Congratulations to Demi Lovato, who was honored this past Saturday at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards. The singer received the Vanguard Award, which is given to those in the media with a history of strongly promoting equality. She also received a letter of congratulations from presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, which GLAAD posted on Twitter. It’s a safe bet that the Democrat was listening to her pick for the best Demi Lovato songs while writing it too! But what are our picks? After all, GLAAD wouldn’t have honored her were she not so famous and beloved for her music. While we wait for her upcoming songs for 2016, here’s our list of the five best Demi Lovato songs.
The song that put Demi Lovato on the map, this 2011 track from her third studio album, Unbroken, actually has two versions. One is from before Lovato sought help for personal issues, including drugs and self-harm, and the other was recorded after she received treatment. Lovato kept the first version, in which she can be heard crying.
“Here We Go Again”
The lead song on the album of the same name features lyrics about an on-again, off-again relationship. The track was Demi Lovato’s highest-ranking song until the aforementioned “Skyscraper.”
Released in 2013, this song was Lovato’s third top 10 hit in the U.S. and her most successful radio debut. The song was well received by critics for really sticking with the listener—a trait not normally associated with songs in the pop/technopop genre. It is also seen as the sequel to another song, “Give Your Heart a Break,” due to its lyrical themes, with “Heart Attack” being about getting your heart broken and having to get over your fears of falling in love again.
“Really Don’t Care”
Featuring Cher Lloyd, “Really Don’t Care” reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart—the third Demi Lovato song to do so—and was was the most streamed and best-selling single from its home album, 2013’s Demi (its release as a single was the following year). Lyrically, the song is an empowering message to a former lover that they are not wanted or needed. Lovato said she was especially thinking of the persecution and bullying the LBGT community faces when writing it.
“Give Your Heart a Break”
The “prequel” to “Heart Attack,” the song, a play on the word “heartbreak,” details a person helping their lover get over their prior relationship and subsequent fear of commitment, as well as—according to Demi Lovato herself—“showing someone you love that you’re the one right in front of them.” The song is also notable for using strings, a violin, and drums.