Stereogum's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year’s best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating the tallest, softest, stockiest, or most luxuriously shady timber (but probably not “Timber”) in our neck of that woods. This practice can offer a glimpse of the big picture, but on balance it’s about the details — the casual inflection of a syllable, an unexpected burst of echo, the faint emergence of harmony flickering within a shrill downpour of noise — that make us fall in love with a musical moment. So although there’s some value in sussing out The Songs That Ruled 2013 (as if “Blurred Lines” isn’t still stuck in your head), it seems right to encapsulate the best tracks of 2013 by offering each Stereogum staffer’s personal favorites.

Not that it would be impossible to find some consensus in these playlists. Once we decided there could be no overlap, there were some ferocious battles over who got to keep which songs, and some of those battles came right down to, ahem, “The Wire.” Certain singles stood out so clearly that they would have repeated several times over if given the chance. Turns out the American Dream is also the Stereogum Dream: Everybody wants a “Bugatti” and a “Dream House.” If you believe Kanye West, the American Dream also involves “New Slaves,” and while that thought makes us squeamish, we certainly fought over that song too. As it stands, the presence of multiple selections by Daft Punk, Disclosure, Haim, and Kanye affirms what our album rankings already established: Those artists released a lot of amazing songs this year.

Even more common than our agreements, though, were our resounding disagreements. Like any list of favorite songs, there are many outliers here, moments that struck one us in a profound way and stuck with us for the rest of the year, little personal soundtracks that carried us through our triumphs and frustrations. Whether that meant getting ratchet with Ty$ and Juicy J or howling our lungs out with Arthur Ashin or feeling some type of way with Rich Homie Quan, it always meant something. Not all of these songs resonated universally, but on a micro scale at least, they accomplished the goal of forging a connection with the listener. Below, we’ve expounded on those connections; perhaps they’ll click with you too.

Scott Lapatine
2012 was one of my favorite years for pop radio since the days when Z100 played Matthew Sweet. Many of my favorite songs last year — “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” “Somebody That I Used To Know,” “Call Me Maybe,” “Die Young” — notched multiple weeks on Billboard’s Top 10. But over these past 11.5 months, I wasn’t as enthralled by the reigning mega hits. Sure, “Royals” was stuck in my head for the better part of autumn, but when it came to the sounds that got the most plays on my iTunes, the sources were a bit more unexpected: an “I Want Candy” homage from the year’s bubblegoth MVP, a maybe-too-wavy Bronson/Fraud EP outtake, a couple of crude hip-hop love songs, the big beat soundtrack to my kid’s new favorite music video, a transcendent yacht-prog b-side from a pair of Mexican Summer bros. Three of the tracks included here come from the best albums of the year; several weren’t on any albums. So it was a great year if you knew where to look/listen (Stereogum.com, duh). I didn’t even have room on this list for Sky Ferreira.

Tom Breihan
I wasn’t looking for through-lines when I put my top 10 together, but looking at it now, they exist. My list has unabashed car-radio singalongs: “Bugatti,” “Type Of Way,” “Get Lucky.” It has slinky new-wave anthems: “White Noise,” “Falling,” “After You.” It has an out-and-out country-radio weeper in “I Drive Your Truck.” In “New Slaves” and “Nosetalgia,” it has a couple of sparse bangerz that, when you stop and think about them, are pretty fucking depressing. And, right at the top, it has Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” which is all those things at once. This is the year where Miley became the lazy person’s walking embodiment of What Is Wrong With America’s Kids, and she’s the prime reason your mom asked you what twerking was in the single most uncomfortable conversation you had all year. (Just guessing here.) And if you wanted to look for reasons to dismiss her forever, the “Wrecking Ball” video will give you plenty of those. But one night, when I was driving home and scanning through stations, I had a chance encounter with the song that left me shattered. It’s an expert piece of assembly-line pop music with a magnificent ten-ton chorus, and you can engage with it on that level just fine; the synth-plinks alone are heavenly. But it also sounds like the howl of a person just barely holding herself together; it transcends the professional. And all it ever did was wreck me.

Michael Nelson

There’s something inherently dishonest about this list as I’ve assembled it — generally speaking, a whole bunch of my music-listening hours are consumed by metal records, but here, I chose to exclude metal entirely. Having just published our Top 50 Metal Albums Of 2013 list, it felt kinda redundant to once again give props to Deafheaven or Carcass or whatever. But if I were being completely honest, both Deafheaven and Carcass (and Inquisition, and Windhand, and In Solitude, and Darkthrone, and Kvelertak, and SubRosa…) would be somewhere on this list (and this list would be a lot longer). I also very reluctantly left off anything from Burial’s Rival Dealer EP, because honestly, I couldn’t choose between the three tracks, and for me, the EP functions better as a complete listening experience than a set of individual songs (though all three songs are hands-down great); if we were voting again today, I honestly believe the EP would have been somewhere in the upper reaches of our 50 Best Albums Of 2013 list. All that said, I fucking love the hell out of every song I did include here. I can’t believe none of my co-workers fought and/or bargained with me for “Black Skinhead.” The day Yeezus leaked, Claire and I sat in Stereogum’s offices listening to the album on repeat all day — it was such an exciting and fucked-up and addictive record — and every time we looped back around to “Black Skinhead,” my pulse shot up and my head started buzzing. To me, it was obviously the biggest and best song released in 2013, and all year, it’s been at the top of my playlists, on my speakers and headphones, still on repeat, still exciting, fucked-up, addictive.

Chris DeVille
Not sure if this makes me a laggard or a cheater or a lame, but three of my picks were technically unveiled in late 2012. In keeping with the old Pazz & Jop rule regarding a song’s primary year of impact, I left them in because their impact on my 2013 was deep. “Before We Run” sounds like the years gently turning, and it guided me through this one with grace. In contrast, “22″ remains an expertly crafted snapshot of a specific time in life. (Dare I lean on the year’s most tired metaphor and call it an Instagram selfie? I dare!) I love how “22″ is either aspirational or nostalgic depending on which side of the age divide you approach it from. Do you know what I love even more? Motherfucking “Latch.” Disclosure’s guest-laden Settle was a rare convergence of so many young talents hitting their stride at the same time, all of them feeding off each other’s burgeoning creative energy, and the most resplendent wallop of them all was that “Latch” chorus drop, Sam Smith’s fiery falsetto rattling the rafters as tectonic rippling synths threaten to rip apart the floor. It made me very happy many times over, and I don’t even go to the club. As for the rest of the list, “Peace And Quiet” offers the sobbing, snot-bubble photonegative of that “22″ snapshot, and the frankly gorgeous/gorgeously frank “Step” is the next logical progression from there. “Started From The Bottom” and “Versace,” ridiculous in different ways, triggered compulsive tourettic giddiness long after the songs ended. And “Doin’ It Right,” “Hood Pope,” and “Life Round Here (Remix)” each found some of modern music’s most wonderfully distinctive voices reaching heights heretofore unseen, changing the shapes of their respective genres — and my year — for the better. (Yes, that means I liked the Daft Punk song better than anything Panda Bear’s ever done. You wanna fight?)

Miles Bowe
There is little in common musically with my top songs of the year. Here gauzy black metal and Suicide-esque rock-a-billy cozy up next to futuristic R&B, a rare glimpse of Danny Brown’s vulnerability, and the most heartbreaking re-imagining of “Call Me Maybe” ever recorded. What connects them is simple though. These ten songs touched me more than any others this year, they were the ten most important songs to me, and every one transports me somewhere. Looking back, I still remember sitting on my fire escape as OPN’s “Chrome Country” hit that final cathartic organ note, completely speechless knowing without a doubt I just heard my favorite album of the year. It was the year my faith in Death Grips was renewed, courtesy of their best song to date. Sitting in Electric Lady Studios at the first listening party for Reflektor was the first time I truly unabashedly fell in love with Arcade Fire, but it was nothing compared to hearing “Afterlife” synched up with the devasting and beautiful closing moments of Black Orpheus. Krill’s “Infinite Power” became a sort of personal remedy throughout the year, something that kicked away every anxiety and self-conscious thought for a few perfect minutes. And finally I think of the many long bus rides back and forth from Boston soundtracked by Wakesleep’s “To Anyone.” For 12 minutes it repeats a simple loop, like a mantra, twisting and tweaking it, stretching and examining this one music moment from every angle, and repeating its abstract phrase until it grows into something profound and universal.

Here are all 50:

SCOTT
01. Jorge Elbrecht & Ariel Pink – “No Real Friend”
02. Pure Bathing Culture – “Pendulum”
03. Haim – “The Wire”
04. Charli XCX – “SuperLove”
05. Ty Dolla $ign – “Ratchet In My Benz” (Feat. Juicy J)
06. Kanye West – “Bound 2″
07. Empire Of The Sun – “I’ll Be Around”
09. Crash Of Rhinos – “Opener”
08. Action Bronson – “Heel Toe” (Prod. Harry Fraud)
10. Duck Sauce – “It’s You”

TOM
01. Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
02. Kanye West – “New Slaves”
03. Ace Hood – “Bugatti” (Feat. Future & Rick Ross)
04. Disclosure – “White Noise” (Feat. AlunaGeorge)
05. Pusha T – “Nosetalgia” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
06. Rich Homie Quan – “Type Of Way”
07. Haim – “Falling”
08. Pulp – “After You”
09. Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” (Feat. Pharrell Williams)
10. Lee Brice – “I Drive Your Truck”

MICHAEL
01. Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
02. Iceage – “Coalition”
03. Majical Cloudz – “Childhood’s End”
04. Pity Sex – “Wind-Up”
05. Tegan And Sara – “I Was A Fool”
06. AFI – “I Hope You Suffer”
07. Sky Ferreira – “You’re Not The One”
08. Foals – “Bad Habit”
09. Charli XCX – “Nuclear Seasons”
10. The Strokes – “Slow Animals”

CHRIS
01. Disclosure – “Latch” (Feat. Sam Smith)
02. Vampire Weekend – “Step”
03. Daft Punk – “Doin’ It Right” (Feat. Panda Bear)
04. Taylor Swift – “22″
05. A$AP Ferg – “Hood Pope”
06. Waxahatchee – “Peace And Quiet”
07. Yo La Tengo – “Before We Run”
08. Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
09. Migos – “Versace”
10. James Blake & Chance The Rapper – “Life Round Here”

MILES
01. Autre Ne Veut – “Play By Play”
02. Wakesleep – “To Anyone”
03. Krill – “Infinite Power”
04. Saint Pepsi – “Call Me Maybe”
05. Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
06. Deafheaven – “Dream House”
07. Death Grips – “Whatever I Want (Fuck Who’s Watching)”
08. Danny Brown – “Lonely”
09. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Chrome Country”
10. Dirty Beaches – “Casino Lisboa”

Wanna share your favorites in the comments? Go ahead!

Comments (210)
  1. Big ups to Michael with The Strokes – Slow Animals!
    Big downs to Tom with Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball!

  2. It’s really interesting to see your guys own personal tastes rather than just another top 50 list. Thanks for sharing!

    Also, thanks for putting this in list for so I don’t have to click through 50 pages of a slide show!

  3. Again, no Queens of the Stone Age love?

  4. I’ll hop into a car with M. Nelson anytime. That new AFI album is so good. You don’t know how many death scenes I’ve imagined of sworn enemies playing out in my head to “I Hope You Suff–” — I’ve said too much.

  5. Really surprised to see “Get Lucky” on only one list. Also really intrigued by your different tastes. Good job, you guys!

  6. 1. Deafheaven – “Dream House”
    2. Ace Hood ft. Future & Rick Ross – “Bugatti”
    3. Fat Tony ft. Kool AD & Despot – “Hood Party”
    4. Vampire Weekend – “Ya Hey”
    5. Chance the Rapper ft. Vic Mensa & Twista – “Cocoa Butter Kisses”
    6. Youth Lagoon – “Mute”
    7. Mikal Cronin – “Weight”
    8. Kurt Vile – “Wakin On A Pretty Day”
    9. Danny Brown – “Red 2 Go”
    10. Majical Cloudz – Bugs Don’t Buzz”

  7. Not at all surprised it isn’t listed here, but Dessa’s “Warsaw” is a ridiculously great banger from someone not known for them.

    Also something from Janelle Monae should be listed. I know the album wasn’t as strong as The ArchAndroid, but there were some fantastic singles on there.

    • Janelle has been hugely under-appreciated by the ‘Gum IMO. I liked Electric Lady every bit as much as Archandroid, ‘What an Experience’ is a real favourite.

      • I like her a lot but something falls a bit short for me – she comes across as a bit too controlled, a bit too sterile to my ears. And while her singing is technically great, her voice feels a bit thin to me. I really notice the difference when Erykah Badu guests on QUEEN – she’s a veteran now, but she’s always had such a rich voice, and really seems comfortable in her own skin.

        • I can see what you mean with the Erykah comparison, particularly as I’ve been listening to Erykah’s debut lately. That said I think she has a good voice, but it isn’t really her selling point. She is definitely meticulous so I can see what you mean by controlled as well. She still makes an awesome diverse album that I can’t stop dancing too though!

  8. Putting in a top ten of the year feels a little like trolling, but I will say I also had a strange, powerful reaction to “I Drive Your Truck” this year. Pleasant surprise to see it on here.

    • Haha yeah I agree. I heard this song when my mom was watching CMT and commented that it was kind of dumb to write a song about driving someone else’ truck, when I actually listened to what the song was about I ended up really liking it.

