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Songs That ROCKED My 2013

posted December 30, 2013, 11:24 am by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


STRM2013I will remember 2013 as the year in music where pop co-opted and revitalized retro genres like disco and Motown, and where “twerking” unfortunately became a thing. Miley, Katy, Beyoncé, Justin and Lady Gaga were names that fought each other tooth and nail for spotlight attention, but that’s not to say rock was put on the back burner by any means. Despite rumours of its impending demise, there were plenty of guitar-and-drum-driven tunes released over the past 12 months that kept my earbuds busy and my speakers humming. In addition to the awesome songs I’ve been featuring on Facebook.com/WhatsYRTake since June, I have singled out thirteen others that I found myself cranking up whenever I heard them on my iPod or on the radio. I present you my choices, alphabetically, in concise tweet-like form along with an accompanying video. Enjoy, thanks for reading, and see you all in 2014!

Arcade Fire – Normal Person
Reflektor isn’t all disco and Haitian percussion; take this, quite possibly AF’s most blatantly abrasive track ever. http://youtu.be/jeYLAQIBFkI

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
The UK’s favourite shivering simians reached new heights by slowing things down to an R&B groove…with sexy results! http://youtu.be/vWRkk4rf7l8

Cage the Elephant – It’s Just Forever (feat. Alison Mosshart)
The Kills’ frontwoman adds a fiercely feminine charm to this alt rock stomper from her Nashville-based neighbours. http://youtu.be/lw7MOCp8pnc

David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
The music sky shone a little brighter in 2013, not to mention looked classier thanks to Bowie’s surprising return. http://youtu.be/gH7dMBcg-gE

Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
You can have your “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines”, I’ll dance my pants off to these Scottish indie rockers anytime! http://youtu.be/RqTsUtQLRFk

Kings of Leon – Don’t Matter
Mechanical Bull saw the Followill music clan revert back to the wild-riffing, bronco-busting days of their youth. http://youtu.be/dcYZiKfrJf4

Monster Truck – The Lion
Hard-hitting, headbanging Furiosity out of Hamilton – a real word, as well as being the name of their debut album. http://youtu.be/De44s3w2iZA

My Bloody Valentine – New You
20+ years between albums didn’t put any kind of a damper on the shoegaze legends’ penchant for overdriven noisiness. http://youtu.be/VpoOjoiYcWY

Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted
Another big 90s headliner who made a significant comeback, wowing audiences with an industrially spastic light show. http://youtu.be/1RN6pT3zL44

Pearl Jam – Mind Your Manners
Nothing quite tops a power-packed punk song, especially when it’s delivered by experienced grunge hands Pearl Jam! http://youtu.be/1m4y8GtitIg

Queens of the Stone Age – My God Is the Sun
Blasphemy never sounded more rockin’, with guest drummer Dave Grohl beating on the skins like nobody’s business! http://youtu.be/k2kFnkl785Y

The Strokes – 50/50
Comedown Machine was an underrated new waver of a record that I really wish the NYC’ers would have toured behind. http://youtu.be/Htnkni5m5-A

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
Who doesn’t like a tempting side of angelic gospel with their Karen O devilishly screeching, arty alternative rock? http://youtu.be/2gfn–1A_C0

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