Hilary Duff just made our week by announcing that she has a new record deal. The 26-year-old has been cooking up tunes for a while now but finally has the platform to make a well-planned comeback after a very extended break. To put things into perspective, seven (long and painful) years have passed since she unleashed cult classic Dignity in 2007.
So what can we expect from Hil’s sure-to-be iconic comeback? When we spoke to her late last year, the girl formerly known as Lizzie McGuire revealed that she was “super into EDM” but also references classic hit “Come Clean”. This amazing news has put me in a nostalgic mood. To celebrate Hilary’s new deal, I’ve listed my five favorite Duff singles after the jump.
5. “Fly” (2004)
The lead single from 2004′s underrated Hilary Duff was a soaring rock ballad with inspiring lyrics and an anthemic chorus. A mid ’00s classic.
4. “Play With Fire” (2006)
Everyone knows Hil was the original Lady Gaga. She brought electro-pop to the masses with 2006 single “Play With Fire” (from excellent dance-pop opus Dignity) a good two years before “Just Dance” hit radio.
3. “Wake Up” (2005)
The comeback queen’s 2005 comp Most Wanted houses two of my favorite Duff singles. “Wake Up”, a memorable top 30 hit, is an infectious guitar-pop tune that still sounds freshly and bubbly almost a decade later.
2. “Beat Of My Heart” (2005)
Another cut from Most Wanted, “Beat Of My Heart” is the cutest slice of bubblegum pop in the diva’s discography. It owes a large debt to The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” (which she previously covered with sister Haylie) but who cares when it’s this catchy.
1. “So Yesterday” (2003)
How did a girl barely in her teens deliver the ultimate self-help pop anthem? Hilary’s optimistic break-up anthem is still a deliriously great record 11 years later. Play it loud and proud below.
What’s your favorite Hilary Duff single? Let us know in the comments below.
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