Pink: The Discography Rate ∞ WINNER!

Family Portrait is the first single that really made me take notice. Due to unfortunate circumstances my father wasn’t present during most of my childhood so I could always sort of relate to the message.
My primary reason for loving Family Portrait, though, is that it just sounds so genuine. It really is her most important song.
 
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I also think it's just a really well made song, even around the subject material. Melodically perfect, production holds it up well (and it has a timeless 'Where is the Love' feeling to it and bringing in the children chanting was a masterstroke.
 
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06. I Don't Believe You
Average score: 9.24
Highest score: 11x3
@Reboot @savilizabeths @sapnu puas
10x16
@R27 @Maki @HollyDunnSomething @Music Is Life
@LiK @Sideout @Robsolete @Laurence @tylerc904
@Sail On @kal @Daniel_O @nikkysan
@JMRGBY88 @Sanctuary @Lost Boy
Lowest score: 5 @happiestgirl

No, I don't believe you
When you say "don't come around here no more"
I won't remind you
You said we wouldn't be apart
No, I don't believe you
When you say you don't need me anymore
So don't pretend to
Not love me at all

Remember when the Funhouse rerelease was coming and we all expected another mega-banger to lead it, only for her to dedicate the energy to what is arguably her best, and most intimate, ballad instead?

Pink explained on her website that, lyrically, the song is about pleading for reconciliation, and is her favourite song from Funhouse "because it's just so naked. It's like taking a deep breathe and saying, 'Here I am. Take me. Take your best shot'." She went on to explain that:

"The first thing that comes to my mind with I Don't Believe You is me standing in the vocal booth listening... Actually in the control room listening to this song, tears running down my face, just like 'fuck, really?' It's the vulnerable weak side of me that I don't let out very often. And it's... yeah it's that song. And I love it, I love it. I just love it, it's very near and dear to me."

What would go down at the time to be an insane decision now becomes a rare moment of bravery in sharing such a heartbreaking ode in such a capacity. This would definitely explain why it's gone on to be recognised as one of her very best, especially considering the gorgeously heartbreaking music video that accompanied it.

Whilst not exactly challenging darkness like 'Long Way...' and 'Family Portrait', there's a real confessional feel here and a delivery that bleeds authenticity. There's also the face it sat on an album built around a single campaign of pure hits, so I look back now and just adore the fact they took the time of day for this. It absolutely deserves the exceptional placement here.

We all know how denial feels, especially in relationships that feel like they embody our entire lives. The fact P!nk's marriage was so well documented too makes this ever more powerful, watching her pour her heart out in real time never gets easier... and I'd argue she hasn't really opened up like this in a while.





Commentary corner:

@savilizabeths (11) “How the hell do I explain how much I adore this song? It might be her absolute strongest ballad, which is saying something. It’s so beautiful. Her vocals are soft, emotional and just gorgeous and the production is so sad and magical. I can’t not feel something when I’m listening to it. It just goddamn hurts to listen to in the best kind of way. Damn.”

@sapnu puas: (10) whew. This song makes me feel things. When I was in a particularly tragic stage of a break up last year this was my go to self pity anthem, 10 years later and still having that impact, whew. I think it’s the simplicity of the lyrics which make the song that much more..devastating. She also sounds heavenly throughout. The way she sings “Just don't stand there and watch me fall//'Cause I, 'cause I still don't mind at all” = chills. Underrated video too

@Maki: (10) Probably in my top 10 P!nk songs ever. This is so emotional, it makes me really sad. The gloomy feel of the song makes me melt, and the verses are so depressing. Melodically it’s one of her finest moments. The string arrangement is absolute perfection, too. Definitely one of the songs that makes “Funhouse” such a strong album that it is.

@R27: (10) I know "Who Knew" is her classic go-to ballad, but I think I might like this even more. The yearning, desperation, and vulnerability in her vocals are astounding. "Don't just stand there and watch me fall/ 'Cos I still don't mind at all" guts me every time. A heartbreaking masterpiece. I really hope people don't do this dirty.

@Reboot: (10) This song is something else. I kept thinking about I Don’t Believe You even as I was trying to rate all her other songs, and therefore I’m giving it my 11. It’s STUNNING.

