Archive for the ‘Lists’ Category

Chart-Topping Songs Of 2013: We Review Each #1 Single…In One Word

Dec 24th, 2013 // 3 Comments

As the year winds to a close, we find ourselves compelled to pause and once again look back over the songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 during the past 12 months. There were a total of 11 singles that hit #1 in 2013, and they ranged from holdovers from 2012, viral video sensations, artists reaching the top for the first time and acts who self-released their material. Also noteworthy: four of the five Grammy-nominated tracks in the Song Of The Year category are comprised of chart-topping singles.

And so, as in year’s past, we gathered up the Idolator crew and asked them to each make a snap judgement on the biggest pop songs from 2013. Admittedly, one or two of these had us scratching our heads in hindsight, wondering how the hell they even made it that big. But make it they did, and below you’ll find our final say on each.

See Idolator’s two cents below, then let us know your own thoughts on this year’s #1 singles! More »

Best Music 2013: Idolator Contributors Pick Their Favorite Albums

Dec 19th, 2013 // Comment

One of the absolute joys of heading up Idolator is getting to work with such a unique and gifted pool of talent, from the core staff of editors whose names you see on the site every day to our group of freelancers we turn to for extra support. On a weekly basis, the latter contribute everything from Voice and Glee recaps to album anniversary retrospectives to fun roundups like the 11 Best UK Boy Bands Of The Past 25 Years and the 5 Songs We Couldn’t Stop Dancing To This Past Summer. (Yes — actual, real lists that have happened!)

You may have already caught our editor and reader picks for 2013′s 10 Best Albums, but we decided to go a step further this year by also asking said freelancers to chime in with their own favorite albums from the past 12 months. Some of their choices mirrored our own (and our readers’), while others shined a light on records that, while maybe off the beaten path, were absolutely worthy of going back and giving a second listen to.

That’s the great thing about dealing with an eclectic group of music writers who are also music fans; everything is subjective, and multiple tastes almost always guarantee a solid variety.

Head below to see the albums some Idolator’s freelance contributors thought were worthy of being featured in this special year-end roundup. More »

2013 In Review: The 10 Best Music Beefs Of The Year

Dec 18th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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When historians discuss 2013 fifty years from now the major talking points will no doubt be Beyonce‘s stealth album, Miley Cyrus 2.0 and the proliferation of public (and very messy) beefs. Instead of picking up the phone or — holding their tongue — our favorite pop stars used social media to air their dirty laundry.

While shade throwing and open letters (hello Sinead O’Connor!) can be hugely entertaining, most of these encounters have ended badly. Just look at Azealia Banks, who could well be the first person to commit career suicide by Twitter. See the year’s 10 most memorable beefs after the jump. More »

Best Music 2013: Idolator Readers Choose The 10 Best Albums Of The Year

Dec 13th, 2013 // 8 Comments

Last week we posted our editors’ picks for the Best Albums Of 2013, but the year-end roundups don’t end there! Between November and December, we posted two polls — one asking you to vote for the best LPs released between January and June of this year, and one with a poll for albums released between July and December. We’ve now compiled all the data, read all your comments and put together the 2013 edition of Idolator’s reader picks for the Best Albums Of The Year.

As with many things in life, it’s good to get a second opinion. Interestingly, three of the below albums — Tegan And Sara‘s Heartthrob, Pet Shop BoysElectric and Selena Gomez‘s Stars Dance — where on the Idolator roundup we previously posted. Head below to see all the other albums you chose as your faves from ’13! More »

2013′s Best Albums: Idolator Editors Pick Their Favorite 10

Dec 6th, 2013 // 9 Comments

Pop made a major resurgence in the latter half of the previous decade, and brought us bright new stars like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha and One Direction. But when all the dust on the past 12 months finally settles, 2013 may very well prove to be the year that Big Pop first began to go bust. Don’t stress too much about it, though — there’s a cyclical ebb and flow with this tide we call music, and today’s Syron may very well wind up being tomorrow’s Britney.

