Best 30 Songs of 2013

best songs, best artists, music, of 2013

It is so hard too order songs in a coherent list.  For our list of the top thirty songs of the 2013, we took a little bit of a different tack than the last couple years.  We didn’t list 200-300 songs like previous years.  Instead, we all just submitted our individual lists of our favorite twenty songs of the year unordered.  Then we made sure we were all familiar with everyone’s lists, and started ordering from there.  This was a beautifully streamlined experience, taking a ton of precious time out of the way.

Even with this streamlined process, it is still difficult.  All three of us would likely rate each of these songs a perfect score, so often it is just an indescribable feeling causing us to rate one song ahead of another.  But as always, we do our best to incorporate the elements of composition, lyrics, and performance of each individual song into our ratings.  Let us know what some of your favorite songs of 2013 were, and thanks for reading.

 

30. “Byegone” – Volcano Choir

Volcano Choir didn’t reach the highs of Justin Vernon’s previous project with Bon Iver.  That doesn’t mean it was devoid of any value and “Byegone” continues to get us all excited for Vernon’s career, no matter who he is collaborating with.

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LxListening: All Things New

Beck, New Music, gimme, Holy Ghost!

I know what you may be thinking/hoping, but no, this is unfortunately not a short playlist dedicated to the christian contemporary-Americana-folk-southern pop band (as they are described on their Wikipedia page) All Things New. This is in fact a short playlist dedicated to the bits of something new from the past week. We have all been gifted a nice latter year surplus of great albums and songs lately, and here are a few of my favorites from those recent drops (or in some cases, about to be dropped). I hope you enjoy:

 
CHVRCHES – “Tether”

CHVRCHES’ highly anticipated debut album officially releases next week, and here is what I consider to be the best track on the album. From the slow build up, to the epically great M83-esque breakdown toward the end, this tracks perfectly displays the depths of what this band can do and why they are easy to fall in love with.
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