Firstly, I can’t believe 2013 is already drawing to a close, it feels like only yesterday Justin Timberlake was announcing his return to music, when it was infact 12 months ago we all saw the ‘I’m Ready‘ video.
As much as I could easily talk about Justin Timberlake for paragraphs and paragraphs, this year has been a big year for so many artists. 2013 saw that performance by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at the MTV VMA’s, a Lady Gaga comeback, a new series of The X Factor, One Direction announcing a stadium tour, Kanye West having a baby, Justin Bieber lashing out at paparazzi in London, and Cheryl Cole tattooing her entire buttocks, to name but a few. But publicity stunts, “shocking” moments and awards ceremonies aside, lets get down to what it’s really about, the music.
Here at Nelipott, we love a good countdown, so with hundreds and hundreds of great singles being released this year, we thought we’d round up the best 25 (in our opinion, that is, with a little help from you guys on Twitter!)
Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
2013 has been a big year for Taylor Swift. Fresh from releasing her album Red (and dating Harry Styles – cry), the year was spent releasing singles from the album, including this cutesy balled with everyones favourite English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran.
Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
Do I Wanna Know is the opening single to Arctic Monkeys highly anticipated fifth studio album, AM. Released in June, Do I Wanna Know peaked at number 11 in the UK singles chart, but flew straight into number 2 in the Indie charts.
We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
Although the majority of us hate to say it, Miley Cyrus has released two of the biggest singles this year, and we can’t help but love We Can’t Stop. Released back in June, this was the first single from Miley’s album Bangerz, which went straight into number one all over the world, including the UK and the US.
Stay – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
The oldest release in the countdown, Rihanna’s Stay was released a whole 12 months ago… Where has this year gone?! Unapologetic is one of my favourite albums from 2012, and to this day RiRi is still releasing singles from it, with the What Now video being the latest last month.
Royals – Lorde
Despite being released back in March in New Zealand, it took until October this year for Lorde’s Royals to infect us in the UK. On her 17th birthday, Lorde (real name Ella) signed a $2.5 million publishing deal with Songs Music Publishing. On my 17th birthday I was more than likely drunk in a ditch somewhere – go Lorde!
Lived A Lie – You Me At Six
Whilst You Me At Six were busy touring all around the world, it had been 2 years since we’d heard any new material from the Surrey boys. But fortunately, they came back stronger than ever in September with Lived A Lie, the first single from their upcoming album scheduled for a Janurary 2014 release.
Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams
This song only came out in April, but it feels like it’s been around for years with every radio station, club, and party playing it to death. We cannot deny it’s a bloody good song though, and Pharrell seems to get his hands on all the best sellers…
Banshee (Ghost Fame) – letlive.
It had been 3 years since the release of letlive.’s second album Fake History, and as we anxiously waited new material, frontman Jason Butler grew a beard bigger than his face and released Banshee (Ghost Fame) – my personal favourite from the third album, The Blackest Beautiful.
Come And Get It – Selena Gomez
Most of us knew Selena Gomez for being ‘that girl from that Disney show’, or most recently, ‘Justin Bieber’s girlfriend’. But back in April, Selena showed us exactly who she was, releasing new music as a now 21 year old woman. Come And Get It was the first instalment from the Stars Dance album, and the video ditched the “cute” side to Selena we were so used to in the past.
Dark Horse – Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
Put out as a promotional track alongside Walking On Air, Dark Horse was not actually released as an official single, yet proved popular across the world hitting top 10 single charts just about everywhere, including here in the UK. Personally, I think this is the best thing Katy Perry has ever released, and is better than comeback single, Roar.
Move – Little Mix
Winning The X Factor can either go one way or the other, and fortunately 2011’s winners Little Mix have gone in the way where we can’t help but love their catchy releases. Move is the first single from the girls second album, Salute, which both peaked in the top 5.
Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
Wrecking Ball was the second single released since Miley Cyrus’ revamp of music, style, and well – everything, but it was exactly what we needed from Billy Ray Cyrus’ daughter to prove she wasn’t just a one trick pony. As great as We Can’t Stop was, Wrecking Ball was a deeper and emotional side to Miley that many fans thought they had lost. Being naked and sexually pleasing items from a toolbox aside, musically, Wrecking Ball is without a doubt one of the greatest singles of this year.
