Best Songs of 2014

Many great pop songs were released this year and I could not just pick the best 10 of them. Here are my Top 25 (or more?) songs for the year that is about to end. Did your favorite make the list? (Updated: January 9, 2015)

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LATCH by Disclosure feat. Sam Smith

2014 is Sam Smith’s year and he made great impressions with the songs that he released via In The Lonely Hour. This spot should have been for Stay With Me, but I thought it would be good to put Latch instead. He first proved to be a force to reckon with when he was featured in this Disclosure club hit. Combining stalker-ish lyrics with head pumping house music, Latch is a great record that hit the top during the year.

“Now I got you in my space, I won’t let go of you

Got you shackled in my embrace, I’m latching onto you.”

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Bang Bang

BANG BANG by Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj

A silly shift in its purported good meaning cannot prevent this anthemic song by three great singers, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, to slip into the list. Hustling all throughout the song with their snappy lines using their big pipes, the three incredibly delivered this decade’s Lady Marmalade.

“See anybody could be bad to you, you need a good girl to blow your mind”

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BAILANDO by Enrique Iglesias feat. Sean Paul, Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno

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This Spanish-tinged dance song (Bailando means dancing) by popular Latino singer, Enrique Iglesias, reminds me of his early hit, Bailamos, that made him very popular. Combining dance beats and sugary lyrics, this song has charmed a lot of music-hungry ears for the past year.

“Girl, I like the way you move

Come and show me what to do”

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KILOMETRO by Sarah Geronimo

The first single from the pop star princess’ latest album called Perfectly Imperfect, Kilometro is a great pop record with hints of EDM and R&B that is currently rocking the airwaves.

“Gagawin ko ang lahat upang sa huli, sa huli, sa huli ay tayo

Kung kailangan kong hatakin ang kilome-kilome-kilometrong layo”

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TRY by Colbie Caillat

Delivering a powerful message about acceptance to oneself and not just try to fit in, Try is only one of the many inspirational songs that were released in 2014. Its edge relies on its simplicity, putting the strength of the empowering ballad’s lyrics into the highlight.

“Wait a second, why should you care what they think of you?

When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you, do you like you?”

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RATHER BE by Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne)

When I first heard the song being covered in the latest season of The Voice (U.S.), I found it cool to the ears but not ultimately likeable. I was wrong because there is no problem with the song but probably with how the contestant sang it. Thank goodness I searched for the original version because it was very far from what I was expecting: a pop gem that’s so pleasing to the ears. Those beautiful sounds created by violin, bass, keyboard and synths combined perfectly well with Glynne’s crystalline voice. It’s a love song hidden in a dance track.

“When I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be.”

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LOST STARS by Adam Levine

Maroon 5 has had strings of mediocre pop hits with Maps and Animals this year. However, their vocalist, Adam Levine, released Lost Stars (via Begin Again soundtrack), a power pop ballad that talks about a forlorn love affair. Strumming guitars and beating percussion and drums blend perfectly with Levine’s high-pitched voice.

“But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?”

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SHAKE IT OFF by Taylor Swift

The song that declares Taylor Swift as the new pop royalty is the first single from her record-smashing album, 1989. This great pop record shuns off all her detractors, some of which said before that she’s a pop star pretending to be a country singer. Now, they did get what they want (and probably, deserve) because Tay’s gone pop all the way!

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

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THINKING OUT LOUD feat. Ed Sheeran

Probably the most mainstream of his songs, Thinking Out Loud is also the best song that British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has released. This made me not just like his music, it also me love it.

“Place your head on my beating heart

I’m thinking out loud, maybe we found love right where we are” 

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SA’YO by Silent Sanctuary

The Filipino pop rock band is back on their great form with this charming and beautiful ballad about blossoming love. It’s so great to the ears I can listen to it in a loop for a long time.

“Tumingin sa aking mata, magtapat ng nadarama

Di gustong ika’y mawala dahil handa akong ibigin ka

Kung maging tayo, sa’yo lang ang puso ko”

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LET IT GO by Idina Menzel

I am guessing you are tired of hearing this song all year long but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the best songs that popped in 2014.Nobody can deny its greatness; even the kids sing it with their hearts out. Let It Go‘s strong and powerful songwriting about letting go of things that have been holding you back for so long is backed up by great instrumentation. Many people prefer Idina Menzel’s version over Demi Lovato’s because of a good reason: it’s definitely better.

 “It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through

No right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free!” 

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BIRTHDAY by Katy Perry

This Katy Perry song would make you want to eat her birthday cake and pop her party balloons! Kidding aside, that’s how party-sounding this song is. Saccharine-filled and induced with silly but fun lyrics, Birthday is a great pop record.

 “But when you are with me, I’ll give you a taste

Make it like your birthday everyday”

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SUPERHEROES by The Script

The Script delivers their most inspiring music to date via Superheroes, the first track off their latest album, No Sound Without Silence. The song is about all the unsung heroes of the world and the band has successfully incorporated heart and music with this song.

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LOVE RUNS OUT by OneRepublic

Fresh from the success of their chart-topping single, Counting Stars, OneRepublic made waves this year by releasing Love Runs Out, a stomping and head-beating pop rock song about to what extent can one love someone. Their other song called I Lived is making waves as of the moment and let’s see if it’ll pick up and end up on the top list next year.

 “And we’ll start a fire, and we’ll shut it down

Til the love runs out, til the love runs out”

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POMPEII by Bastille

Just by hearing a lot of eh-oh’s in the intro, you’d know you’re into something interesting. Pompeii is about the Roman town of the same name that met its dreadful fate with the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius hundreds of centuries ago. The song rules with its commanding vocals, plus its piano track is mesmerizing while its beating drums would make you head-banging (See what I did there? Hehe.) The British rock group made a great impression worldwide with this rocking song.

“But if you close your eyes, does it feel like nothing changed at all?” 

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BEAUTIFUL AND WILD by Kris Allen

Kris Allen released his latest album called Horizons this year and chose Prove It to You (feat. Lenachka) as his first single. However, it’s another track from the album called Beautiful and Wild that really showcases Allen’s great skills in songwriting skills and making music. Brimming with uplifting vibe and positive energy, this song is a great addition to musical playlists.

If only we could see the world through the new eyes of a child

If only every boy and girl will just stay beautiful and wild”

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CENTURIES by Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy’s first single off their upcoming album, American Beauty/American Psycho, Centuries is proving to be better than their second single called Immortals. With lyrics commanding you to remember it, the song reverberates with Patrick Stump’s soaring vocals amidst the profoundly strong punk rock sound. The lyrics of the song are somewhat provocative, and this is another testament that Fall Out Boy has this uncanny ability to write a dark song and make you like it.

“Some legends are told; some turn to dust or to gold,

But you will remember me, remember me for centuries”

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TEAM by Lorde

The second single off Pure Heroine, Team edges Royals with its beautiful lyrical content while still maintaining Lorde’s eccentric musical style and oddly charming vocal delivery.

“Living in ruins of a palace within my dreams,

And you know, we’re on each other’s team”

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MAHAL KO O MAHAL AKO by KZ Tandingan

Winner of this year’s Himig Handog’s P-Pop Love Songs competition, Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako showcases KZ Tandingan’s incredible vocals into a ruminating ballad about love. Will you choose the person who loves you (but you don’t love) or the one whom you love (but doesn’t love you back)? Such great dilemma is aptly presented in the power ballad.

“Sino ang iibigin ko? Ikaw ba na pangarap ko o siya bang kumakatok sa puso ko?

Anong paiirallin ko, isip ba o ang puso ko? Nalilito, litung-litong-lito.

Sinong pipiliin ko, mahal ko o mahal ako?

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WORD CRIMES by “Weird Al” Yankovic

It is ironic that this parody is infinitely better than Robin Thicke’s 2013 single, Blurred Lines. Changing up the humiliatingly sub-par lyrics from the original to a master class of grammar, Word Crimes succeeds in helping Yankovic’s album, Mandatory Fun, to the top of the charts.

“I hate these word crimes, like I could care less

That means you do care, at least a little”

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LOVE ME HARDER by Ariana Grande (feat. The Weeknd)

Probably the best song off Ariana Grande’s second album, My Everything, Love Me Harder is a great collaboration between pop’s current pop princess with PBR&B’s (alternative R&B) The Weeknd. Venturing into something she’s never really delved into before, Grande showcased maturity with use of her sultry vocals, which matches The Weeknd’s sexy masculine voice. With a straightforward message addressed to a lover on how she should be loved, Love Me Harder displays a frisky yet loveable dance music.

“What do I do if I can’t figure it out? You got to try, try and try again.