And so here we are in early December, bringing you our annual roundup of the year’s 10 best albums, as chosen by the Idolator crew made up of Robbie Daw, Sam Lansky, Carl Williott, Mike Wass and Bradley Stern. Aside from one iconic dance-pop act, a pair of hip hop luminaries and a sibling indie pop pair who surprised us all with the turn they took with their seventh album, a bulk of our picks are symbolic of the new breed of artists making an impression on the musical landscape. We probably wouldn’t have predicted their inclusion here a year ago — or even known who one or two of them were — but if Baauer taught us anything in 2013 (don’t worry — he’s not on this list), it was to expect the unexpected.

Head below to see the fresh new faces and the seasoned acts who bent our ears in their direction, and gave us our favorite 10 albums of the year. More »

Idolator Halloween Party Playlist: 12 Secretly Scary Songs

Oct 28th, 2013 // Comment
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It’s the home stretch before Halloween, and we’re here to remind you that this celebration of pumpkin spice and sideboob was once about scares, people. To help you in the horror department, we’ve thrown together a playlist of secretly scary songs. This way you can focus more on perfecting that Lady Gaga costume.

What, exactly, is a secretly scary song? Well, it’s nothing that really broadcasts its theme. You won’t find something like Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” or Tegan And Sara‘s “Walking With A Ghost” on here, because they’re up front about their spooky subject matter. So below, check out our 12 choices and use the handy little Myspace player so you can queue it up next to your bowl of candy.  More »

Idolator Halloween: The 12 Most Murderous Music Videos In Pop History

Oct 25th, 2013 // 1 Comment

Gruesome movies like A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream have gone down as some of the most classic horror films in movie history. In the Pop world, artists have taken a page out of the genre’s book and created equally wicked music videos. Whether it’s taking revenge out on a former lover or killing people just for fun, the music industry has had its fair share of horrifying visuals.

As Halloween approaches, take a look back at some of the most killer (pun-intended) videos in music history below! More »

Heartbreakers, Dark Ladies & Atomic Bombs: 11 Sexy Animated Music Video Singers

Oct 4th, 2013 // Comment

Any discussion of music video animation must begin — and rightly so — by invoking “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits. but do you really want to boink any of them? (Quiet, Mom.)

Today, class, we’re focusing on music videos where lead singers are animated…and sexy as hell! (Deemed ineligible, but fabulous, are stop-motion animation and bands where the members are already animated.) Here, for your prurient perusal, is the definitive list of the sexiest cartoon versions of lead singers, from nottest to hottest. More »

Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” And 15 Other Great Pop Songs Released In 1998: Playlist

Oct 1st, 2013 // 5 Comments

In 1998, Bill Clinton was President, Monica Lewinsky was the most famous intern on the planet, the world had come down with Titanic fever and a show on MTV called Total Request Live was about to alter the sound of popular music. One such superstar who rose up through TRL‘s glittery ranks was Britney Jean Spears, a then-16-year-old performer who had last been seen as a series regular on Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club.

To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Britney’s debut single “…Baby One More Time” — a three-and-a-half-minute dose of pop-funk that put Spears on the fast track and cemented songwriter/producer Max Martin as a music’s go-to maestro — we took a deep look in the mirror, realized how old we were and began sobbing uncontrollably. Then we composed ourselves and whipped up a fairly pop-filled playlist that is guaranteed to give you an accurate depiction of what radio sounded like in 1998.

So head below to get an earful of what people were listening to while checking their pagers and worrying about the Y2K Bug. More »

The 5 Best Breakdancing Videos Of All Time

Sep 17th, 2013 // Comment

Ah, the good old days, when the boogaloo was electric and there weren’t any problems a plucky, multicultural band of breakdancers couldn’t solve. (Take THIS, greedy developers!) In honor of the physics-defying spirit of b-boys and -girls past and present, all of us here at Idolator HQ have been busting out our old-school Adidas warm-up suits and buying our tickets to the September 20 release of the dance-themed flick Battle of the Year. So crank the genre’s unofficial anthem on your shoulder boombox, pull up a piece of cardboard and head-spin to these jams! More »