I wrote this over two weeks ago, and never got around to editing it - even now. So good luck. Wrote most of “…Albums….” over two weeks ago too. Hopefully before February ends. I wish I was joking. I can’t wait to get this blog back on track.
Mentions: Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl 48 Champs!, Havok, “Warpaint”.
Here we go……
Hey, another list!
T24. “Ice Cream” – 현아/HyunA (32 plays)
This catchy little number is the first of several k-pop that made this list. This one comes to us via a solo effort from 4Minute vocalist 현아/HyunA. Like with me, this track will “…melt you down like ice cream”.
T24. “One Minute” – Krewella (32 plays)
This was one of my most played songs in 2012. Having discovered Krewella in late 2012, there was definitely some overlap plays (which certainly factored into its placement here on this list).
T22. “Tom Ford” – Jay-Z (33 plays)
I’ve never considered myself much of a Jay-Z fan. Part of that is never really hearing that much that I have liked. Another part is probably having really not heard a lot of his material. Then, after hearing “Holy Grail” on the radio a few times, I felt compelled to check out the rest of the album (especially after I perused the production credits). “Tom Ford” was the big winner for me, as the beat is wicked great.
T22. “Eating you” – Brotha Lynch Hung (33 plays)
This is the first Brotha Lynch Hung song to make the list. This one is a collaboration with the rap group ¡Mayday!. This song is a fantastic example of how perfect of a marriage Brotha Lynch Hung and Seven (Strange Music’s go-to producer) are. I especially enjoyed the guitar heavy section in the latter half of the song.
T20. “What About Love” – Austin Mahone (35 plays)
The past holiday season, I was out shopping with my wife and I heard this song being played out of the speakers at a Kohl’s (and actually another song that made this list [later] was played directly after, though I already knew that one at the time – weird). I was hooked pretty instantly. I asked my wife is she knew the song, and she said something along the lines of, “Yeah, this song in played on my teen-pop radio station all of the time” – did that sell me more? Maybe. Anyway, when I got home, I looked up the song, and perhaps unsurprisingly, I discovered it was produced my BFF, RedOne. The song’s respect grew exponentially. So anyway, I listened to the song many more times, and here we are.
T20. “Kiss” – 2NE1 (35 plays)
K-pop strikes again. This was one of the songs that certainly helped propel 2NE1 into the top 25 artists list.
T17. “Gentleman” – PSY (36 plays)
Following the media storm that was “Gangnam Style”, Psy had to eventually release another single. “Gentleman” was that single. Overall, I like it a lot; I don’t like it as much as “Gangnam Style”, but that’s okay. Widespread reaction seemed to be mixed, but I’m sure there was a bit of an anti-Psy sentiment within that mix (probably due to his over-saturated-ness). Some people would like to call Psy a one-hit wonder, but those same people probably only mean within the context of themselves and mainstream radio/media that they are exposed to. I say that because Psy has had 14 Top 40 tracks in South Korea (9 top 10’s, 4 #1’s) prior to “Gangnam Style” (both “Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman” were #1 tracks in South Korea). Not bad.
T17. “DangeRuss” – daryl strawberry diamonds (36 plays)
I came across this song at the beginning of 2013. The song is by artist daryl strawberry diamonds, a local Washingtonian. The song’s subject is that of the Seattle Seahawks and their QB, DangeRuss Wilson. Certainly the subject matter makes this song much more enjoyable to me, but I still enjoy it nonetheless.
Aside: The Hawks play the in Super Bowl this Sunday against [stupid] Peyton Manning and the Broncos. So pumped up – Go Hawks!
T17. “Mm-Ma-Ma” – Crazy Loop (36 plays)
Preface: There was some inconsistencies in terms of the correct tags for the song title and artist name. These are the tags that I went with.
This song comes from the solo release of Moldavian singer Dan Bălan (who was in the group O-Zone). This was a song that I was turned onto by my brother late in the year, and obviously I got hooked. Hooky as hell.
T14. “Tha Package” – Brotha Lynch Hung (37 plays)
Here’s another entry from Brotha Lynch Hung. This one is a collaboration with rapper Yelawolf. Both drop great verses.
T14. “Streets of Doc Town” – Dr. Living Dead! (37 plays)
This is a crazy catchy thrash song. Plus I am always a sucker for group-yelling vocals (“D.O.C., Li-ving-dead!”).
T14. “Staxxx in my Jeans” – Snoop Dogg (37 plays)
Back in 2008, long before he became Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg released the album, “Ego Trippin’”. I finally got around to checking it out in 2013. Better late than never! “Staxxx in my Jeans” ended up being one of my favorite songs from the album (and the one that received the most plays). Rick Rock on the production probably helped this happen.
