That time of year again, it's the Year-End Wrap Up. And this year celebrates the 15th anniversary of me starting these year-end wrap ups, which is insane if you think about it.
2013 was a banner year for music and in a sense, it stunned me. We always complain about how music once was so amazing and bemoan all the blasphemies that tarnished the year in music (Black Eyed Peas and John Mayer, I'm looking at you). But this year something magical happened - I can't explain it and I don't want to. So with no further ado, Meghan's Top 10 of 2013.
10. Lauren Alaina - "Barefoot & Buckwild"
One of the best country songs released in this decade. Tongue-twisting lyrics and the perfect portrait of what it means to be young and from the South in this country. A very high-energy, light-hearted ode to first love and freedom.
9. Britney Spears - "Work Bitch"
Campy, bizarre, British, and the world's most perfect workout song with a driving laser-light sharp club beat. The video is to die for and Britney's best video since "Toxic". Unlike any song she's ever done before and the perfect song to kick off her new 2 year Las Vegas residency at the Planet Hollywood hotel (which I am dying to go to by the way).
You want a hot body/You want a Bugatti/You want a Maseratti/You better
work bitch/You want a Lamborghini/Sippin' martinis/Look hot in a
bikini/You better work bitch/You wanna live fancy/Live in a big
mansion/Party in France/You better work bitch
8. Eminem - "Bezerk"
This song is literally off the walls, marrying hip hop and rock 'n roll in the way only Rick Rubin has been able to master. A sequel to Jay-Z's perrennial favorite "99 Problems". A perfect use of Beastie Boys and Billy Squier samples - throwing it back to the 80's in a tribute to classic hip-hop that is somehow so 2013 at the same time. Love him or hate him, Eminem is still at the top of his game 15 years after he broke out onto TRL and MTV. His best song since "Drug Ballad".
7. Bruno Mars - "Gorilla"
His incredible VMA performance put this song on my radar. Also check out the remix with Pharell and R. Kelly - it brings the song to unimaginable new heights. This is what sex sounds like, pretty much. Bruno Mars had a banner year in 2013 and this was song was the best off the ones he released off "Unorthodox Jukebox" ("Treasure" is a close second for a perfect throwback to Michael Jackson circa 1981). This song is so perfect it just gives me chills.
And what other song in 2013 had the balls to start off with the following lyrics:
Ooh I got a body full of liquor
With a cocaine kicker
And I'm feeling like I'm 30 feet tall
6. Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
The Imagine Dragons debut CD "Night Visions" was the soundtrack of the summer and I shouldn't have been surprised when this song blew up the way it did, but I still was shocked anyway. This song sounds like the apocalypse and like nothing else on the radio. From the slow hummed intro to the sound of thunder crashing on the moon to the a strange gasp at the end of the first verse, this was probably the most original song of 2013. A little bit Americana, a little bit rock 'n roll, and a driving vague hip-hop beat.
5. Banks - "Waiting Game"
The single most ethereal, affecting, heavenly song since "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star. Gorgeously sad and aching and my single most perfect song of 2013. From the other person's opposite perspective of the same relationship, check out her song "This Is What It Feels Like". The blueprint for which all music should aspire.
Baby I'm thinking it over
What if the way we started made it something cursed from the start?
What if it only gets colder
Would you still wrap me up and tell me that you think this was smart?
Cause lately I've been scared of even thinking 'bout where we are
4. David Cook - "Laying Me Low"
It is a crime against the unbelievable musicianship of David Cook that this was not a number 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 2013. David Cook's 10/25/2013 concert was by far and away the best live band I saw in 2013 and he closed with this song. Insanely catchy and just an all-around perfect AC Rock song.
3. Mateo - "How Good Is Your Love"
The smoothest, slow jam in the vein of D'Angelo but with a strictly 2013 sensibility. Pick this up from the iTunes store while it's still 69 cents.
You listen to Coldplay and Dr. Dre
Turn heads in sweatpants and throwback J's
2. MKTO - "Classic"
Has there ever been a better chorus written than: "I wanna thrill you like Michael / I wanna kiss you like Prince / Let's get it on like Marvin Gaye / Like Hathaway, write a song for you like this". The answer is no. This was the year that old and new formed a perfect marriage and it is perfectly illustrated in this song. Do yourself a favor and check out this song right now.
You’re over my head
I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
One of a kind, living in a world gone plastic
Baby you’re so classic
1. Cher & Lady Gaga - "The Greatest Thing"
I think it might have been on Buzzfeed that someone commented that this is the kind of cheesy song that could have been on the soundtrack to one of my favorite movies of all time, A Goofy Movie. And that is the perfect way to sum up this song, and the perfect compliment. It's glossy disco, glitter, eyeliner, spandex, hairspray, and good old fashioned Reagan era optimism.
- The Mowglis - "Just Say It, Say It"
- Olly Murs - "Dance With Me Tonight"
- Lana Del Rey - "Summertime Sadness" (Remix)
- New Politics - "Harlem"
- Miley Cyrus f. Future - "My Darlin"
- Katy Perry f. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"
- One Direction - "Best Song Ever"
- Kelly Clarkson - "Underneath The Tree", "Wrapped In Red"
- The Saturdays - "Ego", "Disco Love"
- Demi Lovato - "Heart Attack", "Made In The USA"