Everyone loves Pharrell because he is the TRUTH! Over the past eigthteen years, listeners have been able to distinguish a Pharrell record from other producers based on the rhythm, sound, and tune. This is a HUGE plus for other artists. Pharrell's distinctive sound and lyrics continues to captivate listeners.
The Grammy award winning record producer, singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and musician has produced a number of heavy hitters in so many genres of music including R&B, pop, rock, funk, and soul music with his musical partners, The Neptunes and here are 20 songs the girls love to rock to.
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Pharrel released this banger in November 2013. It was featured on the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack. “Happy” is a smash hit, selling one million copies in the United Kingdom. It has a cheerful sound to which spreads a message of because it’s lighthearted and it spreads a message about enjoying life. It’s a catchy song that can make you dance and sing at the same time.
Get Lucky feat. Nile Rodgers and Daft Punk
This collaboration was so unique and unexpected from Pharrell. However, this is the reason why he is so authentic and bona fide star. It was a disco and funk song that cleverly talks about sharing a special connection with someone and revealing their sexual chemistry to each other. The single sold 7.3 copies worldwide and received two Grammys.
Hopefully, you'll get lucky tonight.
Frontin’ feat. Jay-Z
This collaboration with Jay-Z was significant for Pharrell because it was his first single as a solo artist. He proved to critics that he was able to deliver as a solo artist. It was a number one hit on the Billboard charts and Jay-Z’s verse blended well with this song especially when he says, “ I'm too old to be fronting when I'm feeling Denzel/ And you acting like you ain't appealing but you are/ Stunting like you ain't my only girl but you are I was just fronting)I'm ready to stop when you are.”
Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke and T.I)
The single received so much airplay on the radio and was one of the hottest songs in summer 2013. It was number one on the Billboard charts and it is Robin Thicke’s signature song as we speak. This was Robin’s number one hit since “Lost Without You,” in 2007. The single was explosive because of Pharrell’s production along with the feature of T.I to give it some extra southern flavor. Even though the song was controversial, including the Marvin Gaye lawsuits and receiving mixed views from critics, “Blurred Lines,” is still a worldwide hit.
I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) feat. T.I
This single is truly a new sound for Academy Award winning singer, Jennifer Hudson. It’s a dance-pop record that incorporates disco music. It’s an upbeat single but you can still hear Jennifer’s mezzo-soprano elastic vocalist along with T.I’s verse.
Rock Your Body feat. Vanessa Marquez
When you hear this song, it makes you want to get up and dance because of the title and mid-tempo beat. Music lovers can hear the massive usage of the keyboard and the drums because it was so propulsive.
Kelis' first single received a fair amount of success but that wasn't enough for the Neptunes. They needed to produce and write a song that would be the highlight of Kelis' career and that song was Milkshake. The song started with Kelis' image which was fun and exotic. It was anthem for women to feel sexy and it really became Kelis' signature song. Now I know everyone who wants to order a milkshake from the ice-cream parlor would more than likely sing that song.
Work It Out (Beyonce)
"Work It Out" was featured in the Austin Powers in Goldmember soundtrack in 2002. The musical tone fits with concept of the movie because Beyonce was Foxxy Cleopatra in the film which depicts a funk approach to the song. You can include this song in Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady era because it so funky and sultry. And what makes it so enthralling is Beyonce singing it with so much sass and confidence.
I Don’t Know (Usher feat. Diddy)
This is Usher’s second party anthem from his third studio album 8701 in tonight. Even though it wasn’t a top 10 hit, the song was still likeable with Diddy’s rap.
Say Something (Mariah Carey and Snoop Dogg)
This song was Mariah Carey’ seventh single from her highly anticipated album, The Emancipation of Mimi. Even though the single wasn’t a commercial success on the charts, the hook and the verses in the song drew people’s attention. The song was about a man and female engaging in sexual activity. It was considered to be sly, crafty, and playful at the same time.
You Don’t Have to Call (Usher)
Usher’s melodic sound was present when he was singing on the Neptunes' beats to this song. It needed this special sound because of the song's content. It's about a dude trying to get his over a long term relationship with his lady.
Wait A Minute (Ray J ft Lil’ Kim)
This was an important collaboration with Ray J because he needed a single that will overshadow his sister, Brandy's reputation. He wanted to make it known that he is more than just Brandy's little brother. Therefore, he reached out to the Pharrell and the Neptunes and produced a single that included key board scatting, stray bass notes, and Ray J holding his end of the bargain with the melody. When radio stations played the song, it was a little peculiar but it was a hit.
Girlfriend (Remix) (NSYNC)
When you listen to this record, you can tell NSYNC was heavily influenced by hip-hop and Neptunes’ beats. The former band classified this record as a Neptunes collaboration because it was so rare and matchless from any other producer. Also, Nelly was the right person to be featured on the song because of his unforgettable hooks.
Senorita (Justin Timberlake)
You can't help but fall in love with this song. As soon as you hear the shakers, organs, and the percussion, it just makes you want to get up and dance. It just has a Latin feel to it because it is so engaging and mentions the promises of romance and gratitude.
“Got Your Moneyâ Olâ Dirty Bastard ft Kelis
The single was released in 1999 which samples the 1975 film, Dolemite. Kelis’ voice was perfect for this song because of the content. But no one would of that Kelis and the late ODB would do a song together. Kelis and ODB’s musical talents were different but the Neptunes made it work. The song is considered to be one of the biggest songs in the 90’s.
Burnin’ Up (Faith Evans ft Loon)
The single speaks for itself because it had so much passion when it was released in 2001. The song was from Faith's third album Faithfully and it was the last single to be released. Listeners can hear the massive drum playing, Loon's conversational tone as his rhymes, the Neptunes' vintage sound, and Faith declaring her love to her soul mate. You can play the song in clubs and share your love to your beau at the same time.
There She Goes (Babyface)
This song was necessary for Babyface because he wanted to switch up his musical sound in 2001. It was a way for him to adapt to the time and have a more edgy sound for his album Face to Face. Pharrell and the Neptunes knew they need a special and delicate voice for this up-beat tempo song and apparently Babyface was the ideal person.
Caught Out There (Kelis)
I n 1998, Kelis made her musical debut when she released the single. It was written and produced by the Neptunes and the airplay for the song was very receptive. Everyone in their life has come across someone that was unfaithful to them while they were in a relationship. And instead of going crazy, they were able to listen to Kelis' song to release their anger and frustration on their significant other. This single was so unique because it was sung in first person and pitches switched each time she was singing the chorus.
Use Your Heart (SWV)Â
The song was released from SWV's second album, "New Beginning" in 1996. The single was number 6 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs charts. This ballad addresses the need to use your heart when it comes to loving someone. It's about getting away from someone to. It also showed the trio's softer side because they know how to be empathetic and understanding for the special man in their life.
Tonight the Night (Blackstreet Craig Mack, ft SWV)
This song was released from Blackstreet's self-titled studio album in 1994. At that time, the Neptunes, Pharrell and Chad Hugo were Teddy Riley's protégées and co-wrote the song for the group. They made their early appearances in the industry as songwriters.