It's unbelievably difficult to pick best songs of any given year. There are a myriad of factors that go into making a song stick: the time of year, the genre, your mood, your situation (at a party, in your bedroom), and more. So while it's heartbreaking to slough off all the songs that maybe made you cry or had you dancing all night long that one weekend, that's what we have had to do here. These are the songs that we believe uniquely stood out in the year 2013 as strong, meaningful pieces of art. But of course, this is just our opinion. Let us know what you think by taking the reader survey here, we'll post your choices next week. In the meantime, here's the Intersections list of best songs of 2013.
Arctic Monkeys - "No. 1. Party Anthem"- Cailin Hong
Bastille - "Pompeii"- Nina Wade
Beware of Darkness - "Howl"- Harrison Blackman
Danny Brown - "25 Bucks, feat. Purity Ring"- Jeff Liu
Mayer Hawthorne - "Back Seat Lover"- Lexi Tollefsen
Hiatus Kaiyote - "Nakamarra"
The effortless, jazzy funk rising from Down Under completely mesmerizes. Hiatus Kaiyote's distinct but also wonderfully familiar sound make for this smooth and catchy hit. Her vocals are killer. - Amy Garland
John Legend - "All of Me"- Jarron McAllister
Lemaitre - "Cut to Black"- Lara Norgaard
Mutual Benefit - "Advanced Falconry"Rachel's fall playlist - Karen Jin
The National - "Pink Rabbits"- Jarred Mihalik
Streetlight Manifesto - "Toe to Toe"Max Gollin
Justin Timberlake - "Mirrors"- Lisa Femia
Vampire Weekend - "Hannah Hunt"- Rachel Klebanov