Teenage Dream

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
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Based on 16 reviews
2010 Ratings: #820 / 873
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Based on 616 ratings
2010 Ratings: #221
August 24, 2010 / Release Date
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Capitol / Label
Pop / Genres
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It's the kind of disposable pop that leaves your head almost as soon as it's over. It's an album of singles placed in no significant order and with no particular thread.

Drowned in Sound

The most interesting thing here is the lyrics. Taken out of context, they’re not wholly remarkable and say little more then the typical lyric fodder of aren’t boys great, aren’t boys dumb, I like drinking in clubs, yadda yadda yadda. But when you put them in context with Katy Perry the popstar it becomes obvious that half of the songs were written before she became Mrs Russell Brand, and so more than likely deal with her break-up with that ball bag from the musical abomination Gym Class Heroes, and the other half are all about her new relationship with the guy who decided it would be a good idea to go to work dressed as Osama Bin Laden on the day after the September 11th terror attacks.


Now, instead of making an attempt at an artistic leap forward, Perry has, with her candy-coated follow-up, Teenage Dream, doubled down on the formula that got her here.

While it not my favorite pop album of 2010, (The ArchAndroid is) it’s still a pretty solid album, I like the production, for the most part, I think it’s pretty upbeat and poppy, sort of like cotton candy, I think this album can be pretty hit or miss at times, at times, you get classic bops like Teenage Dream and The One That Got Away, and then you got songs like Peacock and Circle The Drain which I think are TERRIBLE tracks, but other than those tracks, I can’t help, but enjoy ... read more
Maybe the peak object of the iTunes singles era. Teenage Dream was my adolescent soundtrack. Its ubiquity in the early 2010s is unmatched and a little mindnumbing. You felt like there was a new single from this album every week; it was a year or so where Katy Perry dropped a constant stream of hits. While the record should feel like a greatest hits collection, there is something performative when listening to the album in full. The dots between the tracks don't connect, and you are left ... read more
You get songs like Teenage Dream and The One that Got Away, which are absolute bops, then you get bullshit like Peacock
i really cant bring myself to give this anything lower than a 70 due to just how much i loved these songs when i was younger. pure pop gems and unlimited radio play throughout this whole LP. definitely one of the sugariest and most upbeat pop albums of the 2010s
fav tracks: california gurls, firework, e.t.
(Original Score: 69.)

Teenage Dream is packed with some of the biggest hits in early 2010’s pop music. It was the album that spawned 5 Billboard Hot 100 #1’s. You couldn’t escape it if you turned on the radio any time in 2010 or 2011. Where Gaga was about pushing the boundaries of what pop could be, Katy was about making music that was fun, bouncy and on-trend. Some would say that this characteristic would make this album dated, but I personally still find it very enjoyable ... read more
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Track List

  1. Teenage Dream
  2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) 
  3. California Gurls (Feat. Snoop Dogg) 
  4. Firework
  5. Peacock
  6. Circle The Drain
  7. The One That Got Away 
  8. E.T.
  9. Who Am I Living For? 
  10. Pearl 
  11. Hummingbird Heartbeat
  12. Not Like The Movies

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