TOP 10 SONGS:
#1. Solange – Losing You
Everyone rants and raves about Beyonce like she’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I’m sorry, I’m much more in love with her sister. Her use of real instruments, indie producers, and heartfelt lyrics give a middle finger to the bubblegum pop type of music that her big sister creates. Solange is still so raw but “Losing You” is her tour de force. Hopefully we will receive a full length from her in 2014, because this was my favorite sound of 2013.
#2. Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge – White Noise
Disclosure could’ve had 5 songs in the top 30, but I chose this track because it shows the duo’s brilliance to snag the great AlunaGeorge for a collabo. Literally every song on the album is great, but Aluna’s vocals really make this one pop. And that melody? So freaky. Maybe the best pairing since Jaylib.
#3. A$ap Rocky – Fuckin’ Problems
This track definitely doesn’t feel like it came out in 2013. It may be the most played out radio song of the year, but it still gets the crowd hyped. I mean who doesn’t love this fucking song? A$ap Rocky and his all star cast of 2 Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick deliver the best Hip-Hop track of the year.
#4. Robert Delong – Global Concepts
I’ve been reading some “Best Of” lists and I haven’t seen too many people including Robert Delong’s “Global Concepts”. What’s wrong with you people?! This is one of the most creative, mind-blowing dance songs of the year. It’s crazy, epic, and super dancey. I love it. Can’t wait to hear more from this drumming madman.
#5. Daft Punk and Pharrell – Lose Yourself to Dance
Pharrell had the biggest 2013 of everyone. “Get Lucky”, “Blurred Lines”, work with Mayer Hawthorne, Pusha T, Weeknd, Jay-Z, Despicable Me 2 and more. I mean Goddamn. But there’s something so raw and sexy about this track that I had to give this one some shine. Sure “Get Lucky” is a little cheesy, but this is not. It’s also not the dancey, ironically.
#6. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
Jessie Ware had a big year as well, considering I didn’t know who she was 2 years ago. She release a full length, an EP and had a few nice guest spots. I think this is her most beautiful track. Lorde might have gotten all the publicity and radio play, but you made the GB Top 10 Jessie. Congratulations!
#7. Martin Garrix – Animals
By far and away the best “Techno” track of 2013. I know techno is a bad word to some, but that is the best way to describe this. Not Electro or House or EDM. Good old fashioned techno to get you dancing. And what is that drop? Is that a wood block? Motherfucking Animals indeed!
#8. DJ Mustard Beats
I don’t have enough room to list or post all the tracks that DJ Mustard produced this year. My God! The only guy who can claim he worked as hard as Pharrell in 2013. Let me rattle off some jibberish real quick so you can get a glimpse into what this dude’s year was like. Ketchup, “How to Be the Man”, “R.I.P.”, “Headband”, “My Hittas”, “Show Me” etc., etc. Phew, I’m out of breath.
#9. Baauer – Harlem Shake
I know, I know. Even more played out and with more backlash than “Started from the Bottom”, but that’s y’alls fault, not Baauer’s. The track was actually released in Mid-2012, and I have been playing it since Late-2012, but no one cared, or knew what it was. But then the Youtube videos started popping up and well the rest is history. Literally. Baauer made history. Because of Baauer, Billboard started including Youtube views as part of their formula for charting songs, giving Baauer his first #1 hit.
#10. Major Lazer – Get Free (Yellow Claw Remix)
“Get Free” was the #2 track of 2012 on Golden Bloggen, but this remix that came out earlier this year was so mind-blowing that I had to include it. Like Baauer, Yellow Claw makes some vicious trap music. And even better, this isn’t their only Major Lazer remix. Go get more Yellow Claw, they’re giving away music on their Soundcloud page. Hurry up. Run!
TOP 10 ALBUMS:
#1. Disclosure – Settle
Disclosure was everywhere in 2013. I’m jumping the gun and saying Disclosure will be responsible for bringing house music to the mainstream in 2014. Every single song on this album is a banger. And for all you music purists out there, these UK siblings play instruments in their live shows and use live vocals. That’s right a House Music band. Face!
#2. Major Lazer – Free the Universe
Basically every album on this list is a good listen from start to finish, so I won’t be redundant and keep saying that. What I will say is that it’s about time Major Lazer. Why did you wait so long for a follow up? Get free came out a year before this. But I’m so glad to hear this Reggae inspired dance music on my speakers and on mainstream radio all year. Also glad to see you don’t suck without Switch. I was worried for a second.
#3. Toro y Moi – Anything in Return
Toro Y Moi really surprised me with this album. Very pop friendly, very indie, very nerdy, very cool. It’s everything you could ask for. I remember getting some of Toro y Moi’s earlier works and remixes in my inbox years ago. Glad to see he has evolved into a serious musical threat. Watch out for this guy in the future, he’s just getting started.
#4. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
A lot of people were disappointed by this album, and with it slotted at #4, I got to say that I’m a bit disappointed as well. But Daft Punk are great artists like Tarantino or Scorsese, where everything they make is met with such high expectations. But I do actually love this album, even though it doesn’t really have any dance music. HA! Not what most were expecting from Daft Punk. But I truly believe this was a conscious push back against all the lame, soul-less EDM that has sprouted since their Electro-inspiring Human After All .
#5. AlunaGeorge – Body Music
AlunaGeorge was the best new thing to come out of 2012 for me. The duo of Aluna on Vocals and George on production makes for some of the best R&B/Boom Snap you’ll hear since Aaliyah.
#6. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
Tegan and Sara go dancey. By far the most upbeat, synthed out Tegan and Sara album yet. They are great. Lesbian, guitar playing twins? God must have been reading my diary.
#7. Classixx – Hanging Gardens
LA’s own Classixx finally release their debut album. It’s crazy that this is their first album. They’ve been posting demos on blogs for what seems like 5 years now. It’s more breezy than their earlier Electro tracks, but still very solid. A lot of electronic bands seemed to push back against mainstream EDM this year, so I’m definitely not going to hate on that.
#8. Flume – S/T
Flume blew me away at FYF. I was not expecting his live show to be so stimulating and amped up. It brought me new found respect for this teenage producer. I’m very impressed, can’t wait to see how he matures in the next years.
#9. A$ap Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP
I was pleasantly surprised by A$ap’s album. I always go into new Hip-Hop very skeptically these days. But A$ap really covered all bases with his first studio album. Got Skrillex for the party track, “Problems” for the clubs and “Fashion Killa” for chilling with your lady. Oh by the way this album debuted at #1 on Billboard. No big deal.
#10. St. Lucia – When the Night
St. Lucia dropped an EP in 2012 that I couldn’t stop playing. It was some weird, melodic electronica that my ears just ate up. This album would have been higher if there was more new music on here, but I think the best tracks were already on the EP from last year.