American singer and actress Selena Gomez has become very famous for her many roles in Disney films and television shows, most notably 'Wizards of Waverly Place.' Gomez also recently starred in the box office smash 'Spring Breakers' and is getting set to release a debut solo album. She just released 'Come & Get It' as the lead single and the album is expected to be released in summer 2013 along with a world tour. While we wait for that, AOL Radio is counting down the top 10 Selena Gomez songs (so far), some of which were done with her band the Scene, and some for Disney. Take a look at the top ten, based on votes by AOL Radio listeners.
'One and the Same' (with Demi Lovato)
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato both starred in the 2009 Disney film 'Princess Protection Program.' For the movie, the two released a duet called 'One and the Same. ' The song is rocking and catchy as the two sing about being best friends. The two trade vocals on the upbeat track, a song that crossed-over into the top 100 charts.
For 'Wizards of Waverly Place,' Selena Gomez recorded her own version of the popular Pilot song 'Magic.' It's a modern take on the 1975 hit and one of the most memorable songs Gomez released from her television show.
'Hit The Lights'
'Hit The Lights' was released as the third single off Selena Gomez & the Scene's third studio album 'When The Sun Goes Down.' Gomez lets loose a little on this 2012 single, singing about taking risks in this up-tempo dance song. It's one of Gomez' best vocal performances and perhaps is a good bridge song from her younger years to her current, more mature ones. She cautions against missed opportunities in the tune, singing: "It's a mad, mad world, gotta make an escape/It's a perfect world, when you go all the way."
'Tell Me Something I Don't Know'
A young Selena Gomez released 'Tell Me Something I Don't Know' in 2008 off the 'Another Cinderella Story' soundtrack. After starring in the film of the same name, she re-recorded the song for her debut album with the Scene, 'Kiss & Tell.' The song is upbeat and is reminiscent of a Britney Spears dance track. The hit is a sarcastic response to those who repeatedly tell her she won't reach her dreams. She adds: "I'm never gonna amount to much but they're never going to change my mind."
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'Shake It Up'
Gomez had a cross-over hit with 'Shake It Up,' the title song from the soundtrack to the Disney Channel TV series 'Shake It Up: Break It Down.' The song has elements of electro-pop and dance and is fueled by mid-tempo beats and auto tune effects. It's simply a song about getting a little crazy and having a good time.
'Round and Round'
Selena Gomez & the Scene had their biggest hit at the time with their lead single off their second album 'A Year Without Rain.' The single, 'Round and Round' is a dance-pop track with elements of disco and rock. The hit was co-written and produced by Kevin Rudolf, known for his hit 'Let It Rock.' It's got a typical pop sound, but a nice groove throughout, especially in the chorus. It also includes a Ke$ha-like rap in the middle of the song.
'A Year Without Rain'
The title song of the album 'A Year Without Rain' was released as the second single. Gomez sings about her desire for love in this euro-dance song filled with techno beats. Like 'Round and Round' the song shows off Gomez' vocal skills and maturity. Here too, her voice stands out over the dance ballad and makes the track memorable and catchy. The single, which has been released in Spanish as well, has a remarkable 133 million views on YouTube and counting. She sings in the track: "My heart is yearning, like the ocean that's running day/Catch me I'm falling."
Selena Gomez & the Scene successfully departed than their normal sound with this teen pop track. 'Who Says' was the lead single from 'When the Sun Goes Down' and has an acoustic-feel. It's a much softer track for the band, but the song was written to inspire people, particularly those who have been victims of cyber bullying. The song is indeed empowering and one of her best feel-good tracks. The song helped elevate Gomez' status as one of the most successful teen-pop artists and role-models. The chorus is infectious and is good for anyone feeling down or bad about themselves. She sings "trust me, that's the price of beauty. Who says you're not pretty? Who says you're not beautiful."
The second single off 'Kiss & Tell' was 'Naturally,' another up-tempo dance-pop track. The song, which is closing in on 200,000,000 YouTube views, is a feel-good song about the natural feeling of unforced love. The dance beats build up towards the chorus and make for a good club tune. The song perfectly symbolizes Gomez' innocent, teen-star status and is vocally one of her best. The light, energetic track may be a little cliché, but Gomez' hook is undoubtedly memorable and is a song that really could be played by anyone at any time during the day or evening. She sings in the hit: "You have a way of moving me/a force of nature, your energy/It comes naturally."
'Love You Like a Love Song'
Selena Gomez & the Scene recorded their biggest hit with 'Love You Like a Love Song' off 'When the Sun Goes Down.' It's Gomez' catchiest track to date and it's hard to miss hearing it on the radio. It is another rhythm track featuring euro-dicso and electro-pop influences. The song is repetitive and was one of the most addicting songs of 2011. The hit goes beyond teen-pop with rich vocals (especially in the bridge) and a nice mix of strings and funky, disco sounds. The song was co-written by Antonia Armato and Tim James, who are co-founders of the Rock Mafia record production and song-writing team. Their influence is evident hear in a track that is impossible to get out of one's head. In the bridge, featuring a high vocal range, Gomez sings 'You stand alone, to every record I own/Music to my heart, that's what you are/A song that goes on and on."