Top 100 songs of 2013 (tracks 80-71)

Afraid of the Dark - Ejecta
(The second half of the song is highly addictive. An album I had no expectations for, and turned out to be my favorite unknown artist of 2013. The album is currently in my top 10 of the year at #6)

Romanticise - Chela
(Just a catchy pop tune, with a spring in its step)

78.) Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want) - Justin Timberlake
(I had Suit & Tie on my mid-year list, but grew bored with that track. He released two albums in 2013, so there's a lot to choose from. Another of his new songs I enjoyed is Take Back The Night )

The Mother We Share - Chvrches
(Love the intro part. Recover is the other stand-out track on the album.)

Peace Sword – The Flaming Lips (from Ender’s Game soundtrack)
(From the end credits of Ender's Game, easily the best track on the EP soundtrack. Flaming Lips also released a studio album The Terror (2013), which I was impressed by initially, but sadly it didn't hold up to repeat listening, the best track for me is Butterfly, How Long It Takes to Die)

Rose Quartz – Toro Y Moi
(Just a beautiful track, which I have been playing all year, and don't tire of)

Days Are gone – HAIM
(I like this pop tune, more than the hyped track The Wire. The album to me is overpraised, though)

In Another Way - My Bloody Valentine
(I don't usually go for this type of experimental noise pop music. I liked it, didn't love it, good to try something different. I don't think I'm the key audience to judge the quality of it. Kind of like the return of Bowie this year, My Bloody Valentine had not put out an LP in a long time. Word is the band haven't reinvented themselves with the new album, but it should please existing fans of the group. )

Royals – Lorde
(Features on many year-end lists, and it really does stick in your head, once you've listened to it a few times)

Shaker Aamer - PJ Harvey
(While devotees await her next album, she released a protest song to draw attention to the last remaining British resident in the US prison at Guantanamo Bay)

Are you a fan of any of these artists? What's your favorite new music of 2013? As always, share your opinions in the comments. Tracks 70-61 coming soon!


  1. I haven't heard that Flaming Lips song on the Ender's Game soundtrack. The Terror was a real disappointment, and I agree that it grows less interesting with each listen.

    1. @Dan Heaton: Thanks for dropping by! Apparently the Flaming Lips only got to have that one track in the movie, the rest of the Peace Sword soundtrack the Ender’s Game producers rejected, and are only available on the EP. Agree about The Terror.

  2. I agree with you on that HAIM album. It is an extremely overrated album. I didn't think it was that good. There's a few good songs but that's it. I do like that Flaming Lips cut as well as the MBV and that song "Royals".

    I already finally finished my Top 50 Albums of 2013 list which I will post in a few days.

    1. @thevoid99: Yeah, that Haim album is overrated, I like the title track quite a lot. I’m told the single The Wire is influenced by Heartache Tonight by The Eagles.

      Glad you liked a few of the choices here, and look forward to your top 50 albums of 2013!

  3. Didn't know Justin Timberlake released two albums this year. Might have to give them a listen... his last album was a guilty pleasure of mine.

    That Toro Y Moi album grows on me with every listen.

    It sounds like My Bloody Valentine haven't missed a step after all these years. I'll have to check out the new album.

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign: Here and there there’s a track I dig by Justin Timberlake, I don’t really listen to his albums in full, though. I probably should also have mentioned "Pusher Love Girl", which is a memorable opener on Timberlake’s album.
      If you like My Bloody Valentine, you should give the new material a listen.

  4. My favorite part of these is discovering new music. Dig the Chvrches, Lorde, HAIM, and Justin Timberlake tracks.

    1. @Josh: I know, right? I love discovering new music on year-end lists as well. Tracks by Laura Mvula, Hot Natured, Justin Timberlake, and King Krule, were all discovered in Dec, and included in top 100.


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