26. “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
Clarkson’s been trying to replicate the success of this song her entire career, but this empowerment jam needs no imitations, a windows-rolled-down anthem that reminds you how good radio music can be.
27. “Teenage Riot” by Sonic Youth
As much as I adore this song, is it terrible to suggest that I wish there were a version that skipped over the Kim Gordon intro so I wouldn’t have to do it myself? Her “spirit desire” gets in the way of my groove.
28. “Alive” by Goldfrapp
From “Ooh La La” to “Rocket,” Alison Goldfrapp is skilled in the art of making you feel good and the title of this 2013 track tells you should expect the same here.
29. “Lose Yourself to Dance” by Daft Punk
Daft Punk’s newest album is a big love letter to disco, and this stand-out tune from “Random Access Memories” is the record’s best, reminding you just what a nimble performer Pharrell Williams can be.
30. “Electric Lady” by Janelle Monae
Monae only continues to mature as an artist, and this Cindi Mayweather tune finds the pop diva channeling Motown in one of the year’s biggest pleasures.
If you like this, also check out: “Losing You” by Solange, 2012’s most acclaimed indie R&B track