As we ease ourselves into a new year – which is shaping up to be a big one – we’ve taken a look at a few of the musical highlights from 2013. Thanks again to South Korean popstar Psy and the Norwegian duo Ylvis, there were plenty of catchy, infectious songs; but viral hits aside the following 13 songs are tracks that had us head-banging, contemplating, tearing up and twerking. Behold: 13 Top Tracks from 2013…
What better way to kick off and highlight the continued growth of home-grown talent than Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge and ‘White Noise’, both featured on our 2012 list and have since watched their audiences and cultural cache, grow exponentially. The track is taken from Disclosures debut album ‘Settle’, which proved to be one of the most successful of the year.
All hail these sisters for bringing guitar-pop back and providing one of the best albums of 2013 ‘Days Are Gone’, which was named on nearly every best-of list in 2013 (including ours), and soundtrack ‘The Wire’ is a completely addictive clap-along jam.
There’s no way we could do a top tracks from 2013 post without the insanely successful ‘Harlem Skake’ by Baauer; thanks to the wonders of social media the world went Harlem crazy!
Seven long years after bringing sexy back, Justin Timberlake moved on to operatic love songs on ‘The 20/20 Experience’, with none resonating quite as pristinely as the brilliant ‘Mirrors’. It’s good to have you back JT!
Admit it: the first time you heard the opening acoustics of ‘Wake Me Up!’ you crinkled your nose and asked: “Is this REALLY Avicii?”, but as the electronic dance music maestro’s massive beats dropped, intertwined with the soulful voice of Aloe Blacc, it became one of the top 3 selling singles of the year.
The cavernous drums, the finger-snaps, the warped synths that sneak in from the edges during the second verse… they’re great and all, but the whole affair would feel slight if it wasn’t for the 16-year-old voice at the eye of the storm. But Lorde and ‘Royals’ soon became a hit shooting to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
This next tune comes from a group fresh out of Las Vegas who weren’t just hot in 2013 they were positively ‘Radioactive’, and went from strength to strength with their debut album Night Visions which ignited the alternative rock genre. Here’s Imagine Dragons and ‘Radioactive’.
One of the biggest hits of the summer has to be Naughty Boy feat. the soulful voice of Sam Smith and ‘La La La’, which knocked Daft Punk off the top spot after a month at No.1 (but more of those later) It’s almost impossible to stop yourself singing along with this one, go on we dare you…
These guys have gone from strength to strength and caught the hearts and attention of many with this brilliant track; here’s Batille with ‘Pompeii’, which certainly didn’t come tumbling down!
The Daft Punk gents are renowned for delivering perfectly engineered singles before, like: ‘One More Time’, ‘Around The World’ and ‘Digital Love’ to name a few. However ‘Get Lucky’ feat. Pharrell was even warmer and more radio-friendly that previous hits, and saw Pharrell Williams’ comeback soar spectacularly.
Here’s another home-grown artist who’s started making it big in 2013 after winning the Critics’ Choice Award Tom Odell has rapidly risen to stardom and his single ‘Another Love’ showed just why. Plus, as some of the team were lucky enough to see him perform live at the X Factor Finals, we had to include it on our list.
Maybe the history books will remember the twerking and tongue-unfolding of the music video, but Miley Cyrus and ‘We Can’t Stop’ was one of the bolder musical choices in recent memory, and that risk well and truly paid off. Love it or hate it there’s no denying that Miley caused some serious waves in the music scene in 2013.
Our last track reached our ears in July and has stayed there ever since. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell ‘Blurred Lines’ has it all – a catchy tune, suggestive whispers, beaming bounces and charming raps; it rightly ruled becoming the year’s biggest selling single.
Happy New Year from all the team at Muzo!
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