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Non-Fat Fluff: My Favorite Songs of 2013

December 30, 2013

First off, I hope everyone’s holidays are going good. This year’s Christmas was a pretty darn nice one. And with New Year’s just around the corner, we’re seeing and reading a lot of year-in-review reports and articles. This thread is no exception but instead of focusing on the fat politics of 2013, I wanted to do some fluff and talk about a topic I rarely post about, which is music.

I’m the first to admit I don’t like a lot of new music that’s released.  I can’t stand modern country (too twangy and way too ultra-patriotic to the point that nausea starts to creep in), most mainstream rap has no real message other than “look how cool I am with my expensive stuff and women in the club” cliches that got old in the late 90s, and straight-up rock has seemed to go the way of the Scrunchie. So yes, I can be a “get off my damn lawn kids” type when it comes to what passes through my ears.

get off my lawn

“You dang whippersnappers!”

I’m definitely not a music snob though. I love dubstep (especially brostep) for god sakes, and many people think that’s just a bunch of noise. The lyrical content of most of Ke$ha’s music doesn’t infuriate me. I will admit Katy Perry can put out a good song despite sounding like a dying cat 95% of the time. Some of that “mindless” pop music is not only fun to listen to, it can perk up your spirits as well.

So without further adieu, here’s a list of my top songs of 2013, in no particular order.

1. “Royals” by Lorde

Although the song came out in her 2012 debut album, it wasn’t actually released until this year and instantly became a hit. The lyrics have been accused of being racist (the song was written by Lorde as a response to the over-the-top commercialism and worship of expensive brand names, which is a recurring theme in a lot of pop and rap songs).

2. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

I know, I know. You’re thinking “Lifeonfats, what drugs are you on?” But if you look past Miley’s stupid attention-seeking antics and cheesy “hey I’m NAKED!” video, this is a nicely-written breakup song and she does a decent job singing on it. And the karaoke singer in me can’t wait to belt this out. So there you have it.

3. “Fashion!” by Lady Gaga

From Gaga’s third full album, Artpop, “Fashion!” is a gorgeous throwback to late 70’s/early 80’s disco music. I love her voice on it.

4. “Work B**ch” by Britney Spears (yes, actual title)

The title is pure post-2000 pop. The  lyrics aren’t great. Britney is about 99% Autotune on here and her love of sporting a British accent is back. It took me three listens to realize I truly, actually liked this. But when I listen to Britney, I’m not expecting deep meaningful messages. I expect escapist dance music and that’s what I got. It’s also a great exercise song.

5. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Both “Can’t Hold Us” and the song that preceded it, “Thrift Shop,” were actually released in 2011 but really didn’t get noticed until earlier this year and both songs then became huge hits.  “Can’t Hold Us” is a fun, uplifting, positive song with a lot of energy and I think we need more rap music like this. I also have to give props for using Ray Dalton, a bonafide fat man, to sing the chorus. “Can’t Hold Us” was named the most streamed song of 2013 by Spotify.

6. “Stars Dance” by Selena Gomez

The astronomy and sci-fi geek in me can’t get enough of music that talks about skies and stars and the universe. I know, weird. I never thought that a woman pushing 40 would enjoy a song sung by Justin Bieber’s 20-something on-again/off-again girlfriend, but I do. If middle-aged women can get all tingly over Twilight, I can enjoy this song. And as a Doctor Who fan, I imagine this is what the TARDIS would sing to The Doctor if it had a voice.  😉

7. “Burn” by Ellie Goulding

If raves ever got popular again, this song would definitely be on the playlist. It’s like a cleaner response to Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” and it’s a lot prettier too.

This concludes my list of my favorite songs from 2013. My taste in music may be questionable, but I like what I like and I make no apologies for it, just as I make no apologies for being fat. I hope you have a Happy New Year and I’ll see you in 2014 with a list of my worst songs of the previous year.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. vesta44 permalink
    December 30, 2013 9:36 am

    I think my favorite song of 2013 has to be “Woman’s World” by Cher. I bought the mp3 when I first heard it, and then went ahead and bought the CD it was on. I like the whole CD, which is becoming more and more rare for me – I used to be able to buy an album and like the whole thing. Now, I’m lucky if I like one or two songs on an album, even if it’s by someone I like a lot.

  2. Allie Thompson-Ray permalink
    December 30, 2013 1:25 pm

    I would also add Mary Lambert’s “She Keeps Me Warm,” and Mackelmore’s “Same Love,” which features the chorus of Mary Lambert’s “She Keeps Me Warm.” I’m also a huge fan of Mackelmore’s music and videos, which all seem to have people of all ages, shapes, and ethnicities.

  3. gingeroid permalink
    December 30, 2013 9:22 pm

    I can’t stand modern country (too twangy and way too ultra-patriotic to the point that nausea starts to creep in)
    Agreed. I am so incredibly sick of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”. Hannity opens his radio show with some clip about putting a boot in an ass because it’s the American way that I can’t be bothered to look up it’s so bad. Madison Rising is a rock band that does patriotism right with.

    most mainstream rap has no real message other than “look how cool I am with my expensive stuff and women in the club” cliches that got old in the late 90s
    It’s totally hypocritical too. Make millions singing about your possessions, give interviews denouncing rich people. At least as an American I think Illy‘s still out of the mainstream. He’s an Australian rapper worth listening to.

    And somewhat divergent from dubstep, have you checked out Lindsey Stirling?

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