YMMV: Lorde

  • Americans Love Lorde: She's a hometown hero in New Zealand, but the United States is by far her biggest market. Her debut album Pure Heroine sold over two million units there, and "Royals" spent a whopping nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 compared to the three weeks it spent on top of the RIANZ charts.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: There's a reason why she's going number 1 worldwide and her music is getting considered "very refreshing".
    • NPR wrote an article suggesting that she might end up having the same effect on popular music that Nirvana had 20 years ago.
    • "Glory and Gore" is very well loved by her growing fanbase. "We gladiate but I guess we're really fighting ourselves", "We mean it but we promise we're not mean", "Do you even wanna go free".
    • Aside from "Royals", "Ribs" has a great vocal-synth opening leading into what might be the most vulnerable and intense songs on the album, as well as one of the best.
    • "Team" - either the intro or the octave jump in the chorus are the crowning moments of one of the most atmospheric songs in her catalog.
    • "White Teeth Teens" is up there, too.
    • "Biting Down"
    • "Million Dollar Bills" - the vocal hook is so instantly captivating that it propels the song to being sheer awesomeness.
    • Her intense cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", to the point where it's been used for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Assassin's Creed: Unity and Dracula Untold.
    • "Yellow Flicker Beat", the song she wrote for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. It keeps perfectly to her usual sound while still managing to sound like something that belongs in a Hunger Games movie.
    • "Meltdown", her song with Pusha T, Q-Tip, Music/Haim and Stromae from the same soundtrack. The odd Dream Team works exceptionally well, and her vocals on the chorus emphasise The Hunger Games feel, whilst also not deviating from her own sound despite the collaborators.
  • Ear Worm: Pick one.
  • Gateway Music: Lorde has served as a gateway for people looking for an 'alternative' to standard pop music, leading to them discovering acts such as Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, Charli XCX, Lykke Li, Banks etc.
  • Internet Backdraft: An article in Feministing.com saying that "Royals" was "deeply racist" resulted in a HUGE amount of controversy on that and other sites, with even CNN weighing in.
  • Irony: The song that criticizes the rich was the song that made her rich.
    • The lyrics "And I'm not proud of my address, in a torn-up town, no postcode envy..." - her hometown of Devonport (postcode 0624) is among the richest 10% in New Zealand.
  • Periphery Demographic: She's much more respected by adults, particularly men, than most teenage singers.
    • She's also had surprising crossover success with the rock community, many of her songs have placed high on the rock charts and she gets pretty consistent airplay on modern rock/alternative stations.
  • Memetic Mutation: Ya ya ya ya ya, I am Lorde, ya ya ya!
  • Nightmare Fuel: The "Tennis Court" video, which is nothing more than Lorde staring at you in a creepy outfit.
    • The high amount of Kubrick Stare in both "Royals" videos. Particularly jarring in the US version from her as they're usually blink and you'll miss it, and the teen boys in the Kiwi version, one of whom twists his lips to the left in a fashion that is just wrong. *shudder*
  • Signature Song: "Royals." "Team" is also very well-known, but the gap between it and "Royals" is still much wider than that between, say "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us."
  • Squick: The teenager bleeding from the mouth (presumably from a boxing injury) in the "Royals" music videos.