and me together, take on the world forever”
It’s sweet, it’s catchy, it’s Seamless! Seamless talks about a best friendship and how it is truly seamless, because you will always be there for that person no matter what. It has a lot of cute lyrics like “We're klutzy, but so lucky that I always have you to catch me / We're partners in crime, you're stuck with me your whole life.” I have to admit, the first time I heard the song, I thought one of the lyrics was “I know all your secrets / Can’t promise you I’m gonna keep them,” though the actual lyric is “And I promise you I’m gonna keep them” haha. This is rumored to be about Rowan Blanchard, her Girl Meets World co-star, which is how I got into Sabrina’s music in the first place, so that naturally makes me love this song. The upbeat melody and catchy lyrics add to the cuteness, though there are far more mature things in Carpenter’s discography than this one.
Post by SabrinaFan on Jan 30, 2020 10:20:34 GMT -5
33. Take Off All Your Cool
Album: Singular Act II (2019) Standout lyric: “I like your soul when it’s shirtless”
Great concept, albeit poorly executed. The song lyrically discusses trying to get someone to open up to you emotionally and just be themselves instead of acting “cool,” but it does so by using sensual metaphors which makes it seem like a sexually vulnerable desire, rather than a longing for emotional vulnerability. In doing this, the song is easily misinterpreted and could be seen as a sexual thing, which is exactly the opposite of this song’s point of trying to get someone to open up to you on a deeper level, instead of a superficial sexual one. However, if you understand the meaning behind Sabrina’s lyrics, it is quite a beautiful concept to try to get to know someone deeper rather than just on a sexually superficial level. The song is much slower than many of her others, though because of the tone, I think it works pretty well. It sounds almost like a jazzy type beat, which works well for it. In fact, everything works pretty well in the song other than the sensual metaphors not doing what they were supposed to. I’m placing this a bit higher in the chart even with the beautiful message, because of the issue with the sensual metaphors.
Post by SabrinaFan on Jan 31, 2020 10:56:13 GMT -5
32. Silver Nights
Album: Non-album single (2013) Standout lyric: “In your arms, shootin' stars are bouncin' off the snowflakes”
This song is just adorable! The “wrapped up like a bow” metaphor for how Sabrina’s dressed and “There’ll be some mistletoe so you just might kiss me” is super cute, and makes it a lovely addition to any Christmas playlist. Lyrically, it talks about Sabrina out on the town with her lover, taking in all the Christmas scenery. With metaphors and imagery (“I'm wrapped up like a bow / In your arms, shootin' stars / Are bouncin' off the snowflakes / Fallin' down and decoratin' all the tangled lights”) decorating the entire song, it’s a really fun, feel-good holiday song that I would definitely recommend listening to!
Now that we're at the end of the month, let's break down what's to come in the countdown just for fun!
EVOLution remains almost untouched in the first month of the countdown, with only one out of ten songs ("No Words") revealed so far. Right behind that is Singular Act I, with five songs remaining. Eyes Wide Open and Singular Act II lose many of their songs in the top half, with only a few left for each. There's still 9 non-album songs that are somewhere in the top 31, as well as three covers (which will be bonuses) that haven't been posted yet.
This has been really fun doing this everyday, and I hope you've all enjoyed reading it as much as I have writing the reviews. A new song will continue to be released every day throughout this next month, up until March 5, when the #1 song will be revealed!
Album: Non-album song (2018) Standout lyric: “I dare you to love me / The pretty and the ugly”
Have you heard the song that Sabrina has never released before?
This is a cute ballad that was surprisingly never released, except on Instagram on September 26, 2018. I’d never heard this one before, and I’ll admit this might rank a little lower than some people would, as I’m not a huge fan of slow songs for the most part. Lyrically, the song is beautiful. It talks about loving someone so much that you would do anything for them, and daring them to love you back; both your flaws and greatness. It’s a really sweet message and a true love song, and Sabrina’s vocals are breathtaking. There’s not a ton to say with this one, since the lyrics repeat themselves a lot, but between the production and the excellent lyrics, it’s a definite must-listen from Sabrina.
