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Best Songs Through October 31st, 2013

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1. Where Can I Go – Laura Marling – This magnificent song puts Laura on the trajectory for a Joni Mitchell type career, a career that defines the apex of singer-songwriter artistry.

2. Get Lucky – Daft Punk – There isn’t enough words for the greatness of Niles Rodgers guitar on this song. It is a great slice of disco any way, but that guitar man, Daft Punk ride the lick all the way to the finish line

3. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke – Sexy, funny, but is it anatomically accurate

4. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus – A call to arms and legs and other parts of your body built for fun

5. History – Modern Hut – Dystopia now.

6 Chicks, Man – The Del Lords – Riff of the year

7. The Book Of Love – Margot Macdonald – Her impeccable a capella Valentine’s day song

8. As Fast As My Feet – Linda Thompson – A pop song but an old fashioned one that walks on its title melodic hook all the way there, with a sound not folk but folk-rock and of course, Linda’s gorgeous voice.

9. Up All Night – Maria Taylor – Finger snapping, hand clapping, voice raised “I’ve been up all night but these are the best days of my life….” Maria sings to her son, before praying the world is good to the boy.

10.  Finger Back – Vampire Weekend – My favorite song off the current album is also the most VW off the new album and the bit in UWS falafel shop with a poster of Jerusalem is worthy of Paul Simon.

11. Still Into you – Paramore – finger snapping romance, like the 15 month into a relationship or something

12. Stranger And Stranger – Marshall Crenshaw – From a dark place

13.  Timeout New York – The Normal Living – Classic pop song, like the Ronettes were still around

14. Reflektor – Arcade Fire – It sounds like Holy Ghost plus LCD Soundsystem hit with gamma rays and turned into the incredible Hulk till it is a monster of pop awesomeness

15.  Candlelit Dinner – Elton John – His best song in time meorial also doesn’t overstate its case. Subtle and beautiful piano ballad.

16. Love Me Again – John Newman – Excellent modern disco, a true beauty.

17. Sweeter Than Fiction – Taylor Swift – Off the movie “One Chance”, a beauty

18. Take The Night Off/I Was An Eagle/You Know/ Breathe – Live – Laura Marling – The greatest 13 minutes of 2013 in a live setting (yeah, I was there).

19. Boys ‘Round Here – Blake Shelton – Red red red red red neck.

20. Western, Mass – Claire’s Diary – The story of a bad boy

Gentleman – Psy – If anything better than “Gangham Style”

All Over Again – The Mavericks – The country rocker to beat from one of the best albums of the year

Gradual Return – Trixie Whitley – The best song of her career making debut album was worth the weight. Blues yes, but blues by a pop sensibility.

Love Without You – Darius Rucker – Country heart breaker

Beat This Summer – Brad Paisley – A masterpiece of instant nostalgia

Definition Of Down – Teena Marie – Any complaints about weak songs on her final album are irrelevant. This is a full blooded disco ballad and nobody else does it any more.

I Don’t See You Laughing Now – Marshall Crenshaw – Timeless new Crenshaw.

Catcall – Tinvulva – Ferocious contempt for harrassment on the street.

I Still Yearn – Jahn Xavier And the Bowertytones – Not actually released yet but wait till it is.

1Train – ASAP Rocky – The wittiest take down of poverty.

Bats – The Joy Formidable – I love this rocker so much, I may have overestimated the album!

Cool Zombie – Adam Ant – Killer lead off song on the really excellent new album.

Lose To Win – Fantasia – Her best single to date is pure disco diva.

Because We Can – Bon Jovi – Undeniable, and trust me I’ve tried, singalong.

Higgs Boson Blues – Nick Cave – If you’re gonna name your song after the “God Particle” it better a song this good. A bluesy weird trip to the bottom of the swimming pool.

