Happy Birthday Lorde! 10 Of Her Best Songs Besides “Royals”

  • In an almost prescient view of modern Trump American, Lorde throws “Team” for the marginalized and impoverished. (Photo: Instagram)

  • With “Tennis Court”, a teenage Lorde addresses the underlying sadness beneath the glamour, with a beat that will turn up any crow. (Photo: Instagram)

  • “Ribs” will remind you why you love boys so much. (Photo: Instagram)

  • “Yellow Flicker Beat” is a rallying anthem for Katniss Everdeen in Mockingjay. Enough said! (Photo: Instagram)

  • In “Buzzcut Season”, Lorde exposes the ugliness behind entitlement and status, revealing that all that glitter is not gold. (Photo: Instagram)

  • Lorde’s “Bravado” is all about gaining confidence in a perfect mixture of darkness and carefree. (Photo: Instagram)

  • In “400 Lux”, Lorde captures the world’s weariness without the benefit of hindsight. (Photo: Instagram)

  • “Glory and Gore” stays true to Lorde’s fashion; the trip hop beats are accompanied by gothic vocals, almost mocking our obsession with violence. (Photo: Instagram)

  • Lorde addresses the desperation to fit in the cool clique with her song “The Love Club”. (Photo: Instagram)

  • “A World Alone” is one of Lorde’s most beautiful and pessimistic moments; the resignation that the corrupt will likely go unpunished, but that we’re never alone as long as we have someone to dance with us. (Photo: Instagram)

  • “Royals”, because it is that good. (Photo: Instagram)

In an almost prescient view of modern Trump American, Lorde throws “Team” for the marginalized and impoverished. (Photo: Instagram)

Changes are you’re already Team Lorde since that day of 2013 when you first heard “Royals” playing on the radio. However, despite its overwhelming success, there’s much more to this young, talented Kiwi than her magnum opus.

Ella Marija Lany Yelich-O’Connor—a.k.a. Lorde—is turning 21 today, but song after song, this songwriter princess has proven to be wise beyond her years with her deep, complicated—yet relatable—lyrics.

While the world continues to grow impatient as we wait for a follow-up album (will we have to wait three years again?!), let’s take a look at some of Lorde’s coolest tracks… besides Royals.


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