2013 Music review

*I wrote this all for another website; so some of the formatting might be slightly different on things like the underlining or the end bit, not too sure*

With the year being all-but over, i want to reflect & look back at some of the music that the year has brought us

These are the top three in the charts for each month this year. To be honest i don’t remember a lot of them until i hear it, but then i recognize them. How many from each month do you remember?

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1. Scream & Shout – Will I Am ft. Britney Spears
2. I knew you were trouble – Taylor Swift
3. Stay – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
How scream and shout was the January #1 i do not know. But January didn’t bring us much good music in my opinion; nothing there that really stands out to me

1. Thrift shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
2. White noise – Disclosure ft. Alunageorge
3. 3. Stay – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
Stay stay’s in third place for the second month running, while we also saw the rise of Macklemore here with his first big hit

1. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
2. Just give me a reason – Pink ft. Nate Reuss
3. When i was your man – Bruno Mars
Out of these three my favourite would be mirrors, no question. But 4th for February was Pompeii by Bastille, and that would have to be my favourite for the month

1. Need U (100%) – Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E
2. Just give me a reason – Pink ft. Nate Reuss
3. Hey Porsche – Nelly
Again, Pompeii was in 4th for the month, and another one i really liked here was I need your love by Calvin Harris which came in seventh

1. Get lucky – Daft Punk Ft Pharrell Williams
2. Let her go – Passanger
3. Can’t hold us – Macklemore / Ryan Lewis / Ray Dalton
I like all three of these songs, but ironically i like them in reverse order; with Can’t hold us being the favourite of the month, let her go my personal 2nd, and get lucky my third. All good songs though

1. Blurred lines – Robin Thicke / Ti / Pharrell
2. La La La – Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith
3. Let her go – Passanger
Again, i liked the top three in reverse order here, with blurred lines being my least favourite for the month, i really didn’t like this too much

1. Blurred lines – Robin Thicke / Ti / Pharrell
2. Love me again – John Newman
3. I love it – Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX
For the first time this year a song has claimed the #1 spot two months running, god knows how the song that manages to do that is blurred lines, i think it’s awful. The other two in the top three aren’t anything special either. It wasn’t a great couple of months for music

1. Wake me up – Avicii
2. We can’t stop – Miley Cyrus
3. Somertime sadness – Lana Del Rey
The rise of Miley began here unfortunately, but the other two songs in the top three were both pretty good

1. Roar – Katy Pery
2. Wake me up – Avicii
3. Hold on, we’re going home – Drake ft. Majid Jordan
This was a good month for music, with Roar and Counting stars, which somehow only came in 4th, both appearing on the scene. The Drake song was ok, but i have no idea how he beat One Republic to the bronze place, maybe it was the music video which sent it just over the edge, no idea. Counting stars was a lot better and deserved a place. I’d also like to give a mention to The mother we share by Chvches, which came in a meak 65th, but it was one i love

1. Counting stars – One Republic
2. Roar – Katy Pery
3. Can we dance – Vamps
I said that One republic deserved a place, and they did, knocking Katy Pery off the top for their deserved 1st place for October. And i said that September was good for music; but October was even better. Fan favourites such as the Fox and Wrecking ball, will never be forgotten. On a serious note though, Bonfire heart by James blunt came out and placed in just 16th, but it was a really good song

1. The Monster – Eminem ft. Rihanna
2. Look right through – the storm Queen
3. Move – Little Mix
Eminem’s big entry to the year with his new album, with the monster being the most popular and climbing straight into 1st! Also Royals by Lorde had a great introduction, coming into 4th. Somehow bonfire heart was still stuck down in 13th; and with Christmas approaching, the highly popular John Lewis advert brought us Lily Allen’s version of the song Somewhere only we know, with her version going into 26th; and the original by Keane being in 52nd. I much prefer Lily’s version, though both are good

1. Somewhere only we know – Lily Allen
2. Of the night – Bastille
3. Hey Brother – Avicii
Lily Allen raced to number one thanks to John Lewis; along with other Christmas songs with people once again buying all the old classics, with Maria Carey’s All i want for Christmas is you coming in at 12th, Fairytale of New York came in 15th; and Wizzard’s I wish it could be Christmas every day came in 33rd. Expect these three to rise in the rankings though, with Christmas aproaching sooner and sooner, these will be bought a lot more

So that’s the monthly breakdown of the top songs we saw over the year, and now for the overall positioning. The official most popular songs of the year are shown here, with a countdown of the top 10:
10. Pompeii – Bastille
9. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
8. Roar – Katy Pery
7. Just give me a reason – Pink
6. Thrift shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
5. La La La – Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith
4. Let her go – Passanger
3. Wake me up – Avicii
2. Get lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams
1. Blurred lines – Robin Thicke / Ti / Pharrell

How blurred lines is on track to be the top song of the year i do not know; but with only 10 days left, i can’t see it changing. Just missing out on the top 10 we had Counting stars by One Republic in 12th and Can’t hold us by Macklemore in 13th; which were both ones which i really liked

I don’t know what happened to the song Demons by Imagine Dragons; it wasn’t on the top 100 list for any month and was not featured anywhere, but from what i saw, it was officially released as a single in October, so i expected that to be there. I must just be making a mistake somewhere

But my personal top ten songs of the year were:
10. Somewhere only we know – Lily Allen
9. Let her go – Passanger
8. Pompeii – Bastille
7. Bonfire heart – James Blunt
6. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
5. Can’t hold us – Macklemore / Ryan Lewis / Ray Dalton
4. The monster – Eminem ft. Rihanna
3. The mother we share – Chvches
2. Roar – Katy Pery
1. Counting Stars – One Republic
*If Demons by Imagine Dragons is allowed; that would be the number one, and all others would go back a place

So yeah, that’s my musical review of the year done. I hope you enjoyed the read, as well as maybe going back and listening to some of the songs which we all loved months ago but have now forgotten; as well as possibly hearing some new songs for the first time! If so, i hope you enjoy 😀

What’s your thought on the music we’ve been given this year? I think that the year as whole gave us some pretty good stuff, with a lot of things which we’ll still be listening to in years to come!

And what’s your opinion on the official top 10 list for songs this year? Do you like them, dislike them?
What would be your top 10 songs from 2013?

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Monthly charts:
Overall top chart leader board: