Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 Steps To Nowhere: Other people's choices

Being a sampling of best of, highlights, sales charts and other cumulative gatherings of lists of the best of 2013.

Part of 2013 Steps To Nowhere

Last updated: 21 December 2013

Brian Brehmer, NME reader: His musical highlights of the year:
The Replacements getting back together
The Songs For Slim project

Glamour's song of the summer:
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

Drowned In Sound's Top Tracks:
5. Ya Hey - Vampire Weekend
4. The Throw - Jagwar Ma
3. Reflektor - Arcade Fire
2. GMF - John Grant featuring Sinead O'Connor
1. Mirrors - Justin Timberlake

Zane Lowe's 100 hottest records:
Wild For The Night (feat. Skrillex) - A$AP Rocky
Attracting Flies - AlunaGeorge
Echelon (It's My Way) - Angel Haze
Afterlife - Arcade Fire
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High - Arctic Monkeys
Love More Worry Less - Bipolar Sunshine
Carry Me - Bombay Bicycle Club
Shadow Moses - Bring Me The Horizon
Carry Me On (feat. Chrom3) - Brookes Brothers
Rango - Catfish And The Bottlemen
Be Your Toy - Cerebral Ballzy
Lost And Not Found (feat. Louis M^ttrrs) - Chase & Status
The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES
Get Away - Circa Waves
You & I - Crystal Fighters
Human - Daughter
Baby I Call Hell - Deap Vally
White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge) - Disclosure
You & Me (Baauer Remix) - Disclosure
Earthquake (feat. Dominique Young Unique) - DJ Fresh & Diplo
Bloodsports - Drenge
Headlights (feat. Nate Ruess) - Eminem
Alive - Empire Of The Sun
The Paddington Frisk - Enter Shikari
The Phoenix - Fall Out Boy
Awkward - FIDLAR
Recovery - Frank Turner
Cool Like Me - Fryars
Hate Or Glory - Gesaffelstein
Ready For Your Love (feat. MNEK) - Gorgon City
The Wire - HAIM
Call Me In The Afternoon - Half Moon Run
Isis - Hot Natured
Messiah - I See MONSTAS
Man I Need - Jagwar Ma
What Doesn't Kill You - Jake Bugg
Retrograde - James Blake
Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake) - Jay Z
Run (feat. Pusha T) - Joel Compass
My Yout (feat. Maverick Sabre) - Joey Bada$$
Love Me Again - John Newman
The War - Josh Record
Crying On My Own - Katy B
Easy Easy - King Krule
Beautiful War - Kings Of Leon
EDM Death Machine - Knife Party
Master Hunter - Laura Marling
Calling - Lewis Watson
Salient Sarah (feat. Sampha) - Lil Silva
Strong - London Grammar
Backroads - Lonely The Brave
Bring The Noize - M.I.A.
Oblivion - M84
Beggars - Mallory Knox
Bath In Black - Marika Hackman
I'm Aquarius - Metronomy
Don't Forget Who You Are - Miles Kane
Panic Station (Madeon Remix) - Muse
Come Back Haunted - Nine Inch Nails
There Will Come A Time - Noah & The Whale
I Found Love - Palma Violets
Follow Baby - Peace
Entertainment - Phoenix
Chain My Name - Poliça
My God Is The Sun - Queens Of The Stone Age
Waiting All Night (feat. Ella Eyre) - Rudimental
Walk Like A Man - Ruen Brothers
Young Blood - Saint Raymond
Nirvana - Sam Smith
Too Much - Sampha
She Will - Savages
Reload (Original i.e. Non Vocal Version) - Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash
Booyah (feat. We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson) - Showtek
Elastic Heart (feat. The Weeknd & Diplo) - Sia
Rollercoaster (feat. Sam Frank) - Skream
Turn It Around (feat. Kele) - Sub Focus
Get Down Low - TC
Chocolate - The 1976
Fly - The Child of Lov
Shot At The Night - The Killers
Hearts Like Ours - The Naked And Famous
One Way Trigger - The Strokes
Blue Collar Jane - The Strypes
Melody Calling - The Vaccines
Kiss Land - The Weeknd
Your Body Is A Weapon - The Wombats
Sunset (Jamie XX Edit) - The XX
Fragment Two - These New Puritans
Children Of The Sun - Tinie Tempah
Hold Me - Tom Odell
Holding On To You - Twenty One Pilots
Changing Of The Seasons - Two Door Cinema Club
Diane Young - Vampire Weekend
Love Is To Die - Warpaint
There Goes Our Love Again - White Lies
Afterglow - Wilkinson
Blackout (feat. Shakka) - Wretch 33
Sacrilege - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Lived A Lie - You Me At Six
Middle Sea - Yuck

New York Times Artsbeat year of Kanye West:
Is it possible to compare yourself to god in a comfortable, non-weird way?

NME Top 10 albums:
1. AM - Arctic Mokeys
2. Yeezus - Kanye West
3. Like Clockwork - Queens Of The Stone Age
4. Holy Fire - Foals
5. Silence Yourself - Savages
6. Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
7. Reflektor - Arcade Fire
8. Push The Sky Away - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
9. Once I Was An Eagle - Laura Marling
10. The Next Day - David Bowie

NME sleeve of the year:
You're Nothing - Ice Age

NME EP of the year:
Tally All The Things That You Broke - Parquet Courts

NME Mixtape of the year:
Acid Rap - Chance The Rapper

NME video of the year:
Nerve Endings - Eagulls

NME book of the year:
Autobiography - Morrissey

NME Tracks of the year:
1. Get Lucky - Daft Punk
2. Reflektor - Arcade Fire
3. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
4. Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge - White Noise
5. Sacrilege - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
6. Avant Gardener - Courtney Barnett
7. Xanman - Pond
8. My Number - Foals
9. Royals - Lorde
10. