December 20, 2013

Songs 2013

I bumped my typical list from 25 to 40 because there was just so much good music this year that I wanted to include. You can listen to most of the songs here. My favorite albums will follow soon as well as a guest-list from some well respected friends. Thanks for reading!

40. Boards of Canada | "Reach for the Dead"
39. Mazzy Star | "In the Kingdom"
38. Iceage | "You're Nothing"
37. Nine Inch Nails | "Everything"
36. Darkside | "Paper Trails"
35. Vatican Shadow | "Enter Paradise"
34. Widowspeak | "The Dark Age"
33. Unknown Mortal Orchestra | "No Need for a Leader"
32. The Besnard Lakes | "Color Yr Lights In"
31. Bill Callahan | "Small Plane"

30. Blood Orange | "You're Not Good Enough" (ft. Samantha Urbani)
29. Inc | "the place"
28. Oneohtrix Point Never | "Zebra"
27. Julianna Barwick | "The Harbinger"
26. Fuck Buttons | "The Red Wing"
25. These New Puritans | "Organs Eternal"
24. Mutual Benefit | "Advanced Falconry"
23. Phoenix | "Trying to be Cool"
22. Keep Shelly in Athens | "Recollection"
21. Beyoncé | "XO"

20. Kanye West | "Bound 2"
19. Perfect Pussy | "I"
18. FKA twigs | "Water Me"
17. Sky Ferreira | "You're Not the One"
16. Deafheaven | "Dream House"
15. My Bloody Valentine | "New You"
14. Kurt Vile | "Waking on a Pretty Day"
13. Savages | "Shut Up"
12. Mikal Cronin | "Shout it Out"
11. James Blake | "Retrograde"

10. Burial | "Come Down to Us"

09. Justin Timberlake | "Mirrors"

08. Haim | "Falling"

07. Arcade Fire | "Reflektor"

06. Autre Ne Veut | "Play by Play"

05. Vampire Weekend | "Step"

04. Deerhunter | "Monomania"

03. The Knife | "Full of Fire"

02. Drake | "Hold On, We're Going Home"

01. Daft Punk | "Get Lucky" (ft. Pharrell)

*"Get Lucky" probably isn't my favorite or even most played song of 2013, but it was a clear choice for my number one spot. In 2007, Daft Punk burst back on the scene with their now infamous pyramid show. They weren't backing a new album or a new song, but somehow they ushered in what is now the American EDM phenomenon. This year they returned with Random Access Memories, a stellar disco album made from actual instruments and recorded in the best studios in the world with the best session musicians ever assembled. "We've come too far, to give up who we are". So says Pharrell, but this couldn't be further from what anyone expected from the French masterminds. From hipsters to frat bros, this song was unescapable and it will be impossible to think back on this year without hearing the tickling guitar riff. If this is the song that keeps the planet spinning, well that's fine by me.

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