Charli XCX stands alone in the current pop world. She is as at home with avant-garde electronica as she is big pop earthquakes – and at her best when she’s blending the two together with a cool, clever eye and a heart full of messy emotions. Fantastically prolific, Charli began recording at the age of 14 and, over a decade on from releasing her first mixtape, Heartbreaks And Earthquakes, she has amassed an enormous back catalogue of brilliance. To prove the point, here we count down 20 of the best Charli XCX songs…
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20: Unlock It (with Kim Petras and Jay Park) (from ‘Pop 2’, 2017)
“I remember coming up with the ‘Lock it lock it lock it’ part whilst I was in a car driving to New Jersey for a show on the Halsey tour,” Charli posted on Instagram. “I had it in my head all day and I kept singing it over and over.” She’s not the only one: once heard, that hook is never forgotten. Charli’s knack for huge pop hooks delivered in the freshest way possible is perfectly expressed on this track, with help from Korean star Jay Park and unconventional German pop artist Kim Petras.