Top 20 Jason Derulo Songs

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Ever since Michael Jackson died in 2009, the music world has been looking for the new King of Pop. Usher and Justin Timberlake had already peaked. Chris Brown’s character is disqualifying. Could it be Bruno Mars or Justin Bieber? (Of course, the correct answer is Ariana Grande.)

More than a decade later, I’m not here to say that he deserves the crown. But Jason Derulo — who was inspired as a child by MJ — should at least be recognized as the Duke of Pop. All he does is make hits.

Ever since his first single, “Whatcha Say,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009, Derulo (a stage name for the correct pronunciation of his given name, Desrouleaux) has been been a fixture atop the rankings. With a silky smooth voice, incredible vocal range, and generally wholesome content, he was almost perfectly crafted to be a modern-day pop star.

Don’t look for super deep lyrics; just stay for the catchy beats. Find me a person who likes Jason Derulo songs, and I’ll show you someone who likes to have a good time.

And as is crucial for any star who dabbles in R&B, Derulo is in exceptional shape and is an absolutely incredible dancer, which is why we’ll be diving deep into his music videos in this countdown. That he broke a vertebra while practicing for a 2012 tour and still has these moves makes his well-rounded skillset all the more impressive.

Derulo’s platinum singles speak for themselves, but he’s also made a name for himself in recent years on social media, channeling his line from “Wiggle.” From getting memed on Vine by a kid reading a calendar to his well-endowed photo that got taken down from Instagram, his online celebrity has taken on a life of its own. He’s in no uncertain terms TikTok royalty — with the 12th-most followers of any account — which helped catapult the popularity of his certified bop “Savage Love.”

I’ve long been a massive JD fanI’m still waiting for the chance to see Derulo in concert — so it’s only fitting that we run down a list of his 20 best songs. Please, sit back and enjoy these rankings. Or just skip to the part where I let you know whether or not he starts a song by singing his name.

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20. Kiss The Sky

Jason Derulo

Platinum Hits (2016)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: N/A

Narrowly edging out “Tip Toe” for the last spot on the list is a song unlike any other on the list due to its sheer funkiness. The driving bassline and heavy vocal percussion feel straight out of the 70s, and Derulo shows off his falsetto that goes as high as the title. Jason’s ability to hit just about any note is one of the most impressive things about him, although this song can border on Adam-Levine-ear-piercing territory at times. “Kiss The Sky” will grow on you, or at least you might find the hook stuck in your head hours later. It’s a solid, cheesy song that, like any good Jason Derulo jam, just makes you want to get up and dance.

Best Line:

“My new girl headline the news
But my ex still coming through
And I’m thinking why not?
Baby, why not? Yeah
Ain’t nothing gon’ stop the funk
I’m gon’ make you pop your trunk
I’m thinking why not
Baby, why not? Oh (Why not)”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. Let’s be honest, the fat man brushing his teeth in a bath towel steals the show.

2. The old man creeped me out a bit by grinding with a girl but redeemed himself with this dance.

3. Jason makes this leaping side flip off the hotel lobby desk look so casual.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

 

19. Get Ugly

Jason Derulo

Everything is 4 (2015)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 52

When I said in the intro that Jason Derulo’s songs are generally wholesome, I really meant that they border on PG-13. Yes, they almost all have to do with women or sex, but he uses next-to-no explicit language. “Get Ugly” is a rare exception, and he uses that “motherfucker” to great effect, as the forceful “alley” to the dynamic “oop” of his chorus. (We’ll see this again later with “Wiggle” and a few others.) There may not be too much else to the song beyond letting your freak out and dancing, but that’s what he does best in the music video.

Best Line:

“To them pretty faced girls tryna impress each other
And them undercover freaks who ain’t nothin’ but trouble
Baby, Imma tell you some’ only cause I love ya
People all around the world sexy motherfuckers
Get ugly”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. His entire last dance sequence is impressive, starting with a quintuple pirouette.

2. The comic book effect is a nice touch throughout, especially when the words escape out of the music video.

3. People dancing in drying machines! How did they get in there?!

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

 

18. Breathing

Jason Derulo

Future History (2011)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: N/A

By the time this song dropped, most of Derulo’s major hits had been love ballads or songs about breakups. “Breathing” fits right in with all the other singles off his first two albums, but it was also his first major foray into house music. Heavy on synths, drums, and autotune, this club hit feels extremely early-2010s. What makes “Breathing” great is the passion you can feel throughout the song — but especially during the bridge before the final chorus. He’s almost screaming at points, which is all well and good since the song is easy to scream along to.

Best Line:

“I only miss you when I’m breathing
I only need you when my heart is beating
You are the color that I’m bleeding
I only miss you when I’m breathing”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. What’s going on with his glowing, translucent skin and psychotic episode?

2. Tip of the hat to the dance sequence in a straight jacket.

3. Jason’s heart just isn’t in it when he’s maintaining eye contact while putting in minimal effort to lip-sync.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

 

17. If It Ain’t Love

Jason Derulo

Single (2016)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 67

This song continues to grow on me and might be higher on the list if it were older and had more of a nostalgia factor. But it’s an absolute jam. If I had one quibble with the song, it’s that the pre-chorus completely outshines the chorus itself. I’ve gotten those six bars stuck in my head for weeks on end. The whole song is catchy and suggestive, from the opening verse to the pre-choruses counting his number of rounds. The music video, which he directed, is perhaps his most sensual and technically impressive, although someone may need to contact HR after what he and his co-worker did in their workplace.

Best Line:

“Short days, long nights, tangled up with you
I don’t wanna move
Your eyes don’t lie
And if I needed proof, that body tell the truth”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. While they dance on the staircase, papers are raining down on them, which we can only assume come from when they were making out on the copier moments earlier.

2. Pretty much everything is great after gravity goes away and they start walking on the ceiling, Spider-Man kiss and all.

3. Love his repeated product placements for Beluga Vodka — which is not related to his original record label, Beluga Heights.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

 

16. Fight for You

Jason Derulo

Future History (2011)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 83

True story, I listened to this before I heard “Africa” by Toto, so I originally thought they were ripping off his song. This song heavily samples the original, but I’m alright with that. Given the optics of a bunch of white guys singing about Africa, I’m going to give this one to JD. Jason’s line at the end of the chorus, “Just like the rain down in Africa / It’s gonna take some time, but I know you’re worth fighting for” doesn’t make much sense, but let’s be honest here. Toto’s line, “I bless the rains down in Africa / Gonna take some time to do the things we never had” was even more nonsensical. Plus I’ll take Jason Derulo’s vocals over Joseph Williams’ any day. This song is a keeper with a great melody and a passionate performance.

Best Line:

“It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
Just like the rain down in Africa
It’s gonna take some time, but I know you’re worth fighting for”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. What kind of person just takes a shot and breaks the glass on the floor?

2. It turns out that Jason and his girl were wearing swimsuits the whole time during their steamy shower scenes.

3. This is probably the happiest I’ve ever seen people passing by subway performers.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

 

15. Take You Dancing

Jason Derulo

Single (2020)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: N/A

Jason Derulo more or less didn’t come out with any hits in 2018 and ’19 — apologies to collaboration with David Guetta, “Goodbye” —  but he came out with a pair of bangers in 2020. A month after dropping “Savage Love” on TikTok, he released this song, which hasn’t charted well in America but reached No. 7 in the UK. The hook is infectious, and the bassline makes it easy to get up and dance like the lyrics ask. The music video fits right in with his TikTok theme, too, as it’s filled with green screens gags and dancing. The lyrics are pretty repetitive, which is par for the course, but the start of the highlighted line below notably does remind me of Kevin McCall’s line from “Strip” with Chris Brown: “The only reason I dress you in that designer / Is to get you out that Dolce and Gabbana.”

Best Line:

“That Louis, that Prada
Looks so much better off ya
Turn me up, up, up, be my waitress
Know we not in love, so let’s make it”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. Jason just starts splashing all over the girl when he’s dancing without a care in the world.

