Associated Press music writer Mesfin Fekadu picks his top five songs of the year.
1. Bruno Mars, “Gorilla”: “Gorilla” is an example of Bruno Mars’ musical prowess: It’s vocally impressive, sultry and smoky, and beat-laden. It’s the perfect pop song, and the best one released this year.
2. Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell and T.I., “Blurred Lines”: Robin Thicke has been making impressive music for more than a decade, but it’s nice to see him achieve his pop success with “Blurred Lines.” The ubiquitous track was the year’s most playful single, and induces your bones to dance. Everybody get up!
3. Solange, “Lovers In the Parking Lot”: Like Solange’s “Losing You,” released last year, “Lovers In the Parking Lot” proves that she is a multi-talent who has a voice worth listening to. “Lovers,” highlighted by the drums, is an R&B mid-tempo tune that’s hard to resist. Solange’s voice is soft on the track, as she sings about being a foolish lover. You’d be foolish not to love the song.
4. Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly, “Do What U Want”: Despite Lady Gaga and R. Kelly’s cringe worthy “Saturday Night Live” performance, their work together is impeccable. “Do What U Want” is a top notch track with a backbeat that is engaging. Gaga and the R&B crooner trade verses that flow nicely, and it is proof that people shouldn’t count out the pop diva just yet.
5. Lana Del Rey, “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)”: A year after her “SNL” disaster, Lana Del Rey broke into the top 10 with a remix of “Summertime Sadness,” an electronic dance number that makes the original mid-tempo version, already an incredible track, even more likeable – that’s thanks to DJ-producer Cedric Gervais.
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