What do I do if I can’t figure it out? Then I have to leave, leave, leave.”

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LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson may be dead but his music lives on. If his first posthumous album did not generate a real hit, this one corrected that flaw. Off his second posthumous album called Escape, Love Never Felt So Good shines with lovely beautiful lyrics with a sweet and danceable melody. I prefer MJ’s solo version of the song more than the version with Justin Timberlake.

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Katy Perry Unconditionally

UNCONDITIONALLY by Katy Perry

A lot of people do not like this song but thankfully, I am not most people. Unconditionally transcends both lyrically and musically because not only does it write about unconditional love in a beautiful form, but Katy Perry also sings it in a way like she’s a force of nature, sweeping off everything that goes in its path. It is unsurprising that I always remember God’s love for us, mankind, whenever I hear this song.

“There is no fear now, let go and just be free

I will love you unconditionally”

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LET HER GO by Passenger

A song that can surely turn you up into a dramatic mood is this Passenger (real name: Michael David Rosenburg) track off his third album, All The Little Lights. The wistful lyrics are backed up by a good combination of guitar, violin and drums, turning it up into folk rock/ indie pop genre. The chorus is repeated 5 times in the song and this highlights Passenger’s cold yet searing voice while singing about love lost and gone.

“You only know you love her when you let her go… And you let her go.”

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CHANDELIER by Sia

Dubbed as the YOLO song of the year by some critics, Chandelier rightfully owns a place on the best song list of 2014. Sia’s soaring voice alone already made the song a force to reckon with, but the song’s powerful lyrics that deal with a party girl’s alluring yet self-destructing life in a juxtaposition of electronic, pop and reggae sounds sealed the deal. Seriously, the song’s beats and churns that cover Sia’s unfaltering vocals would make you want to play it more and more.

 “But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes

Keep my glass full until morning light, ‘cos I’m just holding on for tonight”

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A SKY FULL OF STARS by Coldplay

A Sky Full Of Stars is like a silver lining in a cloudy sky as it brings a positive sound to a relentlessly dark and melancholic atmosphere brought about by Coldplay’s latest album, Ghost Stories. Exploring new music territories with their latest album, Coldplay teamed up with DJ Avicii to tune a song about great love into EDM, making it so beguilingly catchy and danceable. Coldplay’s first foray into the upbeat electro-pop sound is well worth it.

“You’re such a heavenly view”

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SOMETHING IN THE WATER by Carrie Underwood

This back-to-roots song of American country singer, Carrie Underwood, definitely puts her back on the map of a few legitimate artists who give inspiration not just only by their work but also for who they are. A crossover success in country, pop and Christian charts, Something In The Water showcases Underwood’s soaring and stunning vocals that matches the song’s very powerful message.

“And now I’m singing along to Amazing Grace
Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face
Got joy in my heart, angels on my side
Thank God Almighty, I saw the light”

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BLANK SPACE by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s biggest single to date, Blank Space boasts great production values with its electronic pop sound. In this song, Tay’s great songwriting skills were put in the fore amidst the fuzzy yet delicious synth sounds. An ear candy to many including me because of it very catchy hooks and poppy beats, the song seems like a satire as to how Swift is presented in the media. Just in the media? Perhaps.

 “It’s gonna be forever or it’s gonna go down in flames”

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PROBLEM by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea)

One of the biggest summer songs is this bombastic song from singer Ariana Grande and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. The uptempo song oozes with sexy saxophone sounds, drum conundrum, fascinating vocals by Grande and riveting rap chops by Azalea. The buildup of the song bursts into an anticlimactic whisper (by rapper Big Sean) accompanied by an amazingly catchy saxophone loop. It’s a shame Grammy didn’t recognize this great dance-pop, R & B song!

“I got one less problem without you”

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I can’t make up my mind about which of these two songs really triumphed the spirit of year 2014.

Might as well list them both down as Number 1!

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ALL OF ME by John Legend

Even before hitting it big, I have predicted early on that this song is going to be phenomenal. Spending 3 weeks at #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100, All Of Me is a great power ballad from American singer-songwriter John Legend. Hitting straight into the heart with its very emotional lyrics backed by a beautiful piano music, All of Me is one of the most romantic love songs that the world has ever heard. Another great song that gives me eargasm, this is rightfully tied with Happy at the #1 spot of the best songs of the year.

“All of me (loves) all of you

(I) love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections”

 

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HAPPY by Pharrell Williams

Starting up with an energetic beating and soaring high with its great anthemic chorus, Happy deserves to be called the best song of the year 2014. Brimming with positivity, this song will almost always heighten your mood. Lyrically vibrant and deliciously catchy, this song is one great song that gives me what I want to call eargasm (you’re familiar to it by now if you have been reading my best song list for the past few years, hehe). The midtempo soul song gives a funky atmosphere that would likely make you dance happily, and those handclaps, voice blends and Pharrell Williams’ dry but charming falsetto in the chorus are sure to make you like the song more. 

“Clap along if you know what happiness is to you”

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Guardians of the Galaxy

GOTG official posterVisually splendid, smartly written and surprisingly but satisfactorily emotional, Guardians of the Galaxy stands on its own as a great Marvel film. 

I’ve actually feared that this Marvel movie was going to flop. The story’s not that familiar to many, the trailer’s not liked by everybody and the only thing that’s attracting it is its Marvel brand. I guess I shouldn’t have feared because it has all the makings of a blockbuster flick. 

Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) is about a seemingly group of miscasts led by Peter Quill (or Star-Lord), a half-human, half-alien whose rogue ways made him hunted by the thieving and smuggling group that kidnapped him on Earth as a child. Upon teaming up unexpectedly with the other guardians, namely Gamora, adopted daughter of the mighty Thanos and the last of her species; Drax the Destroyer, an avenging warrior; Groot, a tree-like humanoid and Rocket, a genetically engineered raccoon who’s a master mercenary, he (along with his team) found a higher purpose, and that is, to serve and save the universe we are in from the dangers highly powerful creatures bring. 

GOTG’s got terrifically marvelous visuals. I was awed by the graphics and effects of this movie and thought the production behind it didn’t restrain its team from making it really look great. Anyone who’s got a clear, good vision will be stunned by its superb cinematography and production design. 

Witty one-liners: This movie’s got a whole lot of these killer funny lines. I think I’ve laughed here more than any other film I’ve watched this year (including those old comedies I’ve watched in the comforts of our home). Plus, it’s got a real good story going on. What’s more impressive is that it’s still tied in with the story arc of the other Marvel movies that are due in the next few years. These ludicrously smart tie-ins might just be superb promotional maneuvers for the companies behind these movies, but if we get to be fully entertained by the fantasy these Marvel stories bring, who are we to complain? 

Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt is a revelation in the film. Who knew he could carry an enormous Marvel movie with him on the lead? Nevertheless, his funny antics and childish charm have certainly helped. Zoe Saldana showed she’s a tough lady by performing as Gamora. Meanwhile, Dave Batista (as the rough Drax), Vin Diesel (as the lovable Groot) and Chris Cooper (as the whiny Rocket) proved that there are no small roles as they perform well in their respective challenging characters. Meanwhile, I did not see any sign of Lee Pace as he shows how to be a main villain in the movie. 

I love the editing done in the film. GOTG didn’t seem very long for me considering the short attention span I am having with films lately (haha). I enjoyed its pace, which was enough to present who are these guardians of the galaxy and how are they a part of the whole Marvel universe. The director of the movie, James Gunn (Slither), seemed to love this movie so much he probably even cared about the nooks and crannies of each scene, aside from how his actors fare in front of the camera. I am hoping he will still be the director and writer of the expected sequel. 

Hmm, if those things I’ve said are still not enough for you to watch the movie, just listen to what’s more to love about this film… its great soundtrack, of course! 

Guardians of the Galaxy’s movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 5 out of 5

Frozen

Frozen_(2013_film)_posterFrozen is the best film Disney has produced for a long time. Using their magic formula of putting a princess as a lead character, they made a great change this time in terms of resolving the always predictable conflict. Not to spoil anything but this great change made Frozen one-of-a-kind.

As stated on its credits, the movie is loosely based on the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. However, they do differ a lot. Frozen is about the two princesses of a fictional kingdom called Arendelle: Elsa and her younger sister, Anna. The two used to be very close, but because Elsa had to hide her ability of creating ice and snow at will, they grew apart. They did not see each other for years until a tragic accident concerning their parents led them to. Elsa is to be crowned the queen and so, a banquet in the castle had to be made. Anna met the prince she wanted to marry and yet Elsa was against it. They argued, which led Elsa to lose control of her powers, making everything in the kingdom covered with ice and everyone freezing with cold. She departed to the mountains where she built her ice castle. What will happen to their kingdom now that they have separated? Will the sisters find their way again to each other? That’s what you have to find out.

The movie boasts itself with great animation and good visual effects. The combination of hand-drawn pictures and computer-generated imagery (CGI) effects made a spectacular display of animated sequences. You’ll be amazed by how some things onscreen are too detailed, with the lighting and the ice crystals and the snow.

What makes Frozen even the more impressive is its music. It’s not a good animated musical film for no good reason at all, right? The songs used are written and composed by Filipino songwriter, Robert Lopez, and his wife, Kirsten Anderson-Lopez. Their songs, incorporated into Christopher Beck’s musical score, made the audience either glee or moved depending on the scene. You’ll never wonder why you’re still smiling or even humming or singing right after watching because of the wonderful music heard in the film. Thanks also in part by the great voice work of its cast (who also sang) led by Kirsten Bell and Idina Menzel.

The movie teaches a number of good messages (e.g. Never marry a man you just marry), but the best for me, though, is how it showed a true act of love. I will not spill, but the movie’s climax pointed out a very strong message to everyone, that love isn’t what people always seem to believe.

Frozen’s movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 4.5 out of 5

Best Songs of 2013

The yearly countdown of the pondering movie, TV and music fan begins. And I want to start with the best music my ears were able to listen to for the past 12 months. I may be biased towards my favorite artists, but the songs listed here are songs that I think were great lyrically and/or musically. If you agree or disagree about what I post here, please write down on the comments section. Thank you and enjoy reading!

BEST SONGS OF 2013

Top 10- BRAVE by Sara Bareilles

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Rumored to be the song that both musically and lyrically inspired Katy Perry’s Roar, this single off the pop singer’s latest album, Blessed Unrest, is brimming with positivity. Brave puts off a strong message about speaking up and being honest about oneself in mainstream, pop-friendly music

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Top 9- MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK (LIGHT ‘EM UP) by Fall Out Boy

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This single that resurrected the pop rock band’s musical career is not only pleasing to the ears, it is also deceivingly hard to sing! The song’s got a lot of aggressive attitude and over-all dark anthem vibe. Without dwelling too much to its meaning, I chose this song as one of the best this year for its eargasmic vibe especially when one is put to the test or just about to punch someone. Haha, kidding.

My songs know what you did in the dark!

So light ‘em up, up, up!

So light ‘em up, up, up!

So light ‘em up, up, up!

 I’m on fire!

Top 8- WRECKING BALL by Miley Cyrus

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She seems like a girl who’s lost the goodness in her cause but let not that personality fool you. She still can make good music. This power ballad showcases the former teen superstar’s vocal chops in the captivating rhythm of the song.

Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you
I can’t live a lie, running for my life
I will always want you

I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me

Top 7- WAKE ME UP by Avicii

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The Swedish DJ who keeps on creating poppy EDM for everyone to hear succeeds with Wake Me Up, a chart-topping single that features Aloe Blacc for vocals and guitar from Incubus’ Mike Eizenger.

Wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life’s a game made for everyone
And love is the prize

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost

Top 6- JUST GIVE ME A REASON by Pink feat. Nate Ruess

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This power ballad features two of the most distinct and beautiful voices of this generation: Pink and Nate Ruess of the band, fun. Featuring solo parts that both showcase the two singers’ excellent vocals, the song undoubtedly transcends when they sing together. Eargasm results when their voices blend. Moreover, I won’t be surprised if the song wins for Song of the Year in the Grammys. Two lovers yearning to mend their relationship is clearly felt and understood through and through when the song is being played.

Now you’ve been talking in your sleep, oh, oh
Things you never say to me, oh, oh
Tell me that you’ve had enough
Of our love, our love

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Top 5- MIRRORS by Justin Timberlake

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Easily the best track off Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience album, this emotional ballad keeps it very interesting and pleasing to the ears with a length of 8 minutes and 5 seconds that features a grand production of instrumentation, catchy yet very meaningful lyrics and of course, the artist’s soaring vocals and pleasing falsetto.

‘Cause I don’t wanna lose you now
I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy
Comin’ back here to you once I figured it out
You were right here all along

It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside of me
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making two reflections into one
‘Cause it’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

Top 4- ROAR by Katy Perry

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Continuing the feel-good anthem of her songs, Katy Perry does it great with Roar, her first single off her latest album, Prism. Roar soars with Perry’s strong vocals immersed in booming instrumentations of piano and drums.

 You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Top 3- CAN’T HOLD US by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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If there’s one song that is the most infectious among all infectious songs this year, this is it. I’ve never liked a hip hop song as much as this before but because of the American hip-hop duo, I’m beginning to like hip hop more. This anthemic song defines the summer of the year by featuring a lashing of raps, a very catchy chorus and over-all a vibrant, upbeat and uplifting music.

Can we go back?

This is the moment

Tonight is the night

We’ll fight ‘til it’s over

So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us

Like the ceiling can’t hold us

Top 2- IKOT-IKOT by Sarah Geronimo

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The Philippine music for the year 2013 thrived with pop singers- old (resilient ones) and new (via reality shows), alternative rock bands and a number of indie artists. But the one who stood out the most is none other than Sarah Geronimo, claimed to be the country’s pop princess. The lead single off her latest album, Ikot-ikot represents the more mature Sarah as she croons about a tiring affair with a lover, perfected with its incredibly very catchy hook plunged in an upbeat yet dramatic music production. But, as a good friend mentioned in his blog, it is Sarah who made the song really her own. And I quote what my friend said: “Sarah Geronimo gives the lyrics a brooding, adult contemporary spin: heavy on grit and rage. [Her] delivery is all it takes to tell the story, rough and manic.”

Heto na naman tayo
Parang kelan lang ang huli
Gaano man kalayo
Tayo’y pinagtatagpong muli
Ilang ulit nagkasakitan
Ngunit paulit na gumagaling
Ilang ulit balak na iwan
Ngunit patuloy na bumabalik

Kay rami nang sakit
Na nilimot napabayaan
‘Di maiwasang isipin
Na tayo’y para bang tumatakbo

Sa walang hanggan na kalye, tumatakbo
Ang pag-ibig na tila ba ‘sang biyaheng
Ikot-ikot lang, ikot-ikot-ikot lang
Ikot-ikot lang, ikot-ikot-ikot
Ikot-ikot lang, ikot-ikot-ikot lang
Ikot-ikot lang, ikot-ikot-ikot

Top 1- COUNTING STARS by OneRepublic

One Republic- Counting Stars

The band’s latest single, Counting Stars, is also the most commercially successful off their third album, Native. Featuring poetic and reflective yet puzzling and ambiguous lyrics entrenched in pop rock with hints of indie and folk music, this song bursts with constant tempo changes, head-banging rhythms and Ryan Tedder’s excellent vocals. In the surface, the song teaches us to dream big, pray hard and do what we can to reach those stars. Deeply, though, this may mean another thing.

Lately I been, I been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin’ hard
Said no more counting dollars
We’ll be counting stars
Yeah, we’ll be counting stars

I see this life
Like a swinging vine
Swing my heart across the line
In my face is flashing signs
Seek it out and ye shall find

Old, but I’m not that old
Young, but I’m not that bold
And I don’t think the world is sold
I’m just doing what we’re told

I feel something so right
By doing the wrong thing
And I feel something so wrong
By doing the right thing
I could lie, could lie, could lie
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive

Runners-up:

PLAY HARD by David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon

THRIFT SHOP and SAME LOVE by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

SAY SOMETHING by A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera

CLARITY by Zedd

AFTER ALL THIS TIME by Itchyworms

I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE by Taylor Swift

FEEL AGAIN and IF I LOSE MYSELF by OneRepublic

IN A WORLD LIKE THIS by Backstreet Boys

ATLAS by Coldplay

HONEYMOON AVENUE by Ariana Grande

WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN by Bruno Mars

INCREDIBLE by Celine Dion and Ne-Yo

SCARED TO DEATH by KZ Tandingan

NOT A BAD THING by Justin Timberlake

RADIOACTIVE by Imagine Dragons

THE ONLY ONE by James Blunt

LET ME GO by Avril Lavigne

SAFE AND SOUND by Capital Cities

The Top 25 Songs of 2012

It’s been a yearly tradition for me to come up with a list of the Best and Worst for the year, but it’s going to be a first time that I’ll be doing it here in WordPress. It’s the beginning of the new year, and what better way to start it off than fulfilling a yearly tradition? This post will feature the best songs for me during the year 2012.

