Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Top Ten Favorite Songs of 2013

My Top Ten Favorite Songs of 2013

These are the songs that I'm going to be listening to for years to come...if I'm still around.  Well, that just got morbid for no real reason, but whatever.

Some that just missed the cut:

Darius Rucker - "Wagon Wheel" - Couldn't put it on because I love the OCMS version so much
The National's Trouble Will Find Me Album
J. Cole (feat. Miguel) - "Power Trip"
Luke Bryan - "That's My Kind Of Night"
Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake - "Holy Grail"
The Killers - "Shot At The Night"
Ellie Goulding - "Burn" & "Anything Could Happen"
Childish Gambino - "3005"
Blake Shelton's Based On A True Story... album
Haim - "The Wire"
A$AP Rocky (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, & Kendrick Lamar) - "Fuckin' Problems"
CHVRCHES - "Recover"
Phosphorescent - "Song for Zula"
A few Florida Georgia Line songs...I feel like I shouldn't like them, but I do for some reason.
Bastille - "Pompeii"
Kings of Leon - "Temple"
Taylor Swift - "Red"
Kendrick Lamar (feat. Drake) - "Poetic Justice"
Kodaline - "All I Want"

Here is the list of my Top Ten favorite songs, in no particular order:

Justin Timberlake - "Mirrors"

Yeah, it got a little overplayed in the summer but I never really got sick of it, so that has to mean something right?  Easily the song that reminded the most of his old stuff on his double album that was about 6 hours long.  It had the feel of a "What Goes Around" or "LoveStoned" to it.  And plus, I love Justin Timberlake...that's no secret.  Oh, and I wish the video was the last couple minutes starting at 5:45 for the whole song and not that weird shit from the beginning.

Vampire Weekend - "Unbelievers"

This spot could have easily went to "Diane Young" or "Step" but I feel like "Unbelievers" may be the most re-listenable of the three of them.  I do really like the sing-along-ability of "Diane Young" and the chorus of "Step" is pretty magical.

Kanye West - "Black Skinhead"

Pretty much all of the videos for this song are weird as shit so I just went with the still image with the song playing...and even that's kind of disturbing.  So what if I don't like Kanye 'the guy', like at all, his music is so original, fresh, and in-fucking-credible that I can pretty much never leave him off a year-end list if he's come out with anything during that year.  I couldn't get enough of this song earlier this year and that's pretty much the case now.

The Head and the Heart - "Shake"

I may actually end up liking "Another Story" better with a little time but "Shake" is such a tight song with a toe-tapping beat throughout.

Hanson - "Get The Girl Back"

I can't believe I forgot how much I love this song.  Instant good mood song.  In fact, I even wrote about this song already this year, here

The Lone Bellow - "Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold"

I wrote about these guys earlier this year too, and got to see them in concert twice.  Once at the Newport Folk Festival, where they were my favorite act of the weekend, even thought they were the first one I saw.  And once more, for free, at the Wolf Den at the Casino.  Each time they were absolutely fantastic live.  Great banter.

And whattya know, there's actually video from the Folk Festival on NPR.  Check it out.  You can't see me because I'm right behind where the shot is coming from but I'm screaming, so you might be able to hear me.

Country 1a and 1b

I didn't want to have to pick just one country song to put in here so I split it up into two.  A lot of singles came out that I really liked in 2013 but most of them were off records that came out in 2012 so I didn't want to cross over years here...'cause I play by the rules.

Thomas Rhett - "It Goes Like This"

Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, & Keith Urban - "Highway Don't Care"

One Direction - "Story of My Life"

So shoot me, I like it.  Who cares if they're basically just ripping off Mumford & Sons here, Phillip Phillip did it with his first two singles and I really liked those too.

Florence + The Machine - "Over The Love"

Off of The Great Gatsby Soundtrack where I liked the soundtrack much more than I did the actual movie, but I'll get to that after the new year.  This song wasn't used the way I thought it would be based on the actual recording of the song, which is a shame, because I think it could have made a moment in the film feel much more significant.

Daughter - "Youth"

I haven't been able to stop listening to this song for over a month now and I don't mind that whatsoever.

Bonus #11

Bronze Radio Return - "Melting In My Icebox"

Sooooo, pay no attention to this video haha because it just uses the song for someone's personal video and it's the only video I could find with the song.