@JMRGBY88: (10) a gorgeous song. Also, I wish the Bimbo Jones mix would leak in good quality - don’t judge me @Vasilos)

@Sail On: (10) P!nk at her absolute rawest. The magic of the “I don’t mind it” lyric and intensity of the honesty make it stunning.

@nikkysan: (10) Simply stunning.

@Laurence: (10) Sweet ballad

@rick: (9) Gorgeous and heartbreaking

@Sprockrooster: (9) Normally I am not here for here minimalistic ballads, but that middle-8 sends to me heaven with that production.

@abael: (8) The chorus comes both softly and with impact. As polished as it is production side, Pink still gives you raw emotion, which is a difficult balance to find
 
@abael I mean this in the politest way but why did you partake in this rate? You seem to just dole out low scores to everything?
While my average is probably less than most of the bigger Pink Fans, my scores run the gamut, I was 2 tracks off being able to make a top 100 from the tracks I rated 6 or better. It just turns out that the tracks I love and the few I dislike are near opposite. As soon as I recognised that her 2nd album was revered as it was around here that I would catch some flack for regarding it as easily her worst release. This is certainly an interesting Top 5 a three, a six, an eight and two tens. MESS
 
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I Don't Believe You and Long Way To Happy should be top 5.
Sadly, the only one in my head I could conceivably switch out is Don't Let Me Get Me so I guess this is how I want it to go:
5. Don't Let Me Get Me
4. Just Like A Pill
3. U + Ur Hand
2./1. Sober and Who Knew
Don't come at me, these are all 10s, and actually the top 4 were all technically 11 contenders.
 
Two of my absolute favorite songs by P!nk falling one after another...

I agree with @Lost Boy that "Family Portrait" is her most important song and with @SlowGinFizzzz that it's the by far the best single from "M!ssundaztood".
I remember watching that amazing music video on repeat, before I even got into P!nk's music, feeling so sad for her and being blown away by the song (and , years later, being even more in awe when hearing the 5 minute album version). Personally, I don't connect to the lyrics, but it's so well written, produced and delivered that it gives me chills every time. Even the style and production is a nod to her R&B days, which is genius. Truly a masterpiece and a staple in her career.
Brilliant choice for an 11, @Daniel_O and @playboy69!

And it's so pleasing to see "I Don't Believe You" almost reach top 5 and receive multiple 11's. One of the finest moments of "Funhouse". I can't believe how it didn't struck me on first listen, considering that it's now among my top 10 songs by her.
Even with that, I'm still proud that "Sober" is the highest ranked song from the album, because it's my favorite, too.

Both "Family Portrait" and "I Don't Believe You" are in my 11/10 category when it comes to songs by P!nk, meaning that they are so amazing that they can't battle some of my absolute favorite songs by other artists. Almost the entirety of my personal top 10 of this rate is filled with vulnerable masterpieces, and those two definitely aren't an exception.
 
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08. Long Way to Happy
Average score: 9.10
Highest score: 10x17
@savilizabeths @Duppe @R27 @Music Is Life
@LiK @happiestgirl @sapnu puas @Remorque @Sideout
@tylerc904 @Txetxu @Sail On @kal @soratami
@nikkysan @Sanctuary @Lost Boy
Lowest score: 6 @abael

One night to you lasted six weeks for me
Just a bitter little pill now, just to try to go to sleep
No more waking up to innocence,
say hello to hesitance, to everyone I meet
Thanks to you years ago,
I guess I'll never know what love means to me
but oh I'll keep on rolling down this road
But I've got a bad, bad feeling

It's difficult for me to write about this one. In her own words, P!nk described this as:

"I know a lot of people that have been abused and/or molested and/or fucked over by someone close to them. And I'm no exception. And that's that song."

And Butch Walker would go on to explain how the studio session went down:

TRIGGER WARNING

The first time that [P!nk & I] did the vocals to 'A Long Way to Happy'—which is a song that Alecia and I did—it was written about her having to deal with being raped as a teenager by a cop, which was brutal for her. We had never even known each other before she expressed this to me, and I said, 'Well, obviously when we go into the studio it’s going to be [a] pretty emotional time, so let’s make sure the vocal goes down naturally', and sure enough she was practically in tears when she sang it, and I don’t blame her. I don’t think you have to subscribe to the mentality that you have to bring the person to pain to sing and give a good performance. You just got to let the song be the song and let it do the work. Some songs are meant to be taken lighter and some are not. She definitely let that one fly.

