Spenny’s Top 40 Songs of 2013!

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40. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

Great riff. Also, “spilling drinks on my city” should be a saying.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpOSxM0rNPM

 

39. The Dismemberment Plan – Invisible

“Now I’m biting my nails and I’m calling it dinner”.

https://soundcloud.com/the-dismemberment-plan/invisible-2

 

38. King Krule – Out Getting Ribs

The best song ever about going to a restaurant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9wLrAtcd6Y

 

37. Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip – Thank You

Who saw this coming? The way they play off of each other is seamless. Also Q-Tip is as good as ever, “Please don’t throw up, hold your liquor grow up”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhIrzbhEGvs

 

36. Inc. – Black Wings

These goth kids are smooth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmVdK_PM3dc

 

35. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Day

This song coasts through its nine minutes without ever be boring or repetitive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd0K76H7sU8

 

34. Burial – Come Down To Us

Listen to this walking down a street at night and you might just shed a tear.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1bb2JakOmo

 

33. Travi$ Scott – Hell of a Night

Gr£at produ¢tion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRu1MG9Gq4A

 

32. King Louie – Val Venis

This song will make you feel tough, must listen to loud.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0JcRGzCE50

 

31. Tokyo Police Club – Argentina (I, II, III)

A late addition to this list coming out just a couple of days ago. Clocking in at almost nine minutes it’s the longest Tokyo Police Club song ever by about five minutes, and it packs enough hooks for five songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MG6rKuCfyo

 

30. Smith Westerns – Varsity

Fourth best summer song of 2013.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykOK2XZ80vg

 

29. Waxahatchee – Brother Bryan

Great bassline.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nyLqJjCglU

 

28. Run the Jewels ft. Until the Ribbon Breaks – Job Well Done

I have no idea who Until the Ribbon Breaks is but he does an excellent job. Also, Killer Mike delivers one of the best lines of the year, “It’s like Tyson in the ’80s, nigga snap and punch your lights out.
It’s like Tyson in the ’90s, if I’m losing take a bite out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSpfnMxrRzo

 

27. Ryan Hemsworth – Perfectly

Third best summer song of 2013.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTiOGqQq-NM

 

26. Superchunk – Me and You and Jackie Mittoo

I don’t know how these guys have so much energy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUxkZreYiQs

 

25. FIDLAR – Awkward

I’m sure many can relate to the sentiment. Teen anthem of the year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEpNPV-dCIQ

 

24. Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile

The chorus is powerfully catchy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY4j8Ow-CTs

 

23. Young Galaxy – New Summer

First and second summer song of 2013 (it’s that good).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw7cCB7v5W4

 

22. Ellery James Roberts – Kerou’s Lament

“To the powers that be, you’ve fucked up this world but you won’t fuck up me.” Powerful stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDv4Ukyjbic

21. J. Cole ft. Miguel – Power Trip

No one can steal a song as easily as Miguel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AjD7nKiUQ4

 

20. Baths – No Past Lives

Unsettling, fascinating, and the contrast between the piano and the drums sounds amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRZ6Lse55Z4

 

19. Earl Sweatshirt ft. Vince Staples – Hive

Kids these days…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FcDXL5Aw0o

 

18. Rustie – Slasherr

This song will chop your head off in the best way possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stT4VAnVfY4

 

17. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt

The first half of the song glides softly and the second half soars.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJCIhDQkqTQ

 

16. August Alsino – I Luv This Shit

This guy seems like a real asshole but I can’t resist that chorus, I apologize.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzCbCuAzgNw

 

15. Drake – Worst Behavior

“Enough to make you throw up, man it’s gross what I net”. Gotta love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CccnAvfLPvE

 

14. Pusha T – Numbers on the Boards

Most original rap beat of the year courtesy of Kanye, and Push does it justice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DawrlSwHUiM

 

13. The National – This Is the Last Time

“I won’t be vacant anymore”. The National at their most vulnerable and poet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VVp-tKqFNY

 

12. Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right

Panda Bear and Daft Punk combine to get the magic right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA5PRj7KPkE

 

11. Volcano Choir – Dancepack

Justin Vernon on his A-game. Vernon shows that he can kill songs just as effortlessly in the lower registers of his vocal range. The groove of the chorus always has me bobbing my head.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5D9UnBcDjM

 

10. Janelle Monae – Q.U.E.E.N.

I’m not sure why Janelle isn’t right up there with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga in terms of popularity. She consistently releases pop songs of the highest caliber. Case-and-point: Q.U.E.E.N. That chorus is gold! To top it off Janelle delivers one of the most empowering verses of the year in the last minute of the song. Seriously, this song has it all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEddixS-UoU

 

9. FKA – Water Me

Producer Arca does the heavy lifting for the first minute of this song centering the track around a crackling eerie drum beat which sways back and forth shifting the momentum like a metronome. Then FKA chimes in and completes the mood. I hope they continue to work together because they complement each other perfectly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFtMl-uipA8

 

8. Kanye West – I’m In It

This song is the epitome of Yeezus. You have the cheesy disgusting lines a la, “Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign”. You have the dark experimental production- key Kanye West screaming like a demon to describe the female orgasm. And it if that isn’t enough for you; it also includes bridges from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Assassin (crazy Jamaican guy). What more can a Kanye fan ask for?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPyKAmKxOAw

 

7. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors

Not a big fan of JT but this song is something else. Timberland executes the cheesy production perfectly and the song breaks down masterfully in the second half. Also, it’s a refreshing message to see someone sing about being faithful to their wife, what with all the Robin Thickes of today- not dissing Thicke, I just think variety in pop music subject matter is good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuZE_IRwLNI

 

6. Chance the Rapper – Pusha Man/Paranoia

This song encapsulates why Chance is amazing: catchy, thoughtful, and original. And yes, there is a 30 second period of silence in the middle of the song and it works for some reason.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0DcVbSYWUA

 

5. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith – Latch

Sam Smith shatters worlds with this chorus and Disclosure provide the perfect background music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93ASUImTedo

 

4. Arcade Fire – It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)

There are a couple layers to this song. It’s a song about the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It’s a song about growing up. It’s a song with some French in it. Most importantly, it’s just an amazing song. This is Arcade Fire at their best (which is very very good).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BeyS5m23Eg

 

3. Autre Ne Veut – Play By Play

Play By Play clocks in at just over five minutes and the intensity increases with every minute. By the time the song comes to a conclusion you’re exhausted just from listening. This song refuses to sit still as it morphs into its triumphantly depressing chorus about an ex who won’t return his calls. Poor guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9uE46sMugw

 

2. A$AP Rocky – Fuckin’ Problems

A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, 2 Chainz: and they’re all at the top of their game. It came out in January and has yet to sound tiresome. It’s the perfect party song boasting a sing-along-style chorus and a seemingly endless amount of ridiculous lines. THIS is how you write a posse cut, full out braggadocios without taking yourself too seriously.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liZm1im2erU

 

1. Majical Cloudz – Bugs Don’t Buzz

This one is impossible to do justice in a write up. It’s a simple song centered around a couple repeated piano notes and Devon Welsh’s tortured voice. Add in some distortion courtesy of producer Mathew Otto and you have a song that continues to raise the hairs on my neck. Welsh’s lyrics are heartbrokenly delivered accepting his immortality by comparing himself to a roach waiting for death in “slimy wet darkness”. As Welsh himself admits, “this won’t end with a smile” and he’s right, this song will bum you out, but I couldn’t imagine any other song on top of this list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CLrDPtFjPI

 

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