2008 was a lucky year for this Canadian pop star. He performed in school functions and in front of family members. He was a special kid and Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def, saw this when he accidentally came across his YouTube videos and tracked him down. He, then, became his manager and since then ‘Bieber fever’ hasn’t gone down and the number of ‘Beliebers’ only seem to increase by the day. To date, he has released three albums and one EP, and millions of fans from across the world.
This first Christmas single from the artist which paired the sound of sleigh bells with a laid-back acoustic guitar, showed Bieber’s matured voice. It received positive reviews from most music critics and peaked in the Top 20 in many countries. It was certified gold in the US.
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9. One time:
This is Bieber’s debut song which peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 2009 after staying in the chart for nearly six months. It is in a moderately slow groove and is about a ‘typical teen relationship, so it’s a song everyone can relate to’ as explained by Bieber himself. Bill Lamb of About.com called the song a “perfect kickoff to the career of Justin Bieber”, noting that the song had the sound of a younger Chris Brown.
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8. Never say never:
This motivational track serves as the theme song for the movie The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith, who also provides the backing with rap interludes in the track. The song is about a life filled with adversity and Idolator thought of the song as a tween friendly version of Eminem’s Lose Yourself. It debuted at number thirty three on the Billboard Hot 100, propelled by its debut on the Hot Digital Songs chart at number seventeen and became Bieber’s ninth consecutive top 40 release for a regular or a digital single as a lead artist.
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7. One less lonely girl:
This song is about a boy, falling for a girl, whose heart is already broken by someone else, and promising to fix her broken heart. The song debuted at number sixteen on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number ten on the Canadian Hot 100 both on October 24, 2009.
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6. Love me:
This song was one of the most well received tracks on the album My World. It is a dance-pop song, with electropop and R&B sounds, which includes the chorus from the Swedish band The Cardigans’ Lovefool. Mike Diver of BBC Music called the song ‘an electro-infused reinterpretation of The Cardigans’ Lovefool, where Bieber exhibits the right kind of attitude, playful and endearing’. The song debuted at twelve and thirty seven on the Canadian Hot 100 and Billboard Hot 100 charts respectively, and spent twelve non-consecutive weeks on the Canadian chart and four in the US.
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5. Eenie Meenie:
This song was co-written by Bieber and the Jamaican-American recording artist Sean Kingston. It was released as the single from Kingston’s third studio album Back 2 Life and is also included on Bieber’s My World 2.0. The song which combines Bieber’s R&B vocals with Kingston’s reggae influence is about an indecisive lover and it features a prominent synthesized back beat, followed by verses from both singers and a rap interlude, while utilizing the children’s rhyme Eenie Meenie Miny Moe. It received positive reviews and entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number thirty which was the highest debut of the week and stayed there for another week. The single reached its peak at number fifteen on the chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
4. Somebody to love:
This is the second single from his album My World 2.0 and was written originally by The Stereotypes for Usher’s 6th studio album Raymond v. Raymond. This track is a moderate tempo, urban dance pop song, blending Bieber’s R&B vocals. This club friendly pop tune peaked at number twenty on the US Pop Songs chart. The song featured Usher who also made an appearance in the music video.
3. U smile:
This blue-eyed soul ballad, driven by piano and other instruments, was written specifically for his fans. It is about Bieber showing his appreciation for the support of his fans that got him to where he is today, and the fans always go berserk every time he sings this number. It was originally released as a digital-only single. The song debuted at number twenty seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number seventeen on the Canadian Hot 100 charts.
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The song which skyrocketed the young singer to stardom, is about a boy who was left broken hearted by his first love. It has a catchy tune and upbeat tempo with Ludacris rapping after the second verse recalling his own young relationship. The song, according to Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone, ‘blends winks at Fifties doo-wop and hip hop chants’. Baby debuted at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at number three after descending and ascending the Canadian Hot 100 chart. It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association and Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.
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The recently released single from Bieber’s latest album ‘Believe’ debuted at number two on the Hot 100 chart, surpassed only by Katy Perry’s Part of Me which was released a few weeks earlier. The song showcased Bieber’s edgier and more mature sound. It received generally mixed reviews from contemporary critics who compared the track to early works by Justin Timberlake. The instrumentation is kept in a lower sound to highlight Bieber’s vocals. It was written and produced by Mike Posner with Mason Levy. It was also co-written by Bieber and Matthew Musto. It peaked into the Top 20 in a number of international music charts and is Bieber’s first single to ever reach the top position on the Canadian Hot 100.
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