Top Tracks

Days Are Gone

Overview | #39: HAIM – “If I Could Change Your Mind” (2013) Top Track | #39: HAIM – “If I Could Change Your Mind” (2013)

Pretty much every song on Days Are Gone is close to greatest hits-worthy if it isn’t a highlight outright, but I rate “If I Could Change Your Mind” as among the cream of the album’s crop. They do a ni...

Yeezus

Overview | #40: Kanye West – “Guilt Trip” (2013) Top Track | #40: Kanye West – “Guilt Trip” (2013)

The content of Yeezus easily features some of the most adventurous production to ever emerge in the music called rap, which yielded some really interesting sounds, but I found the album short on great...

Like a Rose

Overview | #41: Ashley Monroe – “You Got Me” (2013) Top Track | #41: Ashley Monroe – “You Got Me” (2013)

Ashley Monroe is having an MVP year, releasing not one but two great country albums in the first half of 2013, her solo debut Like a Rose and Annie Up with the Pistol Annies, of which she is a member ...

In a Tidal Wave of Mystery

Overview | #42: Capital Cities feat. Soseh – “Chasing You” (2013) Top Track | #42: Capital Cities feat. Soseh – “Chasing You” (2013)

Capital Cities’ debut LP In a Tidal Wave of Mystery is loaded with great tracks that are a blast to listen to, and although their sound is somewhat derivative, the execution is on point and they more ...

Overview | #43: Atoms for Peace – “Judge Jury and Executioner” (2013) Top Track | #43: Atoms for Peace – “Judge Jury and Executioner” (2013)

I rather enjoyed Amok, the debut LP from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s side project Atoms for Peace, and “Judge Jury and Executioner” is one of the best songs on it. It’s fabulously hummable, to the...

Overview | #44: Daft Punk – “Give Life Back to Music” (2013) Top Track | #44: Daft Punk – “Give Life Back to Music” (2013)

I can still remember pulling up Random Access Memories for the first time on iTunes when it first became available for free streaming a week ahead of its release and being immediately grabbed by the o...

Annie Up

Overview | #45: Pistol Annies – “I Feel a Sin Comin’ On” (2013) Top Track | #45: Pistol Annies – “I Feel a Sin Comin’ On” (2013)

I don’t pretend to be an expert on country music, but I like “I Feel a Sin Comin’ On” and the Pistol Annies’ sophomore effort, Annie Up, which is one of three great country albums released in the firs...

Nocturnal

Overview | #46: Yuna – “I Want You Back” (2013) Top Tracks | #46: Yuna – “I Want You Back” (2013)

I found Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna’s 2013 major-label debut LP Nocturnal to be quite delightful, and “I Want You Back” is one of the best tracks on the album. It has a sexy, late-night atmospher...

Overview | #47: Queens of the Stone Age – “…Like Clockwork” (2013) Top Track | #47: Queens of the Stone Age – “…Like Clockwork” (2013)

The title track on Queens of the Stone Age’s latest album …Like Clockwork is also my favorite track on the record. It’s somber, stately, and graceful — three adjectives not typically used to ela...

Trouble Will Find Me

Overview | #48: The National – “Graceless” (2013) Top Track | #48: The National – “Graceless” (2013)

When black-and-white movies are made nowadays (which isn’t often), they are shot in color on what’s called a grayscale set, where everything in front of the camera is configured to look natural in bla...

Sons of the Sea

Overview | #49: Sons of the Sea – “Jet Black Crow” (2013) Top Track | #49: Sons of the Sea – “Jet Black Crow” (2013)

The opening track on Sons of the Sea, the self-titled debut LP of the side project by Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd and the band’s producer for the past decade, Brendan O’Brien, is a beauty. The intro...

Reflektor

Overview | #50: Arcade Fire – “Normal Person” (2013) Top Track | #50: Arcade Fire – “Normal Person” (2013)

While there’s pretty much no debate that Arcade Fire’s fourth album Reflektor suffers from considerable bloat and is all over the place in a way that’s equal parts intriguing and frustrating, “Normal ...

Welcome Oblivion

Overview | #51: How to Destroy Angels – “The Loop Closes” (2013) Top Track | #51: How to Destroy Angels – “The Loop Closes” (2013)

“The Loop Closes” is an absolutely fantastic How to Destroy Angels track that appears near the end of both An Omen EP (2012) and Welcome Oblivion, the group’s 2013 debut LP. It’s mostly instrumental, ...

Kurt Vile - Wakin On a Pretty Daze (Front Cover)

Top Track | #52: Kurt Vile – “Goldtone” (2013)

One of my regrets in assembling a list this big is that, inevitably, deserving songs get overlooked — even if they are right under my nose. Such is the case with the Kurt Vile song “Air Bud,” which wo...

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