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This year's list is an eclectic mix of metal (Black Sabbath), funky R&B (Janelle Monae), pop rock, hip-hop (Kevin Gates), folk rock gems (KT Tunstall), and a whole lot more.

Charlie Doherty’s Favorite 30 Songs of 2013

NIN-CameBackHauntedviaAmazonAs was the case last Friday with my Favorite Releases of 2013, I am putting together a big list of favorites yet again, this time for (official) singles or album tracks I dug throughout last year. Of course, January is always useful to stumble upon 2013 music that I somehow missed out on. Yeah I know it’s February but I’m glad I held off until now; otherwise, recent discoveries like (new) Johnathan Rice and Beware of Darkness wouldn’t have made this list had I published it earlier.

Though it represents just a small fraction of all the music I listened to last year, what you’ll see here is an eclectic mix of metal (Black Sabbath), funky R&B (Janelle Monae), pop rock, alternative rock, hip-hop (Kevin Gates), folk rock gems (KT Tunstall), and a whole lot more. Most of these songs you can easily find via searching YouTube, a band’s Bandcamp page, or both. So without any further delay, here’s my Favorite 30 Songs of 2013 (and in no particular order).

1. Clutch “D.C. Sound Attack”

2. Johnathan Rice “That Summer Feeling”

3. Pearl Jam “Mind Your Manners”

4. Balance and Composure “Reflection”

5. Kathleen Edwards “Change the Sheets”

6. Nine Inch Nails “Came Back Haunted”

7. Beck “I Won’t Be Long”

8. Neko Case “Man (f/M. Ward)”

9. Kevin Gates “4:30 AM”

10. Amon Amarth “Deceiver of the Gods”

11. Deafheaven “Dream House”

12. Black Sabbath “Methademic”

13. Future of the Left “Bread, Cheese, Bow, and Arrow”

14. KT Tunstall “Feel It All” (solo live acoustic version)

15. Janelle Monae “Q.U.E.E.N. (f/Erykah Badu)”

16. Foals “Bad Habit”

17. Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One “Heaven’s Gate”

18. Beware of Darkness “Howl”

19. Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind”

20. Clams Casino “Bookfiend (f/ MF Doom)”

21. ASG “Scrappy’s Trip”

22. Filter “Watch the Stars Come Out Tonight”

23. Dropkick Murphys “The Boys Are Back”

24. Little Green Cars “Harper Lee”

25. Washed Out “Don’t Give Up”

26. A Great Big Pile of Leaves “Snack Attack”

27. TV on the Radio “Mercy”

28. We Are the Brave “Sparrow”

29. Blackmore’s Night “Carry On … Jon”

30. Yohuna “Apart”

 

 

About Charlie Doherty

Senior Music Editor and Culture & Society (Sports) Editor at Blogcritics Magazine; Prior writing/freelancing ventures: copy editor/content writer for Penn Multimedia; Boston Examiner, EMSI, Demand Media, Brookline TAB, Suite 101 and Helium.com; Media Nation independent newspaper staff writer, printed/published by the Boston Globe at 2004 DNC (Boston, MA); Featured in Guitar World May 2014. Keep up with me on twitter.com/chucko33

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