As 2013 winds to a close, let’s look back at the top songs, videos, and albums for the year. For the next three days, we’ll be posting our favorites and links to their posting at Mike’s Daily Jukebox. What do you think? Who would be on your list?
TOP 10 SONGS OF 2013
10. “SOOTHE YOUR SOUL” Depeche Mode
The highlight from DM’s “Delta Machine”. A sensual, sexual kickstarter that even NBC borrowed to promote their new Dracula series. LINK
9. (TIE) “DEMONS” Imagine Dragons and “STORM” Airborne Toxic Project
In 2008, “Sometime Around Midnight” by Airborne Toxic Event was our choice for Song Of The Year. Last year, “It’s Time” by the Imagine Dragons was chosen #1 for 2012. Both bands are back in the 2013 Top 10 Countdown with the best introspective rockers of the year. LINK
8. “IF I LOVED YOU” Delta Rae with Lindsey Buckingham
North Carolina folk rockers team up with a Fleetwood Mac legend for one of most soulful blues numbers of the year. LINK
7. “I SEE YOU” Luke Bryan
“Crash My Party” propelled Luke Bryan to the upper stratosphere of country music. “I See You” is the album’s rocker that like the lyrics describe, you’ll have stuck in your head and won’t let you forget.
6. “ELECTRIC FEEL” Preston Pohl
This contestant on NBC’s The Voice, didn’t even make it to the Top 10. But his reworking of the electronic dance hit by MGMT injected old school R&B style and urgency to the song’s sexy message. LINK
5. “HERE’S TO US” Halestorm
Yes, to many Halestorm fans, “Here’s To Us” is a sell-out track that even Glee covered! But dig a little deeper and Halestorm maintains their rock edge with some appropriate explicit lyrics in the hook. It’s the best “roll down the windows” song of the year, perfect for celebrating life with your best friends. The album version included a guitar solo by Slash.
4. “TOO EARLY” The Dream with Gary Clark Jr.
Auto-Tune with a old school blues guitar solo? How could this work? Easily one of most sensual jams of the year. These two artists couldn’t be more different but their chemistry together is unbelievable. LINK
3. “SAY SOMETHING” A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera
The most haunting, intense performance of the year was the soft piano duet of “Say Something”. Christina lets A Great Big World steal the spotlight, but her incredible harmony pushes the song to the next level. LINK
2. “MULHOLLAND DRIVE” Gaslight Anthem
When listening to a great storyteller, you’re hooked and hanging on every word. The New Jersey rockers conjure up the memory of vintage 80’s Springsteen. We’re aching and feeling the emotions here as the electric guitars and drums pumps up the intensity.
1. “JUST ANOTHER GIRL” The Killers
The opening of the song sounds like you’ve walked into the middle of a dream. The theatricality, the modern rock sound, and Brandon Flowers’ incredible ability to open up his heart and describe the highs and lows of a relationship. It’s a touching love song that deserves a spot on The Killer’s greatest hits CD. LINK