The Best Songs Of 2013 (According To Your Friendly Neighborhood VH1 Staffers)

by (@unclegrambo)

arcticmonkeys-doiwannaknowMARK GRAHAM, Managing Editor (@unclegrambo)

1. Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?” – Have you got the goods?
2. Vampire Weekend, “Hannah Hunt” – Though we live on the U.S. dollar, you and me we got our own sense of time.
3. Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I., “Blurred Lines” – What rhymes with hug me?
4. Arcade Fire, “Afterlife” – After all the hangers-on are done hanging on in the dead light of the afterglow, I’ve got to know … can we work it out?
5. Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young” – You’ve got the luck of a Kennedy.
6. Lady Gaga, “Gypsy” – Maybe we could see the world together?
7. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams feat. Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky” – Like the legend of the phoenix…
8. Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, “Stay” – Around and around we go.
9. Kanye West, “Hold My Liquor” – P*ssy got me floatin’, feelin’ like Deepak Chopra.
10. Frightened Rabbit, “Holy” – Why you actin’ so holy when you know I’m full of holes?


JILLIAN HORNSTEIN, Mobile Web + App Producer, VH1 Digital (@jillhornstein)

In no particular order these are my top six songs that I still have not gotten sick of:

Kanye West, “Black Skinhead” – Say what you will about Kanye West, the man creates incredible tracks. Not only are the lyrics an extremely intelligent criticism of how racism is [unfortunately] still embedded into American society, but the beat on its own is incredible. I heard this song for the first time during his SNL performance and saw him perform it live at Governor’s Ball 2013 and it quickly became a staple on my playlist. The energy of this song is so strong, I even get pumped up when I hear it in one of the many commercials it graces with its audio.

PompeiiBastilleBastille, “Pompeii” – I love this song. It makes me so happy. I love every note, chord, verse in it and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since I discovered it by accident (thanks Spotify!). It makes me want to dance, sing, jump and smile every time I hear it. Also, have you seen the video of the man covering it via violin loop? It’s amazing and you should watch it immediately. Any time I felt dour, even if only for a minute, I scream-sang “HOW AM I GOING TO BE AN OPTIMIST ABOUT THIS?” in my head and it got me through any issue from the most minor to the more serious. I can’t get enough of it.

Miley Cyrus feat. French Montana, “FU” – I’m sure many of my colleagues selected “We Can’t Stop” or “Wrecking Ball” for Miley’s mention. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy those as well, but they quickly got played out after hearing them literally everywhere, every second in every context. I like to think outside the box so I selected another track from Bangerz that I really enjoy. How many songs can use the phrase “SMH” and get away with it? Not many. The song is silly and fun, but it also highlights Miley’s vocal prowess. I’ve been a fan of Miley since her Hannah Montana days (yes I was in my 20s and in college…) and I see no sign of my fandom slowly down anytime soon. Here’s me and Miley dancing to “Party in the USA” at VH1 Divas in 2009 to prove it!

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Lana Del Rey, “Young And Beautiful” – Truth be told, I wasn’t on Team Lana when her perfect bone structure first broke out onto the scene, but I’m obsessed with the hauntingly beautiful sounds of “Young And Beautiful.” I haven’t heard any of the rest of The Great Gatsby soundtrack, but I’m too busy listening to this song on repeat to give the rest a chance. The lyrics are beautiful. And while we’re being honest, I really want this song to be playing as I walk down the aisle at my wedding. All I have to do is get my boyfriend on board…and get engaged. But seriously, how can you listen to this song without feeling romantic, beautiful and haunted all at once? You can’t.

HAIM, “The Wire” – Thank you VH1 You Oughta Know for bringing HAIM into my life. I don’t think it is possible to listen to this song without bobbing your head and feeling a lot cooler than you probably are (re: talking about myself here). The ladies of HAIM all have such unique and beautiful voices. Not only does this song sound awesome, but I really like the message I took away from the lyrics: giving in to desire despite understanding how deeply your actions will hurt the other person. I think we’ve all been on at least one side of that equation. After watching them on YOK In Concert, I saw them perform on SNL and fell even more in love. I can’t wait to see more from these three young and extremely talented sisters!

American Authors, “Believer” – If you don’t know about American Authors, its time to get on board. I’m positive you’ve heard their single Best Day Of My Life in the promos on MLB Network, or maybe on Vince Vaughn’s new movie, Delivery Man. This song is a total feel good anthem. I can’t listen to it without smiling. The band’s self titled album is full of super catchy, feel good tracks that you won’t be able to stop listening to. Any bad mood will disappear quickly after listening to Believer so if you’re in a bad mood, or if you want to be in a better mood I’d highly recommend you check them out!