Christina Aguilera first hit national pop charts in her late teens in 1999. Since then her career has ranged across teen pop, powerful adult-oriented ballads, and music that looked back to jazz and swing for inspiration. Chart placing is listed after the title.
"Beautiful" was written by Linda Perry, and she originally wanted to record it for herself. Pink also was interested in the song, but ultimately Christina Aguilera won out and recorded "Beautiful" for her Stripped album. It tells of someone fighting for self esteem, and the accompanying music video received strong acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of lgbt individuals. "Beautiful" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Christina Aguilera won the award for Best Female Pop Vocal.
"Genie In a Bottle" was the first single from Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut album, and it became her first #1 hit. She was concerned it didn't provide enough of a showcase for her voice with the light dance pop production. However, it launched her as a new pop star with "Genie In a Bottle" spending five weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart.
"Ain't No Other Man" was the lead single from Christina Aguilera's album Back To Basics. The song is strongly influenced by classic jazzy big band music, but it keeps contemporary dance beats. It won Christina Aguilera the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal.
"Hurt" was co-written by Christina Aguilera, Linda Perry, and UK producer and songwriter Mark Ronson. The song deals with the pain of losing a loved one, and it is a showcase for the power of Christina Aguilera's vocals. The accompanying music video was the first directed by Christina Aguilera and features a carnival theme.
The original album version of "What a Girl Wants" is considerably slower than the hit mix of the song. Young Christina Aguilera insisted that a more upbeat mix be created to be released as the second official single from her self-titled debut album. Her instincts were correct. "What a Girl Wants" became her second consecutive #1 pop hit.
Christina Aguilera's first single with strong rock elements deals with the common pop single topic of a lover who has done something wrong to the protagonist. However, the unique twist is the song celebrates the hard times for creating a "fighter." Scott Storch co-wrote and produced the song, and it features rock guitarist Dave Navarro.
Inspired by the Andrews Sisters' classic "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," Christina Aguilera and Linda Perry put together this jazzy 1940s style vocal workout. It was the third single from the album Back To Basics. "Candyman" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal.
The single release of "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" was considerably reworked from the original recording. It was given more overt hip hop and dance elements as well as more powerful vocals from Christina Aguilera and a bump forward in sex appeal. The changes were successful as the song became her third #1 pop hit single.
Christina Aguilera and rapper Lil' Kim first became friends when they worked on the superstar production of "Lady Marmalade" along with Mya and Pink. Christina Aguilera reached out to Lil' Kim for a featured role in this female empowerment anthem. The song also has a notable accompanying music video directed by famed photographer David LaChapellle.