The 22 Songs That Defined 2013

In 22 days it’s going to be 2014. That’s huge you guys. As a child of the 80s myself I never really thought as far ahead as fricken 2014. People born in 1990 are hitting their mid 20s and people born in 1995 will have just cracked 19 which…is crazy. As for 2013, though, it has been a great year for music, giving us songs from as far away as New Zealand and others that aren’t as good but are played in every restaurant, car, DJ set and cafe in the universe. Here are 22 songs that defined 2013 — musically, culturally, and aesthetically.
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1. “Royals,” Lorde

2. “This Is What It Feels Like,” BANKS

3. “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore And Ryan Lewis

4. “Retrograde,” James Blake

5. “Lovers In The Parking Lot,” Solange

6. “Collider,” Jon Hopkins

7. “Lessons,” S O H N

8. “Decal,” Nick Höppner

9. “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell

10. “Boy Is A Bottom,” DWV

11. “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton

12. “I Love It,” Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX

13. “DRKLNG,” Zebra Katz

14. “I Miss You,” Ta-Ku

15. “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus

16. “Next To Me,” Emeli Sandé

17. “Recover,” Chvrches

18. “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake

19. “Bitter Rivals,” Sleigh Bells

20. “Started From The Bottom,” Drake

21. “Closer,” Tegan And Sara

22. “Grown Woman,” Beyoncé

Even though she has yet to give us/announce plans for a new album, did you really think that Beyoncé would let us leave 2013 without having something to talk about? Thought Catalog Logo Mark


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