Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Best List of Best Of Lists

There are a lot of lists touting the best songs of 2013 or the best albums of 2013 or the best covers of 2013, and frankly, it can get to be impossible to keep track of it all, let alone remember to go back and listen to each one. Each list is always just a little different than the last, save for the standards that show up on everyone's ("Song for Zula" ahem), so while there are a lot of lists, there are also a lot of really really really good songs and albums on these lists. 2013, lest we forget so quickly, was a fucking awesome year for music. So while we await the new crop of 2014 releases (no pressure, 2014 releases, no pressure) here is a list of the lists out there. This should keep your ears busy into the new year. Add any I've missed and happy list-ening.

Well done, 2013.


In case you missed it, here are my favorite albums of 2013 and my favorite songs of 2013

Best Songs

Best Albums

Other Awesome Lists

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Favorite Songs of 2013

In case you missed it, here is my list of favorite albums from 2013. And of course, with such a wide array of insanely amazing albums to come out in the past year, there was also an extraordinary amount of great songs. This year more than other years in recent memory seemed to spawn an extra special quality of tunes, with a little bit of everything gracing us. I almost didn't know where to start. While each of these songs broke through to me for one reason or another, there are certain songs that seemed to speak to everybody - I think we can all just go ahead and crown "Song For Zula" as the best song of the year, no? Either way, 2013 was a fantastic year for music.

Here are my favorite songs from 2013, with the full Spotify playlist below.

Happy New Year.

40. Don't Swallow the Cap - The National
39. Colombia - Local Natives
38. Moving -Travis
37. Put Me To Work - PAPA
36. Another Day - Carousel
35. You and I (with Bonnie Raitt) - Foy Vance
34. Bad Habit -  Foals
33. Shake - The Head and The Heart
32. Agape - Bear's Den
31. Without You - Natalie Maines
30. Careful What You Wish For - Bell X1
29. Human - Daughter
28. Another Story - The Head and The Heart
27. Gallup, NM - The Shouting Matches
26. From the Right Angle - Dawes
25. The Fall - Rhye
24. The Desert Babbler - Iron & Wine
23. 22 - Night Beds
22. Where You Stand - Travis
21. Take It On Faith - Natalie Maines
20. Lady Luck (feat. Sharon Van Etten) - Pickwick
19. I Should Live in Salt  - The National
18. Starlings over Brighton Pier - Bell X1
17. Most People - Dawes
16. Youth - Daughter
15. Open - Rhye
14. Grace for Saints and Ramblers - Iron & Wine
13. Where Can I Go? - Laura Marling
12. Heavy Feet - Local Natives
11. I Need My Girl - The National
10. Ohio - Patty Griffin
9. Tenn - Night Beds
8. Free At Dawn - Small Black
7. Take the Night Off - Laura Marling
6. Joy to You Baby - Josh Ritter
5. Ramona - Night Beds
4. Byegone - Volcano Choir
3. Demons - The National
2. Mt. Washington - Local Natives
1. Song For Zula - Phosphorescent