And the results are in. Here is the list of my top 10 tracks for 2013. I would expect people to disagree with my selection to some extent but I stand by the quality of each track.
To reduce my initial list to 10 songs, I took into account not just my personal taste, but also the impact the artists had made on the world of music, the media and of course the response from fans and listeners.
Now, without further ado, allow me to introduce Politics of Pop Top 10 Tracks of 2013:
Professional hit maker Ryan Tedder and his band One Republic released an album of pop-rock hits this year, called ‘Native’. The standout is surprisingly not ‘Counting Stars’ which has been making headway on British shores, but ‘If I Lose Myself’ which I first heard in early 2013 as a stonking remix by Swedish House Mafia heir, Alesso.
Played out to hundreds of thousands at the Ultra Music festival in Miami, Alesso’s rework of the track primed it for the club with euphoric synths and huge drops and it has since been Grammy nominated in the ‘Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical’ category.
I was intrigued to hear the album version of ‘If I lose Myself’, thinking that it would be a somewhat stripped back, pop-rock track with a completely different approach to the Alesso remix. Turns out I was wrong.
The original is just as huge. Blending a stomping beat, shimmering synths, guitars and piano chords, it builds up to what would be a huge drop, except it turns out to be a synth interlude without any words, not what you would you expect from a radio-friendly hit maker. Rather than transport us to a nightclub dance-floor, we end up on the dance floor of some basement indie venue and with the amount of stomping going on – I’d guess we’ve landed in Texas.
Poplitics Top 10 Tracks For 2012:
#No 4 Alesso – Years (Vocal Mix)
Another Swedish DJ, another epic slice of EDM. Alesso is an up and coming DJ already responsible for one of the year’s monster tracks. ‘Calling‘, co-produced with Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso and featuring the vocals of One Republic’s Ryan Tedder has been named BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record of 2012.
Alesso’s other notable track, ‘Years’, takes you on a euphoric journey. The beat is heavy, the piano melodic and Matthew Koma’s vocals sweet. The drops are thunderous and even if you aren’t a fan of electronic music, this is the song which might very possibly persuade you otherwise.