Love or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Justin Bieber has had an amazing career. Since the young age of 15, he’s been landing hits on charts worldwide, becoming a pop icon and helping to define the genre throughout the 2010s. In this article, we’ll go over 21 of the best and most successful songs Justin Bieber has ever released.
Sorry served as the second single released from Justin Bieber’s Purpose album in 2015; that was a plea from Bieber for the chance to apologize to his ex Selena Gomez. The sad lyrics juxtapose the warm and breezy music that goes along with most of the rhythms, but that adds complexity rather than undermines the song’s point.
It was an international hit, topping the charts in 13 countries and spending three weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100. Sorry was replaced by Bieber’s Love Yourself at the number one spot in the US Hot 100 and UK Singles chart, making him the 12th and third, respectively, act in history to self-replace at number one on those charts.
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2. Where Are Ü Now
Justin Bieber teamed up with Skrillex and Diplo to produce Where Are Ü Now, where he supplies all of the vocals. It ended up being the second single from the EDM power duo’s debut studio album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü and was included on Bieber’s Purpose album, all in 2015.
Initially a piano ballad by Bieber, the two electronic dance maestros turned it into an electronic dance song (of course), but that didn’t take away any of the longing or emotion in the song. Where Are Ü Now would go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and break into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number eight.
3. Love Yourself
Love Yourself was a bit of a goodbye to Bieber’s ex and one he was more than happy to go after being done wrong in his mind. It ended up being one of the most successful songs of 2016, spending 24 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and earning the title of best-performing song of the year on that chart.
It was another international hit for the young Bieber, topping charts in 15 countries and earning two Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
You dreaded it, and I know you did. Yes, Baby is one of Justin Bieber’s greatest songs ever, no matter how overplayed it was, no matter how dumb it sounded to you back then, and no matter how much you can’t stand it now.
The lead single from Bieber’s My World 2.0 album took over radio and streaming when it was released in 2010, defining pop music for years to come. Internationally, it was one of the year’s most successful songs, topping the charts in two countries and breaking the top 10 in a further 11.
In the US, Baby debuted at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and nearly broke four million digital downloads by 2013.
While I’m sure Despacito is as much maligned by some as Baby, there’s no denying it’s not only a step up musically nor that it was almost as successful as the latter song. Written and produced for Luis Fonsi’s Vida album in 2019, Despacito saw Fonsi team up with the Bieb and Daddy Yankee on a 2017 remix. (If those dates confuse you, the song was made earlier, but the Vida album was released in 2019).
Having Justin Bieber come in on the song helped it rise to number one on several international charts and helped popularize Spanish music in mainstream markets yet again. It won three awards at the Latin Grammy, and the remix earned three nominations at the Grammy Awards before Rolling Stone ranked it among their 100 Greatest Songs of the Century and one of the 100 songs to define the 2010s.
6. No Sense
Yet another entry from Bieber’s Purpose album, No Sense, served as the eighth track of the album and saw the second collaboration between Justin Bieber and Travis Scott. Both were at the peak of their powers when the song was produced, with the two previously working on Maria I’m Drunk for Travis Scott’s Rodeo album.
Again, it’s all about losing love and the empty feeling that fills you up when she isn’t by your side anymore.
7. As Long As You Love Me
As Long As You Love Me came out as a promotional single for Bieber’s Believe album in 2012 and was officially released as the second single from the album. It’s all about overcoming any obstacle or difficulty as long as that special person loves him and the feeling behind it is sweet.
The song only reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 but topped the US Rhythmic and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts while breaking into the top 40 across numerous charts internationally.
8. What Do You Mean?
What Do You Mean? may be one of Justin Bieber’s most relatable songs for men since it describes how women can say one thing while meaning another. Basically, we just don’t take hints well and get confused.
The song was the lead single in Bieber’s fourth studio album, Purpose, and was a massive commercial success. It topped the US Hot 100 and was the number-one song at one point in… a lot of countries that year. When all was said and done, it was near the top of most major publications’ year-end song lists, and the remix version that featured Ariana Grande did nothing but push it further ahead of other songs in 2015.
9. I Don’t Care
Yet another time, Justin Bieber teamed up with another prominent artist to create something great. I Don’t Care featured as the lead single from Ed Sheeran’s fourth studio album, No.6 Collaborations Project, and was previewed by both artists on social media before the official announcement.
