What an interesting year for music. The hits that weren’t. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t have great tracks and albums, it just meant you had to look for them. And look I always do.
Agnetha Fältskog released her album A. You know Agnetha from ABBA. One of my favourite tracks of all times is The Winner Takes It All and well this feels like a continuation. Including the personally written I Keep Them On The Floor Beside My Bed. And Agnetha performed a duet on the album, I Should’ve Followed You Home, with Gary Barlow as her first performance since the ABBA split. Stoking rumours for something special next year for the 40th Anniversary of Waterloo. Album of the Year!!
And hits there were… do I have to mention? Sure it was hyped. But sometimes songs are worth their hype, even if the album isn’t. Yes I am talking Daft Punk and Get Lucky. Summer hit of 2013.
The Saturdays tried to break the US Market with What About Us. I found Disco Love to be a fun, catchy tune.
Cher’s album finally came, and the queen of touring will be touring next year. Closer to the Truth debuted at #3, becoming Cher’s highest charting solo album.
Zedd came on the scene with an amazing Clarity, unfortunately his production of Gaga’s ARTPOP didn’t seem to help.
Miley Cyrus. Yes I went there. Beneath the controversy and imagery, Wrecking Ball has deep meaning and is hands down one of my favourite tracks from 2013. It will be interesting to see where she goes next.
Kylie had something leak, ended up #1 on the US Billboard Dance Chart. Something that never was on sale on iTunes… #Skirt. Someone to watch next year!
And last but not least, one of my favourites did not disappoint. Ellie Goulding is just such an outstanding bubbly personality and it shows in both her own Burn and her work with Calvin Harris, I Need Your Love.