As such, this is an incredibly personal and powerful song that deserves to be taken seriously and with serious care. The fact it managed to land in the top ten with a 9.10 average to me is phenomenal, and one of the standout surprises of the rate.

Over ten years ago, I was assaulted by my best friend at the time. Waking up to him doing things and having no power but to freeze and allow it to happen, I didn't realise the damage that was done until this year. With years and years of repressed trauma, I've attempted to take my own life several times, turned sex into a self-harm, and assumed that friendships deserve the right to my body. All because of that one person, and that one night. You cannot ever underestimate the sheer amount of damage such an event can do to a person, even if they are not aware and ready to accept it yet. It took me over ten years of running, chasing happy, and as such this song is seen in a whole new light to me.

Originally the title track for the entire album, it's a timeless classic despite its unique production. Helped of course by a fantastically wrought vocal delivery and hard hitting lyricism, I'm super proud of us calling this the best album track in the rate and one of her very very best.

Commentary corner:
@Txetxu: (10) Incredible and touching, even after all these years. I vividly remember crying my little heart out to this one.

@Sail On: (10) From those Linkin Park-esque opening keys, I was sold on this. The angst, those lyrics, that vocal. This is everything I want from P!nk.

@tylerc904: (10) I remember this playing on The Hills and being like “is this a single?!”. Deserved to be.

@Music Is Life: (10) This fucking song. It’s such a brutal, but perfectly created, rock song. The lyrics are devastating and honest. The entire song is actually a showcase of why I love her. She’s not afraid to be as honest as possible in her lyrics, and the she’s able to use her voice to make you believe she means every word, because she probably does. It does of course, have single potential written all over it, but I’m also not surprised it wasn’t released.

@R27: (10) This was my favourite song on the album when I first listened to it as a teen. As an adult it remains just as powerful and I can notice specific lyrical details that probably flew over head back then ("too young to know I lost it"). This is probably more relevant today and P!nk does a stellar job at handling such a sensitive topic with grace and sensitivity. The emotional turmoil is palpable.

@savilizabeths: (10) “God, the lyrics to this are so haunting and the production matches it. The themes are so dark but relatable to way too many people I know. Ugh, this makes me angry and sick and emotional. What a masterpiece. It’s heavy, relatable and painful, all in the best way.”

@Maki: (9.75) Dark, passionate and another amazing song from “I’m Not Dead” (although it took me forever to memorize the bridge). This is just one example of how amazing the album tracks are. The piano and guitar fit so well in this song, and P!nk’s vocal performance never disappoints. It got extra 0.25 points for the small part after first chorus (around 1:10 mark), it’s epic.

@Verandi: (8) Yas dark P!nk

@Laurence: (8) Pretty cool track? I like it.

@rick: (7) I always forget about this so every time I hear it it’s a pleasant surprise.

@abael: (6) A fine song, but pretty insignificant addition.

What an absolutely amazing, stunning, complex, gut-wrenching masterpiece. When I bought this album I went into it quite blind not knowing what to expect, Stupid Girls was a huge departure from what I came to expect from her (not in a bad way). Anyways, I just remember hearing this song & not being able to move on from it for quite sometime. Lyrically there's so much to unpack, you can tell a lot of thought process were put behind every word because it's retelling such an haunting experience, but it's not beating you over the head to get what she's referring to, it strings us along her journey making us all feel her pain all over again.... Ugh, kinda wished I had kept it as my #11, but i'm content with it being ranked as her best deep cut because it absolutely is!

So well done everyone except @abael
 
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06. I Don't Believe You
Average score: 9.24
Highest score: 11x3
@Reboot @savilizabeths @sapnu puas
10x16
@R27 @Maki @HollyDunnSomething @Music Is Life
@LiK @Sideout @Robsolete @Laurence @tylerc904
@Sail On @kal @Daniel_O @nikkysan
@JMRGBY88 @Sanctuary @Lost Boy
Lowest score: 5 @happiestgirl

No, I don't believe you
When you say "don't come around here no more"
I won't remind you
You said we wouldn't be apart
No, I don't believe you
When you say you don't need me anymore
So don't pretend to
Not love me at all

Remember when the Funhouse rerelease was coming and we all expected another mega-banger to lead it, only for her to dedicate the energy to what is arguably her best, and most intimate, ballad instead?

