Best Singles of 2013: Amanda's Playlist
The 100 best singles of the year, highlighted by our editorial member Amanda!
With only a mere two weeks left in the year, playlists upon countless playlists of everybody's best-of-2013 picks are surfacing on the web. As MetroLyrics' regular contributor, I thought I'd step my game up and compile a list of the 100 best singles of the year on Spotify, and highlight my top 10 (with their lyrics, naturally) for y'all to check out.
2013 was one of the biggest years in music, ever. Which I know is usually said about every year, but the past 12 months have been jam-packed with so many quality albums and singles that I could barely keep up with hearing them all. In fact, my playlist could have been stretched to 200, maybe even up to 500 if I really wanted to dig deep when it came to amazing songs. However, you'll have to settle for 100 now, and read up on my top 10 songs of 2013:
10. "Love Me Again ", John Newman
We're getting this list started off with the next Amy Winehouse all up in your grill: well, not her exactly, but the musical style is a modernized version of her sound, in my opinion. I feel like we're going to see a lot more of neo-soul singer John Newman in 2014, especially with such a strong debut single from the UK performer. With Newman belting "Know I've done wrong, left your heart torn / Is that what devils do? / Took you so long, where only fools gone / I shook the angel in you", I've definitely blasted this song alone many a time to two-step to it.
9. "Side B (Dope Song) ", Danny Brown
If you've been looking for a new pump-up jam, look no further than this banger from critically-acclaimed rapper Danny Brown. However, even though musically it's bumpin', the lyrics are actually quite forlorn. "So take this as a diss song, cause this is my last song", raps Brown, telling us that this could indeed be his last dope song. The whole album itself has Brown questioning his existence, which is unusual for a hardcore rapper.
8. "#Beautiful ", Mariah Carey ft. Miguel
Even though the hashtag at the beginning of the title of Mariah & Miguel's duet is kind of hilarious, the song itself is a lovely summertime ditty that makes me want to hop on the back of Miguel's bike. And then Mariah bursts in with her line "I like when you run red lights / Don't stop till you thrill me, oh how you thrill me", reminiscent of her ol-skool days, making me hopeful for new music from the R&B queen.
7. "The Vampyre Of Time And Memory ", Queens Of The Stone Age
You'd never expect to hear "gorgeous" and "Queens Of The Stone Age" in the same sentence, but here we are. Coming off one of my favorite albums of the year, ...Like Clockwork, and potentially one of QOTSA's best albums to date, "Vampyre" is a piano-based ballad with lyrics to die for. "I want God to come and take me home, 'cause I'm all alone in this crowd / Who are you to me, who am I supposed to be / Not exactly sure anymore", crows lead singer Josh Homme, using his near-death experience as lyrical inspiration for the group's latest album.
6. "Sacrilege ", Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Personally, I felt like all the songs off the Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2013 release Mosquito was nothing compared to this first single. Exciting, fiery, and featuring a gospel choir, this single is the YYYs at their best, with Karen O putting on her best high notes for the chorus "It's sacrilege, sacrilege, sacrilege, you say". I only wish the rest of the album had this fire to it.
5. "Elephant ", Jason Isbell
Lyrically, this is the most crestfallen, stunning, and simply saddening song of the year. Even musically, Jason Isbell's tale of watching a loved one pass on from cancer pulls at your heartstrings so badly that it's almost difficult to listen to. "We drink these drinks and laugh out loud / B***h about the weekend crowd / And try to ignore the elephant somehow", sings Isbell, referring to how they don't mention her illness simply because it's just too hard to think about. It's heartbreaking.
4. "Kids ", Mikky Ekko (Monsieur Adi Remix)
Don't get me wrong: the original song is definitely a great one, but Monsieur Adi's remix of Mikky Ekko's "Kids" is one of the most triumphant, 80s-esque odes I've ever heard. It's like a jumbo cup of coffee -- wait, espresso -- in a 6-minute period. I can't get enough.
3. "Timber ", Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
It's going down. I'm yelling "Timber". People who know me understand that I love me some Ke$ha, and even though Pitbull makes some of the silliest pop music around, this is potentially 2013's most infectious pop track. There is nothing funner to yell K-dolla-sign's hook "Let's make a night, you won't remember / I'll be the one, you won't forget" at the top of your lungs, and that's a fact.
2. "Numbers On The Boards", Pusha T
It was tough to make Pusha T's "Numbers On The Boards" my no.2 track, as it could have easily been no.1. But somebody had to come second. Regardless, this was one of 2013's most exciting tracks: produced by Kanye West and boasting extremely well-done lyrical play by King Push. "I might sell a brick on my birthday / Thirty-six years of doing dirt like it's Earth Day", he finishes off with on the track, proving that he's one of rap's most respectable acts out there.
1. "Global Concepts", Robert Delong
I remember when I first heard this track, and loved how it sounded like mid-2000s alt-rock combined with...moombahton. And then, after many more listens, I began to connect with the lyrics. "Global concepts don't come in the world round / But we share a mortal frame / That if you can't hear reacts to every sound / But no two people move the same", states Delong, essentially reassuring us that even though we're all different, we're also the same. After much deliberation, it's my track of the year, for sure.
For the 90 other songs I've picked as the best of 2013, see below....
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