Album: Singular Act II (2019) Standout lyric: “And we don't need opinions in our head space / You and me already in a good place”
This song was written on Valentine’s Day of 2019, and lyrically talks about keeping the intimacy between the two people involved, and that other people don’t really need to know. I think this is a pretty awesome message, because we do live in a society where everybody wants to know “how far things went!!”, and in reality, it’s okay to just say it’s none of your business. It isn’t anyone’s business except the two people who are in love, because they define the relationship that works best for the two of them, and no one else should judge that tenderness between them. Sabrina’s vocals are very passionate and soft, which works well with the secrecy aspect of the song. The song is a very slow ballad, though I feel it could have been slightly shorter, as it got repetitive and long towards the end IMO.
Album: Disney Holidays Unwrapped (2012) Standout lyric: “It's the time we share that means the most to me”
Apologies for using a lyric video on this one, but it's the only version I could find to link to on YouTube.
It’s Sabrina’s first Christmas song! This song always puts me in such a festive mood, and lyrically, it talks about everything Sabrina likes about Christmas and her anticipation of it. The imagery at the beginning (“Frost on the bedroom window / Snow falling on the ground / The leaves are gone for winter”) is beautiful as well, and really gets you into the spirit through the power of poetic image. Sabrina’s vocals are among the best in that pre-2015 era in this song, arguably. A must-add to everyone’s Christmas playlist, and the festive beat is just a bonus!
Album: Non-album single (2015) Standout lyric: “I don't need a Christmas tree / Mistletoe or red and green / All I need is you next to me / To make every night Christmas Eve”
This is one of my favorite Christmas songs of Sabrina’s, talking about, aptly from the title, taking the ideals of Christmas and making it the entire year round. While the song doesn’t go super deep into it, I think this is a very relatable and important message. We’re overly nice to people on Christmas, but what about the other 364 days? Isn’t it important to spread positivity then too? The production on this song and Sabrina’s voice being amazing makes this song a must-add to any Christmas playlist!
Album: Eyes Wide Open (2015) Standout lyric: “Everybody loves to tell me I was born an old soul / Better keep my eyes wide open / There's so much that I don't know.”
This is a pretty classic track from Brina about learning new things and keeping one’s eyes open to the world around them when experiencing it. The song also delves into keeping your faith even when the things you are learning about life are difficult to cope with. One lyric in particular, “This dream burns inside of me,” delves into the concept of learning new things in life to fulfill a dream, or that the dream is to learn as much about life as you can, or even, as much about yourself as you can. The bridge between the chorus (“All I have is just this moment / I don't wanna miss a second / Cause it could all be gone in an instant / Yeah, an instant”) talks about living in the moment because if you don’t keep your eyes wide open, you could miss the most important moments of all in life.
Album: Eyes Wide Open (2015) Standout lyric: “The present is our future past, we’ve gotta make this moment last”
Pretty deep song despite the, yet again, cutesy sound to it. Lyrically, it talks about how life often causes us to move too fast and miss the little things, or become stressed out about the future so much that we forget to live in the present. I LOVE the lyric “The present is our future past, we’ve gotta make this moment last,” thus it’s my current (at least at the time of writing this) quote under my avatar. She takes it a bit deeper when she talks about fears, and how we hold them so tight that we ruin the present for us. The verses each add something substantial to the song, which is not necessarily something that all of Sabrina’s past work has done up to this point. In each verse, she asks the listeners questions “Have you ever noticed how your heartbeat feels when your love is so excited? Cause it's getting real. / Have you stopped to listen to what's in your soul? That's your intuition and it always knows.” I really enjoyed these sentiments, because it causes the listener to actually think deeper about their lives, in a way that we don’t necessarily do in our fast-paced everyday lives. Sabrina’s vocals are excellent in this song, and I like the folk overtones in this one as well.
Side note, but when looking up the lyrics, one site claimed the message of the song was “paying attention because the day after today will actually be called tomorrow.” Holy crap, IT IS? Never would’ve guessed that! Lmao.