In The End – Black Veil Brides

I Got A Boy – Girls generation

Judge Jury And Executioner – Atoms For Peace

Ohn – Yo La Tengo

God’s Great Dancefloor – Chris Tomlin

Dead Bite – Hollywood Undead

Bathroom Laughter – Pissed Jeans

One Way Trigger – the Strokes

Electric Fever – Free Energy

Stupid Things – Yo La Tengo

New York City – Christopher Owens

Where Are we Now – David Bowie

Suit And tie – Justin Timberlake

American Rail – Hilly Eyes

Backscratcher – Free Energy

Money Honey – Aaron Neville

5 To 9 – Fidlar

Hardaway – Gary Allen

This Ladder Is Ours – The Joy formidable

Valentines – Adam Ant

Who’s A Goofy Bunny – Adam Ant

Millions – Pusha T

She Found Now – My Bloody Valentine

You N Me N XTC – Chris Stamey

Sea Cruise – Gary Wilson

Somewhere – Jimi Hendrix

Top Of The World – Joe Budden

Try – Pink

I Will Do What It Takes – Gary Wilson

Sneak Out The Back Door – Ron Sexsmith

Toast To Love – Avant

Away We Go – Coheed And Cambria

Dead End Rock – The Normal Living

Exploding – Jim James

Youth Wasted – The Bronx

Started From The Bottom – Drake

Retrograde – James Blake

Born To Roll – Kelly Willis And Bruce Robison

You Can’t Be My Girl – Darwin Deez

Temper Temper – Bullets For My Valentine

Lost Weekend – The virginmarys

Good Times – Matt Costa

Sueno con Mexico – Pat Methany

Wide Lovely Eyes – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Entertainment – Phoenix

Box Chevy – Rick Ross

Upstarts – Johnny Marr

The Right Right Thing – Johnny Marr

Demon To Lean On – Wavves

Gal Wan More – Elephant Man

Taking Off – Beach Fossils

Beach Monster – STRFKR

Romanticize Me – Pissed Jeans

The Stars (Are Out Tonight) – David Bowie

There’s A Fire – Dirty Projectors

Dog Radio – Poyenso

Egypt – Doldrums

Falling In Rain – Polyenso

It’s A Beautiful Day – Michael Buble

So Good To Be Here – Boz Scaggs

Violet – Pretty Little Demons

Just Movement – Robert Delong

This Is For The Ones Who Care – Araabmusik

I’d Rather Be High – David Bowie

Butterfly – Bilal

Atomic Robo-Kid – Paul Blackford

Last Of The Summer Wine – Palma Violets

Diane Young – Vampire Weekend

Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake

Cabaret – Alice Smith

Heaven – Depeche Mode

My Baby And Me – Pep

The Chronicles Of Marnia – Marnie Stern

America – Modern Hut

Hello – Lil Wayne

Cop – Wavves

Miss America – J. Cole

Miss America – J. Cole

Fine China – Chris Brown

Prima Materia – the Virgins

Treehome 95 – Tyler The Creator

I Wanna Be A Warhol – Alkaline Trio

She Lied To The FBI – Alkaline Trio

Demon To Lean On – Wavves

Colossus – Tyler The Creator

Shadow Moses – Bring Me To The Horizon

Follow The Arrow – Kacey Mosgraves

Life Around Here – James Blake

Goldtone – Kurt Vile

Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (remix) – Kendrick Lamarr and Jay Z

Here’s to Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne

Sacrilege – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Health Plan – Pissed Jeans

(One Of those) Crazy Girls – Paramore

She’s A Lady – Paul Anka

Cape of Our Hero – Volbeat

Numbers On The Boards – Pusha T

What A Buzz – Olly Murs

You – Ha Ha Ha – Charlie XVX

Save Rock and Roll – Fall Out Boy

Heart Attack – Demi Lovato

Solo Dolo Part II – Kid Cudi

Sweet Water – The Postelles

Mosquito – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Driving Song – Shellshag

Face To Face – Shellshag

Master Hunter – Laura Marling

Tower Of song – Tom Jones

Supernatural Love – Fantasia

Love Has Come For You – Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

It’s A Beautiful Day – Michael Buble

Lose To Win – Fantasia

Calico County – Steve Earle

Sweet water – The Postelles

Switch Up – Big Sean, Common

Station To Station – The Melvins

Waddup – LL Cool J

Sex And Money – Iggy Pop

Art School – Melvins

Upstarts – Johnny Marr

Southern Pacific – The Del Lords

Daydreaming – Paramore

Let Her Go – Passenger

Without You – Fleetwood mac

Supernatural Love – Fantasia

SOS In Bel Air – Phoenix

Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty – Pistol Annies

Chin Up, Kid – Forever The Sickest Kid

#beautiful – Mariah Carey

Push Thru – Talib Kweli

Brighton beach – Rod Stewart

Get It to Me – Lady Antebellum

Spring Break Anthem – The Lonely Island

Without You – Natalie Maines

Lover, You Should’ve Come Over – Natalie Maines

Weight – Mikal Cronin

For A While – Alice Smith

Pensacola – Deerhunter

Monomania – Deerhunter

QUEEN – Janelle Monae

Unhappily Married – Pistol annies

Spoonful – Tomas Doncker

Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl – Boz Scaggs

Black Music – Nas

Tell Me When You’re Ready – Flo Rida

Unstoppable Momentum – Joe Satriani

Roadhouse Talking Blues Takes 1 – 3 – The Doors

Dumb Disco Ideas – Holy Ghost

Anklebiters – Paramore

Some Nights/ We Are Young – Straight No chaser

Dance Your Pain Away – Agnetha Faltskog

Life Is Long – David Bronson

Fragments – Thievery Corporation

This Is What It Feels Likes – Armand Van Buueren

Crazy Kids – Ke$ha

High Art – The-Dream

Gifted – French Montana

Psalm 121 – Sizzla

Add Some Music To Your day Live – The Beach Boys

I Should Live In Salt – The National

Ya Hey – Vampire Weekend

Good Love – Sizzla

Pop That – French Montana

Chicks, Man – The Del Lords

Love be Brave – Laura Marling

I Was An eagle – Laura Marling

Power Strangers – Shinobi Ninja

We Need Justice – Tomas Doncker

In This Light – Queenstyche

Nice To Meet You – Forever The Sickest Kids

Double Rainbow – Suzzy Roche And Lucy Wainwright Roche

Brick By Brick – Christopher Paul Stelling

Don’t Swallow The Cap – The Nationals

Every Last Extremist – Christopher Paul Stelling

Nothing’s Changed – Tricky

I Sat By The Ocean – Queens Of The Stoneage

Creep In A T Shirt – Portugal. The Man

Super Collider – Megadeth

Super 8 – Jason Isbell

Best Friends – The Janoskians

Girlfriend – Icona Pop

Love Song Drug Songs – X Ambassadors

The Best There Was – Sleeping With Sirens

Book Of Love – Jimmy Eat World

Rebel Beat – The Goo Goo Dolls

On Sight – Kanye West

Loadstones – The Fall

I’m Not Real (feat Earl Sweatshirt) – Mac Miller

New Slaves – Kanye West

Bound 2 – Kanye West

I Am A God – Kanye West

Black Skinhead – Kanye West

America – Modern Hut

Jesus De Milo – Jahn Xavier And The Bowerytones

Power Trip – J.Cole

Bad Girls Club – Falling In Reverse

Because The Night – Garbage, Screaming Females

After The Fall – Kodaline

Walk The Other Way – Jahn Xavier And The Bowerytones

Broken Stemmed Tenderness – Suzzy Roche And Lucy Wainwright Roche

Imaginary Friend – Suzzy Roche And Lucy Wainwright Roche

Face Off – Jessica Hernandez And The Deltas

2013 – Primal Scream

Treasure – Bruno Mars

Austin City Blues – Booker T

Kiss And Say Goodbye – Rufus Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright

Your Love Is No Love – Booker T

Nice to Meet You – Forever The Sickest Kid

Double Rainbow – Lucy And Suzzy Roche

In This Light – Queensryrch

Power Strangers – Shinobi Ninja

We Need Justice – Tomas Doncker

Love & Sex – Joe, Fantasia

Brooklyn2Ethopia – Tomas Doncker

All Is Not Lost – ABout Group


Walk On by – ABout Group

Don’t Blink – Relient K

I’ve Got Your Number, Son – She & Him

When I Feel Like It – Fabulous, 2 Chainz

Superstar – Mr. 305

Shit, Man – Skylar Gray

Picasso Baby – Jay Z

Somewhereinamerica – Jay Z

Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit – Jay Z

Where You Go – Ciara

C’mon Let Me Ride It – Skylar Gray

Tower (Don’t Look Down) – Skylar Grey

The History Of Wrong Guys – Big song on in a big musical, is a showstopper and sense it is just a girl singing and not a song and dancer the question is why?

Love Is A Bourgeoise Construct – Pet Shop Boys

Supersoaker – Kings Of Leon

Brand New Wayo – Robert Randolph

This Song Is For You – Ronald Isley

Cups – Anna Kendricks

Mind Your Manners – Pearl Jam

Little Black Dress – Sara Bareilles

Bang Bang – Will I Am

All Night – Icona Pop

Bugatti – Ace Hood

Jelly Babies – Hot Chip

Canis Major – Andrew Cedermeyer

Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony

Mama Said Knock You Out – Five Finger Death Punch

My Story – R. Kelly

The Bottle Let Me Down – Vince Gill, Paul Franklyn

Attracting Flies – Alunageorge

Hollow Hearts Unite – Hawthorne Heights

Volver A Comenzar – Marc Anthony

Silver – Kevin Mathews

Chloe (You’re The One I want) – Emblem3 – They are a modern LFO and if that doesn’t do it for you, I have no idea what does. This sounds like the same pen that brought us “Summer Girls”

Made to Love – John Legend – Did himself a lot of favors at Summerstage earlier this year. ENough for me to stop wondering when Alicia Keys had a sex change.

America – Modern Hut – “I was living with cats and April…”

Look Like A Bird – Amanda Shires

The One That Got Away – The Civil Wars

Flor Palida – Marc ANthony

Blink Of An Eye – Frances Farmer – A kids song for adults

Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia

Made Of Glass – KT Tunstall

Stayed On You – Tye Tibbett

You’ve Got Time – Regina Spektor

More Than Anything – Rudimental

Radiate – Tricia

Mercy – TV On The Radio

Roar – Katy Perry

Applause – Lady Gaga – Well, I love it any way

Bring The Noize – MIA

Gentle On My Mind – Glen Campbell

Dust to Dust – The Civil Wars

Oh, The Joy – Trixie Whitley

Better Not To Know – Amy Grant, Vince Gill – She didn’t perform it live, you know.

FOH – Superchunk

Sunday – Earl Sweatshirt

Sway – Blue October – The first time Justin has appeared on any best of list I’ve ever written.

American Autumn – Afro-Jersey

Fuck My Life 666 – Against Me!

Peace (Hold On) – Tomas Doncker Band

Get Lucky Extended mix – Daft Punk

VSOP – K. Michelle

Shabba – A$AP Fergie And A$AP Rocky – The best song from the A$AP crew since “2 Train”

Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake – Grew on me after the VMAs

Easy Easy – King Krule

Right Action – Franz Ferdinand

Rockin’ In The Free world – The Rides

Grand Slam – Jim Jones

This Evening So Soon – Bob Dylan

My Home’s In ALabama – Jamey Johnson

Berzerk – Eminem

Scholarship – Juicy J

Special Education – Goodie Mob

Been Waiting – Matt Shipkey

Stay In Touch – David Bronson

Farewell – Rod Stewart

La Festa Italiana – Matt Whipkey

Thursday – Pet Shop Boys

Sign On – Earth Wind And Fire

The One – Tamar Braxton

Okay – Holy Ghost! – This entire album is so terrific, enormously thrilling disco

The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy – The sleeper on a good album

Dance A Little Closer – Holy Ghost!

Live For – The weeknd, Drake

So We Can Live – 2 Chainz, T-Pain

Feds Watching – 2 Chainz

I Love You Too, Death – MGMT

When I Paint My Masterpiece Demo – Bob Dylan

Thursday – Pet Shop Boys

Tuxedos – Cold War Kids

Gloom – The Devil Wears Prada

Up Down (Do This All Day) – T-Pain, B-O-B

Another Love – Tom Odell

Loud Like Love – Placebo

I will – Sebadoh

Remember – Saves The Day

Lost Paraguayos Alternate Version – Rod Stewart

In Two – Nine Inch Nails

Pushin’ Against A Stone – Valerie June

Lay Me Down – Avicii

War – The Devil Wears Prada

Incompetent Assassin – David Bronson

TKO – Justin Timberlake

Rock City – Kings Of Leon

Can’t Stay Alone Tonight – Elton John

Then We Kiss – Icona Pop

Talk Dirty – Jason DeRulo

Never Enough – Trixie Whitley

Devil Is On Your Trail – Dan Whitley

Tuscan Leather – Drake

More Than – Au Revoir, Simone

Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Down The Strip – Nirvana

Flying – Kevin Jenkins

Amazing Love – JJ McCabe

Let’s Get Back To You And Me – Alan Jackson

It Had To be You – Elvis Costello

Not A Bad Thing – Justin Timberlake

We Got A Love – Shit Robot, Reggie Watts

Knockdown Dragout – Sammy Hagar, Kid Rock, Joe Satriani

Ring Of Fire – Krewella

Adore You – Miley Cyrus

Triumph Of Disintegration – Of Montreal

Put Me To Work – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Come With Me – Echosmith

Nosetalgia – Pusha T, Kendrick Lamar

Bitter Rivals – Sleigh Bells

Sugarcrush – Joanne Gruesome

Kush Coma – Danny Brown

Love Me Again – John Newman

To See The Light – Mree

Early Days – Paul McCartney

We Were Doomed From The Start (The King Is Dead) – Fall Out Boys

Interprete Sabotage – Black Milk

Future Days – Pearl Jam

Worst Behavior – Drake

Scene Of The Crime – Placebo

Another Story – The Heart And The Head

Heartbreaker – Motorhead

Birthday – Katy Perry

Queen Of New York – SHINee

Do What U Want – Lady Gaga, R. Kelly

Y.A.L.A. – M.I.A.

This Lonely Morning – Best Coast

Double Rainbow – Katy Perry

Never The Bride – Linda Thompson

All The Way Thru – JD Samson And Men

Here Comes The Night Time – Arcade Fire

Won’t Be Long Now – Linda Thompson

Pendulum – Pearl Jam

A Lullaby For You – Maria Taylor

What’ll Keep Me Out Of Heaven – Brandy Clark

Something About Knowing – Maria Taylor

Normal Person – Arcade Fire

What Death Leaves Behind – Los Campesinos

Furthest Thing – Drake

Berzerk – Eminem

Comment: 427 tracks, 28 hours, the top 20 are in order of preference.

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