Fire is essential to any bonfire night, and pop stars have always taken to its elemental power as a metaphor for both strength and destruction. These 20 best songs about fire provide the perfect soundtrack to your Guy Fawkes Night celebrations.
20: Katy Perry: Firework
Dance-pop doesn’t get much more empowering than when Katy Perry has something to say. Taken from the six-million-selling album Teenage Dream, this paean to showing the world what you’re made of apparently came to her after reading Jack Kerouac’s coming-of-age novel On the Road. While the lyrics don’t always scan, Perry’s heartfelt sentiment is plain to hear as she delivers the soaring melody (it was certainly enough for Hillary Clinton to play it at the 2016 Democratic National Convention). Also crystal clear is the undeniable four-to-the-floor beat that set clubland alight. Referring to this song as a “banger” in this context is most appropriate.