Jk jk, I like Sabrina even though I've only checked out Singular in full and only the singles from everything prior so this is useful for reference
Haha, there were actually a lot I wanted to rank higher ("Almost Love," "Best Thing I Got" and "Wildside (f/Sofia Carson)" in particular), but I wanted to rank them by lyrics so some ranked a little lower even if their production was amazing. Just wait til we get higher up in the countdown, there are some truly amazing Sabrina songs (many from EVOLution) that are coming up!
So glad this has been useful! Honestly, I hadn't even listened to a few of these songs before I did this countdown lol. And speaking of little-known songs, ironically today's post is one that I very much doubt the majority of Sabrina fans have heard...
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2020 11:06:26 GMT -5 by SabrinaFan
Album: Non-album single (2012), appeared on Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust CD Standout lyric: “Who knows what you'll find in this beautiful life”
Dang girl, for being 12 years old when you wrote this song, this is pretty awesome! This single did not appear on any of Sabrina’s albums. This is an upbeat song with super catchy lyrics about finding the good in life and being optimistic, rather than “being stupid” as Sabrina puts it in the song and choosing to see the worst in life. She frames it as every day being a new chance to smile and choose to be happy by taking in what you see in a positive way. It’s a fun, catchy song that’s pretty simple, yet relatable. Sabrina did a great job with her vocals on this one, and the production is cutesy but not in an overbearingly cheesy fashion. Though I must say there’s a strange addition of lyrics from Justin Bieber’s “U Smile” included in the chorus of this song, which was a bit odd but not in a bad way.
The first time I had listened to this song was a few minutes ago, as I’m writing this review, and I have to say this definitely should have been on an album, instead of something like “Too Young” or “Darling, I’m a Mess.” And sorry for another fan lyric video, I can't seem to find anything else for these lesser-known songs.
Album: Weekend Wins (Jonas Blue album, 2018) Standout lyric: “Let me discover all of your colors / If you love me, let me know”
Lyrically, “Alien” talks about what it feels like to be completely alienated by your own feelings. The song leaves it purposefully ambiguous as to if it’s feeling trapped by your own feelings, or not knowing how to describe what you feel. Jonas Blue’s production of this song is excellent, and Sabrina’s vocals are super passionate and gets across the sense of urgency and confusion in her mind, lining up with the lyrics. The catchy techno beat works perfectly to further that idea of alien, uncertain feelings and overthinking your own emotions. There’s also a sense of wanting to move forward despite these uncertain feelings in the song, which is very relatable to a lot of people. I picked “Let me discover all of your colors” as the standout lyric because it holds sort of a special place in my heart, both for being very crisply visual and for the fact I misheard “colors” as “cuddles” the first time I heard this song, which is adorable and I wish it would have been the right lyrics haha.
Album: Non-album single (2017) Standout lyric: “Even our eyes are different colors, but we see fine”
This song is a fun one, because it’s her most conversational single and almost feels like she’s having a conversation in her head with her lover. She talks about how two lovers are so different, but they work so well together despite not having a reason for it. However, despite their differences, they never ask each other to change a thing. The whole song is essentially just a conversation, pointing out each other’s major differences but ultimately saying none of them are bad in the end, because they love each other. The production is more jumpy than any of her other songs have been in the past, but it’s done well unlike some songs (*cough* Hold Tight *cough*). It sounds pretty similar to “Stay” from Alessia Cara, where Sabrina’s vocals are distorted post-chorus.
Album: EVOLution (2016) Standout lyric: “Headfirst, I dive, won't wait for time / We're living for tonight…”
Despite the title, this is not a breakup song! This song is about opening up to someone, being vulnerable and giving them your heart, and saying they can keep it essentially. There were a bunch of great lyrical moves on Sabrina’s part in this song that give dimensions to the message of the song. These include: “When everything is under attack,” which symbolizes (to me) that she feels her sense of normalcy under attack from the relationship, but she likes the change, as well as “Won’t wait for time” which gives the song a sense of urgency due to the intense feelings Sabrina is feeling. Production-wise, it starts out somber like “On Purpose,” but slowly gets a bit more upbeat and cheery. I think it’s a cool way to sort of build up to the goodness within the message of the song, rather than being super cheerful instantly like some of Eyes Wide Open (2015) mistakenly did.
