As the summer gets hotter and music releases become less frequent, the one artist who has dominated the summer for over a decade comes to mind, the one and only: Lana Del Rey.
In a sense, Del Rey reinvented herself and made her own rules by popularizing vintage aesthetics and sounds, with Taylor Swift even calling her “pop’s most influential artist.”
Here are the best songs from each of his studio albums over the years that didn’t get the attention they deserved – according to one avid fan.
From “Born to Die” – “Diet Mountain Dew”
For many, Del Rey’s debut album “Born To Die” ushered in a new era in pop music – with an influence present in countless popular acts today.
“Diet Mountain Dew” has that freshness and sparkle that a lot of the songs on the album didn’t have, which has made this song one of my favorites over the years.
Filled with pop culture references and a catchy yet youthful tune, Del Rey sings about failed relationships and societal beauty standards while using soda as the chorus.
From “Paradise” – “Bel Air”
“What about ‘Ride?'”
Well, “Ride” is definitely one of the best songs released in the last 20 years. However, I think “Bel Air” could have had the same commercial success if it had been released as a single.
Bel Air is a dreamy, melodic and elegant tune.
When the chorus hits, you actually feel like you’ve ascended to heaven thanks to its use of the lead vocal and falsetto vocals.
Named after the exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood, this song is an ode to love, especially to a boy she loved and will keep waiting for.
From “Ultraviolence” – “Old Money”
Probably my favorite song as an emo teenager, “Old Money” is a hopeful yet dark song that encapsulates Del Rey’s sound in “Ultraviolence.”
From lively lyrics about wealth, fame and love to a sound that sounds truly old Hollywood, “Old Money” is sad, yet addictive.
With lyrics like, “But if you call me, you know I’ll come, and if you call me, you know I’ll run away,” Del Rey sings loudly about his loyalty and unrequited love for his partner.
From “Honeymoon” to “Swan Song”
Although belonging to an album that is not a fan favorite, “Honeymoon” was one of Del Rey’s more concise albums, having the same sound pattern in most songs.
“Swan Song” really stands out on this album, as the instrumentation seems to come from a movie soundtrack, and Del Rey’s lyrics paint it beautifully.
From “Lust for Life” – “White Mustang”
This tune is a colorful and nostalgic song dedicated to the beauty and timeliness of her lover’s white Mustang.
Often inspired by antiques and old Hollywood, only Del Rey could write a romantic piece about the beauty of vintage cars and the joy of driving while feeling the air hit your face.
Excerpt from “Norman F—ing Rockwell!” – “Norman f-ing Rockwell”
My most streamed song in Spotify history and Del Rey’s best song to date, in my opinion, is the self-titled “Norman f-ing Rockwell”, from his critically acclaimed studio album of the same name. .
It’s not common to come across an album where the self-titled track is the one that stands out the most, but its melody, lyrics and delivery made this song the star of the album.
The piano intro alone makes every Del Rey fan instantly drop everything they have to absorb every lyric.
From “Chemtrails on the Country Club” – “Dark But Just a Game”
From Del Rey’s seventh studio album, “Dark But Just a Game” is the UK’s best-selling vinyl record by a female artist of this century.
With watery guitars and a smooth, melodic vocal, this song is a beautifully written song about fame and the darkness that comes with it.
Its aesthetics and poetry create a unique dreamlike atmosphere.
From “Blue Banisters” – “Thunder”
“Thunder” is not music critic and YouTuber Anthony Fantano’s favorite song from the album.
This delicate and beautiful song is about ending things with a partner who had two sides she had to deal with.
The song, despite heavy lyrics, has an upbeat tone and a beautiful melody, which may relate to the relief she felt when she ended the relationship.
With lyrics like, “You act like f—ing ‘Mr. Brightside’ when you’re with all your friends, but I know how you are when the party’s over,” Del Rey lays out the pain she’s endured vividly and intelligently.