2013 was another strong year for music. 2013 brought alot of big releases from some of the biggest heavy hitters in music (Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem, One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, just to name a few) and also gave us the debut of some very talented new artists on the scene. (Haim, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Chvrches, Disclosure) The end of the calendar year is always the perfect time to reflect on what’s taken place over the past 12 months and for me it’s a fun time to think about what type of music had an impact on myself this year. This list is my collection of the top 50 best songs of 2013. This list is purely based on my opinion. I took into play critical buzz, youtube hits, song likeability, and song frequency (the amount to which I heard this song repeated over the past year) in determining the breakdown of my list. This is by no means the end all be all list, just my opinion. So get your Spotify or iTunes playlists ready for this one and I hope you enjoy Al Jones’ Top 50 singles of 2013.
I broke this post into three segments so it’s more accessible on mobile devices.
HERE ARE NUMBERS 50-31
50. Waxahatchee-Brother Bryan
Killer bass line. Soft and touching lyrics. Welcome to the world Katie Crutchfield. There is a new dope female singer in town.
49. Migos feat. Drake- Versace (remix)
How catchy is this song? Just yell the hook over and over and over again. Drake steals the show on this club thumper.
48. Phoenix-Trying to be Cool
France’s finest five piece kept things moving with this years Bankrupt! And this is the coolest song on this album.
47. Miley Cyrus-We Can’t Stop
This song was the beginning of Miley Cyrus 2.0. An in your face urban jam who’s video let everyone know Miley isn’t a kid anymore.
46. Foxygen-No Destruction
Foxygen has taken over for MGMT in the we are cool but extremely weird department. I loved their album this year and “No Destruction” is one of the reasons why.
45. Pusha T-Numbers on the Boards
One of the hardest tracks off one of hip hop’s best releases in 2013. Pusha T is not only Kanye’s right hand man, but continues to keep “coke” relevant in hip hop.
44. Vampire Weekend-Unbelievers
Upbeat, fun loving song from a band that made “that jump” this year. Vampire Weekend are the real deal and are here to stay.
43. Kacey Musgraves-Follow Your Arrow
The only country single to crack this list, but a very worthy song indeed. Not only is this chick hot but she doesn’t shy away about controversial lyrics. Boys kissing girls and girls kissing girls. Amen. Do whatcha like!
42. Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu-Q.U.E.E.N
Monae. Badu. Same track. Equals Awesomeness. Not much more to say about this one.
41. Justin Timberlake–Pusher Love Girl
We didn’t need two 20/20 Experiences this year, but we did need to hear this song open up Part 1 to let us know that JT still has it, and can kill a good R&B groove better than anyone out there.
40. Laura Marling-Master Hunter
Another English chanteuse who kept folk music live and rocking in 2013. This song is a standout jam on her great album Once I Was An Eagle. If you don’t know about her, it’s about time you check this chick out.
39. Eminem-So Far…
Marshall came back this year and he let everyone know at age 41 he can still spit with the best of em. He samples the hell out of Joe Walsh’s “Life’s Been Good,” but it works. It doesn’t sound gimmicky to me. It’s just Em being Em.
38. Paramore-Still Into You
When this song starts I’m not sure if I am hearing a modern day version of Tony Basil’s “Mickey,” but when Haley Williams vocals kick in, you realize quickly that this is a Paramore track and a fun one at that. Catchy song.
37. Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Sacrilege
Karen O and a gospel choir. Ummmm, yeah I’ll take that. Brooklyn’s finest came back in a grand way with this indie tune of survival.
36. Empire of the Sun-Alive
I love feel good pop dance anthems. Don’t you? This Austrialian band has the format down to a science.
35. The National-Don’t Swallow the Cap
Matt Berninger and the boys of the National dropped another gem this year with their album Trouble Will Find Me. I am a huge fan of “Don’t Swallow the Cap.” I just love the groove and chorus of this song.
This is the first of three tracks by this power trio on this list. I just love this band. Infectious grooves all over this record. “Falling” is a great slice of indie pop.
33. Ace Hood feat. Rick Ross & Future-Bugatti
What would this list be without something from Rick Ross on it? Ricky Rozzay joins Future to give Ace Hood his best single yet and one of the shout out anthems of hip hop this year.
32. Phantogram-Black Out Days
Sarah Barthal and Josh Carter are maturing as musicians and sound better than they ever have before. If Black Out Days is any indication what their new album is going to sound like, we are in for a treat.
31. Volcano Choir-Byegone
I will listen to Justin Vernon on anything. Give me a Justin Vernon where his vocals are clearly audible and it’s even better. Volcano Choir is another great project from one of the top 5 most creative men in music today.