Pink explained on her website that, lyrically, the song is about pleading for reconciliation, and is her favourite song from Funhouse "because it's just so naked. It's like taking a deep breathe and saying, 'Here I am. Take me. Take your best shot'." She went on to explain that:

"The first thing that comes to my mind with I Don't Believe You is me standing in the vocal booth listening... Actually in the control room listening to this song, tears running down my face, just like 'fuck, really?' It's the vulnerable weak side of me that I don't let out very often. And it's... yeah it's that song. And I love it, I love it. I just love it, it's very near and dear to me."

What would go down at the time to be an insane decision now becomes a rare moment of bravery in sharing such a heartbreaking ode in such a capacity. This would definitely explain why it's gone on to be recognised as one of her very best, especially considering the gorgeously heartbreaking music video that accompanied it.

Whilst not exactly challenging darkness like 'Long Way...' and 'Family Portrait', there's a real confessional feel here and a delivery that bleeds authenticity. There's also the face it sat on an album built around a single campaign of pure hits, so I look back now and just adore the fact they took the time of day for this. It absolutely deserves the exceptional placement here.

We all know how denial feels, especially in relationships that feel like they embody our entire lives. The fact P!nk's marriage was so well documented too makes this ever more powerful, watching her pour her heart out in real time never gets easier... and I'd argue she hasn't really opened up like this in a while.





Commentary corner:

@savilizabeths (11) “How the hell do I explain how much I adore this song? It might be her absolute strongest ballad, which is saying something. It’s so beautiful. Her vocals are soft, emotional and just gorgeous and the production is so sad and magical. I can’t not feel something when I’m listening to it. It just goddamn hurts to listen to in the best kind of way. Damn.”

@sapnu puas: (10) whew. This song makes me feel things. When I was in a particularly tragic stage of a break up last year this was my go to self pity anthem, 10 years later and still having that impact, whew. I think it’s the simplicity of the lyrics which make the song that much more..devastating. She also sounds heavenly throughout. The way she sings “Just don't stand there and watch me fall//'Cause I, 'cause I still don't mind at all” = chills. Underrated video too

@Maki: (10) Probably in my top 10 P!nk songs ever. This is so emotional, it makes me really sad. The gloomy feel of the song makes me melt, and the verses are so depressing. Melodically it’s one of her finest moments. The string arrangement is absolute perfection, too. Definitely one of the songs that makes “Funhouse” such a strong album that it is.

@R27: (10) I know "Who Knew" is her classic go-to ballad, but I think I might like this even more. The yearning, desperation, and vulnerability in her vocals are astounding. "Don't just stand there and watch me fall/ 'Cos I still don't mind at all" guts me every time. A heartbreaking masterpiece. I really hope people don't do this dirty.

@Reboot: (10) This song is something else. I kept thinking about I Don’t Believe You even as I was trying to rate all her other songs, and therefore I’m giving it my 11. It’s STUNNING.

@JMRGBY88: (10) a gorgeous song. Also, I wish the Bimbo Jones mix would leak in good quality - don’t judge me @Vasilos)

@Sail On: (10) P!nk at her absolute rawest. The magic of the “I don’t mind it” lyric and intensity of the honesty make it stunning.

@nikkysan: (10) Simply stunning.

@Laurence: (10) Sweet ballad

@rick: (9) Gorgeous and heartbreaking

@Sprockrooster: (9) Normally I am not here for here minimalistic ballads, but that middle-8 sends to me heaven with that production.

@abael: (8) The chorus comes both softly and with impact. As polished as it is production side, Pink still gives you raw emotion, which is a difficult balance to find

I would like this in the top 5 but honestly I don't know if I could get rid of any of the 5 that made it. Good job everyone!
 
Gosh the last two (three!!) eliminations are such powerful songs.

Firstly 'Family Portrait' like a few of you have mentioned hits HARD if you are a child of divorce/abusive relationships. I remember whenever the video used to come on The Box music channel my mother would leave the room or just talk about how good the little girl actress was... I suspect for P!nk it was hugely therapeutic to put those feelings into a song, and in turn it helps so many of us listening.

'I Don't Believe You' wasn't my favourite when the album came out, but as I've matured I tend to appreciate voices more and P!nk's vocal on this is heartbreaking.

