Amy’s Top50 Songs of 2013

5. Bibi Zhou (周笔畅) – Good Night (晚安的话)

I gotta be honest; I had forgotten Bibi released an album this year. Her voice, however, still fills that void in my soul and just listening to the song once again stirs all those emotions. I’m always a big fan of unadulterated Bibi.

4. Ulala Session feautring Sul Woon Do – FONKY

This is my only party anthem right there. I love how the songs breaks down into this trotty bridge with Sul Woon Do, resumes with the beats and asks all the ajusshis and ajummas to party on the streets. xD

3. Sodagreen (蘇打綠) – I Miss You (我好想你)

In a normal, regular kinda year… I don’t think I would’ve included a Sodagreen ballad so high on my list. However, their music alongside Qing’s loss of his father has just become intrinsically tied with my own pain. The other day I was watching their concert, and I just suddenly started bawling.

What sells the song to me now is the way Qing delivers those simple “wo hao xiang ni” repeatedly. Interestingly enough, I also felt a strong connection with Priyanka Chopra whose own father passed away this year as well. In an interview, she left these words:

I think it’s escapism. I don’t think its strength and I think that maybe I should have taken the time to deal with it. I think I wanted to run away from dealing with it and I did. I started work four days later, one – because my dad hated me sitting at home, and second – I would have lost my mind if I did not do that. Losing my father was not just losing my dad; it was losing a part of me. I don’t know if every daughter is that close to her father as I was. My dad was my best friend, my idol and my protector. He was the man of my life so I went back to work because that was my only solace and I haven’t stopped since. I don’t think I will.

Here goes the translation of the song:

Turn on the light, the scene in front of the eyes-
The spacious room, the lonely bed.
Turn off the light, it’s all the same,
The wound in the heart, unable to be shared.

Life flows away with time,
turns old with gray hair,
leaves with you, no news of happiness,
fades away with the past,
falls asleep with dreams,
leaves with the numb heart-
I miss you, miss you, but no trace is left.

I’m still tiptoeing in missing you-
I’m still letting the memories hover over me.
I’m still shedding tears with my eyes closed,
I still pretend not to care-
I miss you, miss you, but I deceive myself.



YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

17 Responses

  1. Thanks for introducing salyu x salyu + Sandee Chan

    • amy says:

      @Giacomo d. Lee, well… salyu x salyu is just salyu being playful with cornelius xD it’s kinda freaky that their live performances feature salyu look-alikes for effect~~~

      And yes! Sandee Chan~ I think I discovered her in that rare CNN Go epi they did in Taiwan.

  2. Ah! So that’s what Cornelius has been up to. I didn’t know he’d returned. I think this Beck remix is the best thing he’s ever done

  3. Camiele says:

    Man! I forgot Joanna Wang’s album was released this year! It’s actually been such a long and good year for music, I don’t remember what albums were released… HaHA. Glad to see her on the list! As always, I’m gonna have to listen to EVERYTHING that’s happened on your list… HaHa.

    Umm… god… what songs are my favorite? That’s hard. Mostly I’d have to separate it into genres, except for maybe one or two songs. I’ll have to think long and hard about this one… HaHa. I guess your list is a good place to start ^^ I’m trying to think about what I could do for an end-of-year post… Something ELSE to think about!

  4. Elly L. says:

    Wanting, B.A.P, Block B, Sunny Hill, IU, Tizzy Bac, Sting, Drunken Tiger, Lee Hi, Janelle Monae, Xiah Junsu (gee, strongly biased there), G-Dragon, Shiina Ringo, Sodagreen and Faye Wong. Exactly the artists who inhabit my iTunes library. Are you like my long lost twin?? :D

  5. Elly L. says:

    I’m getting all the songs on this list now, which I don’t know! Thanks for this amazing list!

    • amy says:

      @Elly L., make sure to let me know how you like those songs.

      • Elly L. says:

        @amy, okay, may favorites from this list so far:
        Javed Ali, Kirti Sagathia & Pooja AV – Tum Tak (I really love this! Is there any other Indian music you can recommend?)
        Simona Molinari featuring Peter Cincotti – Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde
        salyu x salyu – じぶんがいない
        Janelle Monae – Dance Apocalyptic

        And following songs I already knew, but love nonetheless:
        Faye Wong – In Honor Of Our Youth
        Shiina Ringo – いろはにほへと
        Xiah Junsu – 11 AM
        Drunken Tiger – The Cure
        Block B – Very Good
        B.A.P – Coffee Shop
        IU featuring Jonghyun – A Gloomy Clock

        The other songs from the list Imma give some more listen to’s and prolly will turn out to like them, too.
        I’m really enjoying these songs – thank you! :)
        And I’m looking forward to more music lists! Or can I find more on this website already?

        • amy says:

          @Elly L., I see you like beat-driven songs xD Tum Tak was done by A.R Rahman, famous for winning the Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire’s Jai Ho. He’s like the non-plus-ultra of Bollywood. I’ve been waiting for his album to come out, but only Aabhi Jha [MV] has been released. He also did the OST for Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se… which is amazing [Check 1st #15 on this list]. He also did an MTV Unplugged India show that might leave you impressed. This year, he’s done another bunch of soundtracks, but he’s garnered some more praise for his work on Highway. I also liked his work on Delhi-6, Guru and Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities. You’ll find everything you need in YouTube xD

          If you liked Simona, you might also enjoy Cincotti’s East of Angel Town album. And with Salyu, you gotta check out the soundtrack she did for All About Lily Chou Chou under the alias Lily Chou Chou. Especially if you love Faye and Shiina.

          We don’t do many lists (better keep up with the MV postings), but you might enjoy Giacomo’s list or Diandra’s list.

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