Meghan Trainor revisits the 90s with “NO,” every single girl’s anthem

onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Just when we thought the 90’s had nothing left to offer besides the best years of Britney Spears and the ugliest sweaters you’ve ever seen, Meghan Trainor dropped her highly anticipated new single and proved us wrong. “No” is the type of upbeat, feminist track that we’ve come to expect from Meghan but with an unexpected twist.

On the premiere single from her upcoming sophomore album, Thank You, Meghan Trainor throws out her 50’s/60’s style for something more modern, a sound reminiscent of TLC, Destiny’s Child, and Backstreet Boys. (There may also be a melody in there identical to a song from Britney’s self-titled 2002 album). Listen below.

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“All About That Bass” exuded confidence but was hit or miss with most listeners. For some, myself included, the accompanying music video made the song seem less genuine. With “NO,” Meghan gives up her quirky, cute persona and tells it like it is, essentially hitting the refresh button on her image and reminding the world that she deserved last month’s Grammy win and is a serious artist. Agree or disagree, let us know in the comments!

“Thank you in advance; I don’t wanna dance,” she sings on the track. “If I want a man, then Imma get a man, but it’s never my priority.”

Kiss those doo-wop tracks from her debut album goodbye. The new Meghan Trainor is “untouchable,” and “NO” is only a small preview of the direction of her upcoming album. Don’t expect a 90’s themed album, either. According to the track’s producer, the throwback sound wasn’t intentional.

Meghan Trainor's "NO" Cover Art

“We never set out to specifically go after any particular sound,” Producer Ricky Reed told SPIN. “The whole thing started with a rhythm more based off a dancehall idea. The fact that it somehow evolved into what it is now is still a thing of mystery. Unlocking that sound was like opening a Pandora’s box. We decided to keep pushing into scary and exciting new territory and now have an album that fuses what people love about Meghan with future funk, gospel, dancehall, [and more].

“She’s one of the most talented artists I’ve ever been in the room with,” he added.

Although Forbes notes that Meghan Trainor’s new album seems rushed (Title came out only one year ago), Thank You‘s May 13th release date is likely the result of hard work, dedication to her career, and an eagerness to perform new music. Just admit it: you’re tired of singing “All About That Bass,” too.

That’s what Meghan wanted to tell Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid when he pissed her off after hearing her new album. As the story goes, Reid didn’t think Meghan had a track worthy of being the first single. Furious, Meghan booked time in the studio that same day, and “NO” was born.

“I took that anger and said, ‘I need to write an ‘F you’ album.’ But it ended up being a woman anthem,” she told PEOPLE. “Me saying ‘You need to let it go’ started with me wanting to tell L.A. that he needed to let go of the idea that I was going to write ‘All About That Bass 2.0.'”

There’s that confidence we love! We couldn’t be more thrilled with “NO” and think you’ll love the single just as much as we do. Listen above and leave a comment with your thoughts!

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