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PorchDrinking Playlist: Best of 2013

PorchDrinking Playlist: Best of 2013
Scott Hoffman

Are you sick of “best of” lists yet? We sure hope not. We gathered together several PD contributors to get their thoughts on the 5 best songs they heard in 2013, and we even put it all in a convenient playlist. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Nate Tapp

  1. Miley Cyrus: We Can’t Stop – Yes. I totally just said that. But in an era that is defined by the pop songs that define us, this is totally it: It’s catchy. It’s ridiculous. And it is fucking amazing. Seriously.
  2. Justin Timberlake: Mirrors – So good. JT has a lot of great songs, but this song is greater than those.
  3. HAIM: The Wire – I heard this song for the first time during an episode of “Saturday Night Live” and I thought it was really weird. It almost sounded like a rejected Shania Twain single. But, dammit, when the chorus rolled around for the second time, I was hooked.
  4. Lorde: Tennis Court – While everyone else is jamming to “Royals” (which is also awesome) I am going to be blasting this gem. YEAH.
  5. Portugal. The Man: Creep In A T-Shirt – This album is full of awesome (this is what happens when you team up with Danger Mouse), but for whatever reason this song really does it for me.

Tristan Chan

  1. Bastille: Pompeii – I’m a sucker for upbeat epic songs and this is the epitome of both of those elements. Plus it’s pretty neat that the song was inspired by the town of Pompeii which was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius. Historical context YAY!
  2. Phosphorescent: Song for Zula – Song for Zula is one of the more haunting tracks I’ve ever encountered and yet it plays so beautifully in it’s echoed layered elements.
  3. The Head and the Heart: Another Story – Another Story came together as a result of the Newtown shooting and examines the horror and recovery by the national public after these kind of tragic events. This is one of the most haunting, beautiful and yet re-assuring songs I’ve ever heard.
  4. Justin Timberlake: Mirrors – Justin Timberlake is back. While The 20/20 Experience probably could have been condensed into 1 album with only the best from the two combined, Mirrors channels classic JT with background beat boxing, a dance worthy tune, and fantastic vocals.
  5. Lorde: Royals – I firmly believe that one day people will look back on Lorde’s 2013 album as a revolutionary moment for music. Forget that she was 16 when she released the album, forget that she’s a Brit, Lorde has managed to compose something completely unique and diametrically opposed to what others in the industry have been rotely churning out for a while. And while Royals may have exhausted it’s shelf life on the radio waves, it’s still a phenomenal piece.

Scott Hoffman

  1. Queens of the Stone Age: I Appear Missing – It all started with that music video.

    This song was on repeat in my office for several weeks, and I’m still discovering new things to love about it months later. Just an incredibly moody selection from one of my favorite bands.
  2. CHVRCHES: Lies – Yeah, yeah. Lorde and Miley released albums in 2013. You know who had the best pop album of the year, though? CHVRCHES. Try not to be obsessed with this song.
  3. Arcade Fire: Here Comes the Night Time – The best of a handful of standouts on an otherwise disappointing album. I love how they seemingly tried to translate the energy of a live show to this track.
  4. Kanye West: Black Skinhead – Really crushed Kanye cancelled his Denver show. How else was I going to see a bunch of white people awkwardly rapping along with Black Skinhead at the top of their lungs? Hell, I would have been right there with them.
  5. Mikal Cronin: Shout It Out – He’s been around before 2013, but Mikal Cronin was the biggest revelation of the year for me. This is the best song on an album stacked with standouts.

Cory Pelc

  1. A$AP Rocky: Goldie
  2. Balance and Composure: Reflection
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr: Hiding
  4. FIDLAR: Blackout Stout
  5. Sombear: Incredibly Still

Josh Buchanan

  1. Daft Punk: Lose Yourself to Dance
  2. Arcade Fire: It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)
  3. Mapei: Don’t Wait
  4. Roadkill Ghost Choir: Beggars Guild
  5. Phosphorescent: Song for Zula

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