Top 100 Songs of 2013 (100-81)

Top 100 2013

I think 2013 was a brilliant year for new music; it was just as good as 2012 (which I thought at the time was the best year for songs in many moons) or better. There’s no way I could make a strict Top 100 Songs of the Year list and feel good about myself, though I don’t want to go as overboard as I did last year, where many numbers on that list had a part A) and a B). I’m going to hold off on playing that card, as want to fall in line with my prediction that in 2014, we’ll see “restraint” adopted more and more as a thoughtful, progressive lifestyle choice — bahahaha, sorry I can’t continue that sentence any longer. The complete opposite will prove true. Shit be cray; restraint seems like a relic of a long lost world, like the crystals of the Mayan civilization, Tesla’s time machine, and when you could count on your breakfast cereal containing all the GMO’s your (growing) body could handle http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/original-cheerios-to-go-gmo-free-1.2482761.

There will be no A)’s and B)’s on this list, but I’ve still got to find a way to massage the proceedings to ensure maximum comfort, so I’ve chosen to include two or more songs by a particular band/artist in some spots. I’ve found that on many occasions, it’s difficult to discern which song of a given band/artist is the “best,” so I’m going to forego that agony altogether. For instance, I really like Lorde’s “Tennis Court” and “400 Lux”. I wouldn’t say one song is better than the other, nor can I decide which one I like more, so I’ve listed them together. This happens several times over the course of this list. (I’ve also decided to include an audio link to each song when this happens — why should one track get daps over another!?)

Lastly, some might think that songs placed at the low end of this or any list aren’t worth sharing/remembering/exploring. This could not be further from the truth. So much good music was released in 2013, that to be listed anywhere in the top 100 should be a huge source of pride for these songs (if songs knew about this list, and if songs could feel pride. I love anthropomorphism!). Music continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. All it takes is a little time and effort to seek out the best of the best.

Here are my Top 100 Songs of 2013:

100. Mereki – Blue Lake

 

99. Astral Pattern – When We’re Falling

 

98. Churchill – Change

 

97. Lorde – Tennis Court/400 Lux

Tennis Court:

400 Lux:

 

96. The Thermals – Faces Stay With Me

 

95. Stereophonics – In A Moment/Indian Summer/Graffiti On The Train

In A Moment:

Indian Summer:

Graffiti On The Train:

 

94. St. Lucia – Too Close

 

93. The Naked and Famous – Rolling Waves

 

92. Janelle Monae f. Miguel – Primetime

 

91. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons

 

90. Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha)/Grins/Superlove

You (Ha Ha Ha):

Grins:

Superlove:

 

89. Lover Lover – Young Free

 

88. One Republic – If I Lose Myself/I Lived

If I Lose Myself:

I Lived:

 

87. The Virgins – Wheel Of Fortune/Flashbacks, Memories, and Dreams

Wheel Of Fortune:

Flashbacks, Memories, and Dreams:

 

86. We Are Wolves – Sun

 

85. The Knife – Raging Lung

 

84. Junip – Line of Fire

 

83. The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather

 

82. Jay-Z – Nickels and Dimes

 

81. Youth Lagoon – Mute

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.