Most of what I listen to is hip-hop, but I did listen to a lot this year that wasn't - probably more than any other year. There was a ton of good music out this year, and getting my list down to just 5 was really a very tough task. Anyway, here's what I came up with, only requirement being that it had to have been on a release from 2013.
5. This Is How We Do by Katy Perry
Katy Perry is without a doubt pop's new queen. I thought that it would be tough for her to duplicate the success of Teenage Dream, but I actually loved Prism, and this song is a good reason why. It's music that can't be taken seriously, but give it a listen and see if you don't find yourself humming it to yourself later on in the day.
4. Give Life Back To Music by Daft Punk
This whole album surprised me, but this opener was definitely the one track I kept going back to. Get Lucky and Touch easily could have been on this list as well. There's a very groovy bass line that kicks in at about 1:20 in that just kicks all kinds of ass.
3. Comeback Story by Kings of Leon
I remember the first time listening to this song, it sounded like a really chill, relaxing tune...and then the chorus kicked in and the ears perked up. "I'll walk a mile in your shoes...now I'm a mile away, and I've got your shoooooooooooes." Instantly hooked.
2. Reflektor by Arcade Fire
There are a few great songs on this album, but the seventies influence/revival track Reflektor is the one I keep going back to. The instrumentation is amazing, and really clicks for me at about 2:20. Chances are, you've heard this one already. If not, take a peek.
1. Everlasting Arms by Vampire Weekend
I've loved Vampire Weekend since their debut, but I haven't been this hooked by one of there songs before. Just a fantastic song, one that demands you nod your head while listening. Below is a live performance.
Honorable Mentions: Safe & Sound by Capital Cities, Who You Love by John Mayer, Tennis Court by Lorde, Fall by The Presets, Drove Me Wild by Tegan & Sara, San Francisco by Foxygen, The Mother We Share by CHVRCHES, Blank Maps by Cold Specks
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let me know.