- Four Pink Walls (EP) (2015)
- Know-It-All (2015)
- The Pains of Growing (2018)
- This Summer (EP) (2019)
I ask myself what am I troping here?
- Alone in a Crowd: Inverted. In the "Here" music video, she's moving through a house party while everybody else is frozen in time.
- Ambiguously Brown: Cara's ethnicity is a commonly-searched topic online, with many people mistakenly thinking she is Latina (she is actually of Italian descent). Cara herself has even commented on the phenomena:This is a funny one because if you go online, every day, a few times a day actually, every single day, there's a person that discovers that I am Italian and basically white. It makes me laugh 'cause they're in like in shock that I'm like not Latina or something. I am pretty racially ambiguous. I think that's because my family's from the South of Italy and everyone from the South is like a little bit darker and more olive skinned. I got the curls, but I'm Italian through and through.
- Be Yourself: The primary concept of "Scars to Your Beautiful".
- And of "Wild Things" to an extent.
- Bittersweet 17: "Seventeen":I wish I could freeze time at seventeen.
- Canada, Eh?: Is from Canada, but often mistaken for other nationalities (see "Ambiguously Brown" above).
- Celebrity Resemblance: A kind of inverted version of this, many people mistakenly think she plays the role of Moana in the titular film, as she sings the theme song to the film and resembles the character thanks to her curly hair:Technically I was not. I did the end credits song. But a lot of people, especially kids, when I meet them, they think that I played Moana, which is a very rough conversation I have to have and be like, well, it wasn't me, but thank you. I think the hair makes people think that I played Moana, but I did not. It was played by Auli'l Cravalho who's amazing. I just sang the song.
- Daddy's Girl: The opening line from the first song on her debut album opens is an ode to her father.
- The first song off her second album also opens with a cameo'd line from her father.
- Genre Shift: Her first album was very urban/R&B, whereas her second album and later releases have been more generic pop.
- Outlaw Couple: "Outlaws", in which she dreams of finding a (life) partner-in-crime.
- Sampling: "Here" samples "Ike's Rap II" by Isaac Hayes.
- Shrinking Violet: Her most successful single is about someone who hates parties.
- You Are Worth Hell: "Outlaws" has a variation: the narrator promises that her partner in crime will never face a judge alone. The whole song is more of a metaphor for a forbidden relationship though.You'll never face a judge without me
You'll never battle the gavel alone
And if they lock us away
Then I'll be still here
Proudly waiting to kill more time, with you