You don’t have to be afflicted with the fever — the Bieber Fever — to understand why Justin Bieber‘s new album, Believe, is one of the most anticipated albums in pop music this year. This set is Bieber’s coming-of-age collection. It’s the one that’s supposed to break him out of the teen heartthrob, strictly-for-the-kiddies shell and make it more acceptable for older audiences to call themselves Bieber fans.
The latter may still have some stigma around it, but Justin definitely accomplished his goal of making a more mature record, thanks to the wide array of proven hitmakers behind the boards and the pen (Max Martin, Rodney Jerkins, Hit-Boy, Diplo), the guest appearances by hip hop stars like Ludacris, Drake, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj, and puberty (say hello to Biebz’s deeper voice).
We took a listen to Believe so that we could pick four songs that we think you really need to know. We were surprised at how tough the task was; there are so many contenders. But we did it. Check out which songs made the cut.
Die In Your Arms: This song was one of the first songs besides Believe’s first single, “Boyfriend,” that fans had a chance to hear in full, thanks to its release as part of Biebz’s iTunes countdown to Believe. Makes sense why. It let people know right away that there were some power cuts on the set. Oldness be damned. With its retro, finger-snapping groove, hat tip to the Jackson 5, and super catchy hook, “Die In Your Arms” remains one of the best tracks on the album.
As Long As You Love Me featuring Big Sean: Nothing in this world can hold Biebz down — not homelessness, not poverty, not starvation — as long as he’s got the love of his lady on this electro-pop love song. “As long as you love me, we could be starving, we could be homeless, we could be broke/As long as you love me, I’ll be your platinum, I’ll be your silver, I’ll be your gold,” Bieber sings on the chorus, before it gets kicked up a couple thousand infectious notches with the “la la la la” refrains. Biebz invites G.O.O.D. Music rapper Big Sean to the lovey dovey party, but in all honesty, he’s painfully pointless. The song would be just as good without him.
Right Here featuring Drake: Bieber does his best Drake impression on this summertime perfect, Hit-Boy-produced jam. With a low and deep tone, Biebz sings about promising to stay by his lady’s side “til the end.” “Baby, I’m here/I’m here to stay/I ain’t going nowhere…I just wanna love you/I would never ever put nobody else above you.” Drizzy comes in on the second verse with his classic drowsy crooning. “Say you’ll be mine/Say we’ll be fine/Say we’ll be together,” he sings. He follows that up with a rap verse. “Good girl got her mind right/She been raised right/Being patient, I know you’re waiting/Waiting on a good thing/When the time’s right you should let me get to know you, baby.”
Thought Of You: There’s no way you can’t like “Thought Of You,” Bieber’s little ditty about infatuation. There’s so many enjoyable pop components being mashed together to create one super playback-worthy tune: a boyband sweet melody, shimmying drum beats, and a bouncy, fist pump-ready chorus. Oh, and we can’t forget the “I’m in love with the thought of you-hoo-hoo” part. Come on. You’ll catch yourself humming this one for days!