Gr8at – Best Songs of 2013

Pompeii

It’s not just any band that is asked to play their debut song at The British Museum as part of its opening of a new exhibition. But then not just any band writes songs about the effect that the volcano Mount Vesuvius’ eruption had on the island of Pompeii. Just failing to top the UK charts, its Gregorian style background chanting and lead singer Dan Smith’s poetic voice continues to charm me every time I hear it.

Blurred Lines

With a video featuring three fawning scantily-clad ladies (and naked in the other version) and non-feminist lyrics causing a backlash, it is still an incredibly catchy song. A glorious bassline and a beat you just can’t stay sat down to, it became a worldwide smash and the year’s biggest selling single.

get Lucky

Daft Punk’s repertoire is filled with fantastic riffs so its no surprise that linking up with funky musician and Chic band member Nile Rodgers, and musician/producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams has yielded such a great song.

Counting StarsLately I been, I been losing sleep /Β Dreaming about the things that we could be. The opening lines of this One Republic gem could be a daydreamer’s mantra, and wonderfully sets the scene for a guy determined to more with his life. It also merges with the hypnotic melody that plays at different speeds to an amazing effect.

Young and BeautifulI can’t claim to be a big fan of the film, but I really do like this song. It’s haunting vocals, it’s melancholy, sombre tone and reflective lyrics that wonder what will be left when the glamour and beauty has faded away, are a wondrous joy.

RoyalsFor the New Zealand singer-songwriter fascinated with the aristocracy, the song and topic were a natural fit. Lorde’s lyrical admiration, envy and interpretation of what it must be like to be part of royalty helps make this one of the best songs I’ve heard all year. A huge future beckons.

The ReflektorsThey really are one of the best bands around, and have been one of my favorites since their debut release Funeral nearly a decade ago. No surprise then, that their debut song from their fourth album should be so mesmeric. The shortened single release is good, but the extended 7 minute 34 second edit really shows off the song in its glory.

FallingThe back end of 2012 showed how talented this new musical trio are, with the releases of ‘Forever’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’. Haim’s third single is an echoic delight of hypnotic musical sound, and seems to transport you into the California hills where the video was set.

15 thoughts on “Gr8at – Best Songs of 2013

  1. I’m glad (at my venerable age) that according to your list I’m not trailing too far behind in the what’s-going-on stakes. Have a great New Year!

  2. Some great choices there but I can’t get on board with Blurred Lines. I find the lyrics just too off putting no matter how catchy it is.

  3. Great Choice. Thanks for Haim, new for me.
    My list contains Thrift Shop and Too many friends (and much more), Afterlife, and Lucky and some german songs (->Selig, btw Hurts was covering a Selig-Classic “Ohne Dich”.)
    Have a happy new year, thanks for your likes and your comments!
    πŸ™‚

  4. Alex, I am so happy for our friendship. Thank you so much for this. Thanks for all the comments on my blog for all the nice words for me, for your support and for all the beautiful photos that you share them with us. I wishing , with all my heart to be God bless with health and happiness for all the days of your life, What will be to come. To step into the new year with confidence, with hope, with faith and optimism. Have a new year better, more peaceful, more prosperous, with accomplishments and Many Many Many Joys!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, Alex! πŸ™‚

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