Wednesday, December 25, 2013

my top 20 songs of 2013

Merry Christmas everyone. Here are my favorite songs of 2013:

20. Fall Down- feat. Miley Cyrus
Everyone said this is a rip-off of Ke$ha's "Crazy Kids" and it kind of is, but I listened to this song all during my last finals week at BYU. It's a nice pick-me-up and how could you not include Miley Cyrus in a 2013 music list?

19. Timber- Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
Super hesitant to include the Pitbull, the Nickelback of hip hop (?) in my top 20 but I was very into the country house thing this year and this was my favorite take on it.

18. XO- Beyonce
It would be disrespectful not to mention Queen B because in case you forgot about her January through November, she made sure you ended the year thinking of no one but her, and she deserves every second of that limelight. This is just a feel-good, sweet, happy love song with a nice gospel feel.

17. Pusher Love Girl- Justin Timberlake
One of my favorite albums of 2013 and probably my favorite performer this year. A sexy, soulful tune from my favorite former N*SYNC member and now pop superstar. Favorite reaction I've ever read regarding the 20/20 Experience: I just didn't know he loved Jessica Biel that much.

16. Hard Out Here- Lily Allen
I always giggle during this song, but after the first time I heard it, I had it on repeat the entire day. This song is just super sassy and funny. ~*GiRL PoW3R*~

15. Bed Peace- Jhene Aiko feat. Childish Gambino
Sexy and chill vibes.

14. Hide- Little May
Preston showed this to me just two weeks ago and I'm in love. I really want to go on a run to this song because I think I would feel like I was on a spiritual journey through the wilderness.

13. Team- Lorde
Good Lorde. Another favorite album of 2013. This chick is insane and so young and talented. I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air, so there.

12. #Beautiful- Mariah Carey feat. Miguel
Ok this music video is hilarious, but when this song came out it was the perfect summer jam.

11. Grammy- Purity Ring
Was convinced this song came out in 2012, but alas, early February 2013 this made its debut. I loooove Purity Ring and want a new album so this was fun to hold me over. But I'm getting impatient and think it's time for some new stuff, so if you're reading this PR, let's go.

10. Burn- Ellie Goulding
When this came out I was obsessed with the original and every remix that followed. Ellie's always coming out with hits and I love her for it.

9. Applause- Lady Gaga
Another great album from 2013 and this was the perfect debut single for it. Gaga's such a queen and an incredible talent.

8. Nirvana- Sam Smith
One of Preston's favorites and he would always play it in the car and now I love it too. This guy has such a gorgeous voice. He showed me this fantastic acoustic version. Just try and ignore the giant diamond stud in his ear.

7. Saturday Night- Natalia Kills
Very obsessed with this song when it came out this summer. Still love it. I get Lady Gaga/Marina + the Diamonds vibes from Natalia, and I'm a huge fan of both.

6. Holy Grail- Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake
JT makes the most appearances on this list and I feel like he sweetens this song and makes it less hard, but I thoroughly enjoy Jay-Z's part. This was a great collab of two very talented musicians.

5. Sight of the Sun- Fun.
Sooo many feelings for this song. I first heard it on the season finale of GIRLS and might have cried during the scene it played. I got into a terrible fight with Preston one week and it was my fault and listened to it on repeat. I would also go through phases of just putting it on repeat walking to and from school. Finally, I played this song walking home from the testing center after my last final ever at BYU and shed some tears. I truly love this song and have so many different feelings associated with it and it is my emotional anthem of 2013.

4. Get Lucky- Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
Another excellent and favorite album of 2013. I remember when they would release 30 second previews of this album/song and Preston and I were like "Omgggg this will be so good," and it was.

3. Mirrors- Justin Timberlake
A song must be fantastic if you can listen to all 8 minutes and love it. I'll say it again, but Justin Timberlake had an incredible year and this song was my favorite of his 20/20 album. It is so good. All 8 minutes of it. I think it's very classic JT and I still get excited when it randomly comes on a station.

2. Royals- Lorde
Every time this song comes on I'm like "YES." I have a four-way tie for favorite album of 2013, but I think Pure Heroine is a teensy bit more my favorite than the other albums. "Royals" has such original, genius lyrics and I like her whole "I'm-cooler-than-this-industry" thing going. It's been done but not this well in a while. You can't ignore that bumpin bass. This song is just so cool and Lorde is such a cool little weirdo and I'm obsessed with everything sings.

1. Everlasting Arms- Vampire Weekend
I know what you're thinking. How random. Vampy Weeks, #1 song of 2013? I can honestly say that this has been my most played song of 2013. It's been on every playlist I've made since the album came out, I love singing along and I get so happy when it comes on. I'm not sure what it is about this song that I love so much. I'll be the first to admit that the lyrics are nothing special, along with vocals and instrumentals. JK those strings are cool. I dunno but if you haven't heard this song it's not too late to become obsessed with it. I still have to play it at least two more times after I hear it once.

Thanks for reading and hopefully listening. I have a lot of fun making these lists and would love to hear your favorites from the year. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and wish y'all a joyous new year!

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