What were the best songs of 2013? As Christmas and the New Year approach, it’s a question that needs answering. So with that in my mind I called upon wiwibloggs’ finest writers (well those who could be bribed with the prospect of some more of Alyona Lanskaya’s sugary treats – we’re hoping for selection boxes to arrive any day now) to come up with the year’s top 25 tracks.
The brief was simple – to compile a list of our favourite 2013 releases and recordings by Eurovision stars. Songs which competed at Eurovision were excluded (if you want further analysis of those check out the jury reviews), as were re-issues and remixes. The task of actually choosing and ranking the songs was rather more difficult. At one stage we had a list of almost 80 songs to whittle down!!! But we got there in the end.
To start us off here are numbers 25 through to 21. The remaining songs will gradually be revealed over the next few days, culminating with the top 5 on Christmas Eve.
25. “Non Passerai” – Marco Mengoni
What we said: If you liked his Eurovision entry, you’ll love this song! It is a ballad sung in Italian, and in typical Marco fashion, has plenty of those screechy notes that slightly resemble an opera singing cat (in a good way). The song title translates as “You Will Not Pass” and is the typical piano pop that you find yourself singing along to, whether you speak Italian or not. (Katie)
24. “Nekemte” – ByeAlex
What we said: “Kedvesem” was slow to get under our skin, but the song eventually delivered a sweet punch that no one, probably not even the singer, saw coming. In its turn, “Nemkete” sounds like a mature electropop song made by one of the most sought after Western hip bands, and I for one like it. A lot. Plus, the video does the song justice and looks very “now”. (Bogdan)
23. “Amen” – Krista Siegfrids
What we said: Owing to her unique look and playful irreverence, Krista frequently draws comparisons with Katy Perry, P!nk and Gaga. Visually she matches the audacity and quirkiness of those three artists. But the sound […] is far more Ke$ha. Krista takes her inspiration from The USA, laces the resulting pop with a Eurobeat, and blasts it out to clubland. It’s fresh. It’s upbeat. It’s BANGING! (Deban)
22. “Hunter & Prey” – Emmelie de Forest
What we said: This is ethereal light-EDM at its best. Emmelie bounces gamely through the song. The cut-scenes with what I assume is Emmelie when she was a little girl are also beyond sweet and tell a pleasing song to go alongside the general scenes of Emmelie in her signature crouch and howling away at the heavens. Keep up the good work Em’. (Angus)
21. “Hívjuk Elo” – Kati Wolf
What we said: [Kati]’s baaaaaaack! … And better than ever may I add. She has recently released a new single, “Hívjuk Elo”, with support from the same team who helped her write “What About My Dreams”, that dancefloor classic at Euroclub. The new single has an amazles melody, and features the best of Kati Wolf’s digitally remastered vocals. It doesn’t really build over the course of the song, but I guess that’s because it’s the bomb from the start. (Vebooboo)
What do you make of our list so far? Do y’all think that some of the songs are ranked too low? Are others too high? Let us know below.
To read all our reviews from throughout the year click here.