Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It's science: the 45 best songs of 2013

While most mainstream acts were very disappointing, 2013 was a good year for under-the-radar pop (my favourite kind). Without further a do, I'm happy to present the 45 songs that made me happy this year. Now can we please have proper Robyn & amazing Kylie comebacks in 2014?

I've made a handy Spotify playlist of the 45 tracks (minus 6 -including my #1- which are not on Spotify, because why the hell would they be?).

45/ Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines feat. T.I. & Pharell Williams

So catchy, yet so annoying. But so catchy.

44/ Avec Sans - Hold On

Keep these guys on your radar, they have "amazing" written all over.
Other songs worthy of your attention: Shiver, The Answer, Heartbreak High (lots of free stuff on their Soundcloud).

43/ Jeremie Whistler - Cold Heart 

It's not often something this good comes from France. So ENJOY. Get it for free here.

42/ Phoenix - Entertainment (Blood Orange remix feat. MKS)

MKS! MKS! MKS! MKS! MKS! (love you too Phoenix! In my top 3 shows of 2013).

41/ Matt Cardle & Melanie C. - Loving You

I am a Spice Girls fan, okay? So I take what they give (in any form). 

40/ Katerine - Efféminé

If you don't understand French, now's a good time to start learning (or use Google Translation).

39/ Diana Vickers - Cinderella

As if any song on Katy Perry's latest shit album was in any way as good as this. Great choice, people.
Other songs worthy of your attention: Boy In Paris, Lighning Strikes

38/ MS MR - Think Of You

In a parallel universe, 2013 was their year, this song is a proper hit and the video has more views than that of a cat that hiccups and farts at the same time.
Other songs worthy of your attention: the whole album "Secondhand Rapture"

37/ Hurts - Cupid

The only song on the second Hurts album that really did something for me. But it did a lot.

36/ Margaret Berger - Human Race

Norwegians do it better. Sometimes twice (see higher).

35/ Gaël Faure - On dirait l'Islande

Beautiful song, melody, video, guy. Oops.

34/ Franz Ferdinand - Right Action

These guys still know a thing or two about a catchy tune.

33/ Mikki Ekko - Kids

This proves you can feature on a (good) Rihanna song and not be doomed your whole life. 

32/ Banks - Fall Over

My money on her for 2014. (Sorry). 

31/ Julien Doré - Viborg

Oh Julien. Chills & tears.
Other songs worthy of your attention: Paris Seychelles, London Nous Aime, Heaven

30/ Janelle Monae - We Were Rock'n'Roll

This song alone should have you look into Janelle if you haven't already. What a life you're living.

29/ Yuksek - Last Of Our Kinds (Michael Garçon Remix) feat. Oh Land

A perfect Summer song for when it's not even Summer anymore. 

28/ Arcade Fire - Reflektor

2013: the year I actually enjoyed loved a 7'42" Arcade Fire song (and a half album, for that matter).

27/ John Newman - Love Me Again

This sounded amazing from the first seconds I heard it. Still does.

26/ Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop

I can really relate with the subtlety of the whole thing. (What a song).
Other songs worthy of your attention: #getitright, Wrecking Ball (see higher)

25/ The Saturdays - Disco Love

Just to think What About Us did way better than this makes me sick like a post-VMAs Miley.
Other songs worthy of your attention: the amazing Starlab Disco Radio Remix, Gentleman.

24/ One Direction - Story Of My Life

Come here Harry Zayn Louis Liam whoever, I'll tell you the story of my life in details. (Seriously: that's how you do a "song Mums, Dads and elder brothers will like without even noticing" boyband song.)
Other songs worthy of your attention: Best Song Ever, Midnight Memories

23/ Union J - Carry You

A typical case of "didn't do as well as it should have because the guys were wearing too much make up in the video".

22/ Britney Spears - Work Bitch

She's Britney, she can do anything she wants, even have only one good song on her new album and sing in funny accents. WITH SHARKS IN THE VIDEO!!

