December 18, 2013

Best Songs of 2013

I'm so excited to participate in this link up, because my life wouldn't be the same without music. Thanks Helene for the link up! This was actually a really hard list to come up with.  There have been so many great hits this year but I like what I've come up with. I think some of my choices however might surprise a few of you as I haven't eluded to the fact of what music I'm really into other than the occasional post which is pretty much filled up with electronic music.  Hope you enjoy!

P.S. I'm proofing this post prior to publishing and I'd have to also include that I believe these songs aren't in any particular order.  I wouldn't say that my #4 is actually #4 on the list. They kind of just popped into my head as I was making the list :)

Helene in Between

10. Phillip Phillips "Gone Gone Gone"

I just love this song. His first really big hit, "Home" always made me tear up everytime ABC played it as background music for Extreme Makeover Home Edition. This one is just plain catchy. 
Best Lyric: "I'll shut down the city lights, I'll lie, cheat, I'll beg and bribe to make you well".  Well if that isn't love, I don't know what is.

9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Can't Hold Us"

Anyone who says they don't like this song is LYING. Okay, everytime this comes on the radio, or in my itunes shuffle list I jam out like nobody's business.  I've tried to learn the lyrics and rap to it, but it's just impossible! I can't even spell INDEPENDENT right when spelling it out.  
Best Lyric: Raise those hands, this is our party
We came here to live life like nobody was watching
I got my city right behind me If I fall, they got me. 
Learn from that failure gain humility and then we keep marching ourselves

8. Icona Pop "All Night"

The beat is the best part of this song.  I feel like strutting down my hallway like the model in the video when this comes on. I kinda like how Icona Pop sounds like they are yelling/screaming the lyrics but in a fun (and talented) way!
Best Lyric: With a love this deep, we don't need no sleep And it feels like we could do this all night

7. Bastille "Pompeii"

I've included the Kat Krazy Remix because the beat to this song is PHENOMENAL and personally I think it's better than the original. However they do have an acoustic version that they sing in Paris that's pretty great too.  This is one of those songs I will never get sick of blasting on my sound bar in the living room. About 1:15minutes in is when it gets intense. I JUST LOVE IT. And his British accent is pretty lovely too :)  What's cool about this is that lyrically, the song is inspired by the Roman town known by the same name, which met its fate with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. (source: article interviewing Bastille)
Best Lyric: But if you close your eyes, Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all? And if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like you've been here before? 

6. Lana Del Rey (vs Cedric Gervais) "Young and Beautiful"

The only reason I know this song is because The Great Gatsby made it popular (in my opinion). Well, I guess what I'm saying is I never heard of Lana Del Rey until this song! I had a tough time debating between this song and Summertime Sadness, but obviously went with this one.  I just think of Jay Gatsby (Leo's beautiful face) every time I hear this song.  When I'm feeling in a funky mood, I'll switch to the original song which is more powerful as a ballad.
Best Lyric: He's my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds

5. Krewella "Alive"

I know this was technically published in December 2012, but I feel like this song made it big in for that reason, it is on my top 10 list.  This song does exactly what the lyrics says, it makes me feel "alive" when I'm listening to it.  I just envision myself dancing in the rain to this song and it just makes me happy. 
Best Lyric: Every second here makes my heart beat faster - Finally think I found what I'm chasing after.

4. Gavin DeGraw "Best I Ever Had"

I will always have a spot in my heart for Gavin DeGraw since One Tree Hill. This song makes me want to bust out a banjo and drums and sing.  That is all.
Best Lyric: You said, “Take me home, I can’t stand this place ‘Cause there’s too many hipsters and I just can’t relate.”  Just because again, for lack of better words, it's catchy.

3. Luke Bryan "That's My Kinda Night"
This song makes me want to buy an authentic pair of cowgirl boots, and hop a ride to the nearest country joint in New Jersey to line dance.... it happens to be about an hour and a half from where I live. And plain and simple: I would eat a catfish dinner just to see this man in person. Love you Luke Bryan!
Best Lyric: Waiting on you to look my way and scoot your little hot self over here, girl hand me another beer!  Luke, I will gladly put on a denim skirt and boots and hand you another beer!
2. Avicii "Wake Me Up"

Hop over to Helene's page because I second everything she captioned with this song!
Best Lyric: Wish that I could stay forever this young 
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life's a game made for everyone
And love is the prize

1. Zedd ft. Foxes "Clarity"

I feel like Zedd has taken over the radio (Clarity, Spectrum, Follow You Down, Stay the Night)!! There are so many great songs on the album "Clarity". You should check it out if you haven't already.

Honorable mentions: 
Beyonce "XO"
Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball"
Alesso vs One Republic "If I Lose Myself"

So, what did you think? Stop over at Helene's blog and link up!


  1. i need to listen to more phillip phillips. I do love can't hold us. Macklemore is so great! we both share a love for bastille :) Electronic music for the win!! I almost included Armin Van Buuren. Love that song!

  2. Love number 10 and 4! Gavin DeGraw and Phillip Phillips are awesome!

  3. Love your picks! Especially Gavin Degraw, Phillip Phillips, and Avicii. :)

  4. I love Macklemore, Avicii, Luke Bryan, and Icona Pop! That Luke Bryan song just gets me dancing every time. Ha!

  5. Great picks!! I am a fan of anything Macklemore, pretty much no questions asked! :)

  6. I am obsessed with the Gavin song!!!