From Pop Hits to Indie Dance to Rock...and Everything Else, it was quite a busy year for music, as always and everyone knows my taste varies. I expanded my Spotify playlists to include more Indie Dance, Electronica, Sounds of both Brazil and Ibiza, Classic Rock (Thanks to the music of Pink Floyd, The Eagles and Led Zeppelin added to Spotify) and Classic Jazz; Discovering and listening to artists like Kavinsky, The Civil Wars, Tame Impala, Alice Smith, The Editors, Cut Copy, Chromeo and The Weeknd for the first time.
Familiar favorites were in rotation as well including Daft Punk, Kings of Leon, New Order, The Smiths, Jamiroquai, Eddie Kendricks, The Cure and Chet Baker.
The best television performance of the year, in my opinion, would go to Alice Smith’s “Fool for You” performed on BET’s Black Girls Rock 2013.
The one music collection, I discovered, that rose above all others would go to the Tammi Terrell – Come on and See Me: The Complete Solo Collection and her version of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do Is Think About You” (Previously Unreleased) Though released in 2010, this collection is as definitive as it gets for a talent our world lost so young. I discovered it after adding the Motown Complete Singles Collection 1959-1970s on my Spotify Playlists in July. Both are great collections every music fan should add.
And the song with the best video-song combination with a deep meaning goes to Basement Jaxx and their song, “What A Difference Your Love Makes” So, here again, listed alphabetically, are some of those songs and artists I discovered, enjoyed and had made the rotation on my playlists in 2013:
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) - Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock (The Great Gatsby Soundtrack)
BBC – Jay-Z Featuring: Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Nas & Swizz Beatz
Produced By: Pharrell Williams & Timbaland
Fool For You - Alice Smith
Honesty – The Editors
Lose Yourself to Dance (Official Version) – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams
Odd Look - Kavinsky ft. The Weeknd
Supersoaker (Audio) - Kings Of Leon
Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
Try (Official Lyric Video) - P!nk
What A Difference Your Love Makes - Basement Jaxx