But if you actually go back and listen to her underrated 2012 album Kiss you will pleasantly surprised to learn that it's filled with hits. I mean, do yourself a favor and listen to "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" right now, because it's a gem of pop perfection.
And for those of you that already know what I'm talking about, then you'll be happy to know that Carly is following that same 80s throwback pop sound on her next album, but she's taking it "up a notch," and for that, you can thank one of the biggest stars from that era, Cyndi Lauper.
When Carly was at a festival in Japan over the summer, the pop star was lucky enough to witness Cyndi in action. At that moment, she knew she had to make an album filled with 80s hits because the "songs are so timeless."
"I was listening to the songs and something kind of hit me just like this is when pop was at its finest," Carly told us. "It's like the purest, emotional 80ss and I want to make an album that hits at that because the songs are so timeless. I would put out "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" today and I wouldn't change a bloody thing, so I think that's where it all began for me where I was like, 'alright, thats what I'm gonna do."
Carly said she's currently in the process of narrowing down which songs will make the final tracklist of the album, which is set to be released this summer, but she did reveal that she's singing about a certain subject that she, and many other female artists, rarely sing about.
"One of my favorite writing sessions was a song called 'The One.'" she said. "And it was so empowering to take on the point if you want you can stay the night, but I don't want to be the one. I think from a girl's perspective thats rarely sung about and it's like, girls feel that way too sometimes. And so I think I had fun stretching my limitations of what I thought people want to hear and more of what I feel sometimes and putting it to music."