Saturday, January 11, 2014

2013 IN REVIEW: Top 40 Jams, Live From New York

So much good, so much to listen to. I've long since forgone attempting a true 'Best Of' countdown (although I certainly have Spotify playlists for days), so instead, I shall point you to a truncated look at what I saw live and listened to most, along with some nods to my blogging pals who's countdowns are chock full of goodies. Hope you are comfortable -- time to get all nostalgic about the year that was 2013.  

-Conor Maynard US Album Release Show (Conor Maynard) {January, iHeartRadio Theater in Tribeca}
-It's Saturday(s) Night! (Kerli, The Saturdays) {January, Highline Ballroom in Chelsea}
-Miasha Private Showcase (Miasha) {February, Montanta Studios on the West Side}
-Acapella, Straight No Chaser (Straight No Chaser) {February, Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side}
-BET Music Matters Indie Artist Showcase (Lydia Caesar, Aaron Camper, Rotimi, Travis Garland) {March, SOB's in Soho}
-P!NK Tells 'The Truth About Love' (The Hives, P!NK) {March, Madison Square Garden in Midtown}
-Throwback Thursday with Hanson (Hanson) {April, iHeartRadio Theater in Tribeca}
-Behind The Scenes at MTV K {April, CBS/Viacom Studio in South Village}
-Little Boots Sophomore Album Release Party (Little Boots) {May, Diesel Store in Soho}
-An Intimate (and Nostalgic) Night with 98 Degrees (98 Degrees) {May, Apple Store in Soho}
-Dancin' & EDM-in' at KTU-phoria (Disco Fries, Nikki Williams, Icona Pop, Krewella) {May, Stage 48 in Hell's Kitchen}
-Broadway Baby: Kinky Boots {June, Al Hirschfield Theater in Midtown/Theater District}
-Little Mix Sprouts 'Wings' with Radio Disney (Little Mix) {August, Highline Ballroom in Chelsea}
-Mel @ New York Fashion Week (Neon Hitch, Austin Mahone) {September, Style 360 Runway Lounge in Chelsea}
-Indie Review with Pastele & Tara Harrison (Pastele, Tara Harrison) {September, Santos Party House in Soho}
-CMJ Festival (Tiny Ruins, Mystery Skulls, Panama Wedding, NoNoNo, AJR, Wild Child, NGHBRS, Neon Hitch, Joywave, Basecamp, Strange Talk, ASTR and Betty Who) {October, various venues around Manhattan}

40. Kerli - Can't Control The Kids
39. Travis Garland - Chariots of Fire
38. M.o. - Ain't Got Time
37. Lorde - Royals
36. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)
35. The Saturdays - Not Giving Up
34. Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love
33. Janelle Monae - Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu)
32. Sara Bareilles - Brave
31. Little Nikki - Little Nikki Says
30. Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
29. Disclosure - White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge)
28. Ashley Poole - If It Feels Right
27. Selena Gomez - Come & Get It
26. Bruno Mars - Treasure
25. HAIM - The Wire
24. St. Lucia - The Night Comes Again
23. Demi Lovato - Heart Attack
22. Tegan & Sara - I Was A Fool
21. 2NE1 - Falling In Love
20. HAIM - Falling
19. JoJo - Andre
18. Bastille - Pompeii
17. 4minute - Domino
16. Conor Maynard - Animal
15. Ciara - Overdose
14. Little Mix - Boy
13. NoNoNo - Pumpin' Blood
12. Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark
11. VV Brown - The Apple
10. JoJo - Can't Handle The Truth
9. Girls' Generation - I Got A Boy
8. SHINee - Evil
7. Straight No Chaser - Everyday
6. Zlata Ognevich - Gravity
5. The Saturdays - Disco Love
4. Little Mix - Move
3. SHINee - Dream Girl
2. Icona Pop - I Love It
1. Stooshe - Slip

Want to keep the 2013 'Best Of' Momentum going? I definitely suggest the following countdown lists from these blogger pals of yours truly...

Jenn counts down not just her fave songs but her fave albums as well. If R&B and true soul is your weakness (our mutual love for 90's Whitney is uncanny), her blog is can't-be-missed. 

Stephen's ear for strong pop is so enviable. He's introduced me to so many brilliant artists -- even just in this year alone (HAIM, Betty Who, Diane Birch, St. Lucia). Basically, he's the type of music lover we all could learn from. As a woman in her 20's now, his music curation speaks to me beyond the Top 40 radio format (but still outside the teen pop realm I basically live in). Get familiar and watch your music library grow. 

A relatively new-ish add to my regular blogroll, Adam is a kindred spirit of mine in crafting personal single charts since a young age. Move over, Billboard. 

Yuri is really thorough with his 'Best Of' compilation complete with links to Spotify for you Spotihoes like yours truly. So much good to be found here.

I 'luv' D'Luv for his utter snark and wit. He counts down his 'Best' and 'Worst' of 2013 -- and both are worthy perusals. 
I think its public knowledge by now that the reason behind why I fell down the KPOP rabbit hole was Nikki of 'Pop Reviews Now'. For a much more thorough look at KPOP in 2013, check out her 'Best of 2013' list. 
My friendship with Paul was forged in our mutual love for Simon Curtis -- it's no wonder our love for unabashed sparkle pop continues to this day. His top songs list is in two parts (here and here) and he also breaks down his fave albums and breakout artists. He belongs on your bookmark list.
Brad knows good, glittery pop, mmkay? (Or should it be, muuu-kay?)


Yuяi said...

Thanks for the shoutout, Mel! You rock! So much goodness here... right on point, as usual! =)

John said...

Love it! Looks like we had about 15 in common from my top 50.

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