Best of 2013 in… Music

I’m doing a series of articles titled, Best of 2013 in… which will take us back into what excelled in this year. Since this is the first article, I going to explain how this series will work out. First, I’m not ranking anything as being number #1 etc. Second, this is purely my opinion. This is not based on what the media considers great or awful. If the reader doesn’t agree with my article…I repeat, this is my opinion and I’m entitled to express it. Third, some songs may have been released a previous year, but it has maintained playing in the following year – I will add them to the list. Lastly, I will add the Worst of 2013 as well.

  Best in Music

 Beyond the Thrift Shop: Definitely, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis shined in 2013 with their debut album, The Heist. With monster hits like Thrift Shop and Can’t Hold Us – it is obvious that my ears can’t wait for their new material from this amazing duo.

Beyonce Photo from her Official Facebook site

Queen B does it Again: Beyoncé drops her new album with style along with video clips for every song. Pretty Hurts and Drunk in Love feat. Jay-Z embarks the buyers to a new experience. What makes this new album memorable is the fact that she didn’t do any pre-promotion before its release date.

Starry Night: Their best-selling song, Counting Stars continues to sell like hot pancakes. It has maintained among the top 10 best-selling songs on iTunes even beating Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus’ hits, Wrecking Ball and Can’t Stop. Seriously, if this song doesn’t win any Grammy’s – it would be criminal not to give One Republic an award for this musical masterpiece.

One Republic September 21 Photo from the One Republic Official Facebook site

Divorcee with a Claw: Katy Perry’s latest album, Prism has settled an important message for her fans – she’s no longer the candy queen. This new endeavor, Perry has invested her heart and soul with sharp tracks such as Roar, Walking on Air, and Dark Horse. It is obvious that in 2014, Prism will continue to impress.

Back on Tour: After 400 shows in the successful musical, The Fantasticks – Aaron Carter went back on tour. The triumphant tour called, The After Party gained more concerts dates than originally planned. Along with the opening acts from The Petrel Sisters, Carter ends 2013 with a huge smile accomplishing an amazing tour. Certainly, this was a good year for Aaron Carter. Hopefully, he drops a new album in 2014.

Aaron Carter on Tour Photo from his Official Twitter Page

New Beats: Eminem made an interesting revisit to his roots with his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP: Part 2. After his 2010 or best known as his seventh album, Recovery, Eminem took a worthy vacation to reinvent his rap for this new record. Berzerk, Rap God, Survival, and Monster feat. Rhianna – show cases the evidence that Eminem continues to bring fresh music.

The Truth about P!nk: Pink’s album is by far one of her best since her sophomore album, Missundaztood. Tracks that marked the airwaves this year was Just Give me a Reason, True Love feat. Lily Allen and Walk of Shame have settled a mature sound that makes this sixth album one of the best in her musical repertoire.

Dale with Pitbull: The Miami rapper released in 2012 his seventh album, Global Warming which featured one of his top songs of 2013: Feel this Moment featuring Christina Aguilera. Since its release, this song has gained multiple platinum certifications. Now, he ends the year with an EP titled, Meltdown with another successful hit called, Timber featuring Ke$ha.

A Song with a Heart: Brave by Sara Bareilles is an instant classic because it’s a song that speaks towards a worldwide audience. It’s beautifully written and Bareilles’ voice is the perfect match for it.

Bruno Mars: November 7, 2013 Photo from Bruno Mars Official Facebook page

Out of this World: Bruno Mars’, Unorthodox Jukebox album has been practically on the airwaves for more than a year since its release on December 7, 2012. Mars is a strong contender to garnish Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Song of the Year in the upcoming 56th edition of the Grammy’s.

A Great Hiatus for a Fearless Return: The French Robot duo, Daft Punk amazed the summer with their greatest song since One More Time called, Get Lucky featuring Pharrell Williams. Their last album in 2005, the duo went on hiatus to then return to the spotlight in 2011 with the Tron film by fully controlling its soundtrack. Then, two years later, Random Access Memories released one of the most played songs of the summer and even parodied song as well.

W is for Williams: Although Blurred Lines isn’t my favorite song, but Pharrell Williams appeared in two gigantic hit tracks this year with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke. It is not daring on my behalf to express that any song with Pharrell is a guaranteed hit. I’m actually stating it.