  9. These songs are cool, but good use of Cooper Black

  10. I’m starting to think “Fuckin Problems” is being considered as a 2012 song, even though that song grew into something larger than life in 2013. Seeing Kendrick Lamar perform his verse from that song TWICE seems to support its larger than life quality.

    I gotta side with Michael with “Black Skinhead” at #1. I know it felt too soon when we voted for Song of the Summer, but “Black Skinhead” WAS my song of the summer for the reasons listed. It got me so fucking pumped. Eventually my Yeezus listening habits involved “On Sight” & “Black Skinhead” then I’d pull the CD out and put in something else. But ever since he blew the lid off SNL with that “Black Skinhead” performance, I’d found something amazing. That Kanye scream is so cathartic. Also, BIG bonus points for Jack Donoghue’s (SALEM) involvement with the song, whatever it was.

    Then this: “… I couldn’t choose between the three tracks, and for me, the EP functions better as a complete listening experience than a set of individual songs…” is basically what I just got finished typing in the Burial thread when this one was posted. True story.

    Also, do remixes count? Because “Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)” is still blowing my mind. Or James Blake’s rework of Drake’s bonus track “Come Thru”? Or the extended mix of XCX’s “What I Like” with Danny Brown spitting a surprisingly PG-13 verse? Those would all be 2013 highlights for me.

    • “Fuckin’ Problems” was technically released in October of 2012. I had it on my 2013 list because the album itself didn’t arrive until January and for whatever reason I was under the wrong impression the single dropped in December, meaning no one else had it on their year-end list last year (I checked Pitchfork and know for sure they didn’t.)

      I kind of hate that about the last few months of the year when there’s often new singles for albums coming out the following year, but you’re unsure whether to qualify it for this year’s year end list or wait for the entire body of new material to arrive. My general rule of thumb is that if its pre-December, it’s fair game for the current year. If it’s post-December, it can qualify for the following year and when the album it’s on comes out. If I knew “Fuckin’ Problems” came out in October ’12 when I published my list, I would have gone with another A$AP song, because there were several heavies on that LP.

      • Yeah, it’s a weird ass technicality. That’s why I’m adding ScHoolboy Q on this list because it’ll probably be forgotten next year.

        Here’s what I got:

        01. “Fuckin Problems” — A$AP Rocky feat. 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar
        02. “Love Is Lost ((Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)” — David Bowie
        03. “Ya Hey” — Vampire Weekend
        04. “What I Like (Danny Brown Mix)” — Charli XCX
        05. “Black Skinhead” — Kanye West
        06. “Man of the Year” — ScHoolboy Q
        07. “Here Comes The Night Time” — Arcade Fire
        08. “Oh Sheit It’s X” — Thundercat
        09. “Hood Pope” — A$AP Ferg
        10. “Salt Carousel” — Evian Christ

    • I threw Shabazz Places’ remix of “New Town Burnout” into my list… and I forgot about James Murphy’s “Love Is Lost” remix. That would have to be squeezed in, pushing Kurtstopher Vile out of my 10.

    • These are fun.

      1- Yo La Tengo – “Ohm”
      2- Jon Hopkins – “Open Eye Signal”
      3- Cut Copy – “Free Your Mind”
      4- Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
      5- The Men – “Electric”
      6- My Bloody Valentine – “who sees you”
      7- Deerhunter – “The Missing”
      8- James Holden – “The Caterpillar’s Intervention”
      9- Mount Kimbie – “Made To Stray”
      10- Pusha T – “Nosetalgia”

      • I think I meant to reply at the bottom but was starting to reply here because of the Love is Lost remix comment. Me confused.

        I thought it was interesting how I actually liked the original Love is Lost a lot better after hearing James Murphy’s remix than I did before.

  11. kinda surprised that dev hynes/blood orange didn’t make more of a year-end splash here

  12. also, this kinda leaves me wondering what picks a female perspective would have garnered

  13. It’s interesting to see all the Disclosure choices on various lists this year. Shows how great that album is. My personal favorite is “Help Me Lose My Mind”

  14. I’m glad Tom gave Rich Homie Quan some love. Such an underrated mixtape that most didn’t even bother to review.

    My Top 10:
    1. Kanye West – Bound 2
    2. Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
    3. Disclosure – White Noise
    4. Palma Violets – Best of Friends
    5. Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right
    6. Pusha T – Numbers On The Boards
    7. Arcade Fire – Afterlife
    8. Rich Homie Quan – Type of Way
    9. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
    10. CFCF – Strange Form Of Life

  15. Slow Animals is great!

  16. More pop radio stuff than I would put in my list, but equally there is a lot of good stuff on here. We have really been spoilt this year.

