The Top 75 Songs Of 2013

Even your annoying cousin who only listens to “complete albums” will agree: there are always those times when you just want to hear that one really good chorus or blissful hook. Whether it’s because you’re trying to test out some new dance moves (AlunaGeorgeAttracting Flies), trying to tell someone “I miss you” (James Blake and Chance The RapperLife Round Here) or trying to tell them, “I miss you, but I don’t want to see you” (Blood OrangeYou’re Not Good Enough), sometimes all you need is one to five minutes of sound to do the trick.
 
Because we like songs here at CMJ, and because we like you too, we’ve compiled a playlist of our top 75 songs of 2013. They are, in alphabetical order, the CMJ staff’s painstakingly compiled favorite jams of the year that we—for obvious and not so obvious reasons—just can’t get enough of. They span genres, they span months, they span breakfast soundtracks and break-ups, and they’re all streaming below, and here on Spotify.
 
And for the sake of completeness, here’s a sampling of the tracks we wanted to put on the list but aren’t available in the Spotify kingdom:
 
Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Pepe Lopez
Big Sean – Control feat. Kendrick Lamar
Chance The Rapper – Pusha Man
Honduras – Son (demo)
Jai Paul – Str8 Outta Mumbai
Noname Gypsy – Paradise
OverDoz – F$WSAD
Perfect Pussy – I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling
Thundercat – Oh Sheit, It’s X!
Tweens – Rattle & Rollin’
 
Now go on, you’ve got almost six hours of listening to do!


 

 
Top 75 Songs Of 2013:
01. AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies
02. Arcade Fire – Afterlife
03. A$AP Ferg – Shabba
04. Autre Ne Veut – Play by Play
05. Black Milk – Parallels
06. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
07. Boards of Canada – Cold Earth
08. Bombino – Azamane Tiliade
09. Charles Bradley – “Victim of Love”
10. Charli XCX – “You (Ha Ha Ha)”
11. Chastity Belt – Seattle Party
12. Chvrches – Recover
13. Counter Intuits – “Anarchy On Yr Face”
14. Courtney Barnett – “Avant Gardener”
15. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
16. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Run
17. Danny Brown – “Lonely”
18. Deafheaven – Dream House
19. Deerhunter – Monomania
20. Dirtbombs – Crazy For You
21. Disclosure – Latch feat. Sam Smith
22. Eleanor Friedberger – Stare At The Sun
23. FKA Twigs – “Water Me”
24. Haim – “The Wire”
25. Hunx & His Punx – “You Think You’re Tough”
26. Jacco Gardner – “Cabinet of Curiosities”
27. James Blake – Retrograde
28. James Blake – Life Round Here feat. Chance The Rapper
29. James Vincent McMorrow – Cavalier
30. Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu
31. Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush
32. Joey Bada$$ – 95 Till Infinity
33. Julia Holter – Maxim’s I
34. Julianna Barwick – “One Half”
35. Ka – Nothing Is
36. Kanye West – New Slaves
37. Kelela – Bank Head
38. Kurt Vile – “Walkin’ on a Pretty Day”
39. Laura Marling – Master Hunter
40. Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain
41. Lorde – Royals
42. Lucius – “Go Home”
43. Majical Cloudz – Bugs Don’t Buzz
44. The Memories – “I Wanna Be That Guy”
45. Mount Kimbie – “You Took Your Time” feat. King Krule
46. Neko Case – Man
47. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Jubilee Street”
48. NONONO – Pumpin Blood
49. Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu
50. Parquet Courts – You Got Me Wonderin’ Now
51. Pharmakon – “Crawling on Bruised Knees”
52. Pissed Jeans – “Bathroom Laughter”
53. Pusha T – “Nosetalgia” ft. Kendrick Lamar
54. Quadron – LFT
55. Rhye – Open
56. Rich Homie Quan – Type of Way
57. Ryan Hemsworth – Weird Life
58. Sampha – Without
59. Savages – Shut Up
60. Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens feat. Kendrick Lamar
61. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects”
62. Sky Ferreira – “You’re Not The One”
63. Superchunk – “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”
64. Swearin’ – “Dust in the Gold Sack”
65. The Hussy – Wrong Right (E. React mix)
66. The Knife – Full of Fire
67. Tigertown – “What You Came Here For”
68. U.S. Girls – 28 Days
69. The Underachievers – Herb Shuttles
70. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
71. Waxahatchee – Swan Dive
72. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – One
73. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
74. Youth Lagoon – “Dropla”
75. Yuck – Middle Sea