7 of Paloma Faith's best songs so far

19 October 2018, 17:13 | Updated: 21 October 2018, 16:36

Paloma Faith
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By Tom Eames

Paloma Faith is one of the most popular and versatile singer-songwriters Britain has produced over the past decade.

She has released four studio albums so far, the most recent of which was 2017's The Architect. She is known for her unique blend of pop, soul, jazz and R&B.

If you're new to Paloma's music, here's a handful of songs for your starter-pack playlist:

  1. 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This'

    Songwriting legend Diane Warren provided this Motown-style song for Paloma, and it became her highest-charting song to date in 2014.

    Initially, Paloma refused to record the song as she didn't have any writing credit for it, but after hearing the song she felt overwhelmed by how the song reflected on her own relationship and emotions at the time.

  2. 'Picking Up the Pieces'

    Paloma has said that this song was inspired by the issues and insecurity of dating someone who is recovering from a previous relationship.

    From her second album Fall to Grace, this was her first UK top 10 single in 2012.

  3. 'Can't Rely on You'

    This was the lead single from Paloma's third album A Perfect Contradiction.

    In May 2013, Paloma met Pharrell Williams at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Met Ball in New York City, when Pharrell approached her singing her own song 'New York'.

    He then took her phone, entered his contact number and told her, "I'm ready to work. They later wrote and recorded this song together in Miami.

  4. 'Upside Down'

    Taken from her debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, this song showcased Paloma's pop-jazz sound.

    Although it failed to reach the UK top 40 at the time in 2010, it has become one of her most popular songs.

  5. 'Lullaby' (with Sigala)

    Paloma teamed up with producer Sigala for this track in 2018, scoring another UK top 10 hit.

    Sigala said of the song: "Ultimately it is a song about love, but I have managed to keep that word out of the title this time! I love finding unique voices, and Paloma's is perfect for this track. I can't wait for you all to hear it!"

  6. 'Make Your Own Kind of Music'

    Originally a hit for Mama Cass back in 1969, Paloma recorded a cover version in 2018.

    The song was featured in a TV ad for Škoda, promoting the Karoq crossover vehicle, and it reached number 28 in the UK chart.

  7. 'Loyal'

    This song is taken from the 'Zeitgeist' edition of Paloma's fourth album The Architect.

    The powerhouse anthem was co-written with Jamie Miller (who finished third in the 2016 edition of The Voice UK).