No.40: "We Got The Power" - Loreen.
It’s a well known fact by now that I don’t like songs on first listen, and this was one of them. I was underwhelmed by it at ESC but it grew into something well worth listening to. Not really much else to say about it: it's no "Euphoria", there’s nothing particularly original or groundbreaking but I like it now and it sounded very good on Rix FM during that hot summer.
No. 39: "Falling" - State of Drama.
The haters are already out in force for the return of this band to Melodifestivalen in 2014; but let's agree to disagree as I rather liked this song, even if, again, it’s not the most original song ever written. It’s a radio-friendly rock song with a good chorus though, and if they can come up with something equally as good next time round, then maybe there’s a good chance of them turning up in my 2014-50 countdown?
Phoenix made a very welcome comeback this year and for me this is the best thing they’ve done since “Everything is Everything” – it’s not as good as that (what is?) but it proves once again that the hype on this French indie band is justified.
37. "Les Chansons de l'innocence" - Etienne Daho.
This was the year in which the legendary French singer-songwriter rediscovered his pop mojo, going back to his musical roots with a sound lifted right out of his 80s output. Which is all good. I've only heard clips of the album though it sounds pretty good. One faux pas though: in a year of gratuitous sexism everywhere, the album cover stinks.
No. 36: "Precis Som Jag" - Daniel Adams-Ray.
2013 was all about the comeback, wasn't it? This time, one of Sweden’s most promising artists of the last few years, and ironically, in the same year as his former Snook bandmate Oskar Linnros. See, it’s impossible to talk about one without mentioning the other. Anyway this wasn’t as great as anything on his first album, but well worth its position in my countdown. I haven’t heard Daniel’s album yet either (boy, do I have a lot of listening to catch up with).