Nothin’ but the best. A solid list in year virtually brimming with great tunes!
FAVORITE SONGS OF THE YEAR (PART TWO: #25 - 1) // 2013
The last list consisted of the back half of my favorite fifty. Here we have the front half. As I stated in the last list, it is very difficult to rank or place any of these songs as they all found me at the right time this year. The top five tracks are as good as any song in any year. Hell, the same can be said for many of these songs. The top five here just happened to have found me at a particularly noteworthy part of the year. It could have been anything, I suppose, but luckily it was these songs. I tried to put the rest in some sort of order based on plays and time spent obsessing over them, but tomorrow the order could be drastically different - so, please just think of it all as a big collection of excellence.
There was a lot to love this year. In fact, it was one of the strongest years for great songs in years. At least, in my opinion. So, the fact that any of these tracks are listed above dozens and dozens of others that didn’t make the cut, is something special. Hopefully, you’ll find something new and interesting and worthy of your time while reading the list. I will provide some commentary on the top five, but please take my word on the rest. You won’t be disappointed. Click on the track title for a soundcloud or bandcamp link. At the bottom is a Spotify playlist of every song that is available on Spotify. Enjoy.
/// THE FAVORITE TWENTY-FIVE ///
- 25) "Young and Dumb" by The Band in Heaven
- 24) "Push the Sky Away" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- 23) "Atlantis" by Postiljonen
- 22) "Black Out Days" by Phantogram
- 21) "Hiders" by Burial
- 20) "Takes Me Back (Until the End of Time)" by Active Child
- 19) "Clash the Truth" by Beach Fossils
- 18) "Swallow My Pride" by D. Vassalotti
- 17) "Childhood’s End" by Majical Cloudz
- 16) "Dissipate" by Prince Innocence
- 15) "Blue Ocean Floor" by Justin Timberlake
- 14) "Endangered" by Jigsaw Puzzle Glue
- 13) "Always Pretty" by Princess Reason
- 12) "Limits of Desire" by Small Black
- 11) "New You" by My Bloody Valentine
- 10) "Red Eyes" by The War on Drugs
- 9) "You Caught the Light" by CHVRCHES
- 8) “True Believer” by Widowspeak
- 7) "Freckles" by You Me & Us
- 6) "Fog Song" by Plastic Flowers
- 5) "Hard to Find" by The National // The big album closer for “Trouble Will Find Me” is one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking songs that the band has ever done, and it’s as intimate as the band gets. A truly stunning moment in an album full of brilliance
- 4) "Barren (Hounds)" by Camp Counselors // A haunting, atmospheric creation that manages to sound like the ambient place just before dawn as the world is coming back to life and all of the shadows are receding back into the darkness. The sound of an awakening. Gorgeous stuff.
- 3) "Oostende" by Keep Shelly in Athens // One of those big, heart-on-sleeve synth pop masterpieces that feels like the kind of songs that Depeche Mode used to create for crowds of tens of thousands of fans - but oddly, the pained sentiment of longing displayed feels as intimate and personal as two distant hearts calling for one another.
- 2) "Afterlife" by Arcade Fire // For all of the hype and numerous random tv appearances, this is is the reason that Arcade Fire are perhaps the biggest band in the world today. A transcendent, life affirming, powerhouse that pulls the heart strings and moves your body. One of the best songs that the band has ever done. Could just as easily be number one.
- 1) "Ya Hey (Vampire Weekend cover)" by Phosphorescent // A song that has personal reasons for being here, but in addition to that connection, it’s also a magnificent work by an underrated artist. Vampire Weekend wrote a wonderful song, but Matthew Houck sings it as if he’s been doing so for decades. As I said in my original post, it’s “a heartbreaking wonder that manages somehow to match (if not one-up) the original by delivering it weary and resigned instead of bright and headstrong.” After sitting on it for a couple of months - it does one up the original, as well as every other song this year. I hate to end it on a heartbreaker, but i was continuously moved by this brilliant, beautiful, perfect lullaby.
There it is. My favorite songs of the year. If you’re still curious as to why I chose certain songs, feel free to ask and I’ll post a response. I didn’t want the post to run super long, but I have my reasons for each choice. I hope that you’ve enjoyed listening, and reading. I’ve enjoyed making it for you all. Please enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday season!