  17. I seriously can’t get CHVRCHES out of my head. That has to count for something, right?

  18. Kurt Vile – Goldtone/Wakin on a Pretty Day
    Vampire Weekend – Step/Ya Hey
    Toro y Moi – So Many Details/High Living
    SZA – Ice Moon/Julia
    Washed Out – It All Feels Right
    Blue Hawaii – Sweet Tooth/In Two
    Daft Punk – Instant Crush/Get Lucky
    The Knife – A Tooth for an Eye
    Way Yes – Macondo/Colerain
    A$AP Rocky – Wild for the Night
    A$AP Ferg – Work (Remix)
    Ducktails – Honey Tiger Eyes/The Flower Lane
    Foxygen – On Blue Mountain/No Destruction

  19. in no particular order:

    beck – i won’t be long
    vampire weekend – diane young
    vampire weekend – hannah hunt
    vampire weekend – unbelievers
    queens of the stone age – if i had a tail
    queens of the stone age – my god is the sun
    the strokes – fast animals
    the strokes – tap out
    arcade fire – reflektor
    surfer blood – weird shapes

  20. The only A$AP Ferg song is “Hood Pope”? Really? “Shabba” is easily the best song for me, so god-damn catchy.

  21. I know it kind of got done to death, but no Reflektor? Seriously, Wrecking Ball over Reflektor?

  22. 1. Arcade Fire – Afterlife
    2. James Blake – Retrograde
    3. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
    4. Kanye West – New Slaves
    5. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
    6. Kurt Vile – Gold Tone
    7. The Strokes – Tap Out
    8. Pusha T – King Push
    9. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
    10. Foxygen – San Francisco

    Tough to narrow it down to ten though

  23. 1. Charli XCX – Superlove
    So damn good.

  24. Reall glad ya’ll decided not to not the typical route on this. I think lists like these, non-linear and personalized, become much more interesting and give way to more enjoyable discussion. Rather than getting tons of ‘this list is bs, blah blah blah is not even on it/needs to be higher/is too high/is not Yeezus/is Yeezus,’ people seem more comfortable to actually post their full thoughts, and we get to hear even more songs that we wouldn’t be exposed to otherwise. In spirit of that:

    1. Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
    2. Vampire Weekend – “Hannah Hunt”
    3. Autre Ne Veut – “Play by Play”
    4. Factory Floor – “Two Different Ways”
    5. Diarrhea Planet – “Kids”
    6. Rhye – “Open”
    7. Majical Cloudz – “Turns Turns Turns”
    8. King Krule – “Easy Easy”
    9. Disclosure – “When a Fire Starts to Burn”
    10. Parquet Courts – “Borrowed Time” / Fuck Buttons – “The Red Wing”

    I split the last one because some will probably say Light Up Gold came out last year so it can’t be considered. And because I had hard time keeping off the massive hip-hop strut that is “The Red Wing.” Can’t say much as far as actual diversity goes for my songs, even though they each stand-out to me a ton. Hopefully I can catch up on all the rap of 2013 in 2014. As for my number 1, I don’t think a song has made me simultaneously want to cry my eyes out and dance my ass off like “Afterlife” did. AF still has my heart by the balls.

  25. Interesting choices here! Great way of doing it. Not your usual list. Draft kind of idea was gold.

    I don’t usually compile a songs list to be honest. But here’s mine, regardless.

    1. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation (Part 2)
    2. My Bloody Valentine – who sees you
    3. Merchandise – Anxiety’s Door
    4. Darkside – Golden Arrow
    5. Daft Punk – Giorgio By Moroder
    6. Animal Collective – New Town Burnout (Shabazz Palaces Remix)
    7. Vampire Weekend – Step
    8. Deafheaven – Dream House
    9. James Blake – Retrograde
    10. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Day

    • And also, any of Burial’s 3 new tracks could easily slot in here. Just feels too new to do it yet.

    • hmmm, no Arcade Fire songs in this list either, and yet you feel the need to comment below that there is a conspiracy that goes to the top, shutting Arcade Fire out. Suspicious? Answer: yes.

