Top 10 'Real Housewives' Songs
Updated: Nov 12
Love them or hate them, many women of The Real Housewives franchises have released singles; some very amateur and auto-tuned, and some big budget with mainstream potential. See our list below as we count down the top 10 songs from all of the Real Housewives franchises.
10. “Haven’t Loved Right” — Kandi Burruss (Real Housewives of Atlanta)
It wasn't the most promoted song, but it's definitely the most emotional on this list. After her ex-fiance AJ passed away, Kandi wrote this song and recorded it on the show for her 2010 album Kandi Koated, about how she wasn't able to find love after him. It's a heartbreaking song that pulls you in immediately - relatable to anyone who has had a breakup or lost a loved one.
9. “Coffee and Love” — Ashley Darby (Real Housewives of Potomac)
Potomac housewife Ashley resurfaces her 2012 Miss America talent - singing - with this single! Although not the best song ever, we appreciate her effort and the high-quality music video. This EDM-pop track is a nod to her husband, and even features her brother, Cazanova, rapping.
8. "Gone with the Wind Fabulous" — Kenya Moore (Real Housewives of Atlanta)
Okay, admittedly this is a song you would expect to hear on RuPaul's Drag Race, but that's why everyone loves it! It's just as over-the-top as Kenya is. The music video gets bonus points for a cringe-worthy mocking of her RHOA co-stars, Porsha Williams and Phaedra Parks. We love the shade!
7. “Money Can’t Buy You Class” — Countess Luann de Lesseps (Real Housewives of New York City)
Money may not be able to buy class, according to the RHONY star, but it can buy you a below-average music career! The Countess released this single in 2010, which was featured in a whole episode of the reality show. It's no mainstream radio hit, but it's full of 90's/2000's Cher vibes with a catchy beat that keeps you replaying it over and over again. Not to mention the classy music video looks! Sales-wise, this is the third best selling housewives single according to Bravo, with 19,000 digital downloads; a bit of a nose dive from Kandi and Kim of RHOA who hold the #2 and #1 spot.
6. “I See You” — Candiace Dillard (Real Housewives of Potomac)
The second Potomac star to make the list, Candiace Dillard performed this song as a wedding present to her husband. She even co-wrote the song. “One things clear, one thing’s true / through it all, I see you,” Dillard sang. With her sultry R&B sound, she without a doubt she has one of the best voices across the franchises.
5. "Flatline" — Porsha Williams (Real Housewives of Atlanta)
Admittedly, this voice sounds nothing like the Atlanta stunner, but still love the vocals (whoever they may belong to) and the lyrics. We can all relate to this song about the emotional failing of a long relationship. Released in 2014, it is one of the most viewed Housewife songs on YouTube with over 3 million views. That's no surprise, as the music video looks high budget and like a real R&B music video, unlike a lot of amateur-looking videos from other housewives.
4. "Chic, C'est La Vie" — Countess Luann de Lesseps (Real Housewives of New York City)
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Countess speaking. We have arrived.” Probably her most iconic song, Countess Luann, it's more of a spoken word song than singing and honestly, we can't get enough! Full of class and sass, this is classic Luann. Cast members Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon ended up joining the music video after they were all invited, but some declined... *cough* Ramona Singer *cough*.
Before we get to the top three, we're calling out some honorable mentions that didn't quite make our list.
“Can’t Wait to Grow Up” — Milania Giudice (Real Housewives of New Jersey)
A Rebecca Black-esque children's pop song with a Teresa feature in the music video? Put it on repeat! It may not a 'housewife' single, but it was featured on the franchise, so we're counting it.
"Pretty Mess" — Erika Jayne (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
The single that basically started her music career on the show, we have to give kudos to this song, whose over-the-top sexy music video shocked her fellow cast mates. It's a classic that needs to be played over and over.
“Nothing Without You” — Gretchen Rossi (Real Housewives of Orange County)
Although the Orange County barbie released a string of singles, none of them made it big time, but this song we can tolerate and appreciate. She released the song as a tribute to her ex Jeff Beitzel, who died on September 2008 from leukemia.
Now, let's see who made the top three!
3. “XXPEN$IVE” — Erika Jayne (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
Did you really think we'd miss this song from the list? This song is iconic Beverly Hills and the blonde housewife's most streamed song on Spotify. This is probably the song that was featured on the show most as well. If this isn't on your party playlist, you're missing out! Watch the luxurious music video above. Fans even got a behind-the-scenes look of filming during an episode of RHOBH.
2. "Fly Above" — Kandi Burruss (Real Housewives of Atlanta)
The comeback single of legendary artist and songwriter Kandi Burruss, this song was the lead single of her 2010 album and performed on the show many times. This is the best song on the list, but not quite our #1 spot. This made #2 on our list, and is the #2 selling housewife song of all time with 55,000 units sold.
1. "Tardy for the Party" — Kim Zolciak-Biermann (Real Housewives of Atlanta)
Are you surprised? Although not the best song by many measures, it is definitely THE most iconic single on the list. This song set the standard for what a housewife single could and should be: catchy, chart-topping, and fun! Kim famously performed the song on the season two reunion, and gave a middle finger to the haters who had something to say about her less-than-perfect singing voice. Plus, who could forget the drama surrounding the song? Money issues with Kandi who produced and revamped the original demo and with NeNe who wanted to be on the song with Kim. Not to mention it hit #3 on iTunes Dance charts with over 100,000 digital downloads, and helped Kim become financially independent after her tumultuous relationship with "Big Poppa." Years later, we're still bumpin' this beat every weekend!