This year the industry showed signs of life again - rewarding some bold moves (Macklemore's DIY success, Beyonce's secret album.... and can we say Miley was a risk taker? I think so) and punishing those who played it safe (Sorry Britney Army, KatyKats and Little Monsters).
But business aside, when I reflect on 2013 it will be through the music itself - each big memory trapped in a song, video or live performance.
Here is my year, boiled down to the 22 brilliant pop ditties that shaped it.
... happy 2014!
MY FAVORITE 22 SINGLES OF 2013
#22 "There Goes Our Love again" - White Lies
What if you threw in some New Wave + Emo + Bro Music + The Killers in a blender?
#21 "Madness" - Muse
Muse does Queen ...with a healthy dose of pheromones.
#20 'Miracle' - Sir Sly
#19 "Walking Lightly" - Junip
Scandinavian pop brilliance.
#18 'The Way We Touch' - We Are Twin
#17 'Darkness' - Du Tonc
Best Video of the year. Brings back story telling. Very sweet.
#16 'Elevate' - St. Lucia
I only have so much room for trendy hipster pop (Sorry CHVRCHES, Haim, Say Lou Lou).
#16 'When the Night is Over' - The Magician
Favorite dance tune of the year.
#15 'Hanging On' - Active Child
#14 'I need Your Love' - Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding
Infectious. Although, Dear Calvin, time to take a year off or you'll end up as tired as Guetta.
#13 'Cups' - Anna Kendrick
No matter what your day threw up in your face, it's kinda hard to stay angry after listening to this.
#12 - 'Carried Away' - Passion Pit.
Manic pop. Last of the hipster pop entries.
#11 - 'Promises' - Presets
This will probably hit a radio near you in a few years (Following the trend set by Capital Cities and Gotye)
#10 - 'Can't Hold Us' - Macklemore
Epic Attitude. My pick for Sexiest Man Alive... move over Adam Levine.
#9 - 'Hunger' - Born Gold
"My bones are bending from how sick you've kept me love"
#8 - 'When I Fire Starts to Burn' - Disclosure
I didn't care for 90's house when it first happened, and I don't care for it now. The album everyone gushed about put me to sleep. But this propulsive song was just strange enough and fun enough to make a strong dent in my summer.
#7 - 'Stay' - Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
Rihanna is one uncanny sci-fi miracle. A sexy, lifelike robot created by record labels to crank out 20 hit singles per minute . 90% of its output is understandably putrid. But occasionally, it/she strikes gold and... feels almost human.
#6 - 'Afterlife' - Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire prove they can rule the dance floor too.
#5 - 'Do What You Want' - Lady Gaga
If she only stopped trying so hard..... the most straightforward and best song on ARTPOP.
#4 - 'Casino Lisboa' - Dirty Beaches
I want to live inside this song.
#3 - 'Headshake' - Saturday, Monday
Best summer song. And you can't have a decent 'best of' music list without Swedes on top.
Dance pop perfection.
#1 - MACKLEMORE - 'THRIFT SHOP"
Best pop tune of the year. It was the rarest of things...a catchy song you're not ashamed to hum in public. Anti-bling and full of humor.... 'Probably should have washed this, smells like R Kelly's Sheets... pisssssssss...'
A must if you're going to hole up in the Catskills for an icy winter.
Happy new year everyone!