My top 13 songs of 2013

    Come and Get It by Selena Gomez 
    

    The Disney actress ditches her innocent image and became an irresistible seductress in this Bollywood-themed track. With flirtatious repetitions of “na na na na” and “when you’re re-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e” you’ll hit the repeat button one too many times (just like me).


Cups by Anna Kendrick 

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Pitch Perfect became sensational this year and so are all the songs in this aca-awesome movie. Who could not forget Anna Kendrick’s audition piece? By just using a cup and her voice she was able to deliver an infectious cover of a song and made it her own. 

Watch the video here.

Still Into You by Paramore 

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     2013 is about to end and yet listening to this track still gives me the chills. 

     Paramore’s latest album in my humble opinion is the best the band has yet to offer. It is a representation of the band’s maturity through the years. I believe it’s a risk worth taking since most of the band’s fans are accustomed to their typical angst-driven, pop rock-ish, and emo-esque songs. And this, being on the album along many other romantic odes proves that Paramore took the risk and successfully pulled it off (I just know it!).

     It’s funky and colorful. You can’t help but fall in love with the song just like I did.

    Watch it here.

    Brave by Sara Bareilles 

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Sara B kicks off her ‘The Blessed Unrest’ album with this cheerful and empowering anthem. The song’s edifying message reminds us to speak up and let out that suppressed voice within us, and to be brave enough to embrace our weaknesses and fears.

Watch it here.

Roar by Katy Perry

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Katy Perry’s first single off of her latest album ‘Prism’ is as empowering as Sara Bareilles’ Brave. It also sounds a bit similar to Brave which stirred up the ‘rip-off’ controversy. I’m a firm believer of inspirational songs and Roar being a motivational track encouraging us to take full responsibility of ourselves and being resilient despite our innumerable downfalls makes it to my year-end list.

Watch the video here.

Just Give Me A Reason by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess

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I just love this powerful track by P!nk featuring Fun’s Nate Ruess.  It is just awesome how they came up with the song and the collaboration too. With both artist’s impeccable vocals the track elicits raw emotions of reconciliation and delivers a massive hit too hard to put down. It is one of the best duets of the year and I just have to hit the replay button again and again.

Watch it here

See You Again by Carrie Underwood

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Do you know that this song was supposed to be one of the OSTs for The Chronicles Narnia series? The song never made it to the cut but Carrie Underwood included it on her ‘Blown Away’ album. And not just that it is also her fourth single off of her latest album. Why do I love the song? It’s simply because of its message: We may have lost our loved ones along the way but we will still see them.

Watch the video here.

Made In the USA by Demi Lovato 

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They say that when an album is self-titled automatically it is personal and considered the best of what the artist has to offer. On her fourth album, Demi is set to captivate us [again] with her top charter tracks and soon to be LSS certified hits. Made in the USA is a catchy song with a bit of country-esque vibe to it. It is more of a patriotic anthem than an ode of love but still the song delivers. With brilliant comparisons and metaphorical addition to the song lyrics, Demi has once again captivated us with this track.

Watch the music video here.

Royals by Lorde

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Lorde is my new favorite female artist. It’s undeniable that the young artist is talented and grounded. She is also outspoken with her opinions regarding other artists like Rihanna, Lana del Ray, and Selena Gomez.  

Royals is by far one of the best released songs of the year. The lyrics of the song are straightforward and unique with a toned-down production highlighting Ella Yelich-O’Connor’s (aka Lorde) vocals. It is tasteful and remarkable that I regretted hating her just because she was compared to Birdy (whom I love!!!!). If you loved Royals you’ll love Pure Heroine.

Watch Royals here.

Almost is Never Enough by Ariana Grande featuring Nathan Sykes

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I’m loving the collaboration of Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes (The Wanted) in this ironically heartwarming heartbreak ode “Almost Is Never Enough”.  A classic so soulfully done, it’s one of the best duets I’ve ever came across with. The ballad which perfectly harmonizes both vocalists’ voices will definitely tear up listeners. No singer outshines the other as both artists complement each other's incredible pipes. The song which accentuates Nathan’s powerful voice also perfectly blends Grande’s pitch-perfect rendition as it goes to a heart-wrenching climax.

“Almost Is Never Enough” is one of Ariana Grande’s tracks from her album Yours Truly. It is also an official soundtrack of the movie Mortal Instruments.

Watch it here.

Clarity by Zedd featuring Foxes

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This song has been on my LSS playlist for months. I remember listening to this song one summer morning and right then I knew that I’ll be playing the track for like countless of times. If you’re not into electronic music and stuff Clarity will change that perception you have towards EDM. A house ballad which introduces Foxes’ frail and angelic voice singing the lines “If our love is tragedy why are you my remedy? If our love’s insanity why are you my clarity?” Clarity is definitely a surefire hit you’ll still be hearing next year.

Watch it here. 

I Always Liked That by Maria Mena

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The Maria Mena that we loved before is back again with her soulful and inspiring song, “I Always liked that”.  After waiting for eternity and getting slightly disappointed with “F*ck you”, I am so glad that the long wait is finally over.

“I Always Liked That” is the second single from “Weapon in Mind”, Maria Mena’s latest album.


This song talks about having confidence in one’s own skin. It cleverly employs the many different wars we’re at and the seemingly unending issues we have in life. Mena delivers exceptionally with her tender and fragile singing voice the fears and insecurities we have with ourselves. She does it perfectly and tries to accentuate the importance of loving oneself and having a life of contentment and satisfaction.


Watch the mv here.

Treasure by Bruno Mars

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Because I’m speechless listening to this groovy track just watch the music video and see for yourself.

Watch Treasure here.

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