5 biggest Sara Bareilles hits (not including Girls5eva songs)

Love Song, Brave, and more of the Grammy winner's biggest songs!
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Obviously, Girls5eva's songs are the biggest hits in Sara Bareilles' catalog. I mean, "Famous5eva" went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year back in the '90s. Just kidding, of course! In-universe, Girls5eva were known as one-hit wonders, something series star and actual Grammy winner Bareilles can't relate with.

Back in 2007, the multi-talented performer made her major label debut with the pop-rock single "Love Song," which was both a chart hit and an award-nominated song. Right out the gate, Bareilles was a force to be reckoned with, and she continues to show the world what she's made of with each single and album and thereafter. Since her debut, she's won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated for Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, and nabbed a nod at the Grammys' top honor.

But what are the Girls5eva star's biggest hits to date? From "Love Song" to "Brave" and everything after and in between, here are the most popular, recognizable, impactful, and influential songs the star has released as singles. (Not including her smashes with Girls5eva. It would just be unfair! Again, kidding.)

"Love Song" (2007)

In the 2000s, it wasn't entirely rare for a brand-new artist to have their first single become a huge hit. If there's one thing the industry loves, it's the novelty of new. Oftentimes, these artists become one-hit wonders like Girls5eva, but the most impressive of the bunch are able to break out from the pack with talent and staying power. There was no way Sara Bareilles was ever going to end up being a victim of the 2000s one-hit wonder curse.

"Love Song" dropped in June 2007 as the lead single of her major label debut album Little Voice. The song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit No. 1 on three Billboard charts, including Mainstream Top 40, Adult Top 40, and Adult Contemporary. You couldn't turn the radio on in 2007, 2008, or really any year after without hearing "Love Song" at least a few times a day. To add to its legacy, the song was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards in 2009.

"Brave" (2013)

Although it felt much longer, seven years later, Bareilles scored perhaps her biggest hit ever in terms of impact with the 2013 single "Brave" from her Album of the Year-nominated fourth album The Blessed Unrest. Somehow, the indelible pop song co-written by Jack Antonoff didn't out-peak "Love Song" in spite of it feeling as though it managed to best her debut. The song hit No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, but "Brave" had its strongest peak on the Adult Contemporary chart at No. 2. No matter the numbers, it was one of the biggest songs of 2013.

Shortly after Bareilles released "Brave" in April 2013 as the lead single of The Blessed Unrest, Katy Perry released her No. 1 global hit single "Roar" in August of the same year. Fans picked up on the sonic similarities between "Brave" and "Roar," but it had been confirmed that "Roar" was written and recorded before Bareilles released "Brave." The singers both shot down any feud or plagiarism reports by supporting each other and performing together. Bareilles said about the situation, "If I'm not mad, I don't know why anybody else is upset."

"She Used to Be Mine" (2015)

Released as the first single from her fifth album, What's Inside: Songs from Waitress, "She Used to Be Mine" has had a cultural impact that far outweighs its chart performance. Bareilles wrote the song for the Broadway adaptation of Waitress and it quickly became a fan-favorite. Even though the single didn't chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it reached the Adult Top 40 at No. 26 and Digital Song Sales at No. 49. To this day, the song remains one of her signature singles that has touched so many fans far and wide. She was definitely snubbed of a Grammy nomination!

"Gravity" (2009)

The third single from her major label debut album, "Gravity" originally appeared as the opening track of her independently released first album Careful Confessions in 2004. Although not a "hit" in the traditional sense (the song failed to chart in the United States), it's taken on a life of its own. "Gravity" became a popular song for online shippers to use in fancams, which inspired its use in the show Community. "Gravity" was also played in two episodes of The Vampire Diaries. It's a beautiful song and currently her third most popular song on Spotify behind "Love Song" and "Brave."

"King of Anything" (2010)

In May 2010, Bareilles released the first single from her third album Kaleidoscope Heart, which was second major-label album. On the heels of the success of "Love Song," Bareilles likely faced pressure to live up to her previous release, and "King of Anything" was the perfect offering. The song peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit the Top 10 of the Adult Alternative, Adult Top 40, and Adult Contemporary charts. Bareilles landed a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Beyond these five popular songs, all of which are in the top 10 of her most popular songs on Spotify, Bareilles has also a number of singles and album tracks that have connected with the masses in different ways. Whether they were featured in television shows, were modest adult contemporary hits, or Grammy Award winners, she has plenty more songs that casual fans will recognize and superfans adore. Check out more of her most beloved tracks:

  • "Bottle It Up" from Little Voice
  • "Come Home" with OneRepublic
  • "Uncharted" from Kaleidoscope Heart
  • "I Choose You" from The Blessed Unrest
  • "Armor" from Amidst the Chaos
  • "A Safe Place to Land" feat. John Legend from Amidst the Chaos
  • "Saint Honesty" from Amidst the Chaos (Grammy winner Best American Roots Performance)

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