With 2014 around the corner, let’s rewind through 2013 to capture some of the most memorable musical moments with our End of Year genre stations.
Pop music reached record popularity in 2013 with the help of gigantic crossover hits from Rock, R&B, Hip Hop and Dance. Check out 2013 Top Pop for the biggest Pop chart-toppers on Pandora. It was a very good year for TV alums, veteran Justin Timberlake and newcomer Ariana Grande both made a huge splash. Beyond all the hype, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez delivered with the biggest hits of their career. And of course one of the most anticipated releases of the year was from One Direction, following their multi-monster singles. Finally, leading up to his 2014 Superbowl performance, Bruno Mars proved to be a superstar with the energetic “Locked out of Heaven” and “Treasure” to the more emotional “When I Was Your Man”.
Maroon 5 released yet another hit single from Overexposed and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” is still climbing the 2013 Top Adult charts. Ed Sheeran emerged as one of the top Pop singer-songwriters of the year, and Sara Bareilles grabbed a Grammy nomination. Crossing over big from Country, Taylor Swift continued to blur genre lines and “Cups” became one of the biggest soundtrack songs of the past 20 years.
Did Adele set the stage or was it “Call Me Maybe” backlash? Emotional female singer-songwriters found their legs in 2013. Lana Del Rey had one of the biggest sleeper hits of the summer and also contributed to the Great Gatsby soundtrack. That said, perhaps the biggest success story of the year was the teenage chanteuse from New Zealand, Lorde is an old soul singing from a 17-year-old’s voice and the world gets it.
It was a huge year for the new icons of Hip Hop and R&B, you’ll hear all of them on our 2013 Hip Hop and R&B station. Lil Wayne, Drake and Jay-Z dropped highly anticipated releases and we saw the monstrous return of Eminem. Kendrick Lamar paved the way for LA as the Hip-Hop hotbed for artists such as Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, The Creator and Kid Ink, but ATL was in the game with Rich Homie Quan and Mike Will Made-it. Kanye West dazzled with groundbreaking production and no holds barred lyrics without a charting single.
Hip-Hop hit the mainstream in 2013. “Hold On, We’re Coming Home” proved to be Drake’s most accessible song to date, and “Crooked Smile” did the same for J. Cole. What was the most infectious song of the Summer? Was it “Can’t Hold Us,” “Blurred Lines” or “Get Lucky?” You can enjoy the biggest hits of the year on 2013 Top Hip Hop and Pop. Justin Timberlake – comeback of the year? Hard to argue with the four hit singles! Also, quite a battle for newcomer of the year in Hip-Hop: Sage The Gemini, August Alsina or Mike Will Made-It?
Dance and Electronic music continued to influence the mainstream as Daft Punk delivered their long awaited release with Pharrell at the helm. One of the most interesting Electronic crossover hits was “Wake Me Up.” Avicii wasn’t the only iconic EDM artist to hit it big, 2013 Dance and Electronic was the year of Tiesto, Benny Benassi and Armin Van Buuren.
Capital Cities, Tegan and Sara, The Neighbourhood and Passenger all made 2013 Top Indie and Top Pop playlists. Notable artists may not be new names but expanded their audiences significantly; James Blake and Laura Marling come to mind. It was definitely a big year for CHVRCHES, Disclosure and Haim. Who do you predict will break through in 2014? Many of the emerging Indie and Singer-Songwriters graced the Pandora Whiteboard Sessions, including Kishi Bashi, San Cisco, Eisely, Little Green Cars, Brett Dennen, J Roddy Walston and The Business (just to name a few).
Imagine Dragons were big in 2013 with three gigantic singles, and right behind them came The Lumineers with two winners. 2013 Top Alternative continued to feed the mainstream some of the biggest hits of 2014: “Radioactive,” “Out of My League,” “Sail” and of course “Royals”, which led the way. Cage The Elephant, MS MR and Alt-J made their mark while we enjoyed the return of 30 Seconds to Mars, Panic At The Disco, Pearl Jam and The Killers. We also witnessed the return of legends of rock: David Bowie, Paul McCartney and ‘90s shoegaze darlings, My Bloody Valentine.
Without question, Country music is bigger than ever with hit songs like “Cruise,” “Wagon Wheel” (Thanks to the Old Crow Medicine Show) and collaborations from Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill. The Boys Club rocked the house as 2013 Top Country saw fresh hits from Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Jake Owen. Newcomers Parmalee, as well as Voice contestants Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery were welcome additions to the year in Country.
On 2013 Top Christian you’ll hear artists that have charted with the most popular songs this year, including The Afters, Building 429 and Matthew West. If you haven’t heard, top acts Natalie Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mandisa, TobyMac and Chris Tomlin have all been nominated for a Grammy in 2014. Passion’s “One Thing Remains” and “Busted Heart” by For King And Country are standout debuts for the year.
2013 Top Latin celebrates the triumphant return of some big names in the Latin music world: Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Thalia, Paulina Rubio, Enrique Iglesias and Alejandro Fernandez all enjoyed success behind new albums and singles featuring an updated sound for the times. 2013 also brought new releases from Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce, Elvis Crespo and Romeo Santos. And some of the best received of the freshman class included Leslie Grace, J Balvin, America Sierra and Maite Perroni.
2013 Top Jazz includes long awaited releases from some of the most familiar names in contemporary Jazz, including Jeff Lorber, Pat Metheny, Fourplay, Earl Klugh and Dave Koz. Fans of John Scofield, Wayne Shorter Quartet and Al Di Meola were graced with new music this year. Trombone Shorty spiced up the New Orleans sound. Grammy nominee and Jazz R&B vocalist Gregory Porter and young lion Kendrick Scott Oracle released some of the most exciting Jazz for 2013.
Last but not least, ring in the New Year with 2013 New Years Eve Party featuring party classics and this year’s hottest hits.
We hope you enjoy revisiting your favorites of 2013 or discovering what you may have missed! We’re looking forward to providing you with more of the music you love in 2014.