Friday, December 27, 2013
Year in review: 10 best pop songs to hit the airwaves in 2013
What was your favorite?
With over 365 days to the year 2013, let’s take a look back at the year in song. I count through 10 of my favorite songs of the year, in no particular order (except for number one). The list of songs range from rap to rock to pop to salsa in my selection for songs of the year. These aren’t the best songs of the year, but these are the songs that I burnt out on my radio; these are the songs that I listened to most because, for reason or another, they were fantastic or had me shaking my head. Here are my favorite songs of 2013.
10. "Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony — Marc Anthony released a new album this year and was very well received. The big hit from the album was "Vivir Mi Vida" or "Live My Life" in English. It’s one of those songs that when it comes on, everyone will be on the dance floor showcasing their dance moves.
9. "Do What You Want" by Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly — I didn’t like Artpop by Gaga earlier this year because I felt it was too pretentious; it’s as though she’s saying she’s one of the greatest singers of our time. When "Do What You Want" came on I realized she was right. She shows us, again, that she’s a powerhouse when it comes to vocals. Add in the soulful voice of R. Kelly and you have yourself a fantastic song.
8. "B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe" by Kendrick Lamar — This one may be a bit of cheat since the album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was released in October of 2012, but the single wasn’t released until March of this year. "B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe" has an old school feel to it, like it was recorded back in the '90s. Before people started taking Lamar seriously with "Control," "Don’t Kill My Vibe" proved that he was a lyricist that would be here to stay.
7. "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons — Not only do they have a very cool name for a band but they had two big hits of the year. "Radioactive" paints a very grim picture of a post-apocalyptic future. What resonates with me most is that "Radioactive" acts as protest song as well. What exactly are they protesting? That’s left up to the listener.
6. "Black Skinhead" by Kanye West — "Black Skinhead" delivers some powerful instrumentals with some powerful, colorful lyrics. When West dropped Yeezus this summer, people immediately hated it, as did I. However, after listening to it multiple times I realized Yeezus was much better than I expected. Plus "Black Skinhead" may be one of the best songs on the album, hands down.
5. "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk — I love disco and Daft Punk managed to bring it back with some flair and robot noise. "Get Lucky" sounds like it’s not from this era and has an oddly timeless sound to it. Plus, anything Daft Punk gets their hands on is pure gold.
4. "Hold On, We’re Going Home" by Drake — Many people don’t like this song because it’s Drake singing and not rapping. Sorry to say, but I enjoy this song because of that fact. It’s not to say that Drake can’t rap but it’s showing that he can do any type of song. Like "Get Lucky" mentioned above, the song has a timeless feel to it, like it was cut from the same cloth as Michael Jackson. Bold statement, I know.
3. "Suit and Tie" by Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z — This song also has a timeless feel to it. It also marked the return of Justin Timberlake from a respectable hiatus after FutureSex/LoveSounds back in 2006. And what a glorious return. Since then, he’s dropped two albums and a few singles, though none catchier as "Suit and Tie."
2. Royals by Lorde — There wasn’t an album that released this year that was smarter, cooler and easier to listen to than Lorde’s Pure Heroine, in my opinion. What came forth from that album was pure genius and "Royals" is no exception. The lyrics mean something entirely different whenever I hear the song. I really like that.
1. "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams and T.I. — This is the undisputed song of the summer garnering tons of radio play and controversy. I grew very tired of this song midway through summer, but I still can’t get the lyrics out of my head; it’s here to stay.
There were plenty of other songs I wished I could’ve crammed in this list but decided to go with a more diverse collection of music instead. What song was your favorite this year? Leave your answer in the comments below.
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