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22 Undeniable Bangers That, I'm Sorry To Say, Straight People Let Flop

These bangers deserved more!

1. The Pussycat Dolls – "React"

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The much anticipated return of The Pussycat Dolls finally came about last year! However, this absolute gem of pop mastery didn't have the impact on the charts it deserved, only reaching number 29 in the UK and number 12 on the US digital charts. After it low-key flopped, the whole world started to fall apart... coincidence?!

2. Nicki Minaj – "Regret In Your Tears"

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This ballad with a beat was a departure from Nicki's usual party sound. It charted the best in the UK R&B singles chart and the Australian Urban chart, peaking at 14 in both cases, but it flopped elsewhere. Most people (except for true Barbz) still don't seem to know this song exists! Shame, because when combined with the stunning visuals of the music video, this track is seriously amazing.

3. Neon Hitch – "Yard Sale"

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It's a crime in itself that Neon Hitch (and yes that is her actual real name) isn't more widely known. You may recognise her voice from the chorus of Gym Class Heroes' song "Ass Back Home", but "Yard Sale" is honestly where it's at! This stand-out track is totally unique, with a relatable and uplifting chorus that speaks of the end of bad relationship. I defy you not to jump around to this!

4. JoJo – "Man"

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After releasing an EP in 2015, and a few songs in 2016 and 2017, iconic noughties singer JoJo's long-awaited return to music really came about March of 2020, when she delivered us this banger! It reached number six in the US R&B Digital Songs, but only 38 in the US Mainstream Top 40. I guess everyone was too preoccupied learning the "Blinding Lights" dance on TikTok to give JoJo the time she deserved!

5. Fergie – "EnchantΓ© (Carine)" ft. Axl Jack

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11 years after her incredible solo album The Duchess, Fergie released a sort of follow-up album, Double Duchess, in 2017. The Black Eyed Peas alumna gave us the visual album full experience, with a music video for pretty much every song on the album! But even Kendall Jenner couldn't save this bop from a mediocre reception. Indeed, the whole album was a little hit-and-miss, reaching only 49 and 19 in the UK and US album charts respectively.

6. Solange – "Cranes In The Sky"

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Solange has such a unique take on music, and "Cranes In The Sky" is honestly a masterpiece of chill out music! This song peaked on the UK R&B Singles Chart at 29, and the US Billboard Hot 100 at 74, which does not do it justice. Along with the stunning visuals in the music video, this needs to be seen as well as heard, trust.

7. Lady Gaga – "G.U.Y."

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It's an actual criminal offence that this stand-out track from the generally uneven third album from Gaga, Artpop, didn't get the attention it deserves. If anything, Gaga was AHEAD of her time with this track. In the video, future fashion trends abound including but not limited to that super-long wig that hits the floor! G.U.Y. failed to enter the top ten in most countries, and became one of Gaga's lowest charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 76.

8. Britney Spears – "Slumber Party" ft. Tinashe

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The song is great and features not one but TWO superstar performers! In the video, Britney's eyes are full of light, and there's a sexy dance break that'll remind you of her In The Zone days. A stand-out addition to her 2016 Glory album, this track peaked at 86 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is not okay!

9. Troye Sivan – "Dance To This" ft. Ariana Grande

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Australian YouTuber turned pop sensation Troye Sivan teamed up with his famous BFF Ariana for this '80s vibe bop. This is such a chilled song with stunning vocal runs from BOTH Troye and Ariana, and it deserved better than number 64 in the UK Singles Chart and no ranking at all on the Billboard Hot 100!

10. Ciara – "Dance Like We're Making Love"

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Ciara exploded onto the music scene in the '00s with absolute bangers like "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step". But everything after her initial debut hasn't garnered the same level of success, which is totally absurd as demonstrated by this gem of a tune from her sixth studio album, Jackie. The tune only just made it into the US Billboard Hot 100, and only charted elsewhere in France and Canada.

11. Adam Lambert – "Another Lonely Night"

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Lambert may now be better known as the lead singer of Queen + Adam Lambert, but his solo efforts are truly supreme. This song charted at number five in the Polish Airplay Top 100 and 35 on the Dutch Top 40, but it didn't make a splash in the UK or the US. Regardless, this guy is beyond talented and his entire discography is well worth a listen!

