Rickey.org’s Top 30 Songs of 2013 Countdown – #20-11
It’s back! Here is Rickey.org’s 2nd annual Top Songs of the Year countdown. We are looking at the Top 30 Songs of 2013! Check out the second of the three-part installment, #20-11.
Need to be caught up? See who placed in #30-21.
Blast from the past? Review last year’s Top 40 Songs of 2012!
Check back tomorrow for the finale post to see which singles we have named The Top 10 Songs of 2013!
Now check out the second part:
20. Follow Your Arrow – Kasey Musgraves
Kasey Musgraves is one of the breakout country stars in recent memory. An unabashed song dedicated to being yourself and taking notes from debates (i.e. gay marriage, drug control, etc) she dominated the country music scene with this track.
Many people didn’t like Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” noting that it was just another redux of her song “E.T.” with Kanye West. A pop woman singing over trap beats accompanied by a rapper. However, I prefer “Dark Horse” to “E.T.” and it’s just something about the intro “Katy Perry…Juicy J…let’s rage” line! In the words of Ciara, that beat was “automatic, supersonic…”
18. Applause – Lady Gaga
I actually didn’t like “Applause” when it first came out. I thought it was typical Gaga, trying to be artistic but giving us generic stuff again. But after listening, seeing the video, and live performances, all I can say is Gaga did that! Its a subtle soul rhythm that I find in the song that just draws you in. It was a top ten around the world and #4 on the Hot 100.
2013 was the Year of the Timberlake. Until her tried to rule the world and release the second part of his album which flopped as well as its succeeding singles. Welp. You can’t win them all. But what we did know is that his first singles, one of which was the disco-infused retro sound of “Suit & Tie,” blew up upon arrival as it reached #3 on Hot 100 and smashed the airwaves on multiple formats.
16. Tom Ford – Jay-Z
Before Beyonce surprise-released an album, Jay-Z “sorta kinda” did the same thing with Magna Carta Holy Grail. The best single from the album referenced none other than a fashion brand and even Jay-Z jumped on the train of mentioning “molly.” Add a few lines by Bey herself at the end and you have a Grammy-nominated track!
15. My Hitta – YG featuring Young Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan
The last time we heard of YG was with “Toot It & Boot It” in 2010. But he looped in newcomer urban star Rich Homie Quan and veteran rapper Young Jeezy for “My Hitta” (use your imagination for the non-radio title of the song), which as so far reached #19 on the Hot 100, one of the biggest hip-hop songs of the year. The song was that good! Luckily it received all the attention it needed, despite being censored to no end on radio.
Chris Brown has been shrouded in a lot of controversy this year, per usual, but when you think about it he shelled out some quality hits. You had “Fine China” and the Aaliyah-assisted “Don’t Think They Know,” but the biggest was vulgar the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Love More.” Quick and witty on both ends, Brown found the song reaching #23 on the Hot 100.
13. I Luv This Shit – August Alsina featuring Trinidad James
As 2014 approaches I hope August Alsina continues to be on of urban music’s rising stars. Out of nowhere Alsina’s breakthrough hit, “I Luv This Shit” was dominating urban airwaves and was #48 on the Hot 100. The succeeding songs have not burst out yet, but I’m just hoping that’s because ILTS is still so popular.
12. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake
Get Drake to serenade on a track? Instant hit. “Find Your Love” was the start, and “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was the next. I loved to hate this song initially, but soon found myself singing “Cause you’re a good girl and you know it.” HOWGH was a hit around the world, reaching #5 on the Hot 100 and becoming Drake’s most successful single.
11. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
Although this wasn’t the twerkfest of a song that Miley Cyrus had us anticipating, “We Can’t Stop” ushered in the new brand and persona of Miley Cyrus, and it was a quality pop&B number at that! She may have turned us off with the video (as with all of them this era), but thew greatness of the new Miley was undeniable as the song hit #2 on the Hot 100.