Sometimes artists drop surprise songs or songs that are not part of an album. These are called standalone singles and a lot of times they get forgotten about. They can be promotional tracks (We’re looking at you, “Rise” by Katy Perry) or just singles that artists drop in between album cycles. However, most of the time these songs are really good and deserve more recognition than they got.
Here are the top 5 standalone single that deserved more recognition.
“Soulmate” by Justin Timberlake
“Soulmate” dropped in July 2018, five months after his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods was released. It did not appear on the album, or any album, and would now be released too early to be on Timberlake’s next album. It also did not have a music video. There is no word on when that will be released, but Timberlake has been seen in the studio with Lizzo and other artists. “Soulmate” is a perfect Summer song.
“Small Talk” by Katy Perry
Between her 2017 album, Witness, and the release of her lead single “Daisies,” Katy Perry has released enough songs that could be featured on an EP including “Small Talk,” “365 feat. Zedd,” “Never Really Over,” “Harleys In Hawaii,” “Never Worn White,” and “Con Calma.”
“Small Talk” was a catchy single and very relatable for a lot of people. The music video featured her adorable dog, Nugget, and will most likely not be on her new album, Smile, out August 14th.
“Better With You” by Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney has not released an album since 2014. However, over the last few years, he has emerged back on the scene with new singles and two tours. Released earlier this year, “Yours” and “Friends” will be featured on his upcoming album, due out this year. But McCartney also released “Better With You” and “Wasted” as standalone singles.
“Better With You” was a love song for modern times. It talked about how the world could be in chaos but you are ok when you’re with your person. McCartney was most likely talking about his fiancee, Katie Peterson. It could have been a radio hit, but never was.
“Only The Young” by Taylor Swift
Featured in the Netflix documentary, “Miss Americana.” “Only The Young” is definitely a very relatable song for this year and what the world is going through. It was released on streaming platforms after the documentary dropped, but was not featured on Swift’s latest album or given a music video. “Only The Young,” like many other songs with the same message deserved to be heard by not only Taylor Swift fans but by everyone especially the younger generation.
“Greenlight” by the Jonas Brothers
“Greenlight” was created on the NBC show, “Songland.” It was released before the Jonas Brothers comeback album, Happiness Begins was released, and was not put on the album. Even though that is the goal of the show, to find a new song for an artist’s upcoming album. Hopefully, it will be on their next album, which is supposed to be released sometime this year. “Greenlight” is a very catchy song and would have fit in with the love songs the boys make now.