My Top 2 Favorite Songs of the Year–and the rest I haven’t posted…

As the year comes to a close, so does my list of favorite songs of the year.

Thanks for reading the posts and checking out the tracks! I love the feedback you give me–and yes–as requested I promise to post music more often in 2014!!

Here are my top two favorite songs of the year along with the songs I didn’t get a chance to post earlier.

1. Open, Rhye

This song was going to be my favorite song of the year the first time I heard it.

There are two videos for this song, the one below and the one that requires you to log into YouTube to verify your age. I recommend you check out both.

Money Line: I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs
I’m a fool for that sound in your sighs
I’m a fool for your barely
I’m a fool for your love

Live?: Yes–and I met Michael Milosh and his wife/muse. Pretty amazing.

2. Retrograde, James Blake


Money Line: I’ll wait, so show me why you’re strong
Ignore everybody else
We’re alone now

3. I Love You, Woodkid

So cinematic and extremely special.

Money Line: In the waves I’ve lost every trace of you.
Where are you?

Live?: No–here’s hoping he tours in 2014.

4. Silent Treatment, The Joy Formidable

Simple and sad. Raw and honest. I’d be really surprised if there was a third Joy Formidable album.

Money Line: You tumble home
Safe inside
Twisted now, but at the time
No fears, a treasured prize

Live?: I’ve seen them twice. Once in support of their first album and then this year for the new one. What  a difference. One of the most awkward and sad experiences I’ve ever had at a concert–watching a relationship that has broken down live out on stage.

5. Dust to Dust, The Civil Wars

Another heartbreaking break-up song. But I find a lot of comfort at the end of this one. While we don’t know what really happened between them–it’s fairly obvious there is ZERO chance we’ll get a third album from The Civil Wars.

Money Line: We’ve been lonely, too long

Live?: No–and sadly–it appears I’ve missed my chance.

6. Clarity, Zedd

I am such a sucker for this song. Oh my goodness.

Money Line?: If you pull, then I’ll push too deep
And I’ll fall right back to you

Live?: Nope.

7. I Won’t Be Long, Beck

Welcome back, Beck!

Money Line: We’re counting down the minutes
From an hourglass full of ice

Live?: Never! I know!

Favorite Songs of 2013: Ladies Getting It Done

Female fronted bands, djs and solo artists killed it in 2013. Here are some of my favorites of the year–in no particular order…

1) Tomorrow, Daughter

This album is a tough listen–but worth it. This song is the truth.

Money Line: So don’t bring tomorrow

‘Cause I already know

I’ll lose you

Live?: Yes. Very special.

2) Water Me, FKA Twigs

This song breaks my heart. Every. Time.

Money Line: I guess I’m stuck with me

Live?: No–I’m hoping she tours in 2014.

3) Young and Beautiful, Lana Del Ray

And I loved the movie.

Money Line: Will you still love me

When I got nothing but my aching soul?

Live?: Yeah…

4) Pretty Boy, Young Galaxy

One of my favorite finds of the year. Her voice kills me.

Money Line: And I know you feel isolated
And I feel what you won’t say

Live?: No–but they are definitely on my radar now.

5) Everything, Maya Jane Coles featuring Karin Park

Crazy, sexy and straight up cool.

Money Line: we are not the winners or the losers
oh baby we are the fight

Live?: No–but I fear it would be too much awesomeness for me to handle.

6) Frequency, Dawn Richard

I fell in love with her voice on the totally underrated Diddy Dirty Money album.  This is her first solo release. I hope people catch up with her cuz she’s hella good.

Money Line: I want you to hear
The way you make me feel
When you turn me on

Live?: Just on YouTube.

7) Hey Love, Quadron

CoCo O is a star. Period.

Money Line: Hey love, what’s going on in here?
You brutalize my soul

Live?: Yes–and CoCo O is a STAR!!

8) Stay, Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

Because these are my favorite songs, some of them make the list for personal reasons. This song deserves to be on the list for merit, but what it means to me makes it even more special. And check out Mikky Ekko’s EP–it’s great.

Money Line:  the reason I hold on
’cause I need this hole gone

Live?: I saw Rihanna open for Kanye West a while ago and she was really good, but I haven’t seen her headline. Maybe someday.

Favorite Songs of 2013: Waitin’, Caitlin Rose and Somebody to Love, Valerie June

I grew up listening to country–and I adore Dolly Parton above most others–but I would in no way consider myself a country music fan. This year, however, I listened to more country than I probably have since I was 5 years old. As a result, several country, or country-influenced songs appear on my list.

The ladies, especially, were getting it done. These two tracks represent different styles, but both songs (and the albums on which they appear) are fantastic.

Live?: Caitlin Rose–yes. Super young and super charming (although crazy shy!) Valerie June–no. And unfortunately–I have to miss her show this Friday–but she is on my list to see in 2014.