On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 23rd July 2010 Teenage Dream single was released
Teenage Dream is a song by American singer Katy Perry. It was released as the second single from her third studio album of the same name in July, 2010. Katy and Bonnie McKee wrote many songs with youthful themes in mind, but they were rejected by producers Benny Blanco and Dr. Luke. Blanco showed them The Teenagers’ single “Homecoming”, and McKee imagined Teenage Dream as a throwback song to the euphoric feelings of being in love as a teenager. They met with Max Martin in Katy’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California and started writing the track at Playback Recording Studio, which Katy later described as a pure moment for her. After Katy recorded her vocals, McKee presented her idea and the chorus was rewritten. Katy also described the song as reminiscent of her youth while contemplating her future marriage to Russell Brand.
Musically, Teenage Dream is a mid-tempo pop song with a retro sound. It is styled in the genres of power pop and electropop, while taking influence from other genres such as disco and pop rock. Katy starts the song in a high-pitched voice while her vocals grow stronger as the song progresses. Lyrically, Teenage Dream discusses being with a lover who makes one feel young again. The song has topped the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Katy’s third number-one single on that chart, and her second consecutive number-one single after California Gurls. Teenage Dream has been certified seven times platinum in the United States, as well as receiving platinum and multi-platinum certifications in other countries.
A music video for the song was filmed in various locations around Katy’s hometown in Santa Barbara, California and was directed by Yoann Lemoine (a.k.a. Woodkid). The video showcases Katy being in love with her high school lover. Katy has performed the song on Saturday Night Live, the 2010 Teen Choice Awards, 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and other occasions. Teenage Dream was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, becoming Katy’s third nomination in the category. Rolling Stone listed the song as the fourth best song of 2010 while Billboard declared it the second best song of the 2010s. In 2018, NPR listed at as #63 on their list of the 200 Greatest Songs by Women of the 21st Century.