2. The two of them start doing part of the “Savage Love” dance!

3. I need to know where he got that SpongeBob jacket.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

Yes!

 

14. Don’t Wanna Go Home

Jason Derulo

Future History (2011)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 14

The beat is taken from Robin S.’s “Show Me Love.” The lyrics borrow heavily from Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” and Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz’s “Get Low.” But it still works! People don’t come to Jason Derulo’s music for originality; they come because he can turn almost anything into a hit and has incredible vocal range while doing so. This is a quintessential party song from the early 2010s with high energy and fun, memorable lyrics. “Don’t Wanna Go Home” was a fitting lead single to his strong sophomore album, “Future History,” and perhaps the moment he finally got that Ariana Grande energy to say, “I’m a star.”

Best Line:

“We drink the whole bottle, but it ain’t over, over
Everybody jumping on the sofa, sofa
Standing on the chairs, standing on the bar
No matter day or night, I’m shining, bitch, I’m a star”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. This Reverse Valdez is incredibly impressive, although I have to wonder if it hurt to land on the concrete like that.

2. Is this music video shot in the same abandoned warehouse then they filmed the “Breathing” music video in?

3. Kind of semantics, but the whole song is about how he doesn’t want to leave the club, and the music video starts with everyone passed out, including someone who fell asleep under corrugated sheet metal in a tub.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

Yes!

 

13. Wiggle

Jason Derulo (feat. Snoop Dogg)

Tattoos (2014)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 5

There’s no beating around the bush with this song: JD just loves singing about this girl’s butt. Snoop isn’t any more inconspicuous about what he wants to do either (Completely separated ’til I deeply penetrate it). Subtlety may be a lost art, and the recorder sound during the hook — what is this, elementary school? — is an odd choice, but this song still slaps. With time, you can get over the pestering recorder and appreciate this classic. Few songs are as catchy and easy to dance to — it was designed to do both — and the bridge after Snoop’s line (listed below) is one of my favorite parts of any of his songs.

Best Line:

“Come on, baby, turn around
You’re a star, girl, take a bow
It’s just one thing that’s killing me
How do you fit that in them jeans?”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. Not sure anything could be more notable than when this guy does an ice luge down the back and crack of an ice sculpture of a busty woman.

2. The wiggling bed is a nice gag, and I’d love to know how the old woman got into the party.

3. Love the Ne-Yo cameo, although I really wish he made it into the actual song.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No, but Snoop starts the song by saying “Ayo, Jason!”

 

12. Swalla

Jason Derulo (feat. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign)

Single (2017)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 29

This is a classic mid-career smash from JD. He borrows heavily in his hook from an older song —  this time from Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” —  and just crushes his falsetto over a catchy beat. And Nicki Minaj might have the best featured part out of any rapper to appear on this list. She really ties together the song with a Remy Ma diss and reference to Draymond Green’s title-costing tech. It’s worth noting that he’s only averaging 9.3 points per game since Nicki’s “My shit slappin’ like dude did LeBron’s nuts” line. Jason doesn’t have a ton of lines in this song — nor do any of them really rhyme — but the star power and rhythm are enough to make this a borderline top-10 song.

Best Line:

“All you girls in here, if you’re feeling thirsty
Come on take a sip ’cause you know what I’m servin'”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. Nicki Minaj looks like LeVar Burton’s Geordi La Forge a Willy Wanka psychedelic dream.

2. Do you think they sell these Jason Derulo-branded orange soda, twinkies, lollipops, and whatever Derulo Daddies are anywhere?

3. I don’t know what to call this except a human twerkipede.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No, but he does end the song by saying “Derulo.” Nicki starts the song by shouting out Young Money instead.

 

11. Cheyenne

Jason Derulo

Everything is 4 (2015)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 66

“Cheyenne” is unlike most songs on this list because it’s less of a party song and more of a ballad. And Jason can absolutely croon. With heavy guitars driving the electronic beat reminiscent of Taylor Swift’s “Style,” it’s a pleasant change of pace sandwiched between “Want to Want Me” and “Get Ugly” on his fourth album. It’s also a rare JD song where he just sings about falling in love instead of, well, just check out the titles of the previous two songs on the list. The music video is also a fun change of pace with a horror theme seemingly out of the “The Conjuring” extended universe. And just like this song hits his usual checkpoints with a Frankie Vallian falsetto and spending half the song by repeating the hook, the music video has a lot of familiar moments with him being restrained in a chair and standing on the walls of a room.

Best Line:

“I’m a little unsure how it got so complicated
If I let go I know, I’ll regret it
Every heart that I held before, I was sure to break it
I don’t know what you did, but
I just can’t stop thinking ’bout you every day
No, I can’t stop now”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. Can we talk about his purple suit, untucked shirt, purple Panama hat combination?

2. The extended interlude of dancing corpses is really a sight to behold.

3. The “Inception”-style falling through the floor into a bed of hands moment is neat.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

 

10. Savage Love

Jason Derulo & Jawsh 685

Single (2020)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 10

To be totally transparent, it took me a while to come around on this song because the music felt a little, shall well say, elementary at first. Like I was playing on my childhood keyboard. But that kind of checks out when you learn that it was sampled from a New Zealand high schooler’s 2019 instrumental song that went viral on TikTok earlier this year. Derulo posted a video dancing to the song in April and released his remixed version 25 days later. Now the song has become unavoidable, and I can’t argue with the fact that it just slaps. This song felt like it demarked a return to the spotlight for Derulo — not that he ever left. More like it became cool to like him again, like after Justin Bieber dropped “What Do You Mean” and his “Purpose” album.

Best Line:

“Baby, I hope this ain’t karma ’cause I get around
You wanna run it up, I wanna lock it down
Usually don’t be fallin’, be fallin’, fallin’ fast
You got a way of makin’ me spend up all my cash”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. Knowing that this video was likely shot during COVID times, these scenes with packed rooms make me incredibly uncomfortable.

2. Jason looks absolutely ripped. He must’ve spent all his time in quarantine when he wasn’t on TikTok bulking up.

3. Shout out the Samoan Flag! One of the rare Oceanic flags that doesn’t include a Union Jack.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

Yes!

 

9. Talk Dirty

Jason Derulo (feat. 2 Chainz)

Tattoos (2013)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3

“Talk Dirty” marked Jason Derulo’s first song with a featured artist, and 2 Chainz absolutely brings the heat. With heavy bass, emphatic horns, and the notorious boastful hook, it’s as memorable as any in JD’s discography. This song feels like a more pop-friendly version of Afroman’s “Crazy Rap,” which I mean as the utmost compliment. This was his first top-10 hit since his debut album (he was rudely snubbed in “Future History”) as he fully transformed from R&B singer to braggadocious sex symbol. If you want a sign of how iconic and widespread this bop became, look no further than SNL’s take in “Dongs All Over The World” (feat. Anna Kendrick).

Best Line:

“You know the words to my songs, no habla inglés
Our conversations ain’t long, but you know what is”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. The recurring dancing silhouettes effect is nice, especially this moment towards the beginning.

2. Did they shoot this scene in Christopher Nolan’s rotating hallway?

3. Love to shill for Neuro Water with some mild cultural appropriation.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

Technically no, but a woman says “Jason (giggles) Jason Derulo” instead.

 

8. It Girl

Jason Derulo

Future History (2011)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 17

Put aside for a moment that Jason rhymes “it girl” with “shit girl” and “hit girl” — this is just a great, genuine love song. The music is simple with an acoustic guitar and drum set, and JD doesn’t really beat around the bush. He loves this woman more than his job and wants a life sentence with her. The original is much better than the electronic-heavy remix with his then-girlfriend Jordin Sparks, which is also way more suggestive. Jason doesn’t make too many of these love songs anymore, but this is certainly one of his best.

Best Line:

“You can be my it girl, baby, you the shit, girl
Loving you could be a crime
Crazy how we fit, girl, this is it, girl
Give me 25 to life”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. There are so many questionable fashion choices from the pinstripe and floral blazers with plain pants to the leather jacket with plaid pants.

2. You can really tell how dated this video is by the Paper Jamz karaoke machine that’s clipped to Jason’s hip.

3. Fun fact: the star of this video, Tika Suptmer, later parlayed her fame into a starring role in the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

 

7. Marry Me

Jason Derulo

Tattoos (2013)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 26

Move over, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, this is officially the greatest, most wholesome pop wedding song. If “It Girl” was some of Jason Derulo’s best love song work, “Marry Me” is clearly his best. Not going to lie, sometimes it does get a little dusty in the room when I think about how this song is about Jordin Sparks — especially when watching the music video —  but that’s just because of how much emotion you can feel in this song. JD puts his whole vocal range to work in this serenade and you can particularly feel it in the bridge highlighted below. My only quibble with this song is if Jason Derulo doesn’t have his money right after four top-5 Billboard singles, when will he be ready? Is love real if Jason and Jordin can’t make it??

Best Line:

“And if I lost everything
In my heart it means nothing
‘Cause I have you, girl, I have you
To get right down on bended knee
Nothing else would ever be better, better
The day when I’ll say will you marry me?”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. The scenes of Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks going from young to old really hit hard now that they’ve broken up.

2. Love to watch them throw flour at each other like they’re LeBron pregame.

3. As it turns out, jeweler Michael C. Fina put the 8.83-carat diamond ring from the music video on sale.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

 

6. Want to Want Me

Jason Derulo

Everything is 4 (2015)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 5

Now we’re getting into peak Jason Derulo. I think any of the rest of the songs on this list have excellent cases to reach No. 1, even if this song falls outside my top 5. I found myself in Trader Joe’s over the weekend —  we all know grocery stores have the best music — and literally could not resist singing along out loud and bopping my head. Jason really shows off the best side of him in this song with thoroughly wholesome lyrics (even if the music video is decisively not) and elite vocal range. I mean, just look at Luke Bryan trying to keep up with his falsetto in this duet. I’m always a sucker for artists who back themselves up singing the chorus, so that just makes the end of this catchy song even better.

Best Line:

“You open the door
Wearing nothing but a smile down to the floor
And you whisper in my ear, ‘Baby, I’m yours’
Ooh, just the thought of you gets me so high, so high”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. JD’s dance moves on the stage are pretty outstanding, and you can have him perform at your event if you have $150,000 to $300,000 burning a hole in your pocket.

2. I get that it’s the heat of the moment, but he just broke a lamp and ripped his shirt for no good reason.

3. The entire video has a pretty consistent storyline until his woman is inexplicably in an ice bath while he hangs from the ceiling.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

Technically no, but he does say “Derulo!”

 

5. In My Head

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo (2009)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 5

You don’t hear a lot of rock guitar in Jason’s newer music, but his early work really ran the gamut. Originally titled “In My Bed,” this song is the natural follow-up to his debut single, “Whatcha Say.” You can just see him playing out the music video in real life by blasting his music, knowing he’s a big deal, and telling anyone who will listen at the club that he can see her with him. Although some of the rhymes are pretty funny (as you can see below), that doesn’t take away from how much this classic bangs. Other songs lower on this list may be more popular now, but it’s important to respect Jason’s roots, which is why this ranks so high to me.

Best Line:

“Everybody’s looking for love, oh
Ain’t that the reason you’re at this club? oh
You ain’t gon’ find it dancing with him, no
I’ve got a better solution for you, girl, oh”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. Jason Derulo is a star… he doesn’t need to be stalking people out of a convenience store.

2. It’s pretty comical how many people are walking in and out of the store while he’s dancing in the parking lot.

3. What a plot twist at the end!

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

Yes!

 

4. Whatcha Say

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo (2009)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1

This is where it all started. Jason’s first-ever single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 2009 and catapulted his career. And to think that his fellow label-mate Sean Kingston was initially supposed to sing the song. A real sliding doors moment. “Whatcha Say” may be nothing like the song it takes its hook from, “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap, but this version became an instant hit for good reason. With powerful synths, building percussion, and stellar vocals, it’s a classic addition to the mid-to-late-2000s pop-R&B scene. “Whatcha Say” isn’t exactly a party song, which prevents it from landing higher on this list, but it belongs high on any JD list for being his original hit.

