Given that it’s the end of the year, it’s probably a good time to write some words about my favourite songs of the year in order of preference. So here goes nothing. Just before we begin, I was reading something about blogging earlier in the week, which pointed out the importance of ‘content’. Which got me thinking that I don’t use enough images that once clicked lead to the videos. Here are some images that once clicked lead to videos:
10. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree
Yes, this is a Christmas song and isn’t really something that anyone should listen to whilst on a beach in July. This is still an amazing pop song though. It’s probably one of the most ‘instant’ songs of the year, but it nonetheless sounds as brilliant now as it did when she premiered it back in October (Christmas obviously comes early in the Clarko household).
9. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
Everyone has an opinion on the music video. Is it too much or is it just ‘art’? Who knows. It’s a shame that the video somewhat overshadowed the song, which is very good in its own right. Couple verses that don’t sound too dissimilar to Marina and the Diamonds’ I Am Not A Robot with a chorus that kind of sounds like a wrecking ball and you get a very good song. The EMA performance with the giant crying cat was quite good too.
8. Lady Gaga – Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly)
When Lady Gaga announced that she had collaborated with R&B veteran R. Kelly, the world was somewhat surprised. Would Lady Gaga and R. Kelly ‘fit’ or would it just be shit. Fortunately, the song is her best this side of Bad Romance, with its half R&B half Dancing On My Own style making something brilliant. This track also gave us June Brown warning Lady Gaga about singing the chorus, which was quite something.
7. Charli XCX – SuperLove
Charli herself called this song ‘poptastic’. All the best things are, aren’t they? The track is home to 2013’s best lyric ‘I used to think The Power of Love was just a song – now it’s got hold of me’, and is just generally quite brilliant. This is very different to anything on her album (this sounds like a Number 1), but you can’t really go wrong with a good, simple pop song. Plus the video is very good too.
6. Icona Pop – I Love It (feat. Charli XCX)
This subtle, understated pop ‘tune’ from Sweden was one of the defining songs of the summer. It’s the song that every man and his cat would sing after one too many glasses of Lambrini. It’s the song that makes everyone feel like a strong independent female who isn’t reliant on a man. But most importantly, it’s fucking amazing.
5. Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Flatline
Back before they released this track on a Friday and it charted at 50, prospects for the Mutya Keisha Siobhan reunion were high. The first Sugababes album is still one of the b(r)ands best, and this song was not a disappointment. Those harmonies. Those lyrics. Those riffs. That brilliant song. As a side note, their Scala gig is one of my highlights of the year – I’ve never been in a room that has shown more love for a song than when Siobhan sang Stronger. It was a special moment.
4. Ciara – Overdose
The earth-conquering monster smash that never was :/. This song is so good. Three minutes and forty-nine seconds of hook and Ciara’s dream-like vocals. There was a time when Rihanna and Ciara were competition in the charts. Now, if we could get back to that it’d be nice just because Ciara is really, really good.
3. Miley Cyrus – WeCan’t Stop
Much like Wrecking Ball, the music video/live performances/her tongue have over-shadowed the song itself. We Can’t Stop stands though in its own right. Who’d have thought the Miley Cyrus who had never heard a Jay-Z song a few years ago would come back with a hip-hop song. And what a song it is. Ok so it’s not a ‘chillin with my bitches counting my chains’ kinda hip-hop song, but it is more hip-hop than G.N.O (Girls Night Out).
2. Little Mix – Move
This is the first time that Little Mix have looked like a pop group that is going to go the distance. It’s a forward thinking pop song with just the right amount of ‘bonkers’ that any girlband song needs. It’s looking more and more like Little Mix are the natural successors to Girls Aloud’s thrown, and this song is kind of like an R&B version of their older material. Their arena tour should be quite good next year too.
1. Ciara – Body Party
The reason that this song is the best song of the year is that despite being premiered in March, it still sounds as good now as it did back then. The song is smooth and sultry, and is the best single in Ciara’s catalogue. The song kind of re-launched Ciara’s career (it reached 22 in the USA), which should be a lesson to any pop star in 2013 – if you release something properly amazing, chances are it’ll do well. Plus, she gave us this, this and this (come on Ciara, do a tour etc). 10/10.