YEAR IN REVIEW: My favorite songs of 2013

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

This year had a TON of really good rock songs, partly because there were a lot of solid albums (consequently, there are a lot of repeat artist). Luckily I liked a lot of singles too, so the list is a really nice mix of things. There aren’t that many pop or hip-hop stations in Minnesota so I wasn’t exposed to this as much as I have been in the past, but I was able to find 30 songs that I actually liked by artists that I THINK are on pop stations, or would be considered a dance song.  I’m sorry about all the Justin Timberlake songs, but that’s what happens when an artist releases 2 albums in the same year. In hip-hop, 2013 was really bad year for good hip-hop, and there was so much promise going in.  Big names in the genre like Kanye West, Tyler, The Creator, Jay-Z, Drake,  and Lil Wayne all released records that vastly disappointed, as did promising up and comers like Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and Big Sean.  And for the first time in a long time, we didn’t have a hip-hop smash hit that everyone recognized and got excited about when they heard it on the radio (I guess “Suit and Tie” might fit the bill, but it’s a real stretch calling that a Hip-hop song to begin with).

Alternative/Rock Songs

  1. Defriended – Beck
  2. I Appear Missing – Queens of the Stone Age
  3. Doin’ It Right – Daft Punk & Panda Bear
  4. Porno – Arcade Fire
  5. Milk & Black Spiders – Foals
  6. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend
  7. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
  8. Holding on for Life – Broken Bells
  9. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
  10. Hannah Hunt – Vampire Weekend
  11. Take Me To Church – Hozier
  12. If I Had A Tail – Queens of the Stone Age
  13. Fireside – Arctic Monkeys
  14. Oh Sheit It’s X – Thundercat + Flying Lotus
  15. Victims/Things – Actual Wolf
  16. Don’t Save Me – Haim
  17. Gallup, Nm – The Shouting Matches
  18. The Wire – Haim
  19. Black Out Days – PHANTOGRAM
  20. Is This How You Feel? – The Preatures
  21. Don’t Swallow The Cap – The National
  22. My God is the Sun – Queens of the Stone Age
  23. I Should Live In Salt – The National
  24. Hey Mami – Sylvan Esso
  25. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend
  26. Team – Lorde
  27. Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice) – Arcade Fire
  28. Night Sky – CHVRCHES
  29. S.O.S In Bel Air – Phoenix
  30. Entertainment – Phoenix
  31. Chain My Name – POLIÇA
  32. Ordinary Love – U2
  33. Instant Crush – Daft Punk & Julian Casablancas
  34. Let Me Go – Haim
  35. Birth In Reverse – St. Vincent
  36. Ghost – Jeremy Messersmith
  37. Come To My Party – Black Joe Lewis
  38. Humiliation – The National
  39. Before Your Very Eyes – Atoms For Peace
  40. TIFF – POLIÇA & Justin Vernon

Hip-Hop/R&B Songs

  1. Black Skinhead – Kanye West
  2. Blood On The Leaves – Kanye West
  3. Banana Clipper – EL-P & Killer Mike, Big Boi
  4. Ghetto Symphony – A$AP Rocky, Gunplay & A$AP Ferg
  5. Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z
  6. New Slaves – Kanye West & Frank Ocean
  7. Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels
  8. 3005 – Childish Gambino
  9. Holy Grail – Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake
  10. Pusha Man – Chance The Rapper, Lili K., Nate Fox
  11. PMW (All I Really Need) – A$AP Rocky & ScHoolboy Q
  12. Hold My Liquor – Kanye West, Chief Keef & Justin Vernon
  13. Herb Shuttles – The Underachievers
  14. Collard Greens – Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar
  15. Light Blue – Lupe Fiasco
  16. Numbers On The Boards – Pusha T
  17. I. Crawl – Childish Gambino
  18. Job Well Done – EL-P & Killer Mike
  19. Bound 2 – Kanye West
  20. Wu-Tang Forever – Drake
  21. U.O.E.N.O. – Rocko, Rick Ross & Future
  22. Domo23 – Tyler, The Creator
  23. F.U.T.W. – Jay-Z
  24. Take a Fall For Me – James Blake & RZA
  25. Tapout – Rich Gang
  26. It Ain’t The Prettiest – Atmosphere
  27. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake & Majid Jordan
  28. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore
  29. Power Trip – J. Cole
  30. Poor Decisions – Wale featuring Rick Ross and Lupe Fiasco

Pop Songs

  1. Giorgio by Moroder – Daft Punk
  2. Take Me To Church – Hozier
  3. Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell
  4. Blue Ocean Floor – Justin Timberlake
  5. Tunnel Vision – Justin Timberlake
  6. White Noise – disclosure, AlunaGeorge
  7. Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z
  8. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  9. Team – Lorde
  10. Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
  11. Applause – Lady Gaga
  12. Dangerous – Big Data, Joywave
  13. When A Fire Starts To Burn – Disclosure
  14. Take Back The Night – Justin Timberlake
  15. Closer – Tegan and Sara
  16. Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae
  17. You (Ha Ha Ha)– Charli XCX
  18. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
  19. Love Me Again – John Newman
  20. Blurred Lines – Robin Thick, Pharrell & T.I.
  21. Fragments Of Time – Daft Punk
  22. Royals – Lorde
  23. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo, 2 Chains
  24. The A Team – Ed Sheeran
  25. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  26. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
  27. The Other Side – Jason Derulo
  28. Alive – Empire of the Sun
  29. Fine China – Chris Brown
  30. Next To Me – Emeli Sande’
  31. That Girl – Justin Timberlake
  32. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

One comment

  1. For me, I think Take Back The Night was the best, but that might be because I listen to it and get a really strong MJ vibe

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