Top 50 Songs of 2013

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I continue my retrospect of my personal top 50 favorites of each year of this decade, leading to the debut of my 2014 year-end chart.

I try not to post repeats, as my first posting on this music blog of mine was for my 2013 countdown back in January 6, 2014. But this time I have a fancy new top banner, so I’ll make an exception this time. 🙂

As usual, a video playlist follows….

1 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) Michael Franti & Spearhead
2 GOODBYE IN HER EYES Zac Brown Band
3 OVERCOMER Mandisa
4 CELEBRATE Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks
5 SO GOOD TO ME Chris Malinchak
6 COME ON GIRL Brooklyn Brothers
7 SAFE AND SOUND Capital Cities
8 FOLLOW THE SUN Xavier Rudd
9 I DON’T DESERVE YOU Paul Van Dyk featuring Plumb
10 GUN Chvrches
11 COUNTING STARS OneRepublic
12 IF SO Atlas Genius
13 PUT THE GUN DOWN ZZ Ward
14 KEEP RUNNING Gemma Hayes
15 CARRIED AWAY Passion Pit
16 BRUISES Train featuring Ashley Monroe
17 I’M NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU Donald Fagen
18 LET HER GO Passenger
19 LIKE A ROSE Ashley Monroe
20 SEND ME YOUR LOVE Taryn Manning featuring Sultan + Ned Shepard
21 BACK UP TO THE START (GOD’S GREAT DANCE FLOOR) Martin Smith
22 SUN Belinda Carlisle
23 HEARTS LIKE OURS The Naked And Famous
24 EVERYBODY’S BEAUTIFUL Miasha
25 REAL Gorgon City featuring Yasmin
26 JUST MAKE IT STOP Low
27 DONE. The Band Perry
28 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY Michael Bublé
29 GOOD MORNING BEAUTIFUL Luke McMaster featuring Jim Brickman
30 NEXT TO ME Emeli Sandé
31 FEATHERLIGHT Skye
32 ALL RIGHT (MAJIK BOYS RADIO MIX) Frankie
33 EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY BUT ME Hunter Hayes featuring Jason Mraz
34 LAY ME DOWN Chris Tomlin
35 RUMBLE AND SWAY Jamie N Commons
36 FORWARD TO LOVE Ziggy Marley
37 COME TO THE RIVER Rhett Walker Band
38 NEED YOU NOW (HOW MANY TIMES) Plumb
39 BROKEN OUT IN LOVE (LIVE IN FEAR) Mark Crozer and the Rels
40 I BELIEVE (WHEN I FALL IN LOVE IT WILL BE FOREVER) Josh Groban
41 ONE DROP Plumb
42 YOU BRING ME JOY Amelia Lily
43 PEOPLE LIKE US Kelly Clarkson
44 PUMPIN BLOOD NONONO
45 STILL ROLLIN’ Gretchen Wilson
46 WATCHING YOU WATCH HIM Eric Hutchinson
47 LEAVING Pet Shop Boys
48 (MY) RAINY DAY GIRL The Villains
49 TIGHTROPE Walk The Moon
50 MERRY GO ‘ROUND Kacey Musgraves

VIDEO PLAYLIST – Top songs of 2013

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Top 50 Songs of 2012

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Continuing our daily look back at the first half of this decade, here is my personal Top 50 songs of 2012. Generally my annual charts will show songs that were still hot in the latter part of the previous year. As usual, a video playlist follows…

