10 Singles (From Your Favorite Artists) You May Have Missed This Year
By Stacy Lambe
6. Major Lazer, Bruno Mars and 2 Chainz, “Bubble Butt”
It’s safe to say that Bruno Mars ruled the charts this year with disco-heavy pop tracks that recalled some of Michael Jackson’s early work but “Bubble Butt” is easily his most underrated track. The song from Major Lazer is a twerker’s dream, there’s enough bounce to keep you going well in the new year.
7. Mikky Ekko, “Kids”
The man behind Rihanna’s chart-topping hit, “Stay,” has a single all of his own that deserves repeat listening. For anyone who is a fan of Ryan Tedder’s (frontman of OneRepublic) work (ahem, “XO” by Bey) will easily like what Ekko’s working with. Either way, get ready to hear more of him in 2014.
8. Sia, The Weeknd and Diplo, “Elastic Heart”
2013 was Sia’s year and she only released one single of her own (“Elastic Heart” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack) but it was all the work she did for everyone else that took kept everyone talking: “Perfume” for Britney Spears, “Standing On The Sun” and “Pretty Hurts” for Beyonce, “Beautiful Pain” for Eminem, “Double Rainbow” for Katy Perry and more. But let’s face it, we wanted more of Sia and “Elastic Heart” was easily the best track of the HG soundtrack.
9. Tegan & Sara, “I Was A Fool”
Tegan & Sara’s alt-ballad is the kind of thing you expect to hear in the background of every CW show. The video even featured Mae Whitman. Her? Yes her! And it doesn’t get soapier than that. So if you heart was broken this year, put on this record and grab a book of tissues and cry. Just have a good cry. You earned it.
10. The Lumineers, “This Must Be The Place”
“Ho Hey” is a song that just won’t die. Released in 2012, it still managed to be one of the biggest tracks of 2013. But their third single, a cover of Talking Heads, proves that there are other songs in the Lumineers’ canon. The group strips the song of its New Wave sound but still maintains the emotional appeal.
Like what you heard? We put them all together in one play for your enjoyment: