Rocks Off's 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

Categories: Pop Life

"All That Matters," Justin Bieber
No R&B or pop singer decided to reinvent himself musically and be taken seriously as the Biebs has in the past month or so. So sue me. Biebervelli might get tatted across my belly. BRANDO

"Berzerk," Eminem
All the old-school song samplings layered with Eminem's otherworldly rap style make "Berzerk" better than anything else out right now. It's nice to see Slim Shady, anti-radio-ready as ever, in the midst of the current Drake-olypse of generic 2013 tunes. ANGELICA LEICHT

When Rick Rubin put this one in my new bin and had me asking, "Rick Rubin, where the hell have you been?" he had me straight moving like I was Captain Stubing. Em, better known as Slim, also known as Marshall Mathers, got us all gathered to show and prove that Marshall still matters. I really missed Rick, the Beasties, Slim Shady and even Billy Squier. JESSE SENDEJAS JR.

"Blue Ocean Floor," Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake put out a bunch of bombastic pop tunes this year, but to me the most interesting track from the entire 20/20 Experience is buried at the end of Part 1. It's a bizarre hybrid of post-rock and R&B with Timberlake crooning against a beautiful background of reversed samples. I'm not sure most pop stars could pull off such a track; it's not experimental, but it's just off the grid enough to feel like a laid-back adventure. CORY GARCIA

"Breakfast Can Wait," Prince
Prince re-emerged a changed man this year. He embraced the Internet, trolled us with a Dave Chappelle cover and pancakes, and performed at SXSW. He also gave us this sexy little number. BRANDO

"Burn," Ellie Goulding
If you aren't already fangirling (or boying) for Goulding's magical tunes, you really should climb aboard her train covered in fire, Skrillex and everything that's been missing from mainstream dance-pop since Britney's good years. "Burn" is Elie at her best. ANGELICA LEICHT

"Get Lucky," Daft Punk
A song doesn't become one of the best tracks of the year by sheer happenstance, and "Get Lucky" had everything going for it in 2013: Daft Punk, the magic of Pharrell, subtly sexy lyrics and an appropriate vibe for any situation. "Get Lucky" is not just a flash-in-the-pan hot track of the year, but closer to a timeless classic. SELENA DIERINGER

"Gravity, Metaphorically," Touche Amore
Starting with some manic screaming and one of the heaviest beats of the L.A. post-hardcore crew's career, "Gravity" cuts out halfway through and turns into a crushingly melancholy melodic ballad. A stunning mission statement from an exceptional band. COREY DEITERMAN

"Happy," Pharrell
Whether eight or 80, nobody is going to deny how fun "Happy" is. It's the most harmless song in the world, and the least annoying song Pharrell crafted this year. Most annoying? Effin' "Blurred Lines." BRANDO

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Yeah this is turrible. Front Bottoms rule though. 


Are all of you between the ages of 11 and 15 and stricken with the aural equivalent of tunnel vision? Seriously, a reference to "Britney's good years?" Thought I was reading FPH for a minute there. Wow.

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