Chocolate – The 1975
Undoubtably the biggest breakthrough UK band of 2013, and despite being a band for 10 years, The 1975 just appeared out of nowhere this year and have won our hearts with their 80’s style pop beats and distinctive vocals. Released back in January, Chocolate peaked at number 19 in the UK single charts.
Boston Square – Deaf Havana
Deaf Havana are no stranger to revamping their sound with every album release, and Boston Square was no different, being the first single from latest album, Old Souls. The Norfolk based band seem to know exactly how to progress with their music and sound, whilst still somehow keeping the same fanbase. Good job, guys!
Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz
Admit it, this is that one chart song you un-mainstream folk hate to love. Talk Dirty is the first ever Jason Derulo single with a feature, coming from the likes of American rapper, 2 Chainz. The video was directed by Colin Tilley, famous for videos for Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj. The infectious horns throughout and the cheeky lyrics is exactly what got this single to number 1 in September.
Applause – Lady Gaga
Yet another comeback single (2013 really was the year for comebacks, weren’t it?!), this time from none other than Lady Gaga. Being the shortest Gaga video to date, she still didn’t let that get in the way of being outrageous, and well, Gaga! Applause flew to number one across the globe back in August, and has become the perfect ‘end of the show’ song for Miss Germanotta.
Take Back The Night – Justin Timberlake
2013 might as well be named ‘the year of Justin Timberlake’, as he fired out single after single from his album(s) The 20/20 Experience. As the lead single from Part 2 of The 20/20 Experience albums, Take Back The Night is personally my favourite ever JT release. The 80’s disco vibe and fun video is exactly what we love to see from the President of Pop.
Treasure – Bruno Mars
A song with disco, funk, pop and R’n’B all rolled into one – how could you not love Bruno Mars’ Treasure?! The infectious beat and dance moves cannot help but put you in a great mood, and the inclusion of the entire band throughout is what makes it work so well.
Best Song Ever – One Direction
Without a doubt the biggest boyband on the planet, One Direction released their most fun video to date with Best Song Ever, to run alongside their 3D docu-film, This Is Us. Released in July, as much as we all hate to admit it, this was the perfect feel good, catchy song for the summer, and deserves to be in the top 10 purely for Harry’s infamous ‘OW’!
Still Into You – Paramore
Since releasing their Self Titled album, Paramore have explored a new, more “pop” side to their sound, and Still Into You is without a doubt one of the, if not the best song the band have ever released. Also being their highest charting release to date, the single helped to get their album to the number 1 spot in the UK back in April.
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
Following in the footsteps of his idol Michael Jackson, JT released this short-film music video for Mirrors, which was about his grandparents romance. When speaking out about his inspiration for the song, Justin said “One of the most valuable things in a relationship is being able to constantly change and be individual, but look to the other side to the person that you’re with and know that they’re changing as well individually, but somehow you two can mirror each other and be the other half of that world that you both create.” – Jessica Biel is one lucky lady!
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake ft. Majid Jordan
Taken from his number one album Nothing Was The Same, Hold On, We’re Going Home is nothing like previous rap singles Started From The Bottom or Versace, yet instead has a timeless R’n’B sound. The video features the likes of A$AP Rocky and Fredo Santana, where Drake rescues his kidnapped lover from a rival gang.
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell Williams & T.I.
Despite apparently being every feminists nightmare, Blurred Lines is the biggest selling single of 2013, and 9 months later no one can resist that infectious beat and opening line of ‘everybody get up’! Played at every pub, club and bar across the world, I guarantee you’ll be dancing to this song at your New Years party.
Do What U Want – Lady Gaga ft. R Kelly
When we first heard that R Kelly was featuring on a Lady Gaga track, we had no idea how or why that unlikely collaboration came about. However, Do What U Want ended up being the best song on ARTPOP, and personally I think the best thing she’s ever released. Whilst we’re still waiting on the official video (cough, Latey Gaga, cough), you can watch this incredible live performance of it at this years American Music Awards.
Girls – The 1975
As mentioned in entry 13, The 1975 are easily the biggest breakthrough act of 2013 and there was no way Girls wasn’t going to make it to the number 1 spot. Not only is it a great single, but the video makes it even better, which see’s the 4 boys from Manchester mock themselves for taking part in modern day pop music “norms”. With their self titled debut album hitting number one during the week of them playing this years iTunes Festival, The 1975 have had an amazing year and I don’t think their success will be ending anytime soon, extensively touring the world from now until June 2014.
So, that’s it! Another year done. What would you have chosen to be your top releases of this year?