Brooke Nipar
Melissa Maerz
January 07, 2015 AT 05:00 AM EST


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Meghan Trainor

We gave it an A-

Meghan Trainor once told EW that being famous is like being in high school. If that’s true, then let Taylor Swift and Katy Perry play the prom queens, because right now, no pop star is better than this 21-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer at playing the sassy best friend. Last year, Trainor made America feel awesome about the way their butts look in those jeans with her bubblegum smash ”All About That Bass,” and on her debut full-length, she’s busy telling off that guy who’s no good for you, or making a cheeky ”Dear Future Husband” checklist that’ll have Future Wives nodding their heads. (Rule No. 12: ”After every fight, just apologize.”) She’s loudmouthed and funny, rhyming ”flossing” with ”Ryan Gosling,” and she strikes just the right balance of raunchy and sweet on the ukulele-strummed title track, which finds her looking for a lover ”who can get up on that bike/’Look, Ma, no hands!”’ Her affection for blue-eyed soul, doo-wop, and oldies like Dion’s ”Runaround Sue” and Pat Ballard’s ”Mr. Sandman” will endear her equally to grandmas and the vintage-loving kids who borrow their cardigans, but she also has a knack for writing big, bold, sing-’em-out-loud-in-the-car anthems that sound contemporary, like the drunk-texting come-on ”3am” and the morning-after shimmy ”Walkashame.” This is real-girl pop with massive charm. The only problem? It’s quickly making her the one thing that could turn high school girls against her: popular. A-


ALL ABOUT THAT BASS: A boomin’ booty ode
DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND: A funny FAQ for the Mr. Trainor-to-be

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