2013 was a crazy year for music, as many musical artists defied typical convention within their music and the marketing of their music. Jay-Z released an album onto a cell phone, Beyonce released an album without any promotion, and countless artists leaked their own album as an attack at the label they were signed to. There was a lot of quality music to choose from in 2013, but I managed to find 10 of my favorites, listed here in no particular order.
1) Phoenix – “Bourgeois”
This is my favorite “arena-rock” style song of the year. The kind of song that sounds best while being blasted loudly in front of a large crowd on a summer night.
2) Local Natives -“Colombia”
I had heard a lot of Local Natives songs I liked before, but none of them quite clicked like this one did. It’s haunting, but also distinctly powerful and beautiful.
3) Ellery James Roberts – “Kerou’s Lament”
This song immediately sucked me in from the first time I heard it. Its the kind of song that’s either loved or hated, but the songs ambition and passion cannot be argued.
4) Lana Del Rey – “Young and Beautiful”
Pretty sure this song will go down as a classic.
5) Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young”
Vampire Weekend’s album, Modern Vampires of the City, was my favorite album of the year. Picking a favorite song was difficult, but “Diane Young” never fails to get me to sing along to it.
6) Pusha-T – “Numbers on the Boards” (Explicit)
This song was my favorite hip-hop song of the year. Its dark and aggressive, but also funky and smooth. The main character is simultaneously arrogant, paranoid, insecure, and confident, if that’s even possible.
7) Disclosure – “When a Fire Starts to Burn”
One of my favorite sample-based songs of the year. Fans of the Avalanches will feel quite at home here.
8) Daft Punk – “Touch”
It bobs and weaves, ebbs and flows, gets loud, then gets quiet, and simply goes where no Daft Punk song has ever gone before.
9) FKA Twigs – “Water Me”
This song gets pretty full-on weird, but also full-on awesome.
10) Kanye West – “Black Skinhead” (Explicit)
Sits somewhere between rock and hip-hop, and was on the of the most bombastic, loud, and crazy songs of 2013.