FAVORITES OF 2013 - SONGS
10. Natalia Kills - "Problem"
"That girl is a problem" was in my head all year long, and this is easily Natalia's best single yet.
9. Kanye West - "Black Skinhead"
Though this didn't get much radio play and the video is...well...Kanye always delivers something epic, and "Black Skinhead" was a favorite on 'Yeezus'.
8. BANKS - "Waiting Game"
A surprisingly amazing track from new R&B/electro artist BANKS--"Waiting Game" has a baseline and a melody that knocks you flat.
7. Disclosure - "Latch (ft. Sam Smith)"
Disclosure had a huge year, and this was their biggest hit. The song was so big it launched the British duo and Sam Smith, who features on the soulful sample.
6. Pitbull - "Timber (ft. Ke$ha)"
While it does pain me to put Pitbull so high on this list, his collaboration with Ke$ha changes my mind. K$'s vocals more than make up for Pitbull's always-stupid lyrics, and this one was a JAM.
5. Bonnie McKee - "American Girl"
"American Girl" might not have launched Bonnie's solo career as it should have, but that doesn't make it any less brilliant. Yes, it sounds like a Katy Perry cast-off, but that's only because Bonnie is actually responsible for that sound in the first place!
4. Betty Who - "High Society"
Betty Who was a very big part of my year, and this is my favorite song of hers. Surprisingly this wasn't her single of the 4-song EP, but it should have been!
3. Bastille - "Pompeii"
Bastille also had an incredibly quick rise to popularity, and this is their largest song. If you've never heard the band, this is the best intro I can think of; it's a perfect example of their signature sound, and their songwriting has never been better.
2. Lady Gaga - "Gypsy"
I really didn't think Gaga was going to make it this high on my list this year...until I got to the end of 'ARTPOP'. "Gypsy" is the album's saving grace, and is miles ahead of every other song in every way. The wanderlust and youthful vigor it inspires is unbelievable, and I expect to see this released as a single very soon.
1. Sara Bareilles - "Manhattan"
This was an especially happy year for me, so I didn't think I would pick such a downer for my #1 spot, but then Sara Bareilles gifted us this masterpiece. She has always been a favorite of mine, and while "Brave" and 'The Blessed Unrest' may not be her best work, 'Manhattan' is one of her best performances. This song means so much to me, and it hit me the right way at the right time. It is undeniably powerful and simple, and every time I play this for someone, their floored. Just another reminder from Sara that she's the best in the game.