Top 75 Songs of the Year (20-11)


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20. “Borrowed Time” by Parquet Courts – Upbeat and careless, perfect garage rock anthem.

19. “Damage” by Potty Mouth – The same could be said for this track as the one above it. Don’t really know why it stands out so much for me, but I love it.

18. “Crane Your Neck” by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – Aly Spaltro shows off all her talents in this epic 6 minute track that redefines whimsy indie folk.

17. “Byegone” by Volcano Choir – See below.

16. “Wakin’ on a Pretty Day” by Kurt Vile – The title describes the song perfectly as it rolls along for 9 minutes easing you into your day.

15. “Ya Hey” by Vampire Weekend” – What a track, referencing the Jewish name for G-d, quoting scripture, and perhaps twisting the beloved “Hey Ya”.

14. “Comrade” by Volcano Choir – This really is the third Bon Iver album.

13. “Pusha Man/Paranoia” by Chance the Rapper – At first an anthem about dealing on the streets of Chicago, its back half hidden track transitions into a lament about life on the streets that asks the listener for empathy and compassion that is often lacking when “ghetto” life is observed.

12. “Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend – This is Vampire Weekend’s ode to Buddy Holly.

11. “Au Revoir – Adios” by The Front Bottoms – Just missing out on the top 10, at less than two minutes long, this folk/pop-punk group has the perfect quick and clever break up song.

Top 75 Songs of the Year (51-75)

Continuing the best of the year coverage, I am ranking the best 75 songs of the year. This is the bottom of that, #’s 51-75 listed in order.

I’d like to think my musical tastes and favorites broadened this year and that this list would reflect this. This snippet of favorite songs features hip-hop doing their own endearing-in-their-own-way sort of love songs (“Power Trip”, “Bound 2”), humorous looks at urban life (“Wonderbread”), rap for the 1% (“Picasso Baby”) and that that uses comic book references (“Dark Knights”).

There are ladies belting out songs (“Let it Go”, “If You Wait”, “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu”, “You Are the Apple”), sad dudes singing sad songs (“Sea of Love”, “The Woodpile”, “Colombia”), and guitar-driven rock (“Do I Wanna Know?”, “Best of Friends”).

I hope to give more of my thoughts of the year in music later as the countdown continues, but for now here is the list.

At the end, I’ll post a Spotify playlist with all of the songs on it.

75. “Complacent” by Rapsody feat. Problem

74. “Sea of Love” by The National

73. “Power Trip” by J Cole feat. Miguel

72. “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys

71. “Picasso Baby” by Jay-Z

70. “Even if We Try” by Night Beds

69. “Wounded Hearts” by iceage

68. “The Woodpile” by Frightened Rabbit

67. “Ocean’s Deep” by Born Ruffians

66. “Best of Friends” by Palma Violets

65. “Lies” by CHVRCHES

64. “Bound 2” by Kanye West

63. “Stay Awake” by London Grammar

62. “Lifeforms” by Daughter

61. “Colombia” by Local Natives

60. “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu” by Neko Case

59. “You Are the Apple” by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

58. “No Bed for Beatle Wand/Days This Long” by Wooden Wand

57. “If You Wait” by London Grammar

56. “Three Months” by Local Natives

55. “Strawberry Bumblegum” by Justin Timberlake

54. “Wonderbread” by Danny Brown

53. “No Ideas” by Parquet Courts

52. “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel

51. “Dark Knights” by Rapsody

Best Songs of 2013 (So Far)

Here is a list of my favorite songs of the year so far, because, well I’ve never done it before, and why not? It is hardly a groundbreaking list and I didn’t really give myself any rules (NO RULES!) in making it, so you will see one artist that has 4 songs (3 of which are in the top 10). Some songs you may like, some you may not. I think that everyone likes to think that they have the most eclectic taste in music ever, but this list is fairly monotonous if you know me and my musical leanings. Oh and some songs may be explicit! Enjoy!

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Best Songs of 2013

30. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Sacrilege”

29. Mikal Cronin “Shout it Out”

28. Born Ruffians “6-5000”

27. Chance the Rapper “Pusha Man/Paranoia” (explicit)

26. Phosphorescent “Song For Zula”

25. Rhye “Open”

24. Frightened Rabbit “The Woodpile”

23. Iceage “Wounded Hearts”

22. Born Ruffians “Ocean’s Deep”

21. Daughter “Human”

20. The National “Sea of Love”

19. Paramore “(One of Those) Crazy Girls”

18. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper “Aubergine”

17. Autre Ne Veut “Play by Play”

16. Parquet Courts “Borrowed Time”

15. Palma Violets “Best of Friends”

14. Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers”

13. Torres “Honey”

12. Kanye West “New Slaves” (explicit)

11. Justin Timberlake “Pusher Love Girl”

10. The National “Graceless”

9. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper “Crane Your Neck”

8. Vampire Weekend “Ya Hey”

7. Blaudzun “Elephants”

6. Vampire Weekend “Diane Young”

5. Frightened Rabbit and Manchester Orchestra “Architect”

4. Kurt Vile “Wakin’ On a Pretty Day”

3. The Front Bottoms “Au Revoir (Adios)”

2. Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

1. Vampire Weekend “Everlasting Arms”