A pop star in search of a fragrance name needs to look no further than his or her greatest hits. So, as I ponder the possibility of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” or Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” or maybe even JLo’s “On the Floor Glow,” here are my Top 5 hits spinning on my perfume playlist.
5 Perfumes Named After Songs:
1). Take That’s Pray. Boyband Take That released “Pray” (the song) in 1993, taking the tune to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart where it remained for four consecutive weeks. “Pray” (the fragrance) followed in 1995. On the box was a note from band members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen (minus Robbie Williams who had left the group): “Here is our official perfume, Pray, chosen by us to be another Number One hit.”
2). Selena’s Bidi Bidi Bom Bom. The second Billboard Hot Latin Track chart-topper from late Tejano superstar Selena’s multi-platinum 1994 album Amor Prohibido (which is also a fragrance!), “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” was named “Song of the Year” at the 1995 Tejano Music Awards. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (the fragrance) was released posthumously in 1997.
3). Cliff Richard’s Miss You Nights. In early 1976, Cliff Richard reached Top 20 on the UK charts with “Miss You Nights.” Almost thirty years later, he released sandalwood-scented fragrance named after the ballad. He has commented that he chose Miss You Nights as the name of his first fragrance because “the song is a particular favorite” and “has personal memories.”
4). Peter Andre’s Insania. Written while participating in the British reality series “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here,” Peter Andre’s “Insania” was a UK pop hit in 2004, peaking at No. 3. In September of that year, he released a men’s fragrance name after the hit track. Ladies would have to wait until 2009 to get their own Peter Andre fragrance – Unconditional – named after another one of the recording artist’s hit songs.
5). Wicked’s Popular. Even showtunes play the name game. In 2009, Ascent Aromatics created Popular, a sweet-smelling perfume named after “Popular,” a showstopper in the hugely popular musical “Wicked,” sung by the bubbly Good Witch of the South (and originally performed by actress Kristin Chenoweth). Available in select Wicked gift shops, the fragrance comes in a pink, bubble-shaped bottle, natch.
Honorable mentions: Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth and Mariah Carey’s Mine Again.