Favorite anthem queen of the 2010s: Carly Rae Jepsen or Kesha? | The Tylt
Kesha was labeled the party girl, while Carly Rae Jepsen fit the girl-next-door aesthetic. Both gave us some of the best upbeat anthems of the 2010s, but neither always got their due. Even with hit after hit, Kesha faced setbacks after suing her former producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault in 2014. She reinvented herself with her "Rainbow" LP. Everyone knows Carly's monster hit "Call Me Maybe," but she's no one-hit wonder. Her "Emotion" and "Dedicated" LPs are masterful. Who's your favorite anthem queen?
Favorite anthem queen of the 2010s: Carly Rae Jepsen or Kesha?
Carly Rae Jepsen broke out with "Call Me Maybe" in 2012. The song was a monster smash, being parodied and covered by everyone and their mamas. "Call Me Maybe" was also the Song of the Summer in 2012, and received Grammy nods for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance in 2013. But while she hasn't been able to replicate the song's success, she's no one-hit wonder. Carly is still beloved and continues to drop feel-good bop after bop.
Watch the music video to the "Call Me Maybe" below.
Kesha had the first #1 pop hit of the decade with "Tik Tok" in early 2010. She followed up with many more hits: "Blah Blah Blah," "Your Love Is My Drug," "Take It Off," "We R Who We R," "Blow" and "Die Young." But her career was stalled after a legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke, whom she sued for sexual assault in 2014. However, the battle didn't stall her for too long.
Watch the music video to the chart-topping smash "Tik Tok" below.
Carly released her highly acclaimed—but underrated—album "Emotion" in 2015. She followed up with the uptempo bop "Cut to the Feeling" in 2017 and recently dropped "Party for One," an anthem about self-love in 2018. Carly then dropped her "Dedicated" album four years after "Emotion," and fans raved about the new album in 2019. She isn't slowing down with making consistent feel-good anthems, but she definitely deserves more recognition for it, especially following the success of "Call Me Maybe."
Watch the music video to "Party for One" below.
Nevertheless, Kesha persevered and made a strong return in the era of the #MeToo movement in 2017. While she also fit the party girl aesthetic from her earlier hits, she reinvented herself in 2017 and took an even more serious, inspirational approach to her music. She dropped the power anthem "Praying" and her chart-topping "Rainbow" album in that year. "Praying" was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2018 Grammys. She took a dive into country on the LP, too. But she still gave us party anthems like the pop-funky bop "Woman" on her latest album.
Check out the music video to "Woman" below.