Ok, so it’s that time of year. I thought I’d do something different. I’m making a list of my favorite 20 songs of the year that’s strictly pop related. Then later, I will make a list of songs that should be brought to light. Then lastly will be my favorite twenty albums of the year. It’s a very difficult thing, to narrow down everything you listen to in the year of 2013, or any year for that matter, and put together a list of your favorite songs. This is going to be separate from my last podcast folks, where I’ll share some songs from albums you might not have gotten around to listening to or have never heard of before. Trust me it will be good. For now, take a look at the clips posted for my favorite songs of the year. These twenty are just pop gems that wouldn’t leave my head or my ipod for the year. And I will remind you all these are just MY favorites. If you don’t agree, make your own lists. It’s fun, go ahead. So without further ado.
1. Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home – I am constantly torn with Drake. I don’t understand him sometimes. He’s either a singer, or a rapper. But this one won me over. Completely. His melody, his voice everything. It was the tits in this song. So congrats Aubrey (his first name in case you didn’t know). You won me over.
2. Daft Punk – Get Lucky – If you listened to the radio at least five times this year, you probably heard this song at LEAST three times. It’s disco, it’s dance, it’s r&b, it’s upbeat. And even though Pharrell is singing on it, the beat is so grand you don’t even care.
3. Bastille – Pompeii – a grand atmospheric song about life and the detriments of sadness. But you’d never know it because of how upbeat the song is. I love it when that happens.
4. Demi Lovato – Heart Attack – She won my ears and heart over. This is such a killer song with a strong voice to back it up. Kudos to you Ms. Lovato. I’m an official Lovatic. #staystrong
5. John Newman – Love Me Again – This is a british kid who absolutely blew me away last month. His album, Tribute, is a fun mix of r&b and big band and dance. If you love Amy Winehouse, or Mark Ronson, this is the song for you.
6. Tegan and Sara – Goodbye Goodbye – While most people would have chosen Closer, I chose this one. Totally a switch from their pop rock/acoustic sound, this is a pop dance hit. If you want to shake that money maker and keep a chorus in your psyche for weeks this might do the trick.
7. James Blunt – Bonfire Heart – The “You’re Beautiful” singer released this and it goes right after my heartstrings, revealing that at the end of the day, all we want is someone who will keep our hearts burning for love and affection through all the trouble and trials of the world.
8. Pink feat. Nate Ruess – Just Give Me a Reason – Do I really have to say why? It’s Pink.
9. The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather – I swear I heard this song fifty times a day. It’s the make out song of the year. Imagine this, a man admiring his lady’s body and wanting to keep her warm. I mean, seriously, I didn’t think men like that existed anymore.
10. Fitz and the Tantrums – Out of My League – a retro r&b and pop sweetness.
11. Kanye West – Black Skinhead – Why this makes the list? That beat. That beat is an absolutely infectious.
12. Disclosure – Latch – Hands down one of my favorite electronic/dance songs this year. All of it. The vocals, the delivery, even the video is fantastic. Truly check this band out. Two brothers. Very young but very very wise beyond their years in musical backdrops.
13. Jay Z – Picasso Baby – Yes he brags. He doesn’t have anything else to do let’s be realistic here. He doesn’t have anything to prove. So when he name drops, Jay-Z does it right, even if the person who he name drops is dead. I wonder how much Picasso was googled after this song dropped.
14. Zedd – Clarity – it’s just groovy.
15. J. Cole – Power Trip – a storyteller that is often unheard of in the plethora of soundalike rap, J. Cole reveals his feelings towards a woman who rules all aspect of his life and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
16. St. Lucia – Elevate – a positive song. Just trust me. It’s a toe tapper.
17. Arctic Monkeys – Will You Be Mine – I’ve always been a fan of this band. Will You Be Mine is just a throwback to old rock with a smidge of r&b. It’s not dance, it’s just crunchy rock. Gotta love it.
18. Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen – yet another “we never know about life and it can turn around at the drop of a hat” song. It actually works. Ellie doesn’t have the strongest voice, but what she has she uses well against a mid tempo beat.
19. Selena Gomez – Come and Get It – Admit it. You found yourself humming it when no one was looking. Yeah, I was too.
20. Chvrches – The Mother We Share – The new new wave pop band for 2014. Guaranteed. Perfect combo of danceable beats with synths and a strong vocalist make this trio a nice way to end the year of 2013.
SHOULDA BEEN ON THE LIST:
Emeli Sande’s Next to Me. It’s a pop classic. Her vocals are golden. She’s beautiful through and through. Why didn’t she make it? Because the song was released in 2012. True story. But it’s an amazing track. Absolutely brilliant.Follow @joelygabs
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