Jammin’ in 2013

For some, good music was only from the 60’s.  No, the 80’s.  Or was it 90’s?

Forget that, I for one say the best songs are happening NOW.  My favorite artist wasn’t even on the radar a decade ago.  I mean, it’s hard to beat last year when we had Fun, Psy showed up like a boss and almost took over the world, and hello, Thrift Shop ring a bell? Then there was a little ditty by Carly something or other then Lumineers closed it all up with a bang.  Yes, those were the good old days.  But when we think we’ve heard it all, Lorde blows up out of nowhere showing us something awesome this way comes.  “Get Lucky” and “The Fox” were also unexpected dark horses but I’m still not settled on whether or not I like them.

What makes or breaks a song? I’m sure there’s some legit theory involving consumer trends and sex appeal, etc.  For me it goes through these tabs before it receives a seal of approval:

Performance: This covers the artists’ image,  their playing instrument or dancing, and music video, if applicable

Sound: Voice skills – Are they distinctive or pouring themselves into the lyrics?  Are they impressively talented or OD with autotune?  Music flow – Is there an innovative pause, marvelous harmonization, piano interlude or just one of those annoying rap bridges?

Words/ Theme: What are they singing about?  Is it original, real, clever, or just a jumble of trivial nonsense?

Catchiness: The tune may override my will to dislike a song.  This is a wildcard that may or may not obliterate the above set standards.

My favorite  mainstream songs this year:

Unconditionally – Katy Perry
Oh no, did I get too close/ oh, did I almost see what’s really on the inside
You just feel safe with these lyrics, it’s intimate and appeals to our humanity.  Her Anna Karenina inspired music video is amazing and gorgeous not to mention her AMA performance.

My Songs Know What you did in the Dark – Fall Out Boy
So light em up up up/ I’m on fire
Welcome back!  Your what knows what I did in the what?  I like the curious lyrics that catch you off guard.  Plus, who doesn’t like a big fire?  And who can keep the whoooooa out of their head?

Holy Grail – Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z
Once day you care/ it’s so unfair/ sippin’ from the cup till it runneth over
Unique with its variety of tempos.  Here JT wails about being done so much wrong.  No, it’s not about a woman.  Okay it is.  And her name is Fame.

If I Lose Myself – Onerepublic
Take us down and we’ll keep trying/ 40,000 feet keep flying
Not as groundbreaking as their last few singles.  This is actually a disturbing song, but it’s deep if not different.

I Want Crazy – Hunter Hayes
I don’t want good enough/ want can’t sleep can’t breathe without your love
Right on, Hunter, I say down with easy or conventional love. “Good enough” is for monarchists. And commies.

Royals – Lorde
We count our dollars on the train to the party/ and everyone who knows us knows/ that we’re fine with this
The stark soulful voice catches you from the get go.  Then her social commentary on the conditions of low class society hits you like a slap but her message is delivered good naturedly.

Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
All I know is your held the door/ you’ll be mine and I’ll be yours 
Overly simple and repetitive, yet the hope and innocence portrayed in this duet is irresistible.  They wrote this together on a trampoline. Plus mini versions of them in the video, adorbs.

Seriously awful:

Roar – Katy Perry | Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus | Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars | Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke | Same Love – Macklemore ft. Mary Lambert

Almost made it/ better luck next time:
Stay – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko | Just Give Me a Reason – Pink & Nate Ruess | Hurricane – Bridgit Mendler | Let Her Go – Passenger | Heart Attack – Demi Lovato | Best Song Ever – 1D | We Own the Night – The Wanted | The Monster – Eminem ft. Rihanna | The Other Side – Jason Derulo | Wake Me Up – Avicii | Made in the USA – Demi Lovato | Pass Me My – R5 | What About Love – Austin Mahone | Still Into You – Paramore | Melodies- Madison Beer | Say something – Great Big World & Christina Aguilera | Timber – Pitbull ft. Ke$ha | Burn – Ellie Goulding | We Own It – 2 Chainz ft. Wiz Khalifa | It’s a Beautiful Day – Michael Buble | I Wish – Cher Lloyd ft. T.I. | In a World Like This – Backstreet Boys | Brave – Sara Bareilles 

Feel free to laugh – I’m tuning you out with my earphones.

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