Best Songs of 2013

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All year long, I have been adding to my favorite songs of 2013 playlist, and it ended up being triple the size of last year’s list – over 160 songs total. I love indie and alternative the most, but pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk – you name it – everything is represented.

What a great year for music, with a nice Christmas surprise from Beyoncé. (Seriously – watch the videos. They are masterpieces.) I have had a tremendous time photographing bands, and listening to new tunes.

Who says the music industry is dead? It is just getting started.

MY PICKS FOR BEST OF THE BEST:
(highlighted songs from the Rdio playlist above)

Where Are We Now by David Bowie
Tennis Court by Lorde (top album)
Shock To Your System by Tegan and Sara (top album)
Retrograde by James Blake
14th of July by Shout Out Louds (top album)
Open by Rhye
Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake
Bright Stars Burning by Hey Marseilles
Welcome To Japan by The Strokes (top album)
Counting Stars by One Republic
Black Sheep by Gin Wigmore
The Hard Way by Memoir
Just One Yesterday by Fall Out Boy
Fast In My Car by Paramore
Seven Sisters by The Shouting Matches (top album)
Lock Your Heart Down by Churchill
Alleyways by The Neighbourhood (top album)
Something Less Dangerous by King & Bethany Kelly
6AM by Fitz & The Tantrums (top album)
Hit The Dark by Air Dubai
Pink Rabbits by The National (top album)
Get The Girl Back by Hanson
Step by Vampire Weekend
Harlem by New Politics
Wings by Birdy
The Sun II by Snakadaktal
Martian by Patterns
Falling by Haim (top album)
The Hour by Valerie June
For You I Would Die by Rob Drabkin
The Way We Touch by We Are Twin
Reflektor by Arcade Fire (top album)
Pink Wonton by Man Man (top album)
Dreaming by Smallpools
The Ocean by Tonight Alive
Pompeii by Bastille (top album)
Don’t Matter by Kings of Leon (top album)
We Sink by Chvches (top album)
Come A Little Closer by Cage The Elephant (top album)
I Want You Back by Yuna (top album)
Wild by Royal Teeth
Another Story by The Head and The Heart (top album)
Getaway by Pearl Jam (top album)
Cool Kids by Echosmith (top album)
Love Don’t Die by The Fray
Stone On My Chest by Wiredogs
Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay) by Sky Ferreira (top album)
The Man by Aloe Blacc
Flowers In My Teeth by Mansions (top album)
Dimming Light by Tennis
The Beast In Me by Billy Woodward
We Just Want The World by Eldren
Come With Me Now by Kongos
Crystallized by Young The Giant
On My Way by Pandas & People
You’re Not Good Enough by Blood Orange (top album)
Feels Like Coming Home by Jetta
XO by Beyoncé (top album)
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What are your favorite songs from 2013?
Here’s to more awesome music in 2014!

This article has 12 comments

  1. Zipper

    I was waiting for this list, thanks!

  2. Andrea

    You seriously have the best taste in music. Thank you for sharing these lists!!!!

  3. Anonymous

    Beyoncé kicks ass!

  4. Kim @ This Belle Rocks

    Loved lots of selections, but mostly Fall Out Boy and New Politics. In fact, A Bad Girl in Harlem is one of my favorite albums of this year. But you may have known that already.

    Happy New year!

  5. Jen

    Pompeii…love love LOVE.

  6. Amy

    We have similar taste xxx

  7. Everyfann

    Thank you for all these great songs from 2013!

  8. Chris Webster

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  9. Alexis Marlons

    Love your list of songs. I’ll check out some of them that I am not too familiar with. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Doug Balmain

    Finding some great new (to me) music here! Thanks for posting your list, I’m listening to “Carry On” by Fierce Bad Rabbit as I type

  11. Doug Balmain

    Finding some great new (to me) music here! Thanks for posting your list, I’m listening to “Carry On” by Fierce Bad Rabbit as I type

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