Every Demi Lovato album, ranked

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Every Demi Lovato album, ranked
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Demi Lovato is a two-time Grammy-nominated recording artist. Island Records/Hollywood Records
  • Insider ranked Demi Lovato's seven studio albums from worst to best.

  • Their sophomore album, "Here We Go Again," took the top spot.

  • "Tell Me You Love Me" and "Unbroken" rounded out the top three.

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7. "Confident" is an underwhelming project that lacks personality.

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Demi Lovato released their fifth studio album "Confident" on October 16, 2015. Hollywood Records/Island Records

Aside from its refreshingly queer anthem "Cool for the Summer" and vocally striking ballads "Stone Cold" and "Lionheart," this album didn't take enough risks to make it memorable.

It doesn't follow through on its promise, either: "Cool for the Summer" and lead single "Confident" are the only tracks that exude any kind of swagger on an album that's supposed to communicate confidence.

6. "Demi" is an overall downgrade from its predecessors.

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Demi Lovato released their fourth studio album "Demi" on May 10, 2013. Hollywood Records

Lovato's fourth studio album contains an engaging collection of catchy, youthful tracks like "Made in the USA," "Really Don't Care," and "Something That We're Not" — but that's as far as its strengths go.

The ballads that make up the other half of the album are watered-down and Lovato doesn't showcase any incredible growth in their songwriting skills. To make matters worse, "In Case" is a phoned-in redundancy as it bears a substandard resemblance to Lovato's more popular hit "Skyscraper" from their previous album "Unbroken."

5. "Don't Forget" makes for a quality Disney Channel soundtrack and signified Lovato's potential.

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Demi Lovato released their debut studio album "Don't Forget" on September 23, 2008. Hollywood Records

Lovato's first-ever studio album is impressively edgy and showed immense promise for the singer's music career.

They released this album when they were just 16 years old, so it is, understandably, conceptually immature.

But despite some cutesy Disney manufacturing, "Don't Forget" still boasts some of Lovato's best songs, including the title track and "Two Worlds Collide." The angsty "La La Land" and "Get Back" also still hold up.

4. "Dancing With the Devil... the Art of Starting Over" has strong ballads, but a debilitatingly incoherent theme.

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Demi Lovato released their seventh studio album "Dancing With the Devil... the Art of Starting Over" on April 2, 2021. Island Records

Lovato's latest project is flooded with admirable ballads, such as "Anyone," "ICU (Madison's Lullabye)," "The Way You Don't Look At Me," and "Easy."

Some of these piano-hefty tracks "swell to stadium-sized climaxes in the vein of Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful,'" as Alexis Petridis wrote for The Guardian. These, along with "What Other People Say" and "California Sober," save the album from complete musical insignificance.

The overall placement of tracks on this album is questionable: there's a track called "Intro," but instead of kicking off the project, it's awkwardly placed in the fourth slot. Then upbeat tracks like "My Girlfriends Are My Boyfriend" are carelessly sprinkled in, disrupting the emotional journey they lay out on ballads about recovery and sobriety.

The singer definitely has a lot to say on these 19 songs, but more attention could've been paid to the album's organization to make for a better listening experience.

3. "Tell Me You Love Me" is a cohesive, nearly flawless collection of pop flirting with R&B.

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Demi Lovato released their sixth studio album "Tell Me You Love Me" on September 29, 2017. Island Records

"Tell Me You Love Me" is excellent: the title track is supreme, and single, "Sorry Not Sorry," was their "biggest hit in nearly half a decade and is a defiant gospel-pop" song, according to Pitchfork's Jamieson Cox.

The sexy deep cuts "Ruin The Friendship" and "Hitchhiker" also provide further intrigue, adding up to what is undoubtedly Lovato's most cohesive album to date.

But sonic cohesion isn't the only thing that makes an album great, so it lands at No. 3 on this ranking as two other albums have more to offer.

2. "Unbroken" is an unmatched pop album with commanding vocals.

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Demi Lovato released their third studio album "Unbroken" on September 20, 2011. Hollywood Records

"Unbroken" is one of the better albums I've heard in my life, and it's the only one by Lovato in which their vocal and balladic expertise is on full display.

"Skyscraper" helped situate Lovato as a full-grown revered talent, but it's just a glimpse into the gigantically powerful and lyrical narrative of "Unbroken." Most other deep cuts on this album, like "Lightweight" and "Fix A Heart," are just as spectacular as the lead single.

"It's difficult for many young female pop stars to transition successfully from squeaky-clean Disney kid to respected adult recording artist. But so far, Demi's doing a spectacular job," Idolator's Becky Bain wrote about Lovato's 2011 release.

1. "Here We Go Again" is polished pop-rock perfection.

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Demi Lovato released their sophomore album "Here We Go Again" on July 21, 2009. . Hollywood Records

"Here We Go Again" is the second, and only other, attempt Lovato has made at creating pop-rock music, which is unfortunate because this album proved they could master the genre to the likes of Paramore.

This project is reminiscent of Lovato's debut "Don't Forget," except its lyrics are more mature and its production is more polished. Every track, from "Every Time You Lie" to "Falling Over Me" deserves its spot on the album. The title track, in particular, is a chaotic but sweet, gut-wrenching banger worthy of being left on repeat.

From top to bottom, "Here We Go Again" perpetuates a melodically satisfying state of relatable teenage angst — a formula that has continued to prove itself timeless.

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