"Starships" by Nicki Minaj is a pop and hip-hop song with an energetic and upbeat tone. Released in 2012, the song was a commercial success worldwide, reaching the top 10 in several countries. It was written by Nicki Minaj, along with RedOne, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, and Wayne Hector. The track showcases Minaj's rap and pop vocal styles, and its lyrics allude to a carefree party and adventurous lifestyle. A curiosity about the song is that it was initially intended for Rihanna, but Minaj ended up recording it herself. The melody features catchy hooks and an infectious chorus, making it a popular choice for parties and upbeat playlists.