  26. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
    Mark McGuire – In Search of the Miraculous
    Disclosure – Stimulation
    Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
    Daft Punk – Doin’ In Right
    Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
    The 1975 – Chocolate
    Deafheaven – Sunbather
    The Mantras – Before My Time
    Phosphorescent – Song for zula
    Phish – Tweezer (7/31/13)
    Shining – My Dying Drive
    Danny Brown – Dope Song
    HAIM – The Wire
    Kanye West – Black Skinhead

  27. Here are mine:

    1. Colin Stetson – To See More Light
    2. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Day
    3. Autre Ne Veut – Play by Play
    4. Arcade Fire – Afterlife
    5. Le1f – Damn Son
    6. Youth Lagoon – Dropla
    7. Chance the Rapper – Cocoa Butter Kisses
    8. Disclosure – White Noise
    9. Fuck Buttons – Brainfreeze
    10. Jenny Hval – Mephisto in the Water

    I think the song “To See More Light” is the pinnacle achievement of one of the greatest musicians of our generation. I’m surprised there aren’t more saxophone enthusiasts out there.

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    • “HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS!” – Jim James

    • Suspicious in what way? Do you think they’re lying?

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        • This one goes all the way to the top.

          • Well, Arcade Fire hates America, hates the Suburbs, hates “the kids”, hates rocknroll, hates being in rocknroll band; in short they hate everything to which they pander and sell their product to and derive their creative grist from. The only thing they don’t hate is Haiti–which ironically is homophonic with Hatee, i.e., the object of other’s hate. So the question to ask here: who is the hater, and who is the haiti? Well, for starters, let’s also ask about Scott Lapatine’s Committee of Twelve, and what Jann Wenner and Leon Panetta were doing at the Stereogum’s office last month.

          • “This one goes all the way to the top.” – honlads, 2013

          • “Let’s just hope the tape holds it together.”–honlads, 2012

            “Ass To Mouth is the COOLEST!”–honlads, 2011

        • I switched around number 10 at least seven different times, but I’m feeling pretty comfortable with where things are at right now, so I’ll just submit this before I can change my mind again:

          1. Jai Paul – “St8 Outta Mumbai”
          2. Rhye – “Open”
          3. James Blake “Retrograde”
          4. Afterlife – “Arcade Fire”
          5. Kurt Vile – “Wakin on a Pretty Day”
          6. Blood Orange – “Chamakay”
          7. Tegan and Sara – “I Was a Fool”
          8. Phosphorescent – “Song for Zula”
          9. Vampire Weekend – “Ya Hey”
          10. J Cole – “Power Trip”

          Notable omissions: Burial, CHVRCHES, Haim, Autre Ne Veut, The National, The War on Drugs, Mutual Benefit, The Knife… fuck, this was hard.

      • dog, did you not notice that there was Reflektor-styled stereogum graffitti thing in the corner of the banner for this article? Doesn’t it seem a little suspicious to you that only a single AF song makes into their list, and yet they use the iconography of Reflektor, the shoe-in for best grammy of the year?

  29. Very surprised there was no “Song for Zula” or ANY of the CHVRCHES on any of the editor’s lists. I really thought that those were the two “locks” for a lot of the year-end lists.
    1. Phosphorescent – Song for Zula
    2. Frightened Rabbit – Nitrous Gas/Dead Now (Couldn’t decide)
    3. Kanye – Blood on the Leaves
    4. Into It Over It – A Curse Worth Believing
    5. CHVRCHES – We Sink
    6. Radiator Hospital – Our Song/Your Boyfriend (Couldn’t decide)
    7. All Dogs – Buddy
    8. The Front Bottoms – Twin Size Mattress
    9. Rhye – Open
    10. Dads – Boat Rich

    • Surprised by that as well. I had a really tough time choosing which CHVRCHES song to put in my top 10, actually. There’s at least 3 on that record that I thought were deserving. Also good call on “Song for Zula”. I had to go with “The Quotidian Beasts,” but “Song for Zula” was right there with it.

    • Also surprised not to see “Song for Zula” up there but glad to see it getting some love down here in the comments :) And YAY to Rhye!

    • I’m glad to see some Frightened Rabbit on here. Dead Now is such a great song. I thought maybe I’d see The Woodpile on one of these lists.

  30. In no particular order:

    Jai Paul – Str8 Outta Mumbai
    Kanye vs. Tame Impala – Black Elephant
    Thee Oh Sees – Toe Cutter Thumb Buster
    Queens Of The Stone Age – I Sat By The Ocean
    Beck – I Won’t Be Long
    Jamie XX – Sleep Sound
    Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise
    Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear – Doin’ It Right (Theatre of Delays Remix)
    Thundercat – Heartbreaks & Setbacks
    James Blake – Retrograde

    Runner-ups:

    Pusha T – Numbers On The Board, Paul McCartney – Alligator, David Bowie – Sound & Vision (2013 Remix), Arcade Fire – Afterlife, MIA – Matangi Mix for Kenzo, Chromatics – Cherry, Rhye – Open, Autre Ne Veut – Counting

  31. I love Stereogum’s ironic appropriation of Arcade Fire’s unironic-cultural-tourist-appropriation-of-haitian grafitti-for-an-ironic-grafitti-marketing-campaign motif. It’s awesome and obviously a call to arms to the youth of today to go out and get a stencil of this stereogum motif and do some guerilla marketing for the site.

