100 songs of the decade: Starships – Nicki Minaj

 100 songs of the decade: Starships – Nicki Minaj

Written by: Onika Maraj, Nadir Khayat, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Wayne Hector and Bilal Hajji
Produced by: RedOne, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk
Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
UK release: February 2012
UK chart peak: 2

The thing about Starships is… it’s batshit crazy. After moving towards pop with the likes of Super Bass and Fly at the turn of the decade, Nicki Minaj went Full Poppers O’Clock with this and its follow-up Pound The Alarm; both of which are the musical equivalent of being slammed round the face with a brick.

Minaj pulls off the high-high-high-octane banger with her usual charisma, and RedOne’s fingerprints are all over the chaotic production. Starting with a gentle electric guitar strum and ending with full football-stadium-like chants, it’s completely wild – and honestly it’s best to just go along with it and have the time of your life than stop and think about what a RACKET it is.

Ultimately it’s cut from the same cloth as the LMFAO horrifibangers of the time, but like… better?

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
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Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.