It’s time to usher in the new year, and no blog is complete without a “Top 10 of Such-and-Such” list to add to the festivities. Surely you’ve seen a plethora of such lists around the web, most of which I imagine you’ve found either really interesting or incredibly obnoxious. Regardless, I thought I’d throw my own list into the mix!
So here are the top 10 tracks I consider to be the best of 2013, presented below in no particular order.
1. “Retrograde” – James Blake
A work of pure genius, to be sure, James Blake’s “Retrograde” is our first look into a more mellow side of the artist that is simply a joy to listen to.
2. “The Mother We Share” – CHVRCHES
2013 was the year of the CHVRCH(ES), as we saw with the release of their début album “The Bones of What You Believe.” “The Mother We Share” is perhaps the best track as it really shows the talent behind the trio that we have come to adore over the past year. Sweet, dreamy, and over-so-catchy, “The Mother We Share” is a track I am proud to include here.
3. “Trying To Be Cool” – Phoenix (The Chainsmokers Remix)
French band Phoenix treated our ears with a new album this year which is noteworthy in and of itself. “Trying To Be Cool” on its own is enough to make this list, however New York City-based group The Chainsmokers took the track and turned it into a literal work of perfection that beats the original on almost every front.
4. “Habits” – Tove Lo
While Hippie Sabotage may have won the hearts of many with his flip of this song, I think that nothing really compares to the original. Tove Lo’s “Habits” is the perfect anthem for anyone who is sad – its lyrics explore methods of coping used by many but not often explored in your average pop song. Tove Lo wins my heart with this one – what about yours?
5. “White Lies” – Max Frost
The début of Max Frost’s “White Lies” made for a great day in 2013. The track is nothing but upbeat and feel good. Singer, songwriter, and master guitarist, according to Earmilk Frost describes his music-making as “engineering a musical spaceship to travel into outer space.” I’m glad he’s shooting for the stars, because this track is great.
6. “Pumpin Blood” – NONONO
This is actually a contender for my number 1 favorite song from the last year, but I said “no particular order” and so here it stands at no. 6. “Pumpin Blood” is a whistlin’ good time, with catchy feel-good lyrics and an infectious beat that gives you no choice but to dance. The Swedish-based band NONONO is barely over a year old, but this one is bound to be a hit on the charts.
7. “Royals” – Lorde
Yes, yes, this is probably on everyone’s list for 2013, and sure, literally everyone and their dog has heard it (even my dad loves this one), but there is no denying that Lorde really hit something with this one. The New Zealand-born 16-year-old brought us a spectacle, and the world responded in kind. But you know all about it, so just listen.
8. “Medicine” – Daughter (Sound Remedy Remix)
In terms of dubstep-style remixes, nothing in 2013 beats Sound Remedy’s take on “Medicine”. While Daughter’s original track is no-doubt beautiful, this remix really has no equal.
9. “Stay” – Rihanna (Them Jeans Remix)
Okay, so maybe it was the most played song of 2013, but Rihanna’s track “Stay” is beautiful, and no one can deny that. Them Jeans put a welcome twist on it with their remix, however, while still maintaining the original integrity of the piece – making it a worthy member of my Top 10 list.
10. “Wasting My Young Years” – London Grammar
Ending the list on a slightly somber note, “Wasting My Young Years” by London Grammar is a poignant track which inspires a sense of introspection fitting of this time of year. To me, there is no better way to usher in 2014 than with Hannah Reid’s anthem for perseverance through this turbulent time in our lives.
“Don’t you know that it’s only fear
I wouldn’t worry, you have all your life
I’ve heard it takes some time to get it right”
Don’t be afraid of what is to come; rather look to the future with hope. 2013 is soon to be behind us, and while surely some mistakes may haunt you, there is no reason to fear repeating them in the future.
Best of luck to you in 2014!!
AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FELLOW MISFITS!!!