  32. Thrilled to see Slow Animals on this list.

  33. 10. Haim – “Falling”
    9. Lorde – “Royals”
    8. Local Natives – “Colombia”
    7. Phosphorescent – “The Quotidian Beasts”
    6. MS MR – “Bones”
    5. Autre Ne Veut – “Play by Play”
    4. Charli XCX – “Nuclear Seasons”
    3. Kurt Vile – “Wakin on a Pretty Day”
    2. CHVRCHES – “Gun”
    1. Junip – “Line of Fire”

  34. In no particular order

    “Copy of A” – NIN

    “Voices” – Alice in Chains

    “One Way Trigger” – The Strokes

    “Take Back the Night” – J.Timberlake

    “36″ Chain” – Killer Mike & EL-P

    “Heaven” – Jay-Z

    “It’s Just Forever” – Cage the Elephant & Alison Mosshart

    “Smooth Sailing” – Queens of the Stone Age

    “Master Collider” – Valient Thorr

    “Do I Wanna Know” – Arctic Monkeys

    ….s’what comes to mind off the top of my hat

  35. Hard to choose what my top ten favorite songs of the year would be so here are my top ten most listened to songs of 2013.
    Ducktails – Letter of Intent
    Vondelpark – California Analog Dream
    Diarrhea Planet – Lite Dream/Skeleton Head
    Grouplove – Way to Go
    Phantogram – Black Out Days
    PUP – Resevoir
    Volbeat – Lola Montez (I know right)
    Cut Copy – We are Explorers
    Holy Ghost! – It’s Okay/Must be the Weather
    Kvelertak – Braunne Bren

    Plus many more. Been listening to a lot of Box of Wolves as well.

  36. 1. Jon Hopkins – “Collider”
    2. Autre Ne Veut – “Play By Play”
    3. CHVRCHES – “Recover”
    4. ASTR – “Operate”
    5. Disclosure – “Help Me Lose My Mind”
    6. James Blake – “Voyeur”
    7. Daft Punk – “Lose Yourself To Dance.”
    8. Sam Smith – “Safe With Me”
    9. London Grammar – “Sights”
    10. The National – “This Is The Last Time”

  37. In no particular order:

    Tegan and Sara – How Come You Don’t Want Me
    David Bowie – The Next Day
    Elvis Costello and The Roots – Wise Up Ghost
    Regina Spektor – You’ve Got Time
    Arcade Fire – Normal Person
    Phoenix – Entertainment
    Paul McCartney – I Can Bet
    The Rides – Don’t Want Lies
    The Postal Service – Turn Around
    Carole King – I Believe In Loving You

  38. Corey Beasley  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2013 +2

    “Latch” is from 2012 I hate myself bye!!!

  39. #TeamLapatine

  40. 1. Daft Punk – Contact
    2. Tegan and Sara – Closer
    3. The Knife – Full of Fire
    4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
    5. Daft Punk – Instant Crush
    6. Phosphorescent – Song for Zula
    7. Janelle Monae – Dance Apocalyptic
    8. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
    9. David Bowie – The Next Day
    10. John Grant – Black Belt

  41. Limiting myself to one per artist b/c DIVERSITY!

    01. “Come Down to Us” – Burial
    02. “Sleepwalking” – Deerhunter
    03. “Only Tomorrow” – My Bloody Valentine
    04. “Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)” – Arcade Fire
    05. “You’re Not the One” – Sky Ferreira
    06. “Jubilee Street” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    07. “You and Me” – Disclosure ft. Eliza Doolittle
    08. “Childhood’s End” – Majical Cloudz
    09. “Wonderbread” – Danny Brown
    10. “Overflows” – Superchunk

    Also, I like AT LEAST 50% of all y’all’s lists, very nice job. And I really like the format you took here with 5 individual lists of 10 instead of a massive top 50 where competing interests would have to reign in terms of rankings, etc. + calling it “favorite” instead of “best.” Nice to have the window into your musical year(s).

    (Also, anyone hating on Miley just needs to open their heart to over-the-top pop emotions. Yeah, the video was terrible, and her persona as a whole is pretty questionable, but the two singles she released were gold. And the next single “Adore You” is very good too.)

