King of Anything

Album: Kaleidoscope Heart (2010)
Charted: 32

Songfacts®:

  • This angst-ridden message about love is the lead single from American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles' third studio album, Kaleidoscope Heart. The song was written and recorded by Bareilles in Los Angeles and produced by Neal Avron (New Found Glory, Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy).
  • In this song Bareilles vents her frustration about unsolicited love advice. "'King of Anything' is sort of a 'f--k you' song," joked Bareilles to PopEater. "I've had more unsolicited advice on my life than I care to mention, and this was how I dealt with it. It felt empowering to turn that frustration into music, especially a song that doesn't even sound angry. That's sort of what 'Love Song' was as well. Apparently, I don't get over things very quickly."
  • Bareilles told Billboard magazine: "It was the last song I wrote before we went into the studio, and I was at the point where I started sharing the music with my inner circle and started getting feedback. I remember having a very vivid realization of, 'Oh, I forgot that this was a part of it. Everybody gets to tell you what they think about what you do.' I could tell I was getting defensive. That song was a little bit of a pep-talk song-and that's exactly what 'Love Song' was."

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