2013 was a crazy year for music: the confirmation of the relationship and then breakup of two of the biggest popstars (looking at you Haylor), a new Justin Timberlake album, a too-short NSYNC reunion on MTV Video Music Awards, the debate on whether Katy Perry’s Roar ripped off Sara Bareilles’ Brave, Miley Cyrus sticking her tongue out and twerking against Robin Thicke (an image that burned in minds and want to forget forever), a Beyoncé album dropping out of the blue, etcetera. (Those were the only ones I could recall top-of-mind, so…)
Last year, I did a run-down of my favorite albums, books, and movies, but this year I’m doing something different: a year-ender playlist of some sort. Check out the songs that I looped far more than my iTunes would’ve hoped for.
Little Me by Little Mix
Little Mix is the first group ever to win the X-Factor UK. They’re awesome performers and they write their own songs too! Their Salute album gave me the Destiny’s Child of the 90s feeling. This is one of the songs they penned. Favorite lines:
Wish I knew back then what I know now
Wish I could somehow go back in time
and maybe listen to my own advice
I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out
Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder
Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful
Everything she doesn’t see
You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out
And know that right here, right now
You can be beautiful, wonderful,
Anything you wanna be, oh, little me
Do check out their other songs that I absolutely adore too: Towers, Good Enough, Salute, and These Four Walls.
Last Hope by Paramore
First time I heard this song, I actually cried. There is something about the song’s bridge that kills.
And the salt in my wounds isn’t burning anymore than it used to
It’s not that I don’t feel the pain
It’s just I’m not afraid of hurting anymore
And the blood in these veins isn’t pumping any less than it ever has
And that’s the hope I have, the only thing I know that’s keeping me alive
Other looped songs from Paramore’s Paramore: Proof, Hate to See Your Heart Break, and Interlude: Holiday.
Eavesdrop by The Civil Wars
Still sad about what went on with this band because they make so much good music. Eavesdrop is one of the many songs I loved off their self-titled (and probably last) album.
Let’s let the stars watch, let them stare
Let the wind eavesdrop, I don’t care
For all that we’ve got, don’t let go
Just hold me
This song makes it way too in the playlist of Gezellig 2 :)
Looped songs off The Civil Wars: The One That Got Away (THIS KILLS, LISTEN TO IT), Same Old Same Old, and D’arline.
Pretty Hurts by Beyonce
Couldn’t find a link to the video of the song or to the song for that matter, so found a pretty rad cover of it.
What wasn’t covered in the version above is the question posed to Beyonce at the start of the song: What is your aspiration in life? And Beyonce’s reply: To be happy.
Shot at the Night by The Killers
Learned this song through a colleague. Loved it, and loved the video even more. We all yearn for that escape, right? :)
Say Something by A Great Big World
Ever felt haunted by a song? This one plays wherever I go and on shows that I watch!
Bubble Wrap by McFly
Discovered this band by association to another band I was listening to. They wrote songs for that other band, so I thought of listening to them. Never regretted it. :) Their lead singer is the one behind the fancy wedding speech!
I wish I could bubble wrap my heart… in case I fall and break apart. It’s bubble wrap!
This is the last time,
I give up this heart of mine,
I’m telling you that I’m
A broken man who’s finally realized.
You’re standing in moonlight,
But you’re black on the inside,
Who do you think you are to cry?
This is goodbye.
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Would it be weird if I say I discovered this band because their song was used in a movie soundtrack? No? Okay, I’m safe (but, but…the movie was The Host. I know. BUT MAX IRONS.)
Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy feat. Elton John
You are what you love, not who loves you. In the world full of the word ‘yes,’ I’m here to scream NO.
Other lovable tunes from their Save Rock and Roll album: The Phoenix, Just One Yesterday, and Miss Missing You.
We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus
I had to. Whether we’d like to admit or not, this song was stuck in our heads at one point or another. I do adore the version with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.
I have space for only ten songs (and I did try to embed the vids, but YouTube keeps on effing up), but I’ve looped a whole lot of albums and songs this year. (Okay, okay, Midnight Memories is still looping on my iTunes. Their new sound is rad. And check out Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest and Olly Murs’ Right Place Right Time).
How about you? What are the songs that had the highest play counts in your media player / iTunes? :)