I'm so happy with that top 5!
 
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05. Don't Let Me Get Me
Average score: 9.39
Highest score: 11x2
@soratami @P'NutButter
10x18
@Sanctuary @JMRGBY88 @The Hot Rock @Sprockrooster
@Daniel_O @kal @tylerc904 @Hurricane Drunk @Robsolete
@Sideout @Remorque @sapnu puas @happiestgirl
@Music Is Life @HollyDunnSomething @savilizabeths @Lost Boy @əʊæ
Lowest score: 3 @abael
8x5
@LiK @Laurence @Reboot @Verandi @nikkysan

First of all, let me go on record to say this is the strongest opening verse of any song I know. Nothing quite cuts as hard as the never win first place opening, immediately summarising the oncoming rebellious battle with underdog status. It's difficult to say which song defines P!nk, especially considering her momentous career, but I definitely feel like the one-two punch of 'Just Like a Pill' and this will always define her for me.

'Just Like a Pill' reintroduced the bitter and wronged P!nk to the world, 'Don't Let Me Get Me' showed just how prepared she was to own it. You won't understand the importance of this song unless you've grown up feeling like the forgotten and misguided, a feeling that is far more common than it suggests, and it's why this song is revered for touching so many hearts at the time of release. It's so fucking important that we have artists releasing things like this and reminding people that there is always someone who understands the pain you're feeling, and you too can channel it into something.

P!nk described the song by saying:


It's basically about feeling inadequate, and wanting to get away from yourself. It's somewhat autobiographical, for the most part, definitely. In class, I was definitely always getting into trouble—I had 63 hours of overdue detentions when I left school that I'll never have to serve! [...] To me, any truth is good, whether it hurts or not, so me looking in the mirror, standing next to what most people would call 'perfect girl,' I have those feelings. I think every girl does, and it's important for girls to do that, yeah, I'm up here. I'm doing my thing. I'm a strong individual and I've gained that strength over the years, but I'm still up in the mirror and try to pat my hips in.

Recently she has joked about being so tired of this song, but I'd argue that it hasn't aged a bit. Some songs revel in the soundscape of their time and yet still maintain such a charisma that they survive the journey with pretty sick battle scars, in this case the song is plastered in personal wounds - and it will always make it stronger.

Would this have won without Abael? Perhaps.



Commentary corner:

@P'NutButter (11) so bloody good and so 2002.

@The Hot Rock: (10) An absolute classic. I feel this as much at 25 as I did when I heard this as a child, oop.

@savilizabeths: (10) “What a classic P!nk song. I love that it doesn’t feel dated at all. This album just feels really timeless, unlike some of her older material. This song really paints a great picture of her as a person. It’s sad, self deprecating and relatable to a lot of people. It’s really introspective, which is something she really started doing post Can’t Take Me Home.”

@Sprockrooster: (10) Iconic music video. If only memes were a thing back then, this would have gone viral.

@sapnu puas: (10) quintessential pink isn’t it really? As an angsty, closeted, self loathing teen, some of these lyrics- “ Doctor, doctor, won't you please prescribe me somethin' A day in the life of someone else?” were a tad ReLaTabLe.

@JMRGBY88: (10) I know it’s not very indicative of who she is now, but I wish she’d bring this back into her live shows.

@tylerc904: (10) The OG “P!nk song with shockingly relatable lyrics”, something she has sort of become known for (to some, to the point of overkill but alas). Still holds up as an absolute anthem.

@R27: (9.5) A SELF-LOATHING BOP.

@Maki: (9.25) It totally makes sense why she doesn’t want to perform this song anymore, but it’s really good! No wonder it resonated with her teenage public so much. Musically, it’s such a great example of early pop rock sound that will take over during the mid-00’s I like the distorted beats that come with the second verse and the guitar solo is really cool, but it doesn’t have that something to make it completely amazing.

@rick: (9) 16 year old me ate every bit of this up. I did/do annoy myself, and everyone around me. Did we ever solve the mystery of what was censored in the video?#

@Verandi: (8) The production here could have punched more tbh.

@abael: (3) You got me Pink, this song is as irritating as she sees herself, and I wouldn't want to be your friend either if this was how I was introduced to you.


Person confesses their inner most secrets of inner loathing = gets called irritating.
 
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