1 FEEDING LINE Boy & Bear
2 WONDER WHY Vetiver
3 RIVER FLOWS IN YOU (2012) Jasper Forks
4 THE VELDT deadmau5 featuring Chris James
5 AMOR FATI Washed Out
6 STAND UP David Jones & Alex Martello vs. Paula Lobos
7 ANYWHERE Sara Evans
8 OVER YOU Miranda Lambert
9 GONNA GET OVER YOU Sara Bareilles
10 LEAVING EDEN Brandon Heath
11 RUN AWAY Sarah Jarosz
12 HOME AGAIN Michael Kiwanuka
13 WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME Florence + The Machine
14 CRASH & BURN Scarlette Fever
15 I’M GETTING READY Michael Kiwanuka
16 LOVE IS ALL Infernal
17 HEART IN CHAINS Kate Voegele
18 HOME Phillip Phillips
19 CHAINS OF LOVE Ryan Adams
20 OWATA The Smashing Pumpkins
21 FIRE The Submarines
22 EYES FOR YOU (AIN’T NO DOUBT ABOUT IT) Daryl Hall
23 CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT Foster The People
24 1,000 SHIPS Rachel Platten
25 TAKING OVER NOW HMC: Hannah & Miami Calling
26 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Il Divo
27 LOST IT ALL Topher Jones featuring Jess Underdown & James Bowers
28 THAT GIRL Kevin Fowler
29 RIGHT THROUGH ME Maruja Retana
30 TAKING YOU WITH ME Mindy Smith and Daniel Tashian
31 FASTEST GIRL IN TOWN Miranda Lambert
32 50 WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE Train
33 SEASON’S TREES Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones
34 SPREAD TOO THIN The Dirty Heads
35 DREAMER Elizaveta
36 ANNA SUN Walk The Moon
37 GEORGIA PEACHES Lauren Alaina
38 COME OVER Kenny Chesney
39 AMERICAN BEAUTY The Lost Trailers
40 HEART SKIPS A BEAT Lenka
41 FREE MY MIND Katie Herzig
42 HEAR MY CALL Jill Scott
43 EYES Kaskade featuring Mindy Gledhill
44 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye featuring Kimbra
45 DRAGONFLIES Jose Padilla & Kirsty Keatch
46 GOOD MORNING Mandisa featuring tobyMac
47 AWKWARD San Cisco
48 SKY IS THE LIMIT Rebelution
49 BLACK Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones
50 TODAY IS YOUR DAY Shania Twain

VIDEO PLAYLIST – Top songs of 2012

Top 50 Songs of 2011

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Continuing our daily look back at the first half of this decade, here is my personal Top 50 songs of 2011. As is not uncommon with my chart, on occasion I’ll stumble upon an older song I just discovered and I’ll include in the mix here instead of its original release (e.g., The Hampdens’ song “Generation Y” which came out in 2007 in Australia). A video playlist follows….

1 PERFECT DAY Susan Boyle
2 WHAT YOU KNOW Two Door Cinema Club
3 AS SHE’S WALKING AWAY Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson
4 ROLLERBLADES Eliza Doolittle
5 GENERATION Y The Hampdens
6 BACK DOWN SOUTH Kings of Leon
7 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Brooke Fraser
8 GHOSTBIRD Amanda Shires
9 BEAUTIFUL MercyMe
10 OH, TONIGHT Josh Abbott Band featuring Kacey Musgraves
11 KISS GOODBYE Little Big Town
12 COME HOME Bess Rogers
13 HELLO WORLD Lady Antebellum
14 BULLETS IN THE GUN Toby Keith
15 ROLLING IN THE DEEP Adele
16 WEIGHT OF MY MISTAKES Seal
17 MAKE IT EASY FOR ME Corilynn
18 ALL AT ONCE The Airborne Toxic Event
19 I DO Colbie Caillat
20 STEREO LOVE Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
21 REVOLUTION John Butler Trio
22 I BELIEVE IN YOU Hannah
23 HAPPILY EVER AFTER He Is We
24 TONIGHT Sugarland
25 LISZTOMANIA Phoenix
26 UPRISING Muse
27 LITTLE LION MAN Mumford & Sons
28 PERFECTLY PERFECT Elizabeth & the Catapult
29 THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE Michael Franti & Spearhead
30 OH DARLING Plug In Stereo
31 MAMA’S SONG Carrie Underwood
32 DUST Cara Salimando
33 THE LAST DANCE Clare Maguire
34 A LITTLE BIT STRONGER Sara Evans
35 LITTLE MISS Sugarland
36 BEAUTIFUL Trey Smoov
37 CASCADE Deluka
38 DANCING IN THE MINEFIELDS Andrew Peterson
39 KNEE DEEP Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett
40 LIVIN’ IN THE JUNGLE Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
41 HAPPINESS Alexis Jordan
42 COUNTRY GIRL 101 Leah Seawright
43 CLOSER Lara Landon
44 THE FLOOD Katie Melua
45 GONE AND NEVER COMING BACK Melanie Fiona
46 MY NAME IS TROUBLE Keren Ann
47 DESPERATE GIRLS & STUPID BOYS Kimberly Caldwell
48 HEY HEY HEY Michael Franti & Spearhead
49 ESCAPE NEeMA
50 OLD SCHOOL Chuck Wicks