12. Robyn – "Honey"

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I think nearly everybody with a decent taste in music would agree that the "Dancing On My Own" Swedish songstress is an underrated queen! Everything Robyn releases is pure magic, and this track from the 2018 album of the same name is just the pinnacle of Robyn's talent. However, it failed to make a top ten anywhere except for Belgium. So, kudos to Belgium!

13. Lily Allen – "Lost My Mind"

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Lily was everywhere in the late '00s and early '10s, pioneering that sultry indie-pop sound we have all come to associate with the era. The queen of sing-talking in her big dresses and trainers released her fourth album, No Shame, 2018 after a four year hiatus. Whilst the album itself peaked at number eight in the UK Charts, its subsequent singles failed to chart within the top 40.

14. Bebe Rexha – "I'm A Mess"

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Bebe is probably best known for the songs she features on, rather than her solo work, but that is just WRONG in my opinion. "I'm A Mess" is such a relatable song about questioning a failing relationship, and like many of the songs on this list, the accompanying music video is a work of art! Despite this, the song performed modestly in charts around the world, reaching its highest position in Singapore and in the US Mainstream Top 40, where it peaked at number nine.

15. Alex Newell & DJ Cassidy with Nile Rodgers – "Kill The Lights"

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Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race may know this bop from the Season 12 lip-sync between Heidi N Closet and Jackie Cox! But at the time of its 2016 release, "Kill The Lights" from Glee star Alex Newell and funk legend Nile Rodgers only managed to make its way into the US Dance Charts, where it peaked at number one. I challenge you NOT to dance around your kitchen to this song. It's pure drag, pure camp, and a whole lotta fun!

16. Diana Vickers – "Cinderella"

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To this day, there are still no other artists that sound quite like The X Factor contestant. After her critically acclaimed debut album and single of the same name "Once" was released, Diana seemed to disappear from the music world. However, this catchy tune slipped through the woodworks in 2013, and provides a modern spin on the classic Cinderella story! It only charted in the UK, hitting number 76 on the UK Singles Chart and number 68 in Scotland.

17. Kate Nash – "Drink About You"

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Kate Nash is a fascinating artist, and her debut album, Made of Bricks, seemed to solidify her as a figurehead of British music all the way back in 2007. But by the time her fourth album, Yesterday Was Forever, was released, her fame had waned (although she recently came back to prominence in the Netflix show Glow). This lead single from her fourth album is classic Nash, and though it has a banging chorus that'll make you want to jump around, it sadly didn't chart anywhere around the world.

18. V V Brown – "Shark In The Water"

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I know you're gonna know this major throwback from 2009! V V Brown's debut album Travelling Like the Light deserved a lot more attention than it got at the time. Despite thriving on the radio and V V being a favourite on Later... with Jools Holland, the radio plays for this track didn't quite translate to chart success, with the song peaking at just 34 on the UK Top 40 and 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. But nearly 12 years on, this tune still slams the way it should have in 2009!

19. Iggy Azalea ft. Quavo – "Savior"

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This non-album single from 2018 absolutely slays, and probably is the best example of Iggy's flow at its best. Unfortunately, it failed to significantly make an impact on any worldwide music charts, coming in at 20 on the US Digital Songs Chart. It seems after her summer smash hit "Fancy", people kind of forgot about Iggy.

20. Alice Chater – "Tonight"

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Chater is now doing the rounds as a featured artist on multiple tracks from people like Iggy Azalea and will.i.am. This fabulous track from 2019 really demonstrates her capacity to be a solo hitmaker, however, and it definitely needs more attention! The video even comes with its own dance break for us all to learn, and who doesn't love that?!

21. The Veronicas – "Think Of Me"

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The Australian sister act have never ~fully~ disappeared from the music scene since their 2005 debut, but its this 2019 comeback track that is their most underrated work. Peaking at number 70 on the Australian charts and seemingly nowhere else, "Think Of Me" reminds me of The Veronicas at their whimsical best!

22. Natalia Kills – "Trouble"

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A favourite on any list of "celebs who killed their career on live TV", Natalia Kills is often recognised for her infamous rant on the New Zealand version The X Factor. Whilst she still makes music under the name Teddy Sinclair and previously with the band Cruel Youth, this dreamy song from the 2013 album Trouble is without a doubt her best song under the name Natalia Kills!

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