Album: Non-album single (2015) Standout lyric: “Rumors spread like wildfire / I held a strong ground / But I've been burning down / Cause it's like fire is all I hear about”
This song was never on any album of Sabrina’s, but that doesn’t make it any less great! The song lyrically discusses a catastrophic breakup that completely burned out any love you have left for the person. Sabrina’s voice sounds so good in this, very powerful and sounding empowered through getting rid of the toxic person in her life. Supposedly, this is about her breakup with Bradley Steven Perry, which was rumored to be horrible. She has never confirmed this, however.
Her use of fire metaphors in this song make the message even stronger (“Rumors spread like wildfire / I held a strong ground / But I've been burning down / Cause it's like fire is all I hear about”), and empower the listener through urging them to get rid of a person if the relationship is toxically affecting your life (“I'm no firefighter / I just need to breathe tonight”). Regardless of if it’s romantic or just a bad friendship, I think we’ve all had someone negative in our lives that we just needed to empower ourselves enough to remove from our lives to make ourselves more mentally healthy, and Sabrina singing about her own breakup empowers us to do that.
Post by SabrinaFan on Feb 12, 2020 10:33:42 GMT -5
20. Pushing 20 Album: Singular Act II (2019) Standout lyric: “You had your say 'til I took it away / Out of yours in my controlla”
Sometimes, you’ve just gotta be selfish, and “Pushing 20” dives into that. Lyrically, Sabrina delves into feeling overwhelmed by the expectations others’ are pushing on her, and just wants to be herself. With the catchy hook “I’m pushing 20, got no time for others,” Sabrina asserts her self-confidence and tells those who are pushing these expectations on her that she has no time for them. Lyrics like “You had your say 'til I took it away / Out of yours in my controlla” empower the listener to be confident in themselves, regardless of how aggressively others are pushing their own desires upon you. (“Tryna tell me what to be, yeah, tell me what to think”) Production-wise, it’s a sassy, bouncy beat, and Carpenter’s vocals are perfectly aligned with the message she’s trying to get across, that she can’t spend her life being the person everyone wants her to be because she wouldn’t be true to herself.
Album: Singular Act I (2018) Standout lyric: “Why'd it take so long for me to know this? / Scared to put the water with the roses”
“Paris” is an ode to magical love in another place, only to realize you already had it back home. Sabrina starts off the song with almost a country-like vibe, a return to her early Eyes Wide Open days, which I really liked. Overall, the song is very upbeat but passionate, and has some great percussion in it. The idea that Sabrina lyrically represents that you want something that you actually had all along is so cool, and the reveal of this idea in the chorus is flawless. Sabrina also uses a lot of great metaphors (“Parisian nights, Parisian highs, Parisian breeze / Feeding me like medicine”) that really amplify this message and make it an almost cinematic expression. In addition, I love that this song has a double meaning: it could refer to a person or a place. People who are traveling often fall in love with the place they are going, feeling tired of the monotony at home, but then get homesick upon their arrival for what they had back home all along. The ambiguousness and multiplicity of messages is wonderful in this song, and shows what a true lyricist Carpenter is.
Post by SabrinaFan on Feb 14, 2020 15:29:08 GMT -5
51. Honeymoon Fades Album: Non-album single (2020) Standout lyric (negatively): “And remember when we met, we was all in each other’s bed”
Happy Valentine’s Day!
As you may or may not be aware, Sabrina put out a brand new song today for Valentine’s Day, entitled “Honeymoon Fades.” Given this, I feel obligated to put the countdown on pause for a day and review this one! The countdown will continue again in its normal order tomorrow with #18. Since this is a legitimate single and not a cover, I will be ranking this in the countdown against all the other songs. This song is #51 in the countdown, out of 59 songs, so the way this is going to work is I’m bumping all songs above #50 back one. So, for example “I Can’t Stop Me” is now #59, “Hold Tight is now #58, “Fall Apart” is now #57, etc. Since there’s no way to reorganize posts once I’ve made them, I will make a list of all the songs after the countdown is finished to reflect the new order. The countdown will now end on March 6, instead of March 5.
