If you've been struck with a Halsey fever you can't sweat out, don't worry, you're not alone. Last year's Badlands was one of our favourites and we couldn't resist the allure of Room 93. But have you ever asked yourself which Halsey tracks are the absolute best Halsey tracks? We've been racking our brain trying to rank them and we finally figured it out. Here are Halsey's 5 best tracks that weren't singles: RANKED.
5) "Young God"
It's clear why "Young God" isn't a single but, for a non-single, it's pretty damn great. It's one of those post industrial numbers that Halsey always pulls off perfectly. Everything from the song's composition to the way she sweetly sings, "if you wanna go to heaven you should fuck me right now" works amazingly well. A classic Halsey joint for sure.
4) "Empty Gold"
"Empty Gold" is an interesting cut from last year's Room 93. Again, Halsey is playing with some industrial elements but against a really classically pop backdrop. This is something that artists did a lot in the early and mid 2000s. It seemed that, for a hot minute, Halsey was ready to give us a classic pop moment. This is also so radically different from anything that made it onto Badlands. It's an impressive non-single though.
3) "Roman Holiday"
Halsey really excels on songs like "Roman Holiday". She careens through deeply personal verses before throwing herself into a perfect pop chorus. If "Roman Holiday" isn't the perfect example of that then I don't know what is. Sonically, "Roman Holiday" is quite similar to "Colours" which is probably my favourite Halsey single.
The backdrop for "Control" is essentially perfect for Halsey. It's creepy and exciting at the same time. Every time I hear it it's like I'm relating with Halsey on some weird female bandit kind of level. If this beat were actually developed a little more it could be a trap beat which is SO interesting to me. I would love to hear Halsey have a trap moment. Hello? Young Thug? Are you listening?
If Halsey's promo cycle continues past "Castle", "Gasoline" has to be the next single. It just has to be. From a composition standpoint, it's one of the most mature and sophisticated cuts from Badlands. Halsey excells in a really specific way on "Gasoline". She talks about excess, cult of personality, and insecurity in a way that is thoroughly grown up and sexy at the same time. It's just one of her best. Hands down.