  42. Here’s mine!

    (alphabetical):

    “True Trans Soul Rebel” by Against Me!
    “Clash The Truth” by Beach Fossils
    “Started From The Bottom” by Drake
    “You’re Not The One” by Sky Ferreira
    “Roar” by Katy Perry
    “Oh My Luck” by The Postelles
    “Coast” by Emily Reo
    “I Was A Fool” by Tegan and Sara
    “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend
    “You’re Damaged” by Waxahatchee

  43. Here’s my list, in descending order of importance to me (and limiting myself to 1 song/album or else Sweet Serenade and King Push would also be on there):

    01. Pusha T – “Numbers on the Boards”
    02. CHVRCHES – “Lies”
    03. Bad Rabbits – “Fall In Love”
    04. James Blake – “Retrograde”
    05. Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
    06. Best Coast – “I Don’t Know How”
    07. Vampire Weekend – “Young Lion”
    08. Sky Ferreira – “Heavy Metal Heart”
    09. J. Cole – “Power Trip”
    10. Childish Gambino – “3005″

  44. Unordered:

    Kanye West – Black Skinhead
    Jai Paul – Str8ght Outta Mumbai
    Vampire Weekend – Step
    My Bloody Valentine – Only Tomorrow
    Daft Punk – Get Lucky
    Lorde – Ribs
    Jon Hopkins – Immunity
    Flaming Lips – Try To Explain
    Darkside – Heart
    Haim – The Wire
    Johnny Marr – The Messenger

  45. i wonder why there’s no banks in it…
    here’s mine (with no alphabetical order)
    Sophie – ‘Eeehhh’
    Jhené Aiko feat Childish Gambino – ‘Bed Peace’
    London Grammar – ‘Strong’
    CHVRCHES – ‘Gun’ / ‘Lies’
    Haim – ‘The Wire’
    Chela – ‘Romanticise’
    Lorde – ‘Tennis Court’
    Charli XCX – ‘Superlove’
    Sky Ferreira – ‘You’re Not The One’
    Banks – ‘Warm Water’

  46. Caitlin Rose – “Only A Clown”

  47. I don’t know, but everyone who has “Play By Play” as 2013 #1 song, like Miles, is awesome. Bonus in awesomeness: That Saint Pepsi remix in the list.

    Other amazing songs not mentioned in this article:
    - Arcade Fire “Here Comes the Night Time”
    - Phosphorescent “Song for Zula”
    - Blood Orange “Time Will Tell”
    - Cass McCombs feat. Karen Black “Brighter!”
    - Colin Stetson “Among the Sef”
    - Fuck Buttons “The Sentients”
    - Forest Swords “Onward”
    - Mount Kimbie “Made to Stray”
    - The Field “Cupid’s Head”

    • PMA posting “Play By Play” as their #1 made me go back and listen to it because I kind of forgot about a lot of those early year releases. I’ve had it on repeat for the past few days, and it’s the reason I’m surviving finals week.

    • Thank you for telling me I’m awesome! You’re awesome too! Forest Swords, The Field, and Stetson were all favs of mine this year too.

  48. Good stuff, ‘Gum!

    Since we’re all tossing in our own lists …

    1. The Wire, Haim
    2. Mirrors, Justin Timberlake
    3. New Slaves, Kanye
    4. Pusha Man, Chance the Rapper
    5. Brennisteinn, Sigur Ros
    6. Reflektor, Arcade Fire
    7. Nosetalgia, Pusha T w/ Kendrick
    8. Love is Lost, Blood Orange
    9. Janelle Monae, What an Experience
    10. Chum, Earl Sweatshirt

    • Oops, “Time Will Tell” is the Blood Orange song I meant. TIME WILL TELL.

      It’s the bomb.

      1. The Wire, Haim
      2. Mirrors, Justin Timberlake
      3. New Slaves, Kanye
      4. Pusha Man, Chance the Rapper
      5. Brennisteinn, Sigur Ros
      6. Reflektor, Arcade Fire
      7. Nosetalgia, Pusha T w/ Kendrick
      8. Time will Tell, Blood Orange
      9. Janelle Monae, What an Experience
      10. Chum, Earl Sweatshirt

  49. TV on the Radio Mercy was the best song of 2013. Hands down ;)

  50. 1. Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
    2. Vampire Weekend – “Step”
    3. Kanye West – “New Slaves”
    4. The National – “Graceless”
    5. The World Is A Beautiful etc… – “Picture of a Tree that Doesn’t Look Okay”
    6. Tegan & Sara – “How Come You Don’t Want Me”
    7. Los Campesinos! – “For Flotsam”
    8. Autre Ne Veut – “Play By Play”
    9. Chance The Rapper – “Good Ass Intro”
    10. Waxahatchee – “Swan Dive”

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