Now that we’ve got that business out of the way, let’s get to reviewing this song! Remember, however, that I am ranking this based on lyrics, not how much I love the song personally (songs like “Best Thing I Got” and “Wildside” would be WAY higher if I did it that way).
Nonetheless, sorry to disappoint, but I thought this was a poor song both on liking the song personally and lyrically. I don’t think being sexy songs are Sabrina’s strong suit, and I dislike her R&B stuff like “Take Off All Your Cool” and “Tell ‘Em” for the most part. Lyrically, the message isn’t great either. Change is a part of all relationships, and it’s important to be able to change as a person and not be stuck in a stifled rut with your partner. She repeats over and over, “I hope we never change. I hope we stay the same” in the chorus, but from my experience, growth and change is important to a healthy relationship. There’s also cringeworthy lyrics like “And remember when we met, we was all in each other’s bed.” I guess it just comes off as a bit immature to me? In general, I can’t say I’m liking the direction Sabrina seems to be going with the aforementioned two songs and this one. The other two were done lyrically better than this one, but this one didn’t even have a good message going for it.
Post by SabrinaFan on Feb 15, 2020 12:29:29 GMT -5
18. On Purpose
Album: EVOLution (2016) Standout lyric: “You're scared, I'm nervous / But I guess that we did it on purpose”
The suspenseful opening of this song is everything. I love how it’s not super cheerful at first, and sort of becomes frantic during the chorus rather than just being super happy-go-lucky no matter the subject, a problem which many songs from Eyes Wide Open (2015) faced. But before we get too deep into it, let’s talk about the lyrics!
Lyrically, the song talks about an unexpected coincidence turning into a purposeful relationship, and sort of just letting a relationship take a natural flow even if it is awkward at times, because awkward vulnerability is beautiful. The juxtaposition in the chorus is a lyrical blessing. “But I guess that we did it on purpose” is sort of intentionally awkward and uncertain, to demonstrate how things are awkward but it’s okay, because it’s natural and beautiful. This awkwardness can even be something that’s “weird, but it’s worth it!” Production-wise, as I mentioned a bit, it’s not this super cheerful love song, but it slowly builds up to a more peppy beat from being ominous and uncertain at first. This perfectly matches up the lyrics with the tone of the song overall, something that wasn’t always done in Carpenter’s previous work.
Post by SabrinaFan on Feb 16, 2020 11:41:21 GMT -5
17. White Flag
Album: Eyes Wide Open (2015) Standout lyric: “Never win if you never lose / Find hope and a little truth”
Apparently this song is interpolated into a trap song called “Bells” by Lil Hon? No idea of the legitimacy of that (I couldn’t find it online anywhere), but this is what Genius Lyrics claims. Hard to imagine, but hey, it’s a good song, so good on Lil Hon if he did actually do that haha.
Lyrically, “White Flag” talks about taking your worst moments and learning something from them, or looking for the good in things. The production of this song is excellent, and isn’t a cutesy sounding song like a lot of this early era has been for Sabrina. Both the vocals and production gave me a sense of hope while listening. I’d argue it’s one of Brina’s first empowering songs, actually, given Sabrina talks about how being pulled under the riptide of her problems doesn’t upset her, because she knows it won’t knock her down forever (“Just for now”). The echo-ey sounds of Sabrina’s “oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh” sounds amazing as well!
I’d absolutely recommend you listen to this one, and I’d say it’s one of the two highlights from Eyes Wide Open.
Post by SabrinaFan on Feb 17, 2020 11:07:24 GMT -5
BONUS: You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (with Lindsey Stirling - 2017)
Lindsey Stirling is already an amazingly talented artist, so when you add Sabrina Carpenter to the mix, you know it’s going to make a great cover! Honestly I like this one as much, if not more, than the original. Sabrina’s vocals fit this song perfectly, and Lindsey’s violin backing it up is a perfect combo. This is Sabrina’s best cover, IMO. Be sure to give this one a listen and add it to your Christmas playlists!
