20 Most Popular Songs to Sing in the Shower

"So I put my hands up, they're playing my song. The butterflies fly away." —Miley Cyrus, and also this guy.
"So I put my hands up, they're playing my song. The butterflies fly away." —Miley Cyrus, and also this guy.
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If you can hear your apartment neighbor belting Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the U.S.A.” in the shower day after day, you’re definitely not the only one.

UK-based bathroom supplier ShowerstoYou compiled a list of 530 Spotify playlists containing the word shower and found the 2009 party anthem on a whopping 97 percent of them—more than any other song. Apparently, quite a few people like to blast dance hits while they lather, rinse, and repeat: “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd came in second place, and Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie,” Doja Cat’s “Say So,” and Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” all made the top 20.

Other bathers prefer to pine over lost love with a good power ballad. “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis was on 82 percent of playlists, Bruno Mars’s “Grenade” appeared on 72 percent of them, and 57 percent of playlist makers are trying their best to hit the high notes in Adele’s “Hello.”

Becky G’s 2014 pop hit “Shower” is probably the most apt song on the list, considering how many times (12, to be exact) the lyrics mention “singing in the shower.” And while the top 20 almost entirely consists of 21st-century chart-toppers, there are two noteworthy throwbacks: TLC’s 1999 classic “No Scrubs” and “Africa” by Toto.

In addition to analyzing Spotify playlists, Showerstoyou also surveyed 2329 people to find out which genre they favor for solitary sudsy concerts. Pop was the clear winner with 55 percent, followed by rap (19 percent) and R&B (10 percent).

Find out if your go-to shower song made the list below.

  1. “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus // 97 percent
  1. “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd // 90 percent
  1. “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis // 82 percent
  1. “Sunday Best” by Surfaces // 79 percent
  1. “No Scrubs” by TLC // 73 percent
  1. “Grenade” by Bruno Mars // 72 percent
  1. “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira // 66 percent
  1. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran // 62 percent
  1. “Adore You” by Harry Styles // 61 percent
  1. “Say So” by Doja Cat // 59 percent
  1. “Hello” by Adele // 57 percent
  1. “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande // 56 percent
  1. “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott // 55 percent
  1. “Mine” by Bazzi // 53 percent
  1. “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles // 52 percent
  1. “Shower” by Becky G // 49 percent
  1. “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa // 48 percent
  1. “Baby” by Justin Bieber // 47 percent
  1. “Africa” by Toto // 46 percent
  1. “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s // 45 percent

[h/t ShowerstoYou]

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7 Fascinating Facts About Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe performs at the State Theatre in Minneapolis in 2018.
Janelle Monáe performs at the State Theatre in Minneapolis in 2018.

In music, there are artists, original artists, and then there’s Janelle Monáe. Since breaking out a decade ago with her first album, 2010's The ArchAndroid, Monáe—who was born on December 1, 1985—has seemed unstoppable, pushing the envelope with her astonishing blend of different musical styles, daring fashion sense, and serious acting chops. Bottom line: If Janelle Monáe has a new project, it’s going to be worth checking out. Here are some fascinating facts about the talent behind The Electric Lady.

1. Responding to a fan got Janelle Monáe fired from her job at Office Depot.

Before hitting it big, Monáe paid the bills by working at Office Depot while she was attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. She received an email from a fan and sent a response—on a company computer. She was let go, but the experience inspired her to write the song “Lettin’ Go.”

2. Janelle Monáe is still annoyed about losing the lead in a high school production of The Wiz.

Monaé's talent was clear at a young age. Growing up in Kansas City, Kansas, she won three consecutive Juneteenth talents shows by covering songs from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill each year. However, while Monáe headlined many of her high school's musicals, she lost one major part—Dorothy in The Wiz—because family duty called. Monaé's mom needed to be picked up from work, which meant that the aspiring actress had to leave her audition early. As a result, a fellow classmate got the part; according to Rolling Stone, it's something that still bothers Monáe to this day.

3. Janelle Monáe’s acting career had an animated start.

Janelle Monáe stars in Antebellum (2020).Lionsgate

As if Monáe's music career wasn't impressive enough, she's also shown some serious acting talent in the last several years. Monáe has been a powerful presence in films like Moonlight and Hidden Figures, along with her starring role in the second season of Homecoming. However, her first film appearance was a voice acting role. In the animated sequel Rio 2, Monáe played the aptly named Dr. Monáe, a veterinarian. Her song "What Is Love" was also featured on the film's soundtrack.

4. Janelle Monáe had a close friendship with Prince.

There are countless musicians and artists who can claim the late Prince as an inspiration. Few of them can actually call him a friend. The Purple Rain mastermind championed Monáe and helped guide her creative process. According to Rolling Stone, he was the first person to receive a copy of Monáe's debut studio album, The ArchAndroid, which was delivered with flowers and a handwritten tracklist.

5. Janelle Monáe’s albums have had a narrative thread.

Monáe’s love for science-fiction is quite apparent, based on her discography and expressed fondness for films like Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking silent film Metropolis, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her debut EP, Metropolis: The Chase Suite, and first two studio albums, The ArchAndroid and The Electric Lady, each centered around an alter-ego: Cindi Mayweather. This titular "archandroid" was meant to serve as a bridge between humans and robots. During The Electric Lady tour, fans were given pamphlets labeled "The Ten Droid Commandments." The Afrofuturism and sci-fi elements of Monáe's earlier music aren't emphasized as much on her most recent album, Dirty Computer, but the excellent quality is.

6. Janelle Monáe has been honored by Harvard.

Monáe has racked up numerous awards, including an MTV Video Music Award, a Satellite Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Soul Train Music Awards, and even more nominations. She also has some serious Ivy League endorsements. In 2014, after headlining Harvard’s annual Yardfest event, Monáe was the first recipient of the award for Achievement in Arts and Media by the Harvard College Women’s Center. That same year, the Harvard Black Men’s Forum named Monáe Woman of the Year.

7. Janelle Monáe pays tribute to her parents through her outfits.

Janelle Monáe performing at the 2016 Boston Calling Music Festival.digboston via Flickr // CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to her fashion sense, Monáe is known for her daring styles. One of her most iconic looks is a black and white tuxedo. Discussing this on Fresh Air, Monáe said she did this to honor her parents, who had to wear uniforms throughout their work lives. Her mother even worked a catering job with a tuxedo uniform dress code. "So that was one reason why I was constantly wearing the black-and-white tuxedo," she said. "And then I wanted to rebel against the gender norms and what it meant to dress like a woman or what it meant to dress like a man."