"Royals" is the debut song by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde from her The Love Club EP (2012) and debut album, Pure Heroine (2013). The song was released on 8 March 2013, as the lead single from the EP. Lorde and Joel Little co-wrote and produced the song. Musically, "Royals" is a minimal and art pop song. Lyrically, it expresses the protagonist's disdain for the lavish lifestyles of music stars.
Upon release "Royals" was met with acclaim, winning the Silver Scroll Award for 2013, New Zealand's top songwriting prize. Critics called the song "one of the best releases of the year." "Royals" peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also peaked at number one in Ireland, Canada and New Zealand and was certified triple platinum by Recorded Music NZ. In August 2013, Lorde became the first female solo act to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart since Tracy Bonham in 1996. "Royals" was the second time a New Zealander had topped the Billboard Hot 100, behind Kimbra's collaboration with Australian singer Gotye on "Somebody That I Used To Know" and the first time a New Zealand solo artist had reached number one.
Joel Kefali directed the song's music video, which portrays normal teenagers doing mundane things in slow motion. An international version of the video was released which features small appearances of Lorde. "Royals" has been remixed by artists including The Weeknd and Gilbere Forte.