Gummy Awards 2013 Song

Oh, what a Gummy Awards it’s been! As Stereogum and Videogum’s readers poll has rolled on, we’ve seen your picks for 2013′s best albums, new bands, music videos, TV shows, movies, and viral videos. Now it’s time to conclude the festivities with a rundown of the 10 best songs of 2013 as voted by you. It’s a narrow list in that three artists are represented by multiple songs. It’s a broad list in that it ranges from waking on a pretty day to staying up all night to get lucky. Survey the survey results below.

10. Kurt Vile – “Wakin On a Pretty Day”

09. Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”

08. Deafheaven – “Dream House”

07. Kanye West – “New Slaves”

06. Vampire Weekend – “Hannah Hunt”

05. Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula”

04. Vampire Weekend – “Step”

03. Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”

02. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

01. Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”

And again in text form:

10. Kurt Vile – “Wakin On a Pretty Day”
09. Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
08. Deafheaven – “Dream House”
07. Kanye West – “New Slaves”
06. Vampire Weekend – “Hannah Hunt”
05. Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula”
04. Vampire Weekend – “Step”
03. Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
02. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
01. Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”

Thanks again to all who chimed in to make this year’s Gummy Awards awesome. See all the winners here.

Comments (106)
  1. “Get Lucky”, yes obviously.

  2. Yeah, anybody arguing against “Get Lucky” has just heard it too many times, or possibly not enough times…

    Here’ my list if anybody’s interested.

  3. Love to see “Song for Zula” on here. Probably my favorite song of the year.

  4. There is a stunning lack of Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus… I am most pleased. I guess there is hope for music lovers after all.

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      • Guys, please stop thinking “Wrecking Ball” is a good song, “Wrecking Ball” is a bad song.

        • I think I saw “wrecking ball” on a bunch of staff lists on Pitchfork which surprised me. I’m with you Broydrick, I think that song blows too.

          “Royals” was hands down the best track that got major radio play this year imo.

          • The arrangement on “Wrecking Ball” just sucks and is so disinteresting. I hate that it goes from subtle to blown away between the verse and chorus. It’s not interesting at all. It’s a lowest common denominator form of pop at best. Poptimism among professional critics bears just as many spoiled fruits as it does tasty ones, and this was 2013′s most bitter bites of that rotten apple.

          • Before I even read the list I decided to delete stereogum from my bookmarks if Miley made top three

          • @michael_

            but…but it comes in like a … wrecking ball

        • Come on, it’s obviously a great song. On of the most impressive and memorable choruses of the year. Stop hatin

          • michael_ is pretty much right, it has parts that could be killer for that type of song but it is so color by numbers with the forced transition into the bombast- it doesn’t make sense. Maybe it would have worked better without the weird video. I mean the “wre-eh-eh-ck me” or whatever should have been enough to dominate. It was a weird song with boring arrangement.

        • I thought the same, but London Grammar’s cover was pretty spectacular. Hate Cyrus’s version though.

  5. I voted for Marnie Stern’s Year of the Glad.
    Because there is not enough love for Marnie in all these lists, it’s a shame (and don’t get me started again on Austra).

  6. Am I the only one who had no idea that everyone loved “Hanna Hunt”? Love that album but “Hanna” was pretty much a throw away track for me. Was it released as a single?

    • Me too! I don’t even remember which song it is and couldn’t recall its tune if it depended on my life. When I saw that it landed at #3 on Pitchfork, I was like taken aback. For me, “Everlasting Arms” was tops.

    • Nope, not alone. Whole internet was freaking out over Hanna Hunt – I gave it a few listens, did all of about jack shit for me.

      Now, Step on the other hand; that one was pretty great.

    • I really like “Hannah Hunt”, but “Everlasting Arms” was definitely my favorite off that album.

    • I love “Hannah Hunt,” but it took a while to grow on me. I think it requires a lot of patience, and is best appreciated while paying close attention to the lyrics, which are great.

      My personal favorite from the album was “Don’t Lie,” but the two songs on this list are excellent as well–and I’m pleased people didn’t just choose “Diane Young” by default, because that’s probably my least favorite song VW has ever released.

    • I’m in the “hannah hunt” club.

      while so many of the songs on that album reference these really big subjects and concepts (and do it very gracefully, don’t get me wrong), hannah hunt is a story. and like the best literature its lyrics provoke all of the feelings and anxieties the rest of the album lays bare directly. i like the idea that all of those big ideas are encapsulated by a straightforward story about two lovers on a road trip.

    • Love the album, but yea agreed. Maybe not a throw away, but far from my favorite. Finger Back did a lot more for me than Hannah Hunt.

    • It’s all about the explosion in the end of the song. It’s so cathartic.

