Oct. 17, 2013
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 20:10
1. Justin Bieber, "All That Matters"
The Biebs returns with “All That Matters,” a slow jam that is layered with guitar and a simple beat that recalls the glory days of R&B. Similarly, it seems that his voice has finally dropped and is now in a much lower register that assists his (mostly) well-done runs, that help him stay away from the Timberlake comparisons. All in all, a better song than anyone had reason to expect.
2. Fall Out Boy, "Love, Sex, Death"
In middle school, the boys stopped liking Fall Out Boy because the girls started to like them. On “Love, Sex, Death” the pop-punk rockers combine enough of Patrick Stump’s powerhouse vocals and introspective lyrics for the girls and fast punk guitar and screaming choruses for the boys. If it sounds like a musical train wreck, it’s not—and it’s all over in under two minutes.
3. Betty Who, "Somebody Loves You"
Betty Who’s EP The Movement was released way back in April of 2013, but interest was renewed when this song was featured in a YouTube flash-mob marriage proposal. I can’t think of a better occasion for the song. It’s one of the most genuine declarations of love over an ’80s-inspired beat in modern pop. When she named her EP, it wasn’t just a title, it was a guarantee.