What Makes You Beautiful

#25      WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL by One Direction

This cutesy pop song from the British boy band made them a hit. It won’t make you wonder why because once you hear it you’d know it’s a decent pop record. 

Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe/ You don’t know
You don’t know you’re beautiful!

Muse_-_Madness

#24      MADNESS by Muse

A late addition in this list, “Madness” is the latest single from the alternative rock band, Muse. This song is plainly and simply catchy.

And now I need to know is this real love/ Or is it just madness keeping us afloat?

A Thousand Years

#23      A THOUSAND YEARS by Christina Perri and Steve Yazzi

When I first heard of this song back in 2011, I found it bland and plain. But when I heard it again while watching the movie where it is tied in, I found it lovely and beautiful. Perhaps a change in perspective helped me understand the song more.

I have died everyday waiting for you/ Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years/ I’ll love you for a thousand more

Up

#22-      UP by James Morrison feat. Jessie J

This dark yet somehow uplifting song is a collaboration of James Morrison and Jessie J. Released back in September 2011 in the UK, I got to like this song when I heard James Morrison sing it during his Manila concert.

It’s never too late to turn it back around/ Yeah I know you can/ Don’t bury your demons deep in the ground/ When it all falls down/ The only way is up

50 Ways

#21      50 WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE by Train

Train’s second single off their album, “California 37”, “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” may just be more catchy and melodious than their other hit songs. Aside from that, its lyrics are both funny and serious, making it better. 

My heart is paralyzed/ My head was oversized
I’ll take the high road like I should/ You said it’s meant to be/ That it’s not you, it’s me

Let Me Love You

#20      LET ME LOVE YOU (UNTIL YOU LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF) by Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo is an amazing singer-songwriter. He doesn’t just write songs that are hip, but his songs do have substance, musically and lyrically. 

How can you understand something that you never had?/ Ooh baby if you let me, I can help you out with all of that

Girl let me love you/ And I will love you/ Until you learn to love yourself

Wanted

#19      WANTED by Hunter Hayes

Lyrically beautiful and wonderfully tuneful, “Wanted” is a great love song from country singer, Hunter Hayes.

‘Cause I wanna wrap you up/ Wanna kiss your lips/ I wanna make you feel wanted

Give Your Heart a Break

#18      GIVE YOUR HEART A BREAK by Demi Lovato

Probably the most popular song of the teenage singer/ X-Factor judge, “Give Your Heart a Break” has great melody and lyrics, easily making it one of the best pop songs this year. 

Don’t wanna break your heart/ Wanna give your heart a break
I know you’re scared it’s wrong/ Like you might make a mistake
There’s just one life to live/ And there’s no time to waste
So let me give your heart a break

State of Grace

#17      STATE OF GRACE by Taylor Swift

The best track in Taylor Swift’s latest album, “State of Grace” starts with a mood-changing, head-banging intro and ends with a mellow vocalization of the lyrics. 

Love is a ruthless game unless you play it good and right

The World from the Side of the Moon album cover

#16      SO EASY by Phillip Phillips

One of the best tracks in the American Idol champ’s first album, “So Easy” pleases with its lyrics and catchy melody. It’s hard not to listen to it. Seriously. 

You make it so/ you make it so/ you make it so easy
This letting go/ so beautiful/ cause you make it so easy/ to fall so hard

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#15      NO ONE WILL EVER LOVE YOU by Connie Briton and James Eston

This beautiful ballad came from the series called “Nashville.” Connie Briton and James Eston, two of the lead actors in the series, sang this love song during a pivotal point in the story. 

No one will ever love you like I do.

Thank You Camellia

#14      MY WEAKNESS by Kris Allen

One of Kris Allen’s most cheerful songs in his album, Thank You Camellia, ‘My Weakness’ is a song about a guy who’s courting a girl that he loves. This song gets me in a good mood every single time I listen to it. 

Tell me you want me/ Speechless and I’m shaking/ Tell me you need me

You better believe me when I say/ You are my weakness

The Script

#13      HALL OF FAME by The Script feat. Will.I.Am

This empowering song from the Irish band (featuring a Black Eyed Pea) is a complete turnover from the usual songs they release as singles from their albums. The song is about a person’s potential to be the best.

