Just a Guy’s monthly music article includes the hottest songs of September 2013. The restrictions are simple, the album or the song must have been released during the month in review and to encourage diversification, we only select one song per album. With all the rules out of the way, let’s get started with the best songs from September!
Nine Inch Nails – Copy of A
Nine Inch Nails make a triumphant return with their first album in five years, Hesitation Marks. Mr. Trent Reznor himself built up plenty of hype among enthusiasts in May when he posted on their site, “For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly f****** great.” Fans will embrace NIN’s latest and detractors will still wonder what’s so great about them, but one thing’s for certain and that’s the longevity of their career.
The Weeknd – Live For
“Live For” is very much what we’ve come to expect from the Weeknd. It’s the only track from his debut album, Kiss Land that features a guest appearance courtesy of Drake. The two are both young Canadian artists who have collaborated on music together before such as “Crew Love”. “Live For” has a very relaxed flow and feel, definitely a good song to vibe out to.
Avicii – Wake Me Up
Avicii is the current pop star of electronic dance music and “Wake Me Up” has elicited generally positive reviews with even the harshest critics claiming the song wasn’t bad. “Wake Me Up” has a nearly country sing song to it, but manages to main more pop and dance oriented as there’s no real twang to his voice. It’s a nice lead single for his debut album True.
Kings of Leon – Supersoaker
“Supersoaker is the lead single from the Kings of Leon’s latest album, Mechanical Bull. The family band, three brothers and a cousin, from Nashville continues to rock and seems to gain more stardom with each album as they bring their music to the masses. Mechanical Bull is their sixth studio album and second since they really broke out in the mainstream (with their hit single, “Sex is on Fire” from Only by the Night). They’ve continued to build on their fame and “Supersoaker” keeps their rock rolling.
Dizzee Rascal – Goin’ Crazy
Dylan Mills, who is better known as Dizzee Rascal, is a little known English rapper. He has a truly unique rap style that provides more some interesting sounds and songs. “Goin’ Crazy” is the lead single from his from newest album The Fifth. The track features Robbie Williams and the pair each brings their own different musical design. A decent track to listen to when you’ve become sick of the typical radio play.
Drake – The Language
Drake’s latest album, Nothing was the Same, was released this September to much acclaim from fans. While the album has many quality tracks that OVO fans will debate over which is best, a personal favorite is “The Language”. It brings a self proclaimed message that makes it easy to sing along to and brings a sense of confidence to the listener. It’s definitely worth a listen as even non-fans will be able to appreciate the song.
Alter Bridge – Addicted to Pain
“Addicted to Pain” is the latest single from Alter Bridge. It comes from their fourth studio album, Fortress, that received critical acclaim. A solid song from a solid album by a very solid band. There’s nothing newor surprising here and you know what you’re getting with Alter Bridge. “Addicted to Pain” maintains their personality and brings new music to their fans.
Justin Timberlake – Murder
Justin Timberlake’s latest album, The 20/20 Experience, contains this track “Murder”. Not a title that you’d think of when it comes to JT’s musical prowess, but with Jay Z featured it starts to make more sense. Jay is one of only two features on the album and has frequently worked with Mr. Timberlake. The king of pop continues his streak of fun fast paced songs with “Murder” and Jay Z provides for a good verse, another quality track from a catchy artist.
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
“Do I Wanna Know?” is a hit single from Indie Rockers, Arctic Monkeys. It comes from their fifth studio album, AM. Arctic Monkeys are still an up and coming band in the United States, but they are one of the most well known and hugely popular bands in the United Kingdom. A pretty chill song and one that most indie rock fans will find enjoyable.
Lorde – Royals
“Royals” comes from wildly popular new artist Lorde, who’s real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor. Ella, or Lorde, is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand, who has provided the worth with this catchy pop tune. Anyone who’s listened to the radio for an extended period in recent history has assuredly heard this song and only time will tell what Lorde has in store and if she can follow up this hit single.
Sean Kingston – Back 2 Life (Live It Up)
2 Chainz – Used 2
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