As I review my favorite songs of 2013 finalists I am unsure how or why pop music, more so than any other genre, came to dominate my eardrums. I avoided televised singing competitions and only listened to radio while on vacation. I did read a tabloid or two about Simon Cowell knocking up his best mate’s wife. Who didn’t though? Oh, and I saw Mariah Carey perform live. Maybe her glittery sling cast a diva spell on my ears as well as my eyes.
When I speak of pop I am not necessarily referring to Top 40 although I played the hell out of Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Lorde this year. I mean, more specifically, songs that in an alternate universe not run by Clear Channel could appear on the radio. The heart, swagger, and/or dash of Stevie Nicks these songs possess would make them welcome additions on the FM dial.
In creating this post I took inspiration from the Academy Awards Best Picture Category, which contains 10 nominees. Why pick five songs when you can pick 10, right? I’ll post my year-end favorite songs list in a few weeks. Here, in the meantime, are my Favorite Song of 2013 finalists, in alphabetical order of the artist. Also: Check out the playlist at the bottom of the text. Enjoy!