Written by: Kesha Sebert, Jonny Price, Cara Salimando, Pebe Sebert and Eric Frederic
Produced by: Ricky Reed and Jonny Price
UK release: August 2017
UK chart peak: –
This one might not even technically be eligible depending on how you officially define a “single” (Wikipedia classes it as a “promotional single”) but sod it – it had a music video! It charted in Scotland! It counts!
Kesha‘s Rainbow era was a triumph in many respects, not least for its defiance in the face of great personal turbulence; and though Praying was startlingly raw, it was Hymn – for me, at least – that resonated the strongest.
She wrote for Mic at the time: “The longer title was ‘Hymn for the Hymnless’. And when I say ‘hymnless,’ I’m talking about people who feel like they don’t fit in, people who feel like they don’t have a hymn. That’s how I have always felt myself — there was never one group or scene that was entirely mine.”
It’s a theme that has underscored so many of Kesha’s songs over the years, but this is when it feels at its most… special? Emotionally resonant? And when I went by myself to see her live in LA in 2017, I MAY have shed a little bit of a tear at this.