Do it for your people/ Do it for your pride/ Never gonna know if you never even try
Do it for your country/ Do it for you name/ Cause there’s gonna be a day
When you’re standing in the hall of fame

Overexposed

#12      SAD by Maroon 5

The thorn among the roses, this sole ballad in Maroon 5’s latest album showcased Adam Levine’s  It may not be liked by many critics, what matters is I like it. 

Oh but I’m scared to death/ That there may not be another one like this
And I confess that I’m only holding on by a thin, thin thread

I Won't Give Up

#11      I WON’T GIVE UP by Jason Mraz

The best track in his latest album, ‘Love Is a Four Letter Word’, ‘I Won’t Give Up’ may just be the most emotional song Jason Mraz has ever recorded. With lyrics such as “I won’t give up on us even if the skies get rough,” this song can make you emotional and vulnerable. 

‘Cause even the stars they burn/ Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn/ God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up

Owl City

#10      WHEN CAN I SEE YOU AGAIN by Owl City

The theme song of the hit animated movie, “Wreck-It Ralph”, “When Can I See You Again” seems like a very playful and fun-filled track. It is one perfect example a song that’s just brimming with good vibes. 

It’s been fun but now I’ve got to go/ Life it way too short to take it slow
But before I go and hit the road/ I gotta know, ’til then, when can we do this again?

Dark Side

#9      DARK SIDE by Kelly Clarkson

One of the best songs in Clarkson’s album, Stronger, ‘Dark Side’ is a wistful yet hopeful song about love and acceptance. 

Will you love me even with my dark side?

Two Black Cadillacs#8      TWO BLACK CADILLACS by Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood’s ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ is a lot better than her previous singles from her latest album. It is touching a dark theme that is unfamiliar for the country singer’s fans. The song is about the secret two lovers of a man cheating on them share; both just met for the first time in the man’s funeral. Rhythmically tense and beautifully lyrical, this song is one of the best tracks of 2012. 

They took turns laying a rose down/ Threw a handful of dirt into the deep ground
He’s not the only one who had a secret to hide

Lights

#7      LIGHTS by Ellie Goulding

This song will certainly hook you up once you hear it. “Lights” is one of those songs that give me an eargasm every time I hear it. It is that musically outstanding. 

And so I tell myself that I’ll be strong/ And dreaming when they’re gone/ ‘Coz they’re calling me home

Drive By

#6      DRIVE BY by Train

This song made me like Train as a pop-rock band. Honestly, I didn’t like “Hey Soul Sister”, the song that put them back in the map back then. But “Drive By” is different. This one is more catchy and melodic and lyrical. 

Oh I swear to you/ I’ll be there for you/ This is not a drive by

Sirena

#5      SIRENA by Gloc 9 feat. Ebe Dancel

The best OPM track this 2012, ‘Sirena’ turns the subject matter of third sex into a wistful but realistic tune. Ebe Dancel’s great vocal complemented Gloc 9’s rapid-fire rapping in this great song. 

Di sinusukat ang tapang at ang bigote sa mukha
Dahil kung minsan mas lalaki pa sa lalaki ang bakla

Home

#4      HOME by Phillip Phillips

This coronation song sealed the deal for Phillip Phillips during this year’s American Idol finale. Even though Jessica Sanchez was the better singer, Phillips gained more votes with the help of this heartfelt and beautiful folksy ballad. 

Just know you’re not alone/ ‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Daylight

#3      DAYLIGHT by Maroon 5

The latest single from pop-rock band, Maroon 5, Daylight is the best track from their album, Overexposed. This song exemplifies the kind of soft rock that Maroon 5 did on their earlier albums. 

And when the daylight comes I’ll have to go/ But tonight I’m gonna hold you so close

Titanium

#2      TITANIUM by David Guetta feat. Sia

This upbeat, head-banging song from the creative DJ (featuring a great singer) proved to be one of my most favorites for the year. With empowering words such as ‘You shoot me down but I won’t fall. I am titanium,’ this is the kind of pop song that you would want to hear over and over. 

You shoot me down but I won’t fall, I am titanium

The Vision of Love#1      THE VISION OF LOVE by Kris Allen

The Vision of Love is the best song of the year. Combining uplifting lyrics, upbeat tune and commanding whoa’s in the chorus, this Kris Allen song is certainly a must in every person’s playlist. 

When a heart breaks and the world shakes, will we stand for the vision of love?

When a tear falls and the fear crawls, will we stand for the vision of love?