The wait is almost over: Britney Spears's ninth studio album, Glory, arrives August 26, marking "the beginning of a new era" for the Pop Queen.
Until that fateful day when B will make us "oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh" with her brand new batch of tunes, it only seems right to acknowledge the history of gloriousness in pop. I'm talking literal "glory": what that word has meant to everyone from Lorde to Kanye West. Below, check out nine songs about glory that'll get you hyped for Brit's return:
Lady Gaga, “The Edge of Glory”
Arguably one of Gaga’s best singles to date, “The Edge of Glory” celebrates ecstatic, life-affirming love, with a saxophone solo from the late, great Clarence Clemons to boot.
Kanye West, “The Glory”
This Graduation track has an overtly spiritual edge, but the type of glory ‘Ye’s rapping about is more material — and he’s quick to let you know that he’s already reached that glorious level of fame and fortune, thankyouverymuch.
Lorde, “Glory and Gore”
This dark electropop standout from Pure Heroine finds Lorde feeling world-weary, as she mocks society’s excessive celebrity culture with gladiatorial comparisons.
Adele, “Hometown Glory”
Adele’s debut single (and the first song she ever wrote) is a love letter to her hometown that’s nostalgic, sentimental, and somehow wise and naïve at the same time. It perfectly captures that feeling many people at 19 are faced with: being scared to leave the place you know and love, but believing you’ll find glory elsewhere in the world.
Jay Z ft. Blue Ivy Carter, “Glory”
This is Jay Z at his happiest and humblest, reveling in the glory of becoming a father for the first time. Released just two days after Beyoncé gave birth to their first daughter, Blue, Jay calls their baby girl his “greatest creation” and “the most beautiful thing in this world”.
Lana Del Rey, “Money Power Glory”
“You should run, boy, run,” LDR warns on this hymn-like mission statement about acquiring the three things she wants most in this life. Fuck all the rest.
John Legend ft. Common, “Glory”
As the musical centerpiece of the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma, “Glory” connects the civil rights movement of the ’60s to the more recent uprising in Ferguson, Missouri. It poignantly captures the struggle for justice and freedom, and gets a boost of levity from a gorgeous gospel choir and orchestra. No wonder it picked up an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy.
Iggy Azalea, “Glory”
I-G-G-Y doesn’t actually utter the word “glory” in this 2012 ego-tastic song, but over triumphant, blaring horns, she makes it perfectly clear that all she does is win: “Kick me down but I’m a champion." Noted, Iggs.
JoJo’s spiritual reinterpretation of opera singer Kathleen Battles’s “Oh Glory” is downright heavenly and will take you to church. Preach, girl!