Archive | December, 2013

The 100 Best Songs of 2013

13 Dec



And finally here’s the list of picks for the best songs of 2013. To save load times Links to the top 50 were put up and when possible videos for the top 25. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t seek out 100 through 51 as all these songs are really great and deserve to be heard. If your are a musician, in a band, a DJ, run a venue, work for a band please get yourself over to and sign up to use a resources.  Also take time to review our Christmas songs list here and here.

See you in 2014 with more new music!

100. Beady Eye- Flick Of The Finger

99.  Valerie June- Somebody To Love

98.  Swearin’- Dust In The Gold Sack

97.  Mazzy Star- California

96. Avicci- Wake Me Up

95. Deafheaven- Dream House

94. Small Pools- Dreaming

93. Robert DeLong- Happy

92. Saskatchewan- Spellbound

91. Decades- Tonight Again

90. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs- Household Goods (Zed’s Dead Remix)

89. City Calm Down- Pleasure & Consequence

88. The Airborne Toxic Event- Safe

87. Big Ups- Goes Black

86. Court Yard Hounds- Sunshine

85. White Lies- Big T.V.

84. Bloom Twins- Fahrenheit

83. Fragics- Airports

82. Public Service Broadcasting- Inform-Educate-Entertain

81. Poolside- If We Make It

80. Ron Littlejohn & The Funk Embassy- Seems Like Yesterday

79. Slaid Cleaves- Still Fighting The War

78. Manchester Orchestra/Frightened Rabbit- Architect

77.  Typhoon- Young Fathers

76. Okkervil River- Down Down The Deep River

75. Kid Karate- Two Times

74. Bass Physics- Old School Melody

73. Yeah Yeah Yeahs– Sacrilege

72. Mudhoney- I Like It Small

71. Banks feat. SOHN- Waiting Game

70. Ha Ha Tonka- Colorful Kids

69. Hybrid Minds- Halcyon

68. Camera Obscura- Do It Again

67. Pissed Jeans- Teenage Adult

66.  Ellie Goulding- Only You

65. Laura Veirs- Sun Song

64. Parquet Courts– Light Up Gold II

63. Disclosure- When A Fire Starts To Burn

62. Chelsea Light Moving– Frank O’Hara Hit

61. Local Natives- Heavy Feet 

60. Ghost Beach feat. Noosa- Close Enough

59. Kvelertak- Manylest

58. Wild Belle- Love Like This

57. Slowriter- April 8

56. Yuck- Rebirth

55. Torres- Honey

54. Big K.R.I.T.- R.E.M.

53. Vampire Weekend- Diane Young

52. MS MR- Hurricane

51. The Cash Box Kings- Black Toppin’

50. Savoy- You Make Me Feel Good

49. Adam Ant- Bullshit

48. Hockey- Wild Style

47. N’Vante Santos- Hipster Girl

46. Slutever- 1994

45. Barrence Whitfield & The Savages- Corner Man

44. Sir Sly- Gold

43. Motorhead- Heartbreaker

42. Sigur Rós- Kveikur

41. Dwight Yoakam- Long Way To Go

40. Arcade Fire- Reflektor

39. SOHN- Bloodflows

38. Soft Bullets- Posterity

37. Pretty Lights- Press Pause

36. Kanye West- New Slaves

35. The Thermals- Born To Kill

34. Motion City Soundtrack- True Romance

33. HEM- Tourniquet

32. Sturgill Simpson- You Can Have The Crown

31. Carousel- Into The Night

30. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert- Same Love

29. San Fermin- Daedelus (What We Have)

28. Daughter- Human

27. Amon Amrth- Deceiver Of The Gods

26. Atlas Genius- If So

25. The Indians- Magic Kids

With a light airy swirl Copenhagen’s Soren Lokke Juul brought one of the year’s most pastoral musical moments to life.

24. Frightened Rabbit- Candlelit

Frightened Rabbit continue the streak of releasing emotional and concise threadbare music.

23. Superchunk- Me & You & Jackie Mattoo

Superchunk are representing the veteran brigade of musicians still putting out great music with this catchy tune that was a standout on a superb album.

22. Portugal. The Man- Modern Jesus

One of the year’s catchiest sing alongs was also a stark and dark warning shot.