Good lawd there's just no pleasing you crazy people! xD
Lol jk I was trying to rank purely based on lyrical quality and not how much I love how the song sounds (though there is some correlation), even though I would love to rank a lot of these higher. If you haven't noticed, I am a huge EVOLution fan, however, and think that's generally the best era of Sabrina to date, even if I am obsessed with her Singular stuff too for the most part. There's a lot of super deep stuff on EVOLution and would love to see her go that direction again.
I may post a list of my favorites just in terms of most enjoyable to listen to at the end of the countdown...that is if y'all promise not to come at me for ranking stuff too low!
Kidding, kidding, much love to you lovely people! 💕
Album: Eyes Wide Open (2015) Standout lyric: “Your love's like breathing in the salty air of summer on a private island just for me”
This song is what “The Middle of Starting Over” should have been more like, in my opinion. The use of metaphor in this song is superb, in fact the whole song is essentially a metaphor for what love is like. The imagery in this song is what ranks it above other songs from the album. Metaphors like “Your love's like breathing in the salty air of summer on a private island just for me” and “It's like Paris after midnight / Dancing in the moonlight” really help you visualize the song, which her other songs haven’t had so far. Her vocals mixed with the peppy, upbeat tone really work, and the flow of the lyrics is better than anything she had previously put out at the time. I also enjoyed how she changed it up in the final chorus a bit, using different metaphors than had been in the previous two, as well as slowing the first line of it down. This is prime Sabrina Carpenter material for that time, even if it’s not the deepest song you’ll ever find like some other later material.
Side note, when checking the lyrics to ensure I got everything right, for some reason this song is listed on Genius as Pop Rock? This song is pure pop, so I have no idea why someone thought it was rock lol.
Post by SabrinaFan on Feb 19, 2020 10:47:46 GMT -5
15. Stand Out
Album: How to Build a Better Boy Soundtrack (2014) Standout lyric: “Be the voice / Be the cause / Be the change / Be yourself / That's the best you can be”
Without looking deep into the song, you might overlook this one as just a kiddy bop put into some Disney movie, but the message of this song is core to Sabrina’s identity as a singer and actress, and is also just a great message in general. This catchy tune preaches embracing your quirks and being unafraid to stand out, because that’s what makes you yourself. Positive lyrics decorate this whole song, leading up to the chorus which unashamedly dares you to be yourself and stand out, because we’re all different.
One of the things that attracts me to Sabrina as a singer is that you can tell she always tries to be herself, even if it makes her seem a little quirky at times (especially with her sense of humor). As a self-identified quirky princess, I have to say I really love the message of this song even if it is simple, and the fact that it’s catchy as hell is just a bonus! We could all benefit from being more vulnerable so we can be our true selves, because that’s what makes us unique.
Album: Singular Act I (2018) Standout lyric: “Don’t leave me hanging like the Mona Lisa”
It’s too short, is the complaint of most Sabrina Carpenter fans, but I applaud Sabrina for a connection that no one else seems to have made that I’ve seen. In a 2018 interview where she made a “playlist to her life,” Sabrina mentions how she always appreciated Santana name-dropping the Mona Lisa in his song “Smooth.” Given the short amount of time between that interview and this song being written, my belief is that they have to be connected. Sabrina worked the Mona Lisa into her song, because she appreciated it in Santana’s song so much. This is something that I think is so cool, because it works in a part of a song that defined her when she was growing up, and made it her own.
Lyrically, it’s about Sabrina leading a potential suitor on, telling them not to leave her "hanging like the Mona Lisa." The wildly distorted vocals in the first five seconds are a great metaphor for the confusion she’s feeling about having feelings for this suitor. Sabrina also stays very sultry throughout the song, hinting that she wants her crush to make the first move and almost daring them to.
The aforementioned overlooked reference absolutely makes the song for me, because it’s such a clever work-in on Sabrina’s part!
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