12 Lists of Christmas: Songs

23 December 2013

By Lauren E. White

A very profound man once wrote ‘if music be the food of on’ and who are we to argue with one of the greatest playwrights of all time when it comes to the abundance of music bestowed upon us this year.
Selecting just ten tracks was a pretty tedious job if truth be told. But we did it and managed to get a mix of genres to suit the majority of tastes. So check them out, sing along and celebrate what a pretty good year it has been for music this year.


One Direction – ‘Story of My Life’
British boy band One Direction released their second song from new album Midnight Memories, ‘Story of My Life’. A completely new sound, different to anything they’ve ever released, only managed to claim number four on the single chart ; but impressively debuted at number one on the album chart.


Katy Perry – ‘Roar’

The strong comeback by Californian pop goddess Katy Perry was this summers’ theme tune. Perry’s fierce ‘Roar’ was the first single to be released from her album PRISM and knocked out rival Lady Gaga’s ‘Applause’ in the fight for the top spot. The only person deserving the applause is Katy!


Kodaline – ‘Brand New Day’
A slightly mellow, yet a happy-go-lucky tune by Kodaline was another worthy of the b**p team’s top ten. On August 25th the song was released and was another summer song.


Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’
Miley smashed into the charts with the second single from her new album Bangerz. Miley’s ‘Wrecking Ball,’ grabbed number one again when released earlier on in August.


Bastille – ‘Pompeii’
The unusual track caught on quickly with listeners around the nation, everyone singing the line ‘if you close your eyes’. ‘Pompeii’ hit the UK’s Official number one spot during the first week of release in mid-February and remained there for a phenomenal seven weeks.


Foals – ‘My Number’
Another great song that has made our list, from Foals’ album Holy Fire – the rock band’s second single from the album. Although it only reached a measly 23 in the UK Official Singles chart, it was their highest charting single to date.


One Republic – ‘Counting Stars’

Beating up-coming boy band The Vamps, ‘Counting Stars’ stole the number one spot back in June. One Republic achieved their most successful single to date with the song – even across the pond as they saw it peaking at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Taylor Swift – ‘Trouble’
The song that never stopped being played. Swift’s ‘Trouble’, supposedly written about One Direction’s Harry Styles was another hit for Tay Swizzle, released from her most recent album RED.


Lily Allen – ‘Hard Out Here’
Lily Allen’s ‘Hard Out Here’, released on November 17th is all about the struggles of being in the music industry. ‘Hard Out Here’ was also published onto her Vevo channel, a raunchy video with a lot of (bum) CHEEKy lyrics. Allen’s tune featured somewhat explicit language, which for some may be offensive but it was more a case of Lily showing how women still struggle in the music industry today.


Lorde – Royals
The new girl on the block – Lorde released hit single ‘Royals’, a catchy tune about rulers (not the measuring kind) that rocketed to the top of the iTunes chart on the day of release – October 20th, knocking X Factor winner James Arthur from the throne of the charts.



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