Best Line:

“‘Cause when the roof caved in and the truth came out
I just didn’t know what to do
But when I become a star, we’ll be living so large
I’ll do anything for you”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. She did not seem impressed by his “I know what I did wasn’t clever, but you and me were meant to be together” line.

2. Fashion really is circular considering Derulo’s belt chain — which was questionably cool at the time — somehow made a comeback last year.

3. Jason’s facial hair has really evolved over the years too, and his thin chinstrap is quite something.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

Yes, midway through the “Hide and Seek” sample.

 

3. Trumpets

Jason Derulo

Tattoos (2013)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 14

Derulo already had four top-10 hits by the time this song came out, and although “Trumpets” didn’t reach that level, this remains one of his biggest hits ever. JD shows his full range in this song from gentle serenading to soulful singing and intense falsetto, all while the trumpets blare in the background. If this song is playing, you’re probably having a great time. I also just love the idea of the song. Memory and music are so closely interwoven; important songs, like smells, can instantly take you back to a moment in time or special person. Or, the other way around, a girl’s eyes, ass, and bra can remind you of “Green Eyes,” “Birthday Song,” and “California Gurls.”

Best Line:

“Every time that you get undressed
I hear symphonies in my head
I wrote this song just looking at you oh, oh
Yeah, the drums they swing low
And the trumpets they go…”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. Love that Jason is just watching his “Talk Dirty” music video at the start. I like to imagine him relaxing at home, just listening to his music.

2. I also love the idea that any time he gets turned on, a marching band pops out of nowhere. That’s gotta be so inconvenient.

3. These sparkly pants are outrageously cool.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

 

2. The Other Side

Jason Derulo

Tattoos (2013)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 18

I’ve gone back and forth on this as Jason’s top song because I’m not sure if it’ll ever get old to me. The EDM soundtrack is some of the best music in any of his songs, and he really gets to show off his voice in the hook. The last minute-plus of the song is some of his best work too, with the chorus of background singers, the music coming to a stop, and him backing himself up singing. “The Other Side” just fills me with warmth because it’s all about young love and the start of a relationship. It’s really just a perfect Summer Jam. I know a lot of people won’t have it this high, but I hope they can also find a song they enjoy as much as I love this.

Best Line:

“Tonight we’ll just get drunk, disturb the peace
Let your love crash into me
And then you bite your lip, whisper and say
‘We’re going all the way'”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. I got a concussion just watching this dance move.

2. Taking pulls of Crown and pouring it on each other’s chest? To each their own, I guess.

3. Never seen someone make a workout look this fun before.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

Technically no, although he does end the song with his name.

1. Ridin’ Solo

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo (2010)

Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 9

Fire up the synths, and let’s go back to 2010. “Ridin’ Solo” was an instant smash at release and remains one to this day. They say that breakups make the best music, and this should be Exhibit B after “thank u next.” This song made Jason a bona fide star with a third straight top-10 Billboard single to begin his career. The hook is iconic and easy to single along to. I know I sang the hell out of this hook as a kid who had been riding solo for the first 16 years of his life (and several more after, for that matter!). “Whatcha Say” put Derulo on the map, “In My Head” meant he wasn’t a one-hit wonder, but “Ridin’ Solo” let him “feel like a star.” When you have a hit song that marks your arrival on the big stage, that belongs at the top of any list.

Best Line:

“I’m puttin’ on my shades to cover up my eyes
I’m jumpin’ in my ride, I’m headin’ out tonight
I’m solo, I’m ridin’ solo
I’m ridin’ solo, I’m ridin’ solo, solo”

Top 3 Music Video Moments:

1. Jason dancing and singing to himself in the mirror in this spiky studded jacket is a mood.

2. Ready for a throwback? There’s a group of women at the club looking at Plenty of Fish on an iPad.

3. For some reason, there’s a CGI sequence where JD’s driving a Honda CR-Z.

Does he say “Jason Derulo” at the start of the song:

No.

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