42 great songs from 2013

Some of my Minnesotan roommates enjoyed listening to a public radio station called The Current. It’s funded by its listeners, and so it’s not at mercy to advertisers or the lowest common denominator of musical tastes. They just play awesome music. And there are no commercials.

Well, over the last few months I have been an avid listener of the station, and I have come across some great music. And, in general, 2013 has been a good year for music. Here are 42 of my favorite songs that were released in the past year:

Acetate, Volcano Choir
Afterlife, Arcade Fire
Always Alright, Alabama Shakes
Antiphon, Midlake
Born to Die, King Khan & the Shrines
Born Under a Good Sign, The Suburbs
Broken Heart, Dr. Dog
Come A Little Closer, Cage the Elephant
Country Calling, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer, The Dismemberment Plan
Diane Young, Vampire Weekend
Do I Wanna Know?, Arctic Monkeys
Fresh Strawberries, Franz Ferdinand
Heavy Bells, J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Hold Me, Tom Odell
Homecoming Heroes, The Head and the Heart
Humiliation, The National
I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands, Minor Alps
Is This How You Feel?, The Preatures
It Was My Season, Okkervil River
It’s Your Choice, Brendan Benson
Line of Fire, Junip
Lonely Street, Mason Jennings
Magazine, Caroline Smith
Marigold, J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Morning Song, The Avett Brothers
My Number, Foals
Never Been Alive, The Avett Brothers
New, Paul McCartney
Normal Person, Arcade Fire
Pigeon Lung, The Cloak Ox
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Sirens, Pearl Jam
Spiderhead, Cage the Elephant
Step, Vampire Weekend
Summertime, The Head and the Heart
The Wire, Haim
This Lonely Morning, Best Coast
Unbelievers, Vampire Weekend
We Exist, Arcade Fire
What Doesn’t Kill You, Jake Bugg
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?, Arctic Monkeys

At some point in the next week I’ll dive into my favorite albums of the year.


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