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.