2013 was a battle for the spotlight, as movie and music releases came one after the other, hardly giving fans time to recuperate. Though most of the excitement came during the last few months of the year, these lists encompass a year’s worth of pop culture and determine what managed to stand out.
Album of the year:
I promise I’m not picking it because it’s the only one I can remember; there’s been plenty memorable moments for artists this year. Somehow, among the mix of predominantly female albums nearing the end of 2013, Beyoncé has come out on top once more. After releasing the tracks with their accompanying videos–without even bothering to commercialize it; a bold step–Queen Bey proves once more why she’s as rich as she is, while expressing her maturation and inner thoughts through her music. The album is bold, dark, sexy, and–quite possibly–her best to date.
AM – Arctic Monkeys, Yeezus – Kanye West, The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake
There seems to have been much talk surrounding Kanye this year, whether it’s concerning his relationship with Kim Kardashian, his newborn child, or his most recent album, Yeezus. As much as some might hate West and his air of arrogance and self-importance, they have to admit one thing: the man is good at what he does. Yeezus was enough to give him that final push to the top, and we don’t expect the rapper to slow down any time soon.
Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake
“Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus
It’s been a huge year for Miley fans and foam fingers–not only has this Tennessee sweetheart solidified her spot in the music industry, but she’s done so with flair. Bangerz was a giant step for Cyrus; apart from its resonant theme of “party and drink all you want to”, it’s had several chart-toppers and incorporates heavy beats into her pop synths. We can expect more surprises from her in 2014.
“Phoenix” – Fall Out Boy, “Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys, “Diane Young” – Vampire Weekend, “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk
With a new director this time around, the Hunger Games sequel managed to really blow fans’ minds. Astounding visuals and leading roles are what made author Suzanne Collins’ fiction to really come to life: that, and how close they managed to stay to the book. Readers and fans of the franchise have more excitement to come, however, as Mockingjay is next in line to be released and will be split into two parts. Catching Fire brought more love triangles, rebellion, and edge-of-your-seat action. There’s not much more we can ask for.
Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby, Gravity
Most anticipated of 2014:
1. The Fault In Our Stars
2. The Maze Runner
3. 22 Jump Street
4. Adele – TBA
5. Foo Fighters – TBA
This list was compiled by Nataly Capote/A&E Editor, with the help of the past Oracle reviews of contributing staffers. All images are annexed under the Fair Use principle. The Oracle staff wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and encourages everyone to read and comment on their favorite pieces of 2013. Thanks for a great year!