Top 50 of 2011 Playlist

Top 50 songs of 2010

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As the end of 2014 approaches and we reach the halfway point of this decade (the 10’s or whatever we’re calling it), I’m going to spend the next four days daily revealing my personal year-end charts for each year of this decade, wrapping up with my picks for the top songs of 2014. Those who have followed this chart will note there will be little resemblance to the pop charts that you’ll see in places such as Billboard. Again, these charts I post are my own personal preferences.

So without further ado… The Top 50 songs of 2010. A video playlist follows…

1. BLOSSOM IN THE DUST Mallary Hope
2. TEMPORARY HOME Carrie Underwood
3. I GOTTA FEELING Black Eyed Peas
4. JENNY The Harters
5. NEED YOU NOW Lady Antebellum
6. GOLD GUNS GIRLS Metric
7. IF I DIE YOUNG The Band Perry
8. BLUE SKY Emily West featuring Keith Urban
9. MAKE MY HEART Toni Braxton
10. OUR GOD Chris Tomlin
11. KEEP YOU Sugarland
12. RUNAWAY Love and Theft
13. FREE Zac Brown Band
14. WHY Rascal Flatts
15. MAKES ME HAPPY Undersea Poem
16. PARIS NIGHTS/NEW YORK MORNINGS Corinne Bailey Rae
17. REVELATION SONG Philips Craig & Dean
18. WELCOME TO THE FUTURE Brad Paisley
19. THE REAL THING Vanessa Williams
20. ON MELANCHOLY HILL Gorillaz
21. CAUGHT IN THE CROWD Kate Miller-Heidke
22. CLOSE Rascal Flatts
23. ALL OF CREATION MercyMe
24. I NEVER TOLD YOU Colbie Caillat
25. DANCING IN CIRCLES Love and Theft
26. CHASIN’ GIRLS Rodney Atkins
27. MY LIFE AGAIN The McClymonts
28. LITTLE WHITE CHURCH Little Big Town
29. WHITE LIAR Miranda Lambert
30. ESCAPE ME Tiesto featuring C.C. Sheffield
31. SWEET DISPOSITION The Temper Trap
32. THINKING ‘BOUT SOMETHIN’ Hanson
33. STRANGE CONDITION Morgan Page featuring Lissie
34. HIP TO MY HEART The Band Perry
35. TODAY Gary Allen
36. JUST FRIENDS Vanessa Williams
37. HELP I’M ALIVE Metric
38. ACCORDING TO YOU Orianthi
39. RACE YOU Elizabeth & the Catapult
40. WHEELS Jamie Cullum
41. GIDDY ON UP Laura Bell Bundy
42. WHEN WE WERE BEAUTIFUL Bon Jovi
43. CAN’T SHAKE THIS FEELING Grum
44. LOVER, LOVER Jerrod Neimann
45. LOVE SONGS Anjulie
46. SING SING SING Chris Tomlin
47. I WANT YOU Fefe Dobson
48. RELATOR Pete Yorn featuring Scarlett Johansson
49. SAVIOUR Lights
50. CUANDO ME ENAMORO Enrique Iglesias featuring Juan Luis Guerra

VIDEO PLAYLIST

Top 10 songs – week ending 26 December 2014

Current compilation of my favorite top 10 new songs, updated weekly. This playlist updated for week ending 26 December 2014. My #1 for a second week is “White Winter Hymnal” by Pentatonix.