The fourth time they worked together, I Don’t Care had just under 11 million streams online in the first 24 hours, breaking Spotify’s single-day streaming record and sitting atop their global chart for six weeks. The only reason it didn’t top the Hot 100 is that Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road was in the number-one spot.
The Kid LAROI’s reloaded mixtape was a massive hit for him, thanks partly to the collaboration with Justin Bieber on Stay. It was the second time they worked together on a song and LAROI’s first big hit single. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200 in 2021, taking the top spot in 21 countries and breaking the top 10 of 18. It still holds the record for the fastest song to hit a billion streams on Spotify and won the ARIA Award for Best Pop Release.
11. Somebody To Love
The second single released from Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 album featured and was produced by Usher. It originally started as a demo by Usher for his sixth album, but he gave it to the Bieb and backed him up. An official remix would be released later that year, and it also did very well. Ultimately, it gave Justin Bieber another top-15 song on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke into the top 40 of numerous international charts.
Peaches was one of the biggest summer songs of 2021 and one of the biggest singles from Bieber’s sixth studio album. Two song remixes would be released, one from Ludacris, Usher, and Snoop Dogg, and one from Nigerian singers Alpha P and Omah Lay. Peaches debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, giving Bieber his seventh number-one song on that chart, and topped the Global 200 and Global Excl. US charts. It also received four Grammy Nominations at the 64th Grammy Awards.
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In the second single to be released from Justin Bieber’s fifth studio album Changes, he teamed up with Quavo to produce Intentions. A month after its release, Bieber released an acoustic version of the song that did not include Quavo. Both were met with positive reviews, reaching the top 40 in 25 countries. Billboard had it in their list of The 100 Best Songs of 2020, ranking it at number 73.
Lonely was included in Justin Bieber’s sixth studio album Justice, in 2021, serving as the second single release. He teamed up with Benny Blanco for it, who featured it on the reissue of their debut album Friends Keep Secrets. In 2022, it received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and came in at number 20 on iHeart Radio’s list of The 30 Songs That Made Us Feel Something in 2020.
This song was one of the few Justin Bieber songs I truly liked and the one that hit close to home. While it’s more about a breakup than anything else, the song lyrics fit really well for the difficulties of a long-distance relationship, so I could relate. It’s one of Bieber’s newest songs, released in 2021, and the final single release from his Justice album. It topped the US Mainstream Top 40 and reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 while scoring another international hit song for the Canadian music artist.
16. Stuck With U
It was a matter of time before Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande worked together, and the result was just as good as you’d expect. Stuck With U marked the two’s second time collaborating, and it debuted at the very top of the Billboard Hot 100, giving the Bieb his sixth US number-one single and Ariana Grande her third.
It also reached the top 10 in 23 other countries, becoming an international hit that took home Best Music Video at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards and Favorite Music Collaboration at the 2021 Kid’s Choice Awards.
Boyfriend marked a turning point for Justin Bieber in his musical approach and was a standout track on the 2012 Believe album. It was a huge commercial success, debuting at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and owns the record for the sixth-highest digital sales week in US history. Critically, it may have seen mixed reviews, but it was a smashing success among the fans.
18. Beauty and a Beat
Beauty and a Beat is the only song on Believe that Justin Bieber didn’t at least co-write, but that’s okay because we had Nicki Minaj pick up the slack. It wound up as the third official single from the album, mostly because of its strong digital sales, which also helped it debut at number 72 on the Hot 100.
19. I’m The One
I’m The One was a major collaboration between DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne. It ended up as the second single to be released from DJ Khaled’s album Grateful, and by 2020 the song broke one billion streams on Spotify.
20. Never Say Never
Never Say Never was one of the songs that helped put Justin Bieber on the map, becoming his second-ever US top 10 single. The coolest part about the song is that it was originally produced for the movie Karate Kid featuring Jaden Smith, serving as the theme song for the film and eventually becoming a hit single in its own right.
We’ll round out the list with a Canadian singer duet featuring Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes. Monster was the second single from Mendes’ album Wonder in 2020 that delves into the obstacles and pitfalls of being a star. It debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Justin Bieber’s 21st song to break into the top 10 of that chart.
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