T12. “Live for the Night” – Krewella (38 plays)
Aside: This was the other song that played while I was at Kohl’s (along with Austin Mahone).
I’m firm believer that artists should put their “best”/”Strongest” song at #1 (the last track is also defendable). Sure, “best”/”Strongest” is an opinion and can be argued, but I believe in the idea regardless. The only issue with that is when you listen to an album for the first time and you’re like, “Oh shit, this song rules, and I still have the rest of the album to listen to”, and then song #1 is definitely my favorite song. “Live for the Night” was definitely that song. I liked the album, as a whole, quite a lot though - “Live for the Night” just blew me away.
T12. “Can’t Nobody” – 2NE1 (38 plays)
This is the fourth and final k-pop track to make the top 25. I said that I dove into k-pop headfirst, and I guess I did. 4 tracks of 25 is pretty impressive.
11. “Stranger in a Strange Land” – Iron Maiden (39 plays)
This is one of three songs to make the list that were released prior to 2004. I love Iron Maiden, so I was excited to see “Stranger in a Strange Land” show up here. Usually, I listen to Iron Maiden so evenly (full album listening mostly) that they never appear on the top songs list. 2013 was a funky year, I guess.
10. “Everybody Dance” – Kat DeLuna (40 plays)
I would not be surprised to find out that this song had made the list for every year that I have ever done this. I love this song; it is one of my favorites ever (and currently #2 all-time in terms of last.fm plays). I can’t not mention RedOne, so there’s that. Great track.
9. “Judas be my Guide” – Iron Maiden (41 plays)
More Iron Maiden! “Judas be my Guide” is definitely one of my all-time favorite Maiden tracks, so I’m glad to see it represented here. This is also, as you might have suspected, the second of the three songs to have been released prior to 2004.
8. City 2 City” – Zomboy (43 plays)
This is my favorite off of “The Dead Symphonic”. The vocals provided by Belle Humble were definitely one of the main reasons, as they mesh with the music amazingly. Dubstep needs more singing, dubstep artists!
7. “Crying” – Ian Van Dahl (46 plays)
When I originally discovered that AnnaGrace become Ian Van Dahl, I checked out their album, “Ace”. I liked the album, but not as much as I liked the AnnaGrace song “Let the Feelings Go”. Then last year, I finally got around to listening to “Lost & Found” and was much more pleased. “Crying” is easily my favorite track from the album.
6. “Crhyme Scene” – K-Rino (47 plays)
This track comes from the first of the three albums K-Rino released in 2013, “The Maven”. Beyond its typical K-Rino awesomeness, this track also got a lot of plays because the beat is fantastic (it makes me think of “Unsolved Mysteries” every time - Gary Remal Malkin!).
5. “Axe Cop” – Lich King (52 plays)
I love solos that happen at the beginning of songs, especially when there’s still a solo later in the song too. Lich King’s “Axe Cop” has a blistering solo near its start, and it gets me jacked up every time. I’m not really familiar with the webcomic by the same name, but the song slays hard nonetheless.
4. “Man Down” – Rihanna (53 plays)
“Man Down” was easily my favorite song from Rihanna’s “Loud” (and may be my favorite by her ever). I’m not sure what it is I really like about this song; I would say it is the reggae flare, but I’m not exactly a huge reggae fan. In the end it has to be Rihanna’s vocals, which are never disappointing.
3. “Krocadil” – Brotha Lynch Hung (60 plays)
“Krocadil” also follows along with the phenomena I explained in section on “Live for the Night” (if we ignore Intro-style tracks). When I first put on “Mannibalector” I was already pumped. Then as “Krocadil” was playing, I got even more pumped. I wasn’t disappointed in the rest of the album by any means (which is proven by 2 other tracks making the top 25), but “Krocadil” easily stands above the rest for me.
2. “A Little Time” – Helloween (81 plays)
I listened to “Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I” and “Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II” a bunch in 2013. A funny thing happened though: I had sort of always had the thought that “A Little Time” was one of my lesser liked songs from the albums. However, during these recent listening sessions, all of a sudden, I freaking loved the song. The vocals are blazing and the music accompanies it well. It has become one of my favorite Helloween songs. It’s so odd to have a song do a 180 like that. It just shows that even if you didn’t like something at one time, maybe you should give it a chance later on at some point – you never know!
1. “No Let Up” – K-Rino (82 plays)
This was the #1 track in 2012 too, and officially became one of my favorite songs of all-time in 2013. I could go on and on about this track, but it all just comes down to K slamming verses with crazy skill.
Okay, well, I hope that made sense.