Katy Perry’s Most Underrated Songs You’ll Never Hear on the Radio

Katy Perry is as well known for her quirky, colorful outfits as she is for her pop hits. Some of her best known songs include I Kissed A Girl, Roar, California Girls, and Firework. Like all other musicians, the California native has a vast number of songs that most people have never heard. Some of them are almost as good – or even better than, depending on who you talk to – her hit songs, according to some.

With a handful of albums under her belt, there are a lot of Katy Perry songs that fans won’t hear on the radio. But which ones are they? Which are Katy Perry’s most underrated songs? 

‘Teenage Dream’

This song is the title track for Perry’s 2010 album. Teenage Dream talks about finding your “teenage dream,” and going for what you want. The lyrics range between slightly sentimental and edgy, with a chorus that goes like: “You make me feel like I’m living a teenage dream, the way you turn me on, I can’t sleep, let’s runaway, and don’t ever look back, don’t ever look back.”

The song, which was one of the album’s singles, was mildly popular when the single dropped. It quickly fell out of favor and the radio’s stopped playing it after just a short while. Many fans believe it has a lot of merit, however, and were disappointed that it fell flat so soon.


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This song also comes from 2010’s Teenage DreamBelieve is an uplifting and slightly introspective track about believing in yourself. The lyrics tell listeners to love who you see in the mirror, no matter what the haters say. The chorus is incredibly catchy, as Perry sings “Glow in the dark, Light all the haters, Be who you are, Because love is all that matters”

‘Brick by Brick’

Off of Katy Perry: MTV UnpluggedBrick by Brick is a song that speaks of a broken love. Perry talks about “little white lies” and how the other person isn’t listening. But it’s a song that evokes dual emotions, and far from a Taylor Swift-type hate song. Everyone has had a relationship where they felt like things were crumbling.

The chorus, however, is significantly more uplifting. Katy Perry sings about how she’s going to fight for the relationship, and tear down the walls the couple had built between them. “So brick by brick, I am breaking through these walls, Oh, between you and me, I’m not giving up, I’m not giving up on us.”

‘Dark Horse’

Dark Horse is a single from Perry’s Prism album, and it was a smash hit… for a few weeks. Then, like Teenage Dream, it died off. But of all Perry’s singles, Dark Horse is one of the best dance tunes she’s ever released. It’s catchy, and the video features some pretty great dancing. Oh, and it features several rap verses by Juicy J.

The chorus goes, “So you wanna play with magic? Boy, you should know what you’re fallin’ for. Baby, do you dare to do this? ‘Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse. Are you ready for, ready for, a perfect storm, perfect storm? ‘Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine, there’s no going back.”

Dark Horse has a kind of “female power” in the lyrics. When fans sing the lyrics, they can’t help but feel… irresistible and powerful. Regardless of Perry’s original intentions, most fans can relate to that feeling. Hitting the number one spot on the Billboard top charts for a brief period, Dark Horse fell out of popularity astonishingly fast. This dance-club type of tune should have definitely been more popular.