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Lorde - Royals


The smash breakthrough hit of 2013 by far. Embracing minimalism and simplicity that fools all the hipsters into liking a pure pop song. Lorde is the James Blake of the radio.

I also find it kind of funny that this song got astronomically popular around the same time Britney Spears' "Work Bitch" did. Spears' song is about working hard so you can get all the fancy things in life. Lorde's is saying she doesn't care about the fancy things, never cared about it, and is happy with what she has and where she comes from.

Who will win in the battle of commercialism?! Only 2014 will tell.

also: apparently she was inspire to write this song after seeing a Kansas City Royals jersey on TV!
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Lordes Chicago show sold out in minutes here.
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Justin Timberlake - Take Back The Night

One of the best things about pop music in 2013 is that funk is alive and well today. Justin Timberlake channels his inner Michael Jackson more than ever before in this track. A jamming beat and funky bass and strings, Justin even throws some "Break it down, now!" so you know his heart's in the right place. JT's comeback singles have either been just okay or astronomically awesome, and I'm glad that this one is leaning toward the awesome scale of things.

2013 - the year the funk came back.
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Same here. She sold out the biggest non-arena indoor venue in Kansas City very quick.
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Bruno Mars - Treasure


Rolling right along on the Michael Jackson/funk/nu-disco hype train, Bruno Mars crafts one of the funnest pop songs in recent memory. I'm digging the bass on this song so hard, even after hearing it a million times. This song sounds like it was made for Soul Train or something like that - sounds perfect on the shelf alongside my mom's disco and funk albums.

Hopefully Bruno sticks with the up-tempo funkified tunes and less of the ballad-y stuff that isn't quite as good. But I'm excited to see what comes next from him! Just take off that stupid hat you manlet.
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Same here. She sold out the biggest non-arena indoor venue in Kansas City very quick.
Same here, biggest non arena venue.

Tickets were like $55 too, I wanted to go
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Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home


Before this song, I couldn't have told you a Drake song if you held a gun to my head. But after hearing this one, it was immediately ingrained in my brain and I was hooked. Another extremel minimalist and pretty dark music track and Drake can sing just as good as his peers in Frank Ocean and The Weeknd.

To be honest, the first time I heard this song, the first thing I thought of was "Wow, the influence Odd Future has on current hip-hop is undeniable now." I don't know, I just feel Drake wouldn't make a dark, muted song like this if it wasn't for them. I know it's weird lumping those two in together, but whatevz. This song is sweet.
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Passenger - Let Her Go

I am a huge, huge fan of sappy acoustic love songs and I haven't heard a better one than "Let Her Go" in recent years. It's a formulaic pop song about love and loss, but that's what makes it so good. It is the embodiment of what a pop song should be - short, melancholic and sweet.

The singer's voice is kinda weird, but it really fits this style of music. He sounds like Alt-J's singer if Alt-J's singer was a better singer. But yeah, really hoping this isn't a one-hit wonder.
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Paramore - Still Into You


Yay, Paramore is back! Pop punk is back! Well...not really, but this song is still killer! If only other certain popular pop-punk bands had comeback songs like this COUGHCOUGHFALL OUT BOYCOUGH COUGH. But this is power pop perfection for 2013. Paramoe channeled their inner Weezer and made a rocking yet squeaky clean love song that got stuck in everyone's head. Paramore is basically the Hayley Williams show right now, but I don't think anyone's complaining about that.

It also makes me smile really big because this song is about her relationship with Chad from New Found Glory. They are pop punk's royal couple!
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Daft Punk - Get Lucky

In 2001, I was obsessed with Daft Punk. I listened to Discovery so much it's not even funny. I think One More Time and Digital Love and Face to Face and Voyager are some of the best songs ever. I taped Toonami the night it showed Interstella 5555 in its entirety. The first DVD I got on Netflix was Daft Punk's first DVD of just their music videos. I bought Human After All at Border's (remember those?) the day it came out. I remember being kind of freaked out by the weird videos for Technologic and Robot Rock. I downloaded their remix albums and Alive 1997 and listened to them nonstop. I remember the hype that exploded after they played Coachella in 2006 - I downloaded a YouTube video splicing multiple fan videos of the performance into one huge video. I burned a CD of that show and made my parents listen to it on our way to my cousins in St. Louis for Thanksgiving. I remember freaking out when Kanye West sampled Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, getting stoked that more people would know about Daft Punk. I remember scouring the internet to find somewhere to watch their film Electroma, and being really weirded out by it, but loving it. I remember when they announced they were doing the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy and loving their cameo in the movie.

So I was slightly looking forward to this album.

I don't think anyone was prepared for how explosive the lead single turned out to be. It's so weird to me that Daft Punk, this totally weird underground french DJ duo dresses up like robots, is now in the running for Record of the Year at the Grammy's. But I get it - Daft Punk has always championed the glory days of disco and funk, and that's what this album, and this song, is all about. Pharrell's singing is awesome, the vocoder part is great, Nile Rodgers' guitar is great and it's one of Daft Punk's best songs.
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