This year is a special anniversary for Sara Bareilles. Ten years ago, Sara released her first major label album, Little Voice, and its lead single, “Love Song,” became the kind of hit musicians dream about. Since then, Sara has churned out singles like “King Of Anything” and “Brave,” both empowering anthems. Now, a full decade after that initial success, Sara is starring in a Broadway musical she helped create. Her musical Waitress is on Broadway now, and Sara’s singing songs she wrote for it.
But let’s take a step back here. Sara Bareilles is clearly a talented singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, and she’s proven her writing chops and hit-making abilities. But there’s a lot more to her than the radio singles you’ve heard. If you really want to get to know Sara, start with this playlist. In addition to her best-known singles, we also introduce some stunning deep cuts. Get a taste of her three studio albums – Little Voice, Kaleidoscope Heart, and The Blessed Unrest – plus her Once Upon Another Time EP and What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress.
Listen to these 20 songs and you’ll be a fan in no time:
From her 2007 major label debut album, Little Voice:
- “Love Song”
- “Between The Lines”
- “Love On The Rocks”
From her 2010 album, Kaleidoscope Heart:
- “King Of Anything”
- “Gonna Get Over You”
- “Basket Case”
From her 2012 Once Upon Another Time EP:
- “Once Upon Another Time”
From her 2013 album, The Blessed Unrest:
- “I Choose You”
- “Little Black Dress”
From her 2015 musical album, What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress:
- “She Used To Be Mine”
- “Opening Up”
Amazing, right? What are your favorites? Now go check out the rest of her albums, including her independently released Careful Confessions and numerous live records. Any songs you think we should have included in our list? Let us know!
If you want to learn more about Sara, read her memoir, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song. She released the book in 2015, shortly before releasing her Waitress album. The chapters delve into different songs and different events in her life. It’s a well-written page-turner that will fully introduce you to Sara.
After Sara finishes her Broadway gig in New York City this spring, she plans to start working on her next record. Her last studio album, The Blessed Unrest, came out in 2013. Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.