Shawn Mendes is a Grammy-nominated, award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter who first rose to fame as an internet star at 14 thanks to his vines. Now defunct, video-sharing platform, Vine was popular among teens to upload funny, six-second looping video clips. Shawn used Vine for his covers of popular songs.
One of his covers, which accumulated over 10,000 likes overnight, Was the chorus from Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me." In the next four months, he grew to 300,000 followers on Vine and Twitter! Before Vine shut down in 2016, he had already established a fan base and had over half a billion views.
2016 was the year he released his sophomore album, Illuminate, preceded by the single "Treat You Better" and his debut studio album Handwritten, whose single "Stitches" debuted at the top of the US billboard 200.
Mendes became so popular that he started going on meet-and-greet-conventions (MAGCONs) with other social media sensations, including Nash Grier, Aaron Carpenter, Cameron Dallas, Brent Rivera.
Here's the list of 20 Shawn Mendes songs to get you into the Mendes.
1) When you want to dance—Señorita
'Señorita' is the smooth Latin collaborative love song from Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes in which they croon about their fictitious romance. This Shawn Mendes song follows the pair's 2015's hit "I Know What You Did Last Summer."
"I love it when you call me señorita
I wish I could pretend I didn't need ya."
Camila Cabello's shrill voice and Shawn Mendes good high pitch quality makes the song wonderful and pleasant to listen to. Moreover, the lyrics of this song are beautiful enough to make anyone fall for someone.
2) When someone friend-zoned you—Treat You better
Shawn Mendes lung-bursting 'Treat You Better' is yet another romantic track that will make anyone wish they were the one he's fighting for. "
"I know I can treat you better than he can
And any girl like you deserves a gentleman."
In his 2020 Netflix documentary Wonder, he threw new light on this pining love song confessing that it is indeed for Camilla Cabello.
3) When someone hurts you—Stitches
Shawn Mendes song 'Stitches' proved him to be a jack of lovelorn lyrics, and this song's lyrics are relatable for anyone who has been hurt by a lover. The wordings of this song might be cheesy, but the racing beat makes the song fun to sing.
"And now that I'm without your kisses.
I'll be needing stitches."
4) When nothing can hold you back—There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
"Oh, I've been shaking
I love it when you go crazy
You take all my inhibitions
Baby, there's nothing holding me back."
From his confident plea to treat a girl better in 'Treat You better' to the racing melody and fiery lyrics of "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back." This was among the major hits of all Shawn Mendes songs. It speaks about a relationship that helps him feel free to be himself.
5) When you can't express your feelings—If I Can't Have You
'If I Can't Have You' is Shawn Mendes song, from his self-titled album in 2019. The lyrics of this song are all about having all-consuming feelings for someone you're close to but not expressing them to that person.
"Is it too late to tell you that
Everything means nothing if I can't have you?"
6) When you feel like giving up—This is what it takes
"Cause underneath the darkness
There's a light that is trying so hard to be seen."
Shawn Mendes songs are motivational in every sense. "This is what it takes" talks about people who lose their strength in a hard moment, and not giving up no matter what, and how there's always a light at the end of the tunnel.
7) When you want to feel something—Bad Reputation
"And I don't care what they say about you, baby.
They don't know what you've been through"
Shawn Mendes "Bad Reputation," tells the story of a girl who has to deal with a messy reputation because of her mistakes. The girl in the song is "talked about" and not "talked to." Throughout the song, He empathizes with her and attempts to bridge the gap between the "truth" and gossip.
8) When you think of someone you like—Nervous
This song is about having a crush on someone and being too, well, nervous about getting things started and probably getting a fluttery sensation in your stomach, aka, 'you feel butterflies.'
"My adrenaline kicked in.
'Cause I've been askin' 'bout you too."
Shawn's vocals in this song are different from what we're used to listening to, but it's an absolutely incredible song.
9) When you want to be happy— Lost In Japan
"I'm a couple hundred miles from Japan, and I
I was thinking I could fly to your hotel tonight."
This is one of the experimental Shawn Mendes songs with funky beats and alluring Zedd and Mendes vocals. This song's music video references the movie lost in translation, a romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola.
10) When you fall in love— Falling all in you
"You are bringing out a different kind of me
There's no safety net that's underneath. I'm free."
