Thursday, 26 December 2013

Top 100 songs of 2013

And here are my top 100 favourite songs of 2013! A strong year for dance music especially, I've included Youtube links to every song in the top 20 but highly recommend searching out anything on the list that you're not familiar with.

100. Stereophonics - Indian Summer
99. Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
98. Leddra Chapman - All About You
97. Demi Lovato - Heart Attack
96. Janet Leon - New Colours
95. Röyksopp feat Susanne Sundfør - Running To the Sea
94. John Newman - Love Me Again
93. Delta Goodrem - Will You Fall for Me (Anniversary Edition)
92. Caro Emerald - Tangled Up
91. Delta Goodrem - In My Own Time (Anniversary Edition)
90. Taylor Swift feat Ed Sheeran - Everything Has Changed
89. Céline Dion - Loved Me Back to Life
88. Martin Garrix - Animals
87. James Blunt - Bonfire Heart
86. Verona - Fallin' In Love
85. Belle And Sebastian - I Didn't See It Coming (Richard X Mix)
84. Avicii - Always On The Run
83. Vance Joy - Riptide
82. Caro Emerald - Liquid Lunch
81. Lily Allen - Hard Out Here
80. Little Mix - Move
79. The Sound Of Arrows - There Is Still Hope (Fear Of Tigers Remix)
78. Pitbull feat Ke$ha - Timber
77. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Wanz - Thrift Shop
76. Disclosure - F For You
75. BlackByrd feat Craig Hinds - From The Bottom Of My Heart
74. Pitbull feat TJR - Don't Stop The Party
73. Bonnie Tyler - Believe In Me
72. Tensnake feat Fiora 58 BPM
71. Eliza Doolittle - Let It Rain
70. Cher - I Hope You Find It
69. Mark Lower - Bad Boys Cry
68. RL Grime - Because of U
67. Dina Garipova - What If
66. Family Of The Year - Hero
65. The Saturdays - Disco Love
64. Lady Gaga feat R. Kelly - Do What U Want
63. Delta Goodrem - This Is Not Me (Anniversary Edition)
62. Robin Stjernberg - You
61. Army Of Lovers - Rockin' The Ride
60. Tensnake & Syron - Mainline
59. Sanne Salomonsen - Du & Jeg
58. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Mary Lambert - Same Love
57. Avicii - You Make Me
56. Gary Barlow - Let Me Go
55. Bastille - Of The Night
54. Eliza Doolittle - Big When I Was Little
53. OneRepublic - Counting Stars
52. Kelly Clarkson - Underneath The Tree
51. Matt Cardle & Melanie C - Loving You
50. Zedd feat Bright Lights - Follow You Down
49. Zedd feat Foxes - Clarity
48. Boyzone - Love Will Save The Day
47. The Saturdays - What About Us (feat. Sean Paul)
46. Mutya Keisha Siobhan - Flatline
45. Delta Goodrem - Heart Hypnotic
44. Lady Gaga - Gypsy
43. Loreen - We Got The Power
42. Lily Allen - Somewhere Only We Know
41. State Of Drama - Falling
40. Ralf Gyllenhammar - Bed On Fire
39. Mariah Carey feat Miguel - #Beautiful
38. Adelén - Bombo
37. Sara Bareilles - Brave
36. Icona Pop feat Charli XCX - I Love It
35. Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
34. Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah - Drinking From The Bottle
33. Bastille - Pompeii
32. Ellie Goulding - Figure 8
31. Nadine - I Will Be Strong
30. Jógvan Hansen & Stefanía Svavarsdóttir - Til þín
29. Robin Thicke feat T.I. & Pharrell - Blurred Lines
28. Leona Lewis - One More Sleep
27. Anouk - Birds
26. Avicii - Hey Brother
25. Stafford Brothers feat Lil Wayne & Christina Milian - Hello
24. Emmelie De Forest - Only Teardrops
23. Will.I.Am feat Britney Spears - Scream & Shout
22. Tove Lo - Out of Mind
21. Zlata Ognevich - Gravity

By a country mile my favourite artist of the year is Swedish producer Avicii, who managed to produce both my favourite album and now song of the year, albeit with a song people might not expect. When I first heard that he would be involved with the opening theme for Eurovision, alongside ABBA's Benny and Bjorn, I thought nothing of it and in fact forgot all about it. That was until I heard the song of course, and that moment was when I was standing watching the afternoon dress rehearsal for the Eurovision final in Malmö Arena. This incredible piece of choral dance music started playing above me and I thought 'wow, what is this beauty?'. As the song continued to play, a huge bridge dropped down over my head and all of the participating Eurovision artists started walking over it, waving down at the crowd. It was truly euphoric and this song soundtracked the moment perfectly. 

Later on that day I went back to watch the final and got to enjoy the moment again. Probably THE most perfect opening to any Eurovision ever, it combined my loves of dance music, Avicii, ABBA (it was an amazing year for fans to have this song by Bjorn and Benny and to have Agnetha back on form) and my occasional curious appreciation of certain choral music. For many people the song was nothing more than a forgotten showpiece, but the six and a half minute epic became by far my most played song of the year. The way it opens slowly before building to the choir and then Avicii's incredible production, before building up again in a rockier way towards the end thanks to 'B & B's input, everything about this song is pure magic. So for a second year in a row a song related to Eurovision tops my end of year chart, but this year the song is not actually an entry to the contest! 

Elsewhere in the top ten, gorgeous South African piano house/bassline song Spin My World by DJ Kent feat The Arrows unexpectedly takes the No.2 spot ahead of New Zealand teenager Lorde's global breakthrough single, the minimalist angst anthem that is Royals. Germany's flop Eurovision entry Glorious, by the ever brilliant Cascada, is No.4 ahead of Melodifestivalen failure Heartstrings by Janet Leon AKA the best song that Agnes never released. Avicii gets another double helping in the top ten as his UK No.1 singles I Could Be The One and Wake Me Up finish at No.6 and No.7 whilst two dance instrumentals line up immediately behind. Euphoric trance anthem Colors by Italian producer Rivaz just edges out the electro house monster Platinum Chains by legendary British DJ and producer Michael Woods. Slowing down the tempo to round off the top ten is the million selling Let Her Go by Brighton singer Passenger. Elsewhere in the top 100 are year defining hits including Katy Perry's Roar (No.14), Daft Punk's Get Lucky (No.17), Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines (No.29), OneRepublic's Counting Stars (No.53) and Macklemore's Thrift Shop (No.77). 

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