The Best Songs of 2013

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What defined music in 2013? The long-awaited return of legends. New favorites who arrived fully formed. The triumph of elaborate promotion. The sneak-attack album drop.

From My Bloody Valentine’s unexpected comeback album, its first in 22 years, to excellent debuts from Lorde, The Strypes, Jake Bugg and many others, 2013 was full of surprises. Vampire Weekend released career re-defining albums. Uncompromising veterans The Flaming Lips refined their well-established sounds. We also remember musicians we lost in the last year.

This is only the beginning of our year-end extravaganza. Stay tuned.  What defined your year in music? Let us know in our comment section below!

ATOMS FOR PEACE – BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES

ALTER BRIDGE – ADDICTED TO PAIN

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – STEPS

PEARL JAM – SIRENS

 

VOLCANO CHOIR – “COMRADE”

 

CAVEMAN – EASY WATER

ARCADE FIRE – REFLEKTOR

DAFT PUNK – GET LUCKY

THE NATIONAL – TROUBLE WILL FIND ME

LORDE – ROYALS

CHVRCHES – RECOVER

NEKO CASE – MAN

JAMES BLAKE – RETROGRADE

JAKE BUGG – WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU

PHOSPHORESCENT –  SONG FOR ZULA

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE –  I SAT BY THE OCEAN

AVETT BROTHERS – ANOTHER IS WAITING

DAVID BOWIE – WHERE ARE WE NOW?