It’s nearly impossible for me to do a strict Top 100 Songs of the Year list. Each year, a plethora of new bands/artists release debut records. That’s a lot of songs. On top of that, there are the bands/artists that have already released material, and continue to build their catalogues. That’s also a lot of songs. Songs over songs in between songs topped with songs stuffed into songs. And I can’t help but seek them out — I love music that much. It makes list releasing/curating a hell of a task though, and it will only get harder each passing year. I don’t know what I’ll do in 2020. Perhaps a Top 500 Songs of The Year list will be the way to go.
As for 2013, there are waaaaaaay more than 100 songs that deserve to have a spotlight shone on them, so this year, I’ve made an alphabetical list of the songs that didn’t make my Top 100. Make no mistake, the songs on this Honourable Mention list are really, really good. Some people might even enjoy these tracks more than what will comprise my Top 100 list. To each their own.
This list is for my favourite tracks of the year to have a space to relax and get comfortable, and for insatiable music consumers. This list might not appeal to a lot of people (that’s okay). If one person discovers a song they hadn’t heard before, listing this many songs will have been worth it.
Here, again, are my favourite songs of 2013, Honourable Mention style, in alphabetical order, beginning with A-C.
2 Chainz f. Pharrell – Feds Watching
2AM Club – Too F***ed Up To Call
Ace Hood f. Future & Rick Ross – Bugatti
Active Child f. Mikyk Ekko – Subtle
Albert Hammond Jr. – St. Justice
ASTR – Operate
Atlas Genius – If So
Autumn Hill – Fire
Avec Sans – The Answer
Ballet School – Heartbeat Overdrive
Bell X1 – Careful What You Wish For
Blood Orange – Chamakay
Bosnian Rainbows – Worthless/Mother, Father, Set Us Free
Cage The Elephant – Come A Little Closer/Spiderhead/Telescope
Camera Obscura – Cri Du Coeur
Capitol Cities – Safe and Sound
Cayucas – High School Lover
City and Colour – Thirst/Harder Than Stone/The Way It Used To Be/The Lonely Life
Club 8 – Straight As An Arrow
Clubfeet – Everything You Wanted
Coasts – Wallow
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener