Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson was born on March 27, 1975, in Hacienda Heights, California. She started her career as an actress, first doing commercials and voice-over work before joining the cast of Kids Incorporated in 1984. This was the first time she sang since the Disney show was about a musical group. Alongside Stefanie Ridel and Renee sands, Fergie formed Wild Orchid and released a self-titled album in 1996. Which produced several hits, including Talk to Me and Supernatural. However, Wild Orchid’s second album didn’t sell as well, and Fergie’s career seemed to be failing. Shortly after this, she started using meth. Thankfully, in 2002, she left it behind her. According to CBS News, she told Time Magazine that “it was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with.” After turning her life around, her musical career began to turn around along with her life.
She joined the Black Eyed Peas, and in 2003, they released their first album Elephunk. The song Let’s Get It Started won a Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group. Although the group was enjoying success, Fergie wanted to follow her childhood dream, a solo career. So, in 2006, she released the Dutchess. Fergie conquered many different genres of music on the album, which showcased her immense talent. Since then, Fergie has enjoyed a successful solo career. Additionally, she went back to her early acting days and did a commercial for Candies. Additionally, she started designing handbags. People magazine recognized her sense, who named her one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. Even with lots of success in and out of music, singing is her number one passion. These are the 10 best Fergie songs of all time.
10. Life Goes On
Life Goes on was Fergie’s last on Interscope Records before she transitioned to her own label Dutchess Music under BMG. The song was a track on her studio album Double Dutchess, released on November 11, 2016. The first performance of this song was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
9. Here I Come
This song was from Fergie’s freshman album, The Dutchess, released in 2008. It was most successful in Australia and New Zealand, where it peaked at twenty-two and thirty-nine.
8. L.A. Love
This song was on her 2017 album released, Double Duchess, which was released on her own imprint. However, the song L.A. Love was produced by DK Mustard on Interscope records. She opted for an electronic beat which became a tribute to everything excellent about the City of Angels.
7.You Already Know (feat. Nicki Minaj)
According to Vibe, this song samples Rob Base and D.J. E.Z. Rock’s song It Takes Two and was produced by will.i.am. It was a powerhouse duo by two of the top names in music.
6.A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)
Fergie recorded this song for The Great Gatsby Soundtrack. In it, she embraces the 20s jazz genre but modernizes the music with house beats. Additionally, she makes many different references to scenes in the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
5. London Bridge
This song was a commercial success reaching the top ten charts in thirteen countries even though it was not well-liked by critics. One thing that gave the piece mixed reviews is that London Bridge had nothing to do with the bridge in London and referred to an explicit act.
On Fergie’s first solo album, The Duchess, Clumsy was the fifth single. She samples some of the songs from The Bubble Gum Bunch from Jimmy Spicer, and The Girl Can’t Help It, initially performed by Little Richard. Many people loved this combination and thought it was a fun pop song with light R&B influences. Clumsy peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her fifth top ten hits in a row. Later it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
One of the reasons Fergie decided to pursue a solo career is she wanted to stay true to her dreams. Glamorous is a tribute to herself and being authentic no matter how famous she is. The song features guest vocals from Ludacris and Polow Da Don. The second single from The Duchess peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the singer’s second number one hit.
According to Songfacts, Fergie told AOL that it’s a play-off from Afro-Ricam’s Give It All You Got and J.J. Fad’s Supersonic, which she listened to while growing up. Will.i.AM from Black Eyed Peas provided some background on this song.
1. Big Girls Don’t Cry
Toby Gad co-wrote this song with Fergie and was produced by will.i.am. On May 22, 2007, it was released as the fourth number-one single from her first album. The song stood out because it departed from her other songs that had primarily been an urban beat. Additionally, it credits thirty different musicians who played instruments like violas and cello. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, after the song went to the top of the charts, Fergie became the first singer since Christina Aguilera in 2000 to have three chart top singles back to back. Big Girls Don’t Cry was also Fergie’s longest chart-topping single, selling almost four million copies, and was certified Quintuple Platinum.
Fergie once thought her career was going nowhere, and sank into a lifestyle of drugs. Once she turned her life around, she became a chart-topping success both in the Black Eyed Peas and a successful solo career. She’s enjoyed success in multiple genres with a diverse catalog of songs. Undoubtedly, she will continue to push musical boundaries and keep releasing hit songs.