    • It’s my favorite track on that album, but I definitely thought I was an anomaly. Was totally surprised to see it on here.

    • Hannah Hunt is brilliant; to me it is the only VW song which builds in such a climatic way.

      To be honest, every single song on MVotC is fucking stellar.

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  8. I’ve got a lot to get off my chest guys

    “Here Comes the Night Time” was my favorite track from “Reflektor” and possibly my favorite from the entire year. Where was that one on the Pitchfork list?

    Also, “Michael” by The-Dream was the shit.

    Finally, I came up with a top ten AOTY list to give to a friend the other day. I’ll share it if anyone still gives a shit at this point. I’ll check back to see the plus/minus on this comment in a little bit and base it on that.

    • I agree. “Here Comes the Night Time” and “Supersymmetry” are the best on that album, after listening to it more and more those are the ones that stuck.

    • share it like it haaawwwwwwt

    • Let’s see the top 10 (even if it is AOTY on a song page)! Here’s mine for encouragement.

      10. Absolutely Free: UFO/On The Beach (not an album so to speak, but its good enough to bend rules for)
      9. Bill Callahan – Dream River
      8. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
      7. Kurt Vile – Waking on a Pretty Daze
      6. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
      5. Darkside – Psychic
      4. Disclosure – Settle
      3. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
      2. Kanye West – Yeezus
      1. Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia

      • My AOTY Top 15:

        15. Shugo Tokumaru – In Focus
        14. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God (severly lacking love)
        13. Darkside – Psychic
        12. Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
        11. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
        10. Kanye West – Yeezus
        9. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
        8. Haim – Days Are Gone
        7, Deafheaven – Sunbather
        6. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
        5. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
        4. James Blake – Overgrown
        3. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
        2. John Wizards – John Wizards
        1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

        • K finally gunna listen to John Wizards.

          • I would have to really rack my brain to come up with a fav tracks list that I was happy with. I just forget too much and am terrible with song names. Here are those albums. 2013 was a stacked year for music I thought, 1-5 all got consideration for # 1 and #10 could have been about a 20 way tie.

            1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
            2. Kanye West – Yeezus
            3. Disclosure – Settle
            4. Daft Punk – RAM
            5. Drake – Nothing was the Same
            6. Rhye – Woman
            7. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires
            8. Courtney Barnett – The Double EP
            9. Run The Jewels – Run the Jewels
            10. Kurt Vile – Walking on a Pretty Daze

    • Here Comes the Night Time is indeed fantastic. That piano riff just won’t leave me alone, in a good way.

  9. I didn’t vote, so I’m gonna do it here:

    1. Latch
    2. Whatever I want (Fuck who’s watching)
    3. Lonely
    4-10 don’t care

  10. Personally, I’ve been stuck listening to James Blake’s Retrograde for the past week.

    • I’ve been stuck listening to James Blake’s Retrograde for the past 9 months. Shit BANGS. I just can’t get over how great of a track that is.

      • I thought I’d get sick of it eventually but that just hasn’t happened. I’ve got it on a playlist next to Sam Cooke’s “Trouble Blues” which JB says was the inspiration – also a swoon-worthy track.

  11. Come on folks, let’s try to think outside the box a little bit.

  12. this list is the definition of hive mind

  13. my personal list, as if anyone cared:

    1: Let it Go by DJ Rashad
    2:Childhood’s End by Majical Cloudz
    3: Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu) by Janelle Monáe
    4: Industrial Disease by Concrete Fence (Regis & Russell Haswell)
    5: The Waves Have Come by Chelsea Wolfe
    6: Wanna Party ft. Tink by Future Brown
    7: You’re Not Good Enough by Blood Orange
    8: Life Round Here (Remix) by James Blake Feat. Chance the Rapper
    9: Stacie by Moin
    10: Lightsaber // Saviour [Prod. Yung Sherman] by Yung Lean

  14. I genuinely feel that “Get Lucky” is generic funk rock. It’s a marketable single but as a song of the year? Please. Just feels like such a hollow song to me.

    • There should be a one song per artist rule for next year. I feel like this list is 5 songs long.

      • Whoops, that was supposed to be a standalone comment. But as long as I’m here, I’m 100% with you on Get Lucky – mildly interesting for the first 48 hours, now I just want it to stop every time it comes on. Hearing that song 10 times per day on the radio at work for a whole year didn’t help.

    • It’s the greatest hit song since “Hey Ya” – it’s not clever or anything, but you should recieve a kick to the balls if you can’t appreciate it.

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  16. Wish Sky Ferreira had made the list. “You’re Not The One” and “I Blame Myself” are awesome, had them on repeat for quite a while. Oh and “Recover” by CHVRCHES is an amazingly huge, hook-filled anthem.

