Shawn Mendes is on top of the world right now. He is in the midst of the North American leg of his arena tour, has released two songs this year that are still charting, and seems the happiest he’s ever been. With only 3 albums under his belt so far, Mendes has a good catalog of music. Despite some people thinking a lot of his songs sound similar, there are many underrated songs that weren’t singles. Everyone should know about these incredible songs. Here are the Top 5 underrated Shawn Mendes songs.
Underrated Shawn Mendes Songs #5 – “Particular Taste” from Shawn Mendes: the Album
We are so obsessed with this song. “Particular Taste” grabs you from the first few seconds with its snappy instrumentals and catchy lyrics. This song is a BOP in every form of the word. It is not a typical sounding song for the Canadian artist, but that’s what makes it so great.
“Ooh, she’ll take your name and number,
then hit erase and walk away
But ooh, is she so specific when she’s at my place
At my place
She’s got particular taste, yeah”
This song talks about Mendes being head over heels obsessed with this girl and she is playing hard to get, but when they’re together she knows exactly what she wants, which is most likely him.
Dancing in your bedroom, living room, down a grocery store aisle, or anywhere, is mandatory when listening to this song.
Underrated Shawn Mendes Songs #4 – “Under Pressure” ft. Teddy Geiger (Cover from Queen)
When the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody came out, a whole slew of covers of Queen’s greatest hits was released by the hottest artists, including Mendes, Troye Sivan, 5SOS, and more. Mendes’ falsetto and Geiger’s raspy tone perfectly complements the acoustic guitars. Geiger is a long-time collaborator and producer of Mendes.
Freddie Mercury would be proud of Mendes covering Queen’s iconic hit.
Underrated Shawn Mendes Songs #3 – “Hold On” from Illuminate
Before the Grammy-nominated, “In My Blood” took the world by storm, “Hold On” delivered the same message, but wasn’t as successful. The song still talks about anxiety, thinking too much, being away from home, and reaching out for support during those times.
The most powerful lyrics in this song are:
‘And my dad says
“Shawn, stay with me
Everything will be alright.”
I don’t know what
You’re going through
But there’s so much life
Ahead of you
And it won’t slow down
No matter what you do
So, you just gotta hold on
All we can do is hold on, yeah
Yeah, you just gotta hold on
Just hold on for me.’
If this song doesn’t make you want to cry and go hug your family, then you’re lying. Everyone goes through these feelings when they move away from home and are pursuing their dreams. Another relatable song from Mendes, “Hold On,” should not be as underrated as it is.
#2 – “One of Those Nights” from The Shawn Mendes EP
Perhaps one of his most underrated songs, Mendes takes you back to a time in your life where you just felt on top of the world. “One of Those Nights” may be depicted as living life to the fullest as teenagers and having one of those nights that you never want to end because life is so good at the moment.
The best lyrics in this song are
‘We’re young, live with no fear
Kids running wild, girls crying drunk tears
We don’t have this time for long
Yeah, we make big plans, spending all our change
Caught up in the night, oh we missed the last train
It’s our time and we’re leaving home
Where do we go? We don’t know
Follow the wind where it blows
Let’s make mistakes and don’t look back, it’s now or never.’
It really makes you reflect on your life by remembering the best times of your life.
#1 – “Perfectly Wrong” from
Shawn Mendes: the Album
One of the very few songs from SM3 not on the tour setlist, “Perfectly Wrong” is very relatable. The chilling piano ballad perfectly exemplifies Mendes’ powerful voice. It makes you feel emotional from the first stanza and breaks your heart open, even if you aren’t going through something like that at the moment.
With the lyrics
“Me and you,
we were made to break.
I know the truth,
but it’s much too late.
You’re perfectly wrong for me
and that’s why it’s so hard to leave,”
This song talks about how someone can be so toxic in a relationship, but you’ve gone through so much and still love them that you see past the flaws and sometimes it breaks you down inside. At least we got a live version on The Late Late Show with James Corden because fans were robbed of a live version during tour.
Although Mendes has many underrated songs, these 5 songs are ones you need to listen to right now. You will not regret it.