Rank It: “Melodrama”

Story posted January 26, 2023 in Arts & Entertainment by Izzy Charboneau.

CommRadio member Izzy Charboneau tries her hand at ranking an album that is largely viewed as pop music perfection: Lorde’s 2017 album Melodrama.

#11 Liability (Reprise)

You just can’t beat the original version of this song.

#10 Perfect Places

This is actually a great album closer, and the line “I’m 19 and I’m on fire” is going to be important to 19-year-olds everywhere forever, but it just doesn’t hold a candle to some of the other tracks.

#9 Homemade Dynamite

This one is actually fun and cute, but it gets forgotten because it just doesn’t hold its own when it’s put up next to some of the bigger players on the album. It would be fun to hear at parties.

#8 Writer in the Dark

One of the saddest tracks Lorde’s ever written. Will be played by broken-hearted teenage girls until the end of time probably.

#7 Sober

The infamous PowerPoint about Jack Antonoff cheating on Lena Dunham with Lorde at Coachella said that this is what that song is about. No further comment.

#6 Sober II (Melodrama)

Unlike in the case of “Liability,” this one is better than the original. Not by miles or anything, but there is a certain quality this song possesses that can’t quite be explained.

#5 Hard Feelings/Loveless

Of the album, this may be one of the songs where you can best hear Jack Antonoff’s influence because it sounds like a Bleachers song (affectionately).

#4 Liability

This was written specifically as an anthem for people who have been told (likely on multiple occasions) that they are “a lot.”

#3 Green Light

Maybe this is because of that scene from “New Girl,” but this song is truly one of her best, and it emulates the overall vibe of the album very well.

#2 The Louvre

Falling in love is a beautiful feeling that this song gets right. Possibly the best song ever written about being in the “honeymoon phase.”

#1 Supercut

The line “in my head I do everything right / when you call, I’ll forgive and not fight” is what cements this as the best of the album. Lorde’s pen is just so strong.

Izzy Charboneau is a second-year majoring in digital and print journalism. To contact her, email ijc5186@psu.edu.