The Best Songs of 2013


In 2013, a handful of great albums proved that it wasn't all about singles. Despite our shrinking attention spans and the world of illegal downloading and free streaming forever changing the way we consume music, there's still something special about an album. As cliché as it sounds, there's still something magical about (metaphorically) ripping through the plastic wrap and diving into a new record or CD collection of MP3s.

But we've realized something else over the past years, and more than ever in 2013: there's something just as special about the way we're adapting to the single-oriented market. It's not just about selling a song. It's about hearing that first single from your favorite band's new album; sitting around waiting for the live stream of a radio show so you can get a first taste and listen at the same time as the rest of the world; finding yourself on the Soundcloud page of some random artist from across the globe and falling in love with a song that's completely unfamiliar to you. We've seen new artists make it big off the strength of one single, and we've seen how playing one song in the right way at the right time can shake the whole music community.

So yeah, it isn't all about the singles, but in 2013 the single had more power than ever, and no matter how that gets twisted up to make us seem like depraved consumers looking for a quick fix, it's becoming clear that maybe it's not all that bad.

Here are our favorite songs of 2013.

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