2013: A Year In Music – Youth & Hysteria’s Best of the Best

December 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

As 2013 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year! This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!

Pop Song of the Year: “Diamonds” by Rihanna

R&B Song of the Year: “Love and War” by Tamar Braxton

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “New Slaves” by Kanye West

Rock Song of the Year: “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys

Indie Song of the Year: “Retrograde” by James Blake

Remix of the Year: “Jump” by Rihanna (Club Cheval Remix ft. Theophilus London)

Electronic Song of the Year: “F For You” by Disclosure

Dancehall Songs of the Year: “Business” by Vybz Kartel

Reggae Song of the Year: “Fight This Feeling” by Shaggy ft. Beres Hammond

Street Anthem of the Year: “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” by French Montana

Dance Club Anthem of the Year: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell

Urban Club Anthem of the Year: “Bugatti” by Ace Hood ft. Future & Rick Ross

2013 MVP: Justin Timberlake

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

2013 was the year of Justin Timberlake and his major (and unexpected) comeback. As soon as the chopped & screwed beat of the “Suit & Tie” beat dropped back in January, the singer’s takeover officially began. We couldn’t get away from his sultry falsetto, his chart-topping hits, the mega stadium tour he led with Jay Z or his sponsored commercials on television. And it’s not over yet! JT plans on continuing his reign in 2014 with a world tour.

Best Newcomers: Lorde, Haim & Ariana Grande

Take a former Nickelodeon starlet, an interesting teenager from New Zealand and a quirky trio of sisters and you’re left with some of the best new talents from 2013. Talk about girl power! Lorde silenced the world with her eerie sleeper single “Royals,” Haim channeled their inner Fleetwood Mac while breathing new air to stiff indie rock while Ariana Grande made us long for the ’90s with her stunningly beautiful powerhouse vocals. Look out for these girls to rule the pop game come 2014.

Most Underrated Artists: Banks & SZA

2013 was the year The Weeknd shed his mixtape skin and carved out his spot as a major-label solo artist, which led to other artists daring to release similar, emotionally jarring music. Two of these artists are TDE’s own SZA and Banks, who toured with The Weeknd in the Fall. Hopefully the new year will lead to more exposure and even more great music from these talented ladies.

Most Overrated Artist: Miley Cyrus

This doesn’t need much explanation. From her creepy obsession with tongue-wagging, her borderline pornographic photo shoots with Terry Richardson, her impending breakup with her fiance Liam Hemsworth to her barely-there outfitsMiley Cyrus was everywhere in 2013. She honestly couldn’t stop, and would not stop.

Most Underrated Song: “Adore You” by Miley Cyrus (shocker!)

Most Overrated Song: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I.

Video of the Year: “Overgrown” by James Blake

Song of the Year: “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake

Producer of the Year: Pharrell


He produced tunes for Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland, Jay Z, Robin Thicke, Mayer Hawthorne, 2 Chainz, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Pusha T…and the list goes on!

Top 5 Albums of the Year:

5. The Weeknd – Kiss Land

4. Disclosure – Settle

3. Arctic Monkeys – AM

2. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (Part One)

1. Kanye West – Yeezus

OMG! Moment of ’13: Lou Reed’s untimely death on October 27.

WTF?! Moments of ’13: Miley Cyrus’ performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards & Beyonce trolling us all with endless snippets.

What were your favorite music moments of 2013?

Cheers to 2014!

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