We see a surge of Christmas songs this week as we see the debuts of “Mary, Did You Know?” and “‘Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Pentatonix, as well as “Unto Us” and “Rejoice” by Aaron Shust.

Pentatonix - White Winter Hymnal

Pentatonix – White Winter Hymnal

1. White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix

2. My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit

3. Gotta Get Away – The Black Keys

4. Welcome To My World – Tatiana K

5. Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix

6. Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy – Penatonix featuring Tori Kelly

7. Unto Us – Aaron Shust

8. Rejoice – Aaron Shust

9. Indian Ocean – Frazey Ford

10. We Are Here – Alicia Keys

December 25 Birthdays

Musical roll call featuring Cab Calloway, Jimmy Buffett, Barbara Mandrell, Desireless, Annie Lennox, Shane MacGowan, Alannah Myles, Dido, and Lisa & Jessica Origliasso…

Cab Calloway (born 1907)

Minnie The Moocher

Jimmy Buffett (1946)

Margaritaville

Barbara Mandrell (1948)

Sleeping Single In A Double Bed

Desireless (1952, born Claudie Fritsch-Mentrop)

Voyage Voyage

Annie Lennox (1954)

No More “I Love You’s”

Shane MacGowan (1957)

Fairytale of New York, with The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

Alannah Myles (1958)

Black Velvet

Dido (1971)

Here With Me

Lisa & Jessica Origliasso (1984), The Veronicas

Everything I’m Not

Joe Cocker passes away (22 December 2014)

John Robert “Joe” Cocker
20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014

A select few from his legendary catalog of music..


With A Little Help From My Friends


When The Night Comes


You Are So Beautiful


She Came In Through The Bathroom Window


Up Where We Belong (duet with Jennifer Warnes)


The Letter

Music Theme : “Winter” songs

The first day of Winter is upon us. Let’s look back at many songs that feature “winter” in its title.

Songs listed in no particular order. A video playlist link follows…

Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson - Winter Song

Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson – Winter Song

Winter Song – Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
Winter – Tori Amos
Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles
Early Winter – Gwen Stefani
Winter Hill – Doves
Winter World of Love – Engelbert Humperdinck
Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennett
Winter Weather – Benny Goodman Orchestra featuring Peggy Lee & Art Lund
Wintersong – Sarah McLachlan
White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix
Winter Song – Chris Rea
Winter Song – Crash Test Dummies
Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon & Garfunkel
Valley Winter Song – Fountains of Wayne
Love Like Winter – AFI
Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter – Bing Crosby
Oh Lonely Winter – The Four Freshmen
Winter – Joshua Radin
Winter – Antonio Vivaldi

VIDEO PLAYLIST:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJDGFlv7LhB7dIYtikqUdo-INClIycSc

Top 10 songs – week ending 19 December 2014

Current compilation of my favorite top 10 new songs, updated weekly. This playlist updated for week ending 19 December 2014. My new #1 is “White Winter Hymnal” by Pentatonix.

Debuting this week are “We Are Here” by Alicia Keys and “Lord I’m Ready Now” by Plumb.

Pentatonix-WhiteWinterHymnal1. White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix

2. My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit

3. Gotta Get Away – The Black Keys

4. Welcome To My World – Tatiana K

5. Indian Ocean – Frazey Ford

6. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend

7. We Are Done – The Madden Brothers

8. Let’s Be Still – The Head and the Heart

9. We Are Here – Alicia Keys

10. Lord I’m Ready Now – Plumb

Top 10 songs classic – week ending 18 December 1992

Taking a peak at my personal Top 10 chart from 22 years ago today…

PMDawn_I'dDieWithoutYou1. I’d Die Without You – PM Dawn

2. Ebeneezer Goode – The Shamen

3. Johnny Have You Seen Her – The Rembrandts

4. These Are Days – 10,000 Maniacs

5. Nearly Lost You – Screaming Trees

6. Revolution Earth – The B-52s

7. Love Is On The Way – Saigon Kick

8. Sorry About The Weather – Mark Curry

9. Digging In The Dirt – Peter Gabriel

10. Sesame’s Treet – Smart E’s

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