My Top 20 Songs of September 2013

The summer was sensational for songs, and September didn’t let up. Brilliant tune after tune made its way to my ears. I went in detail with the written accompaniments of my favourite songs of the summer, so I’ve decided to switch things up a bit here and practice some brevity.

That said, here are my Top 20 Songs of September 2013, described in 10 words or less.

20. Porcelain Raft – The Way Out

Getting pretty damn good at using synths that “cry.”


19. Flyleaf – Something Better

The best not-by-Paramore Paramore song of the year.


18. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons

The seasons might change, but the hits keep coming.


17. In The Valley Below – Peaches

Peaches is delicious, succulent, juicy, fresh, from the first bite.


16. Foxes – Youth

Those lips. That look. The hooks. This song.


15. Autumn Hill – Fire

Brilliant New Country-Pop. That chorus, burning hearts and ears.


14. Katy Perry – Roar/Ylvis – The Fox/Natalia Kills – Saturday Night

Does The Fox Say Roar On Saturday Night?


13. Gavin DeGraw – Best I Ever Had

Toe-tapping, foot-thumping, piano pop of the highest order.


12. Goldfrapp – Jo/Drew

Ethereal. Deep breaths. Cold air. Warm summers. Jo and Drew.


11. Mikky Ekko – Kids (Monsieur Adi remix)/Zedd – Clarity

Kids: when remix trumps original. Clarity: a flat-out smash.


10. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

A reflection of a band with unparalleled creative might.


9. Editors – The Phone Book

My favourite song from their latest album. Wonderful.


8. The Killers – Shot At The Night

Simply, spectacularly: M83 + The Killers = a monster tune.


7. Haim – Strong Enough

A fantastic choice of a cover that makes magic. #TeamCrow.


6. Placebo -A Million Little Pieces

No more glowing in the dark for… my heart.


5. Avicii – Wake Me Up

Made when Gustaffson came out to it vs. Jones. Monstrous.


4. King of Leon – Supersoaker

Meh at first. I was so wrong. Absolutely massive.


3. Blue October – Sway/Bleed Out

Sway: Justin Furstenfeld doesn’t get the credit he so rightly deserves.


Bleed Out: He’s shown an incomparable ear for melody, mood, major songs.


2. Alt-j – Matilda (Johnson Somerset remix)

Absolute transcendence. Rarely ever said of remixes. Pure, powerful, bliss.


1. Neko Case – Local Girl

For me, quite simply the best voice on the planet.


And a bonus, brilliant, breathtaking live rendition.

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