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2013 Best Songs – TOP 10 (Part IV)

So it’s the moment you’ve all been baiting your breaths for, the moment you’ve been thinking about since that nasty hangover kicked in on New Year’s Day, the moment you realised that Madonna wouldn’t make the list this year… it’s only our top 10 songs of the year.

Union J

10. Union J – Loving You Is Easy
Not been “officially” released yet… 

We have previously discussed how we think Union J’s music is filling a perfect niche in the boyband market and this song demonstrates why it suits them so perfectly. It’s sublime. It’s what The Wanted must wish they were doing. If The Wanted weren’t busy breaking up.

Highlights of the song:
Much as we love the song, nothing particularly stands out. When pressed we’d say the ‘I’m in love with you’ chants that begin the middle 8.
Lowlights of the song:
Again, we don’t think anything particularly stands out, but it is pretty obvious that at least one of the boys can’t sing very well.
Best lyric:
‘We were lost … like bottles in the ocean.’
Popular Song

09. Mika / featuring Ariana Grande – Popular Song
Released: 
Sometime in 2013, we assure you.
Belgian (Flanders) chart: 
#8 or US Billboard: #87

We didn’t know, or care, who Ariana Grande was when ‘Popular Song’ first came to our attention, and since then it has come to light that she is the self-styled new Mariah Carey. Just what we needed and wanted in 2013, then. Popular Song, taking much inspiration from the Wicked musical song ‘Popular’, is one of the most popfoolish things we think we have heard in 2013. It is in your face, unapologetic, pure pop. Just the way we like it.

Highlights of the song:
How bouncy and cheerful and popfoolish the whole affair is.
Lowlights of the song:
We weren’t massive fans of the video.
Ariana looks like Mika’s illegitimate daughter and/or a crazed fan during this hideous performance.
Best lyric:
It has got to be either ‘dunk me in the toilets / Now it’s you that cleans them’ or else ‘Now you’re working at the movies selling popular corn.’

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08. Union J – Carry You
Released: 02/06/13
UK chart: #6

We took a while to see exactly how good ‘Carry You’ was, and indeed it wasn’t until we were about to fly out the UK that we appreciated its brilliance. Despite the fact that in theory, there’s nothing especially appealing about Union J to make us fans of them, this song is the bomb.

Highlights:
‘I’ll carry YOOOOOO-WHHHHOOOOO.’
THAT scene from Kick Ass 2.
Lowlights:
‘Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah.’
Lyrics:
‘When the vision you have gets blurry / You don’t have to worry / I’ll be your eyes.’

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07. Frankmusik – Stronger
Not released as single

2013 saw the very welcome return of Frankmusik to pop music. Now self-releasing, Vincent has torn himself away from the American Trashpop sounds of second album ‘Do It In The AM’ in order to come back to the style of electropop – sometimes brash, always popfoolish – that made him so popular prior to the release of his debut album. ‘Stronger’ is the type of acoustic piano and bare vocals ballad that Vincent relishes in singing, and it is some of the strongest work we have seen yet from him (pun intended). His vocal capabilities at the forefront of this song; it is raw, touching and inspiring.

Highlights of the song:
Exposed vocals.
Lowlights of the song:
None.
Best lyric:
I’m planting seeds of hope in all I’m thinking / Cos who needs time to look behind?’ also ‘I think this darkness needs some light in here’ and ‘I can see the memories of my heart / They’re playing out in rewind / But every little melody that starts / Is just a sign I’ll be fine.’ Basically the whole thing.

bastille

06. Bastille – Pompeii
Released:
24/02/13
UK chart:
#2

This song is incredible. It’s a shame the majority of Bastille’s other material couldn’t live up to the promise of ‘Pompeii’ but you can’t have everything you want in life.

Highlights:
‘Eh-oh-oh-eh-oh’
Lowlights:
None
Best lyric:
‘How am I going to be an optimist about this?’
little mix

05. Little Mix – Move
Released:
03/11/13
UK chart:
#3

Although we still can’t exactly get on board with the girls, as discussed here, we think that ‘Move’ is one of the best popsongs released this year. If ‘Gentleman’ sounded rather Girls Aloud, then ‘Move’ sounded extremely Girls Aloud. Everything, everything about this song is perfectly popfooilsh in every way.

Highlights:
The unsual quirky sounds.
‘Mmm-mmm.’
‘Wooooo-ahhhh.’
‘Loooo-ooooow-oooow-owwwwww.’
Lowlights:
It’s just a little too Little Mix for us.
Best lyric:
‘I know that you wanna / But you can’t cause you gotta / Stay cool in the corner / When the truth is that you wanna move / So move’ and also ‘Don’t you know a girl like a boy who moves?’
Jason Trumpets

04. Jason Derulo – Trumpets
Released: 
07/11/13
UK chart: 
#4

Sneakily creeping into the Top 10 towards the end of the year came the most popfoolish of all Jason Deruo songs – and that’s saying something – it’s the irresistible ‘Trumpets.’ From the bizzare lyrics to the even more bizzare concept, what is not popfoolish about this song?

Highlights:
The whole composition of the song deserves a mention for being fresh and feisty. Amazing backing vocals, fantastic beats, astounding production.
The trumpets.
Lowlights:
None.
Best lyric:
‘Is it weird that your bra remind me of a Katy Perry song?’

frankmusik

03. Frankmusik – Captain
Not released as single

‘Captain’ is all the things we love in popmusic. It’s that simple.

Highlights:
Everything. Especially the electronic glitchiness (and dirtiness) of the song.
Lowlights:
None.
Best lyric:
‘Cos we used to know our way back home / We had a lighthouse.’

saturdays02. The Saturdays / featuring Sean Paul – What About Us?
Released:
18/03/13
UK chart:
#1

What a song. Who’d have thought that The Staurdays would finally get their long awaited #1 single, but only after a little help from Sean Paul? Who could have predicted the incredible dance routine that went along with this song? We think everything about this song is insatiable. It’s The Saturdays at their finest, and whether you like the song Saturdays only or prefer it with Sean Paul added and randomly hollering over the song, there’s no denying that The Saturdays have spent their whole career thus far leading up to this fabulous moment.

Highlights:
That danceable beat.
How good this song sounds in a club that plays almost exclusively R&B.
The dance routine.
The Saturdays finally reaching #1.
IT’S THE SATURDAYS DOING WHAT THE SATURDAYS SHOULD DO.
Lowlights:
Sean Paul
Best lyric:
‘Whatcha doing to my head? / Should be here with me instead / What about those words you said?’ That is the best chorus in pop in 2013 and that’s a POPFACT.
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01. Frankmusik – Map
Not released as single

‘Map’ speaks to us as an anthem for 2013. We don’t care that it wasn’t a chart smash. It is absolutely fantastic. It is the best pop song released in 2013. Popfoolish indeed. Frankmusik, we salute you.

Highlights:
Everything.
Lowlights:
Nothing.
Best lyric:
‘I never want to find my way back / Find it back to you / I never want to find my way back / So I’ll take you off the map.’

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