    • I wholeheartedly second this. My own vote went to “I Blame Myself,” though I would have been happy if “You’re Not The One” or “24 Hours” had made it instead.

      On a general note, my main gripe about this list is how extremely short it is. Why is this list only ten songs long, while the Gummy albums list had 50 albums? There’s not nearly enough representation of different artists here, and it doesn’t help that three of the artists each have two entries.

    • By the way, I bought that Night Time, My Time B-sides CD recently, and “I Can’t Say No to Myself” is a definite standout on that. I’m not sure why it wasn’t on the actual album–it would have fit right in, and I might have even preferred it as an opener instead of “Boys.” The other two b-sides aren’t anything special, but if you haven’t heard “I Can’t Say No to Myself” yet, you should definitely check it out.

  17. Afterlife > Reflektor

  18. Anybody else think it was weird that “Now is Not the Time” was left off the Chvrches album? I really think that’s the best thing they’ve done.

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  20. I don’t think we did as good on this list as we did for best albums.

  21. Thank god Hannah Hunt got some recognition. It’s the best song on that album. At the 2:40 mark when everybody comes in, it’s complete bliss.

  22. Kanye – Black Skinhead
    Chance – Juice
    Vampire Weekend – Step
    Young Thug – Picacho

  23. Two Arcade Fire songs on the top 3? Really? I love Arcade Fire as well, but that is kinda ridiculous, to be honest.

  24. Not 10 songs by Kanye? What the hell? Don’t let Pitchfork, NPR, or Rolling Stone beat you in the horsesh*t sweepstakes.

  25. So…Play By Play was #11, right?

  26. fascinating variety

  27. geez, how much does Kanye pay you guys to pick his songs/albums.

    • Personally, Kanye paid me $15 but I cant speak accurately on how much the other voters received though I imagine it was around the same.

  28. Where is Varsity by Smith Westerns?

  29. The Strokes “comedown machine” is a great non-hype album

  30. 10. California – Mazzy Star
    9. If You Can See Me – David Bowie
    8. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
    7. Happy – Pharrell Williams
    6. Obliquecity – Phoenix
    5. Porno – Arcade Fire
    4. in another way – mbv
    3. A Good Sadness – MGMT
    2. Devil We Know – Lily & Madeleine
    1. Great Escape – Washed Out

  31. Here’s my personal top 40 list if anyone’s interested… Happy Holidays fellow gummers!

  32. Can I make a point? Good.

    I think that if SG asked for our top 3 songs, instead of just one, we’d get a much better and more diverse list. We’d all pick our favorites from the Vampire Weekends, Arcade Fires and Kanyes of the world, and then pick the less obvious tracks that blew our hair back.

    Just a thought.

  33. I see everyone is discussing “Hannah Hunt” and whether or not they realized it was a favorite/if it was exceptional, but the love for “Step” has puzzled me from day one. I’ve read Pitchfork wax philosophical about it and all, but I still don’t really get what’s so special about it.

  34. So many good songs aren’t even on this list. Here’s one of my favorite of 2013.

  35. Porno is better than Afterlife and Reflektor combined.

  36. Indie Media Machine guy 1: God, all the great bands are pretty old now. We need a new U2 or Radiohead otherwise nobody we’ll lose ad revenue.

    IMM Guy 2: Yeah, and it’s fun to construct a narrative too. We’ll tell people who to like, maintain our ad revenue, and shape the culture!

    IMM Guy 1: And the best thing is that the band doesn’t even have to be good! Let’s pick one at random.

    (they rip up an issue of Spin, throw the pieces in a hat, and each pull out a piece)

    IMM Guy 2: Who’d you get?

    IMM Guy 1: Uhhh…Arcade Fire.

    IMM Guy 2: Me too! Awesome!

    IMM Guy 1: I guess so…. they’re pretty shitty. All they do is rip off the simplest parts of other, better songs, and then just mirror the chord progression with other instruments in an attempt to be epic…

    IMM Guy 2: And both singers are fucking terrible! They can’t carry a melody or stay in tune! People are going to eat this shit up!

    IMM Guy 1: Yeah, but we’re going to have to listen to it.

    IMM Guy 2: Speak for yourself, son (puts on headphones and listens to Beethoven).

    IMM Guy 1: (waves hands in front of 2′s face to get his attention). We need a black guy too.

    IMM Guy 2: Shit, you’re right. Name one.

    IMM Guy 1: Kanye West.

    IMM Guy 2: Fine, him. (puts headphones back on).

  37. Here are some songs I liked this year, in no real order. I’m surprised London Grammar didn’t make the Gummy list though:
    London Grammar – Hey Now
    Junip – Line of Fire
    Polyphonic Spree – You Don’t know me.
    Nanu Nanu – The Gift
    Low – Plastic Cup

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