“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten has to be one of the best songs this summer (and year). I heard the song on the radio a couple months back and was instantly intrigued because the song had a Kelly Clarkson vibe about it. So I quickly asked Siri what the song was, and discovered Rachel Platten. What I love the most about the song is the defiant, war cry of someone who is not giving up on their dream. Indeed, Platten said in an interview that she wrote the song at a point in her life where she questioned if she should give up on her music career because things weren’t panning out. Instead, she told herself to just believe in herself.
I also think this song holds some of the best lyrics we’ve seen so far this year. With lines like, “Like a small boat/ On the ocean/ Sending big waves/ Into motion,” “I might only have one match/ But I can make an explosion,” “And all those things I didn’t say/ Wrecking balls inside my brain/ I will scream them loud tonight,” and “And I don’t really care if nobody else believes/ ‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me” are incredibly powerful and inspiring to me and really emulate this warrior cry of independence.
The song itself is beautiful outside the lyrical content, starting with the shimmering piano and Platten’s perfect vocals sends shivers down the spine. Then to the chorus with pounding drums and grunts (you can hear them more in the third chorus). I especially liked how at the bridge, they pulled back to just the piano again to remind us of Platten’s vulnerability.
Platten recently performed “Fight Song” with Taylor Swift on Swift’s 1989 World Tour, and I got to say watching them is great. Not only did this cause “Fight Song” to rocket into the number one spot on iTunes and jump to number thirteen on Billboard’s Hot 100 (we really need to get it to number one!), but to see Platten’s look of happiness and joy just to be able to sing “Fight Song” to a stadium full of people was intoxicating. I am a bit sad that Swift didn’t have her as a guest for the date I’m going to the 1989 Tour…
I do believe that we could quite possibly see Platten at next year’s Grammys for Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. You never know how the Grammys will work (and she would be a huge upset if she did get a Grammy nod), but I feel like how Platten perfectly captured the emotion and delivers a great performance warrants a Grammy.
I also read that Platten is working on her debut album, which will be out later this year, so keep your ears peeled!