21. HAIM- Don’t Save Me

This California sibling trio put out on of the year’s best albums and  a real buzz worthy song “The Wire” but that bass line in this golden nugget seals the deal for me.

20. twenty one pilots- Car Radio

This Columbus, Ohio found a lot of radio success this past year with this infectious piano based tune and their wild live shows that often involved climbing anything that was available.

19. Lee Ranaldo & The Dust- Ambulancer

The Sonic Youth axe slinger steps out front with his band since the demise of the Youth last year. Still the familiar SY sounds and structures but that was, and still is a great sound and the band pulls it together nicely.

18. The Ocean Blue– Give It A Try

The Hershey, PA. band’s excellent album Ultramarine was an underrated classic with this standout track swirling brightly above the rest.

17. Alt-J – Tessellate

This English indie rock band found themselves gaining immense popularity after this tune was featured on Sons Of Anarchy and CSI: NY and a couple of their other songs were featured on other shows like Weeds, Homeland, and Suits.

16. Nine Inch Nails- Copy Of A

Trent Reznor came back strong this year. This tight and tense and moody song led off his intense and brilliant live show.

15. The National- Sea Of Love

The National continue the streak of awesomeness led by the charging alt rock and Matt Berninger’s golden throated voice and haunting lyrics.

14. White Like Fire- Dead People

This Pittsburgh band is a band you should know about of you don’t. Sounding like they just steeped out of a 1979 Joe Jackson album their power pop guitar anthems sound like gold hitting your eardrums.

13. Lorde- Royals

Lorde took over the planet with this epic sounding but very minimalist electronic sturm and throb about being so over hip hop braggadocio but still kinda into it as well the sound of the teenage eye roll was perfected by this New Zealand wunderkind. 2013 bows down to you my Lorde.

12. Ron Sexsmith- Sneak Out The Back Door

Sexsmith’s album was criminally overlooked this past year as it was another great release. This acoustic ballad to avoiding social interaction and awkward moments was a highlight.

11. London Grammar-Strong

This haunting and beautiful ballad off the  London based trio’s album if You Leave was a highlight from a really strong batch of song’s.

10. Free Energy – Electric Fever

The answer for where did the rock go in 2013? Free Energy had it all along. Turn it on, turn it up indeed!

9. Capital Cities- Safe And Sound

You couldn’t escape the catchiest trumpet solo in a song this year from this indie pop L.A. duo. It was a little disco, a little pop, totally awesome.

8. The Front Bottoms- Twin Size Mattress

Their album Talon Of The Hawk was constantly on my earbuds this past year. The off kilter easy rambling rock anthem was a total “Yes, now this is what it’s all about” moment.

7. The Postelles- Caught By Surprise

Finely crafted indie guitar pop with sharp twinkling guitars and supremely catchy lyrics. You will repeat again and again and again. In a perfect world this would be at the top of every list out there.

6. Savages- She Will

This British female band almost will you to love this song with their fury alone. I makes a true statement when you can do something that’s been done before but it make it sound so fresh and new again.

5. Midi Matilda- Love And The Movies

The San Fransisco duo put out a real pop gem with synths and chords straight plucked from the 80’s best New Wave songs. More people need to hear this band and like right now.

4. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- Wide Lovely Eyes

Cave’s voice itself is an extra instrument that adds years of weight and heft to this subdued and quiet and ultimately sad ballad.

3. Editors- Two Hearted Spider

This epic and moving ballad has been in the band’s arsenal for a few years now often breaking it out live but they finally put on record with The Weight Of Your Love this year. “Every Smile you fake breaks me, breaks me…” is the line of the year.

2. Jason Isbell- Elephant

This devastating song about regrets, grief, love, support for and of a cancer patient and the quiet and strong reserve to hold it together will grab you and shake you to your core and it does it with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, piano and Isbell’s spot on songwriting and emotional delivery. This is talent on a whole new level.

1. Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark- Dresden

You won’t be able to escape the long standing synth pop band’s infectiously simple melody and driving bass line or most importantly Andy McCluskey’s still strong vocals that have held up nicely over the years. This one made 2013 fun to be around. Surrender yourself to the power of O.M.D.!