I’m terrible at music: Top Twenty Songs of 2013 (Part One)

For the past three years, I’ve done a year-end best-of music post. I always do it wrong, and my taste in music is TERRIBLE. Just a warning.

Ways I do this wrong:

  • As stated: bad taste in music. It’s going to probably make you cringe.
  • Probably very few, if any, of these songs actually came out in 2013. All that matters is that I first HEARD them in 2013. I’m very behind on what’s good and/or what I enjoy.
  • I usually do thirty songs. This year I only came up with twenty. I don’t know why, either. Slow year for music in Amyland? You’re probably going to be thankful when I’m done, because, as mentioned…TERRIBLE TASTE IN MUSIC.

So we’re breaking this up over two days…20-11 today, 10-1 tomorrow. I’m putting in videos whenever possible so if you’re so inclined, you can listen. Maybe someone reading will LIKE my terrible taste in music! As they always say, there’s no accounting for taste.

As for where I find the music I get obsessed with, it’s a little of this and a little of that. Pandora, background of television shows I’m watching, the radio, people recommending it to me, musicals, Facebook or Twitter telling me “ZOMG THIS IS AWESOME,” things like that. Where do most people get their new music, I wonder?

So, here we go. Hopefully you won’t hate these as much as I worry you will. These songs have made me happy since I heard them and I’ve since purchased them from iTunes and listen to them over and over at work and my coworkers are all “you are bopping at your desk” and I’m like “yep.”

20. “The Bed Song” – Amanda Palmer (Theatre is Evil, 2013)

You say I would have told you if you’d only asked me

This song is not only beautiful, it’s intelligent and heartbreaking. The end of this song killed me, the first time I heard it. It’s really relevant, isn’t it? To a lot of situations, I mean. I admire Amanda Palmer. I know a lot of people were angry with her this year, but I think she’s kind of awesome; she believes so fiercely in her art, and in love, and in creation. So she sometimes makes mistakes. Has no one ever made a mistake? She owns up to them, you know? And I’m not as judgmental about the alleged mistakes, to be honest. I think a lot of people hate on her because she dared marry Neil Gaiman, and he is our geek god. You know what? Good for them. I’m all for love. More of it, I say.

19. “Without You” – Ingrid Michaelson (Without You, 2013)

My life will go; my love will grow/without you

Ingrid Michaelson gets me. When I need something sad and moody but with a tinge of hope, I turn to Ingrid Michaelson. I love this song. It’s got loss, but also the potential of moving on, all with her beautiful, sweet, bubbly voice. I’ve listened to this so many times since downloading it.

18. “Beautifully” – Jay Brannan (Rob Me Blind, 2012)

It’s not that you’re not beautiful, you’re just not beautiful to me/she said, how beautiful do I have to be?

This is a really sappy song? And I’m aware of that? But it speaks to me. I’ve been the “yeah, you’re great, BUT” girl. Like, more times than I want to discuss at the moment, thanks. So sometimes I need a really sappy song to talk to me about that, that tells me that someone else understands that. Shush, no judging. (Also, this guy’s voice is really pretty. I like it a lot.)

17. “Lovely Tonight” – Joshua Radin (Wax Wings, 2013)

I see the rest of my life with you

Joshua Radin is my romantic-song go-to guy. His VOICE! Sigh. He gives me those good chills, you know? Those really good chills? I could listen to him all day. This song is (again) a little sappy…but I adore it. Listen, I like sappy. I like sad songs more than anything. Sad, moody songs are my thing. I’m not even going to apologize.

16. “True Love” – Pink, featuring Lily Allen (The Truth About Love, 2012)

At the same time, I wanna hug you/I wanna wrap my hands around your neck

This song made me smile every time it came on all year. It’s true, right? You can love someone right to pieces, but sometimes, just sometimes, you totally want to murderize them because they can be so damn CLUELESS about THINGS. And sometimes you know that’s why it’s the person you love, you know? Because who else could get to you like that? Someone that doesn’t matter wouldn’t bother you, that way-down-deep-under-your-skin way. (Also, I adore Pink. She is just about my favorite.)

15. “Say Something” – A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera (Is Anybody Out There?, 2014)

I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you/Anywhere, I would’ve followed you

Apparently everyone loves this because it was on The Voice or something but I love it because A., it’s so damn moody and pretty and heartbreaking, and B., I heard it driving home one rainy, foggy night and it was perfect for my mood and it stuck in my brain and wouldn’t leave so I downloaded it and listened to it over and over when I got home. I love a good moody driving-in-the-rain song. Back in the day, I used to make driving-in-the-rain mixtapes. Over and over and over. I couldn’t have enough of them.

14. “Cups” – Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2013)

It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers/It’s got sights to give you shivers/But it sure would be prettier with you

This song makes me happy. Anna Kendrick has a surprisingly pretty voice; I loved the movie it featured in; the song itself is just so damn great. Both romantic and fun and perky. This song makes me sing and chair-dance when it comes on, every time, and I know I’ve listened to it like a hundred times since it came out.

13. “Hold Me” – HAIM (Just Tell Me That You Want Me, 2012)

I’ll be waiting for you/If you ever want to be there

Good grief, people, why didn’t you tell me how pretty the voices on these sisters were? SO PRETTY. Their harmonies make me SWOON. I love this cover. I’m a complete and total sucker for covers and this one is AMAZING. The way their voices just twist around each other…oh, my. Love, love, love.

12. “Samson” – Regina Spektor (Songs, 2002)

You are my sweetest downfall/I loved you first, I loved you first

I love this. I love Regina Spektor, but I love this reimagining of the Samson and Delilah mythos; well, it’s not so much reimagining, I suppose, but a prequel; someone loved Samson before he was Samson. Of course someone did. Someone always does, don’t they? This is a wonderful story of a song, and it’s also heartbreaking; it’s from the girl that history left behind.

11. “Paperweight” – Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk (Dear John Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2010)

I give up/I let you win/You win ’cause I’m not counting

No, I haven’t seen the movie. It has Channing Tatum in it. He makes me nervous. Also, it’s one of those Nicholas Sparks things…I am not at all a Nicholas Sparks fan. But this song is majorly pretty. I love the feeling of just falling in love it has in it, when everything seems magical, you know? And you know my Joshua Radin love. Sigh, Joshua Radin.

OK, folks, there’s your first ten. How painful were those. Bad? Not too bad? Ten more tomorrow. My very very VERY favorite songs of the year, if you’re still around, that is!

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21 responses to “I’m terrible at music: Top Twenty Songs of 2013 (Part One)

  • Sharon Glassman Live (@ClassicQuirkySG)

    This post made my day. I love your love of the music you love: bad-good, good-bad or other :-)


  • Mer

    I think your taste in music epitomizes what I love about you – you unabashedly love who and what you love because they/it move you, not because you are “supposed” to.


    • lucysfootball

      This comment made my day. THANK YOU! I never thought of it this way, but you’re absolutely right – if a song doesn’t move me, why bother? (I feel that way about most things in life, actually. Books, movies, television. I want EMOTION, dammit! Of SOME sort, at least!)

      Love you, too! *hug*


      • Mer

        Hooray! You are most welcome. Oh, that reminds me of a line from one if my favorite quirky romantic comedies, Dream for an Insomniac, “Anything less than mad, passionate, extraordinary love is a waste of your time! ”
        (Eek! I just noticed the wrong “too” in my last comment – *to*!)


        • lucysfootball

          That’s one of MY favorites, too! I love that movie!!! (I wonder if we watched that together, back in the day? I’m pretty sure I discovered it when I was in AZ!)

          I will fix the to! It will be like it never happened! :)


          • Mer

            Too funny! I can’t remember if we watched it together. Ione Skye and Mackenzie Astin…*sigh* I was just saying how much I would like a dress like the purple flowered one she wears.


  • becomingcliche

    I haven’t heard of any of these songs. I think I’ve got some listening to do!


  • mfennvt

    I do love that AFP song and the video for it. :) Mixed feelings about her, but I like a lot of her music, especially with the Dresden Dolls.


  • grrgoyl

    Well, now, I couldn’t watch anything past Amanda Palmer because I can’t work with tears streaming down my face. Forget the last line, the first chorus killed me. I admit, I read her interview about how she blew off Neil when he wanted to share a story with her (Ocean at the End of the Lane, I believe) and thought “GASP. How DARE YOU not listen to NEIL GAIMAN.” My friend talked me down from this though.

    The irony of this song is, this very week Tery and I are considering buying a bed. King size, but ironically will bring us closer together because we haven’t slept in the same bed for 10 years (our current bed is too uncomfortable for her. Also, reportedly I moan very loudly in my sleep, except when we were on vacation and slept on a gorgeous memory foam bed, which is what we’re shopping for). But, realistically, after 22 years together the novelty of spooning in our sleep has way worn off.

    Tl;dr I’ll be downloading this song absolutely, but it might make our new bed purchase too sad for me.


    • lucysfootball

      I fixed the typo! All better!

      I know, right? That song punches you in the gut. It’s so raw.

      I read that same interview, and I actually laughed – I think they’re a good match, Gaiman and Palmer. They’re both very much their own people, but they seem to really love each other. I think the differences work well together.

      Yay for your bed! (I need a new one, too. Mine’s so old, and was cheap to begin with. I need something that actually supports me when I sleep. Next year, maybe!)


      • grrgoyl

        I agree with your assessment that as Gaiman fangirls, he’s what it’s all about. There are probably plenty of Amanda circles where SHE’S the genius and they don’t get why she married this floppy-haired, goofy looking guy (god). And I’m sure there are plenty more circles where the fans overlap, since they clearly have a very similar aesthetic.

        I’ve listened to Bed about 15 times at this point and learned all the lyrics. Every single time it reduces me to a puddle of tears. Thanks for that (not sarcasm!)

        Tomorrow is bed shopping day. At first I was nervous as hell to drop $4000 (minimum required to qualify for 5-year financing), but a bed is one of the most important things you’ll own in your life. A worthy investment. Right?


        • lucysfootball

          I think I’d like to hang out with the two of them. I’m obviously more of a him-fan, but I find her kind of fascinating. She just kind of a walking conundrum – she seems totally together and no-fear but she’s just as falling-to-pieces as the rest of us, which I kind of love. I love the juxtaposition of hard and soft, if that makes sense?

          I am so glad I introduced you to something you love! That totally makes my day. I don’t think you’re being sarcastic at all! YAY!

          I think it’s totally a worthy investment. And I’m more than a little envious, and will be when I go to my uncomfortable saggy bed tonight. I SO NEED A NEW BED!


  • Samantha

    I also love Cups, and I love Christina and Pink, so I think I would like those too!

    I watched interviews of Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow about Pitch Perfect. They are both hilarious, and that’s when I actually saw the video for “Cups”. Such good. I love that movie way too much.


    • lucysfootball

      I loved “Pitch Perfect.” I didn’t think I would, but I got so into it. So funny, and the music was so awesome. I should have known it was made for me – I love acapella! And ZOMG, how much do I love Rebel Wilson. She makes me laugh SO HARD!

      The Christina song is so pretty – I think you’d really like it – and the Pink song is a lot of fun. And – SPOILER ALERT – not even my FAVORITE Pink song of the year. Stay tuned! :)


  • earthandink

    I’m looking forward to these two posts … my internet connection appears to be firmly against video at the moment and it also takes me a long time to do 10 songs …. but you and I have similar taste. So this is very cool!


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