Top 10 Tracks of 2013

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.

 

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10 Under the Radar 2013 Tracks

1. The Vaccines – “Do You Want a Man? (John Hill & Rich Costey Remix)”

This is a little gem of pop-rock perfectly completed with watery basslines flying all over the place.

2. Autre Ne Veut – “Play By Play”

Extremely well produced and poignant R&B. What’s not to like?

3. Mikky Ekko – “Pull Me Down”

Mikky Ekko is very close to breaking out into the mainstream. This is his first big single, but you might recognize him from the song, “Stay”, which he wrote for Rihanna.

4. Volcano Choir – “Byegone”

Justin Vernon (from Bon Iver) is involved. So, its good.

5. FKA Twigs – “Water Me’

Production straight out of the 22nd century, and a weirdly interesting video. Neo R&B at its finest.

6. Phoenix – “Bourgeois”

A great, energetic synth rock ballad.

7. Jai Paul – “All Night”

Great slow jam.

8. Daft Punk – “Instant Crush”

Obviously, “Get Lucky” gets all the attention from their newest album, but “Instant Crush” is a great track as well, though less dance-y.

9. Ryan Hemsworth – “Perfectly”

A very pleasant 3 and a half minutes, that seems to stick in my head all the time.

10. Shlohmo – ” Later”

One of my favorite electronic music songs of recent memory.