Well, who knew? (reference!)
Pop-rock extravaganza Alecia Moore aka Pink – undoubtedly an icon in the making – began her decade-plus long slay-age in the year 2000 with an utterly seamless contemporary r’n’b-drenched pop/dance début effort titled ‘Can’t Take Me Home‘ – an album that sounds approximately nothing like the rest of Pink’s flawless discography.
Hard to believe, right? Especially when you browse through her relentless onslaught of rock-laced top 10 singles that she’s unveiled on a yearly basis after the tables turned following the release of her multi-platinum sophomore smash ‘Missundaztood‘ in 2001, as Pink gracefully transcended to become a bad-ass rock-pop vixen from your regular pop chanteuse.
With over 40 million albums sold worldwide, four Billboard # 1 singles, three Grammy’s, five MTV VMA’s, Pink has truly been one of the most under-appreciated and under-rated artists of the past decade – and I feel she’s finally receiving her dues with her 6th studio album ‘The Truth About Love‘ becoming her first Billboard # 1 album, and radio hungrily devouring every song she’s released from the album.
It’s time to throw some glitter in the air (reference!) and give it up for the album that started it all for the pop chameleon – and from ‘Can’t Take Me Home‘, it’s time to give a much needed shout-out to the thoroughly immaculate ‘Most Girls‘ – my fave single from the album!
Initially viewed as one of the many pop princesses saturating the scene, it was Pink’s vocal chops that set her apart. Pink could do a Mary J Blige and Janis Joplin with ample ease, while her moves made Janet Jackson proud (the living legend admitted to being a Pink fan when she was honored by Pink who recreated ‘Miss You Much‘ during MTV Icon) – and both these skills were demonstrated generously for ‘Most Girls‘.
‘Most Girls‘, the bangin’ second single from ‘Can’t Take Me Home‘, became her second consecutive top 10 hit (and her first top 5 single) both in the US and the UK, following the runaway success of ‘There You Go‘, the song which heralded her arrival on the charts.
The song, an ode to the singer’s quest for real love, oozed enough sass for people to stand up and take notice of Pink, instead of writing her off as a one-hit-wonder.
‘Most girls want a man with mean green…‘, she growls over an addictive mid-tempo groove.
While Britney and Christina were easily in command of the teen-pop brigade dominating the charts, Pink’s forthright style landed a knock-out punch on radio and set her apart – and L.A. Reid and Babyface crafted a radio-friendly, playful and savvy sound which propelled the singer to staggering new heights. It also helped that Dave Meyers was the man behind the first 3 clips of her career, including the slick visual for ‘Most Girls‘.
Of course, she later decided to ditch what her label made her do, and blazed a trail for others (including her contemporaries) to follow.
‘Most Girls‘ peaked at # 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and # 5 in the UK Top 40, while ‘Can’t Take Me Home‘ went on to be certified double platinum in the US, selling around 5 million units worldwide.
Check out the classic ‘Most Girls‘ right here :