I divided them into categories as best as I could with maybe a tiny bit of fudging, just so every song had a category.
If you just want to hear the music, without my explanations you can catch the Youtube Playlist of (almost) all the songs HERE
Upbeat Dance Jams
I am all about music that makes you jump up, bob your head, or dance with your shoulders (I do that a lot when driving and grooving) and these songs all got me moving, even if in completely different ways to the different genres.
Avicii: Wake Me Up
Memory Tapes: Sheila
Fall Out Boy: My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark
Pharrell Williams: Happy
Love is Complicated
Really I could include almost any song on here, love is the songwriter's ultimate muse. However, from the aggressive entreat of Fey Moth to be "conquered," Phosphorescent waxing a slow regret, the ladies of Haim venomously pleading to be let go, Gungor's take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Oh Land's metaphor of love as passport, these songs all show how something so universal can be such a unique experience, as experienced through song.
Fey Moth: Alexander
There is no video for this song and the embedding code isn't working so head here to a past post highlighting this song
Phosphorescent: Song for Zula
Haim: Let Me Go
Gungor: Beat of her Heart
Oh Land: Green Card
Hits from Down Under
I love me some Australia. In fact, I;ll be posting on my favorite global music survey next week (as well as posting my votes) The Triple J Hottest 100. Two of my favorite Aussie artsts with new tracks this year make the cut, Matt Corby and Gossling both taking their sounds in a new direction in 2013. New Zeland gets a shout out too this year with the world's new favorite teen Ella Yenich-O'conner, AKA Lorde. New band FAIRCHILD also joins with a song that I almost put in the "Dance" section with Dancer. Their video inspired a lot of pretending I knew ballet.
Matt Corby: Resolution
Gossling: Never Expire
From the other side of the world The 1975, CHVRCHES, and Bastille show that HRH Baby George wasn't the only awesome thing to come from the Kingdom this year.
The 1975: Chocolate
CHVRCHES: The Mother We Share
Bastille: Sweet Pompeii
Close Your Eyes and Sway
Sometimes, you just need a slow jam. Whether it's about making it out of this world and into the presence of the Creator or needing your girl, music has a way of expressing longing, hope, expectation, loneliness, and "all of the feels" in a way that no other medium can. Also, inexplicably after the slow build through the bridge, the banjo and subtle beat drop at 3:36 was my favorite moment in a song all year.
The National: I Need My Girl
What were your favorite songs on 2013? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter: @itzbizr