Bluegrass with a Twist: Avicii released an intriguing song that mixes the elements of bluegrass that creates an extraordinary sound. With the soulful voice of the Californian singer, Aloe Blacc, Wake me up! is a memorable song.

Aloe Blacc Photo: Aloe Blacc’s Official Twitter page

20/20: Justin Timberlake’s song, Suit & Tie featuring Jay-Z brings a world class of musical combo of old school music with a touch of rap from the prestigious singer, Jay-Z. Seriously, it’s hard to think about a song that featured Jay-Z that wasn’t great.

More than just an Oscar Nominee: Anna Kendrick starred on the musical film, Pitch Perfect. I confess the film is one of the worst I’ve seen this year; however, Cups stood out and even became a radio hit –Cups (When I’m Gone) makes the audience wish that Anna should consider a second career in music because there’s a high probability she’ll succeed in the music biz too.

More Exposure: Maroon 5 since their debut album, Songs for Jane – the band continues to evolve with greater music. Overexposed by Maroon 5 showcases their writing capabilities with a continuum of excellent music that Maroon 5 pens every time.

New Idol: Phillip Phillips debut album, The World From the Side of the Moon makes any listener believe that he’s been in the industry for years. Hopefully, he continues the same success in his next album.

Britney Spears in ‘Work B***h’ Photo: Britney Spears’ Official Twitter page

Expect More in 2014: Britney Spears eighth studio album, Britney Jean is a departure of her repertoire because this is album much like Prism is derived from personal struggles in their love life and starting over. Major songs like Perfume (Remix), Alien, Brightest Morning Star, and Body Ache most likely will top charts in the upcoming year.

Powerful Singles: Fearless single tracks made me press the repeat button so many times I thought my phone would break.

Here’s the shortlist (No Ranking)

Safe and Sound by Capital Cities

Best Day of My Life by American Authors

Les Mentettes: In the Same Way

Catch my Breath by Kelly Clarkson

Do What You Want by Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly

Gentleman by Psy

Holy Grail by Jay-Z

Demi Lovato Performing Photo: Demi Lovato’s Official Twitter page

Heart Attack by Demi Lovato

It’s Time by Imagine Dragons

Started from the Bottom by Drake

I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons

Some Nights by Fun.

Die Young by Ke$ha

Rihanna Photo: Rihanna’s Official Twitter Page

I Cry by Flo Rida

Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

Hall of Fame by The Script featuring Will.I.Am

Let me Love You by Ne-Yo

Diamonds by Rihanna

Hey Ho by The Lumineers

I Need Your Love by Ellie Goulding

Holiday: Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson holiday albums are great for this time of the year. Go get them!

Musical Comeback: Despite the backlash Carrie Underwood received in her debut as the iconic character Maria from The Sound of Music – Her performance of the song, My Favorite Things deserves a standing ovation.

  The Worst in Music

Lorde: I have a hard time to think why this tedious song with a monotonous tone like Royals became a hit. I may be potentially wrong here; however, I think Lorde is a one hit wonder. Still, Royals didn’t impress me one bit.

Lorde: June 5, 2013 Photo: Lorde’s Official Facebook Page

Miley Cyrus: Can’t Stop & Wrecking Ball are not quality songs for my ears. I find Wrecking Ball generically bad because she screams throughout the song and Can’t Stop is a mess. Don’t get me started on the video clips.

Kanye West: The self-proclaimed genius dropped several IQ points when he thought Bound 2 is the best thing he’s ever done. Not only the song is painfully bad, but its video clip featuring his fiancé, Kim Kardashian on a motorcycle half naked simply begged to become the next most parodied video…and it actually happened look it up on YouTube.

Taylor Swift: I don’t know where to start. I think Kanye should have interrupted the release of her song, Trouble. This song is the definition of annoying.

Justin Timberlake: On the opposite direction of excellence from Suit & Tie, the song Take Back the Night just kept on saying the same thing! What the hell is that about?

Britney Spears and Will.I.Am: Scream and Shout is a wreck. Britney sounds differently from her usual tone to the point that I had no clue it was her voice in this song. Lastly, the song is just poorly plotted. I was surprised this came out of Will.I.Am’s album.

Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines received more attention than it actually deserved. It’s not an awful song in comparison to the others I’ve mentioned before, yet I would not call it the best thing I’ve ever heard in this year.


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