Shawn Mendes song 'Falling all in you' is about a couple who was supposed to only have a one-night stand, but now they are slowly falling for each other, and now all they want is to have this feeling keep going.
11) When you're feeling hopeless— Mercy
"You keep tearing me apart
Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart?"
This Shawn Mendes song is sort of like 'Stitches 2.0' and carries a lot of weight and emotion as it is another plea for a lover to quit playing with his heart. In this song, Mendes pours his heart and soul into the lyrics, and his fervent vocals make the song feel more intense.
12) When you're heartbroken—I Know What You Did Last Summer
This song is a conversation between two people in a relationship, and their relationship is dying, but none of them wants to admit that it's dying.
"It's tearing me apart.
She's slipping away."
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes casual meeting led to the pair writing "I Know What You Did Last Summer," a soulful, conversational pop duet in which their two voices blend beautifully together.
13) When you feel like giving up—In My Blood
"Help me, it's like the walls are caving in
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can't
It isn't in my blood."
The song 'In My Blood' is something everyone can relate to. It is a heartbreaking and vulnerable rock ballad that focuses on his struggle with anxiety, and Shawn describes the various things that can trigger this condition. This song builds up slowly to a roaring verse, all of which makes the song raw and incredible.
14) When you feel like dancing—Something Big
"It's like that feeling when you're just about to kill it
Take your last shot. You know you're going to hit it."
In 2014 when this song was released, people were obsessed with how this song makes them feel. It has a fun and upbeat tune that will have everyone up on their feet and dancing.
15) When you feel invincible—One of Those Nights
"Where do we go? We don't know
Follow the wind, where it blows."
This song is about living your life to the fullest, acting like there's no tomorrow and no one to hold you back.
16) When you're struggling with anxiety—A Little Too Much
"Though everyone said that she was so strong
What they didn't know is that she could barely carry on."
The song 'A Little Too Much' was released three years ago. It follows a very much similar sentiment to that of "In My Blood." It is an acoustic track from a third-person perspective, which has a very touching message that hits home.
17) When you're in love—Dream About You
Mendes Album 'Wonder' has every song dedicated to his girlfriend, Camilla Cabello. This album feels like when you come across your friend who just got into a relationship and won't shut up about it.
"Hello Hello Hello
Can I hear an echo
Purple red and yellow
I can't wait to get home."
'Dream About You' is a sombre, softer ballad about love and presumably his paramour.
18) When you want to know about the fame—Monster
"What if I, what if I fall?
Then am I the monster?"
Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber's collaborative Monster addresses the pressure of fame. In the song's chorus, they sing about not holding any hate towards their haters. They are going to let them pass by, and move on with their life.
19) When you need positivity—Youth
"Waking up to headlines
Filled with devastation again
My heart is broken
But I keep going"
Shawn Mendes song 'Youth' was way ahead of its time. While many people use their platforms for fights and drama, Shawn has spread a very positive message. Everyone needs to listen to this song along with it to watch the music video. The combination of Khalid and Shawn's melodious voices in this song is absolutely beautiful, easily making this everyone’s favourite.
20) When you want to understand your deepest emotions—Wonder
In the midst of all of the darkness the world has faced this year, Shawn Mendes made 2020 a little better. Mendes released his "Wonder." In this song, Shawn Mendes speaks about the dark side of fame.
"I wonder if I'm real,
Do I speak the truth, or do I filter how I feel?"
He also addresses The gender stereotype in the following lyrics:
"I wonder when I cry into my hands.
I'm conditioned to feel like it makes me less of a man."
Overall the song 'Wonder' is an emotional roller coaster with a dash of vulnerability.
With his fourth album, Shawn Mendes has tremendously grown as a musician in his song production and his voice from a whimper to plea. Mendes used new, incredibly catchy sounds and beats in his new album 'Wonder' and his evolution is remarkable.
Shawn Mendes has genuinely come far from his "Handwritten" era to 'Wonder,' nearly a concept album, which is a jewel that deserves much more recognition. He is madly in love, and ‘Wonder’ is all about that inescapable feeling. He can't help but share this joy with the world and make us a part of Mendes fragile world.
Well, that's the end, to the list of 20 Shawn Mendes songs you should definitely listen to on loop.
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