Pink's music career started with her being sold as an R&B artist. However, her focus soon shifted to an opinionated singer-songwriter with commentary on relationship issues between partners and among people in general. She has recorded music of a consistently high quality that has resulted in a series of major pop hit singles.
"So What" was released as the lead single from Pink's fifth studio album Funhouse. The song was produced and co-written by Swedish pop master Max Martin. Lyrically, "So What" is based on Pink's experiences separating from her husband Carey Hart. He had a featured role in the accompanying music video. The song was a #1 pop hit in the US and many countries around the world.
This became the third consecutive top 10 pop hit single from Pink's album The Truth About Love and the first from the album to go to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She co-wrote the song with Nate Ruess, lead vocalist from the pop rock group fun. Originally they had planned only to write songs together, but it was determined "Just Give Me a Reason" worked best as a duet.
Pink released "Get the Party Started" as the first single from her second album Missundaztood. The song marked a move away from R&B toward a more pop rock oriented sound. "Get the Party Started" was written and produced by Linda Perry. It reached #4 on the US pop singles chart while reaching #1 in many other countries around the world.
"Who Knew" is a collaboration with both Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The words of the song speak about the death of a friend. Pink has said the song is about a number of friends she has lost through the years. It was a major commercial success becoming Pink's first top 10 pop hit single in four years.
"Raise Your Glass" was released as the lead single from Pink's first compilation album Greatest Hits...So Far. For songwriting and production she once again collaborated with Max Martin. The song is an anthem about accepting people for who they are as unique individuals. "Raise Your Glass" became Pink's third #1 hit single in the US.
Pink received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal for her performance on "Sober." The song speaks about the quiet sense of comfort in being sober. It was the second single from the album Funhouse. "Sober" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it topped the adult pop radio chart and reached the top 10 in many countries.
Pink earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance for "F**kin' Perfect." The song carries a message to combat down times by not letting others define who you are. The accompanying Dave Meyers direct music video generated controversy by dealing very directly with issues of cutting and suicide.
10. "Try" (2012)
"Try" is a big rock ballad that encourages persistence in love in the face of adversity. The music video for the song featured Pink performing a beautiful interpretive dance routine with dancer Colt Prattes. "Try" became the second top 10 pop hit from the album The Truth About Love.