21/ Arthur Beatrice - Carter (Cut)

Their debut album will probably the first thing I'll fall in love with in 2014.
Other songs worthy of your attention: anything you can find!

20/ Amelia Lily - Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got)

A great example of "Amazing post-Girls Aloud Xenomania song that should have been a Girls Aloud Song a Nadine Coyle song".

19/ Ciara - Livin' It Up feat. Nicki Minaj

I'm as surprised as the next man with this: a Ciara + Nicki Minaj song at #19. BUT IT'S SO SLUTTY GOOD

18/ Justin Timberlake - Mirrors

There might be one really good song on all of JT's 20/20 borathon of a double album, but this one's classic Justin. Even if it's 23 minutes long. 

17/ Linnea Dale - A Room in a City

Is there some kind of magic barrier that prevents songs this amazing to spread out of Norway and be massive all over the world??!

16/ Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball

I'm very sorry to be featuring Miley twice in this top 45 thing, but this song has the best verses of the year. 

15/ Little Boots - Satellite

You can always count on Little Boots to deliver brilliant pop tunes and this one is the most brilliant on her second album Nocturnes, which contains a lot more brilliant tunes.
Other songs worthy of your attention: Shake, Crescendo, Motorway

14/ Goldfrapp - Annabel

If you're not in love with Goldfrapp, then your heart is probably made of stone. The whole album is a thing of pure beauty and this is just one example. Stunning. 
Other songs worthy of your attention: Jo, Thea, Drew, Clay

13/ Foals - Late Night

In the "rock band making incredible moody song" game, these guys came and won. 
Bonus: this video of the song, shot by La Blogotheque in Paris' townhall library is splendid.

12/ Annie - Back Together

Her latest EP, recorded with Richard X (RICHARD X!!!), was totally worth the wait. Once again, Norway proved they have "awesomeness" written in their DNA (D-D-D-DNA). Warning: the video contains a Girls Aloud moment.
Other songs worthy of your attentionInvisibleHold OnMixed EmotionsRalph Macchio (Yes, that's the whole EP).

11/ Charli XCX - Superlove

The fact this song debuted at #62 is a strong warning that we're living in very dark times indeed. Superpop. 
Funfact: when you watch the video on Youtube from France, you get to watch an ad about diarrhea. 

10/ Thomas Azier - Ghostcity

Finally a properly epic indie pop song by a male artist! I could make love to this tune. 

9/ Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love

Deep down we all know this was the real winner of the 2013 Eurovision song contest.

8/ VV Brown - The Apple

I can't quite understand how a song can be so good and so overlooked at the same time.
Other songs worthy of your attention: Faith, Substitute For Love, Nothing Really Matters, I Can Give You More

7/ Tove Lo - Habits

Hopefully this fantastic song will follow the "out a whole year before being a proper hit" trend known as "the I Love It path". From Sweden obviously.

6/ Jessie Ware - Imagine It Was Us

Indie disco diva. Who would've thought this a year ago? 

5/ London Grammar - Wasting My Young Years

Mayyyyyybeeeeeeee my love for this song is bordering on insanity.

4/ Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

When you've found out how to make such sexy songs and become Alex Turner, please give me a call, we can work together. 
Other songs worthy of your attention: the whole AM album is a triumph, but don't miss Arabella, Snap Out of It, Knee Socks, I Wanna Be Yours

3/ Katy B - 5AM

Sad dancefloor triumph.


2/ Little Mix - Move

Perfectly-produced-ambitious-yet-super-accessible girlband tune? I'M HERE! And it's only their second album.


MKS teased and teased. For months. Then they properly came back. With this song. A perfect pop song with a chorus as big as the anticipation they'd created. It was a relief to hear that they perfected the Sugababes 1.0 formula and showed that this wait wasn't all for nothing. Their London show in November truly was a life moment. 
Let's forget the disastrous strategy surrounding the release of this instant classic and let's focus on what's (hopefully) to come: an gem-filled album that will re-establish these ladies where they belong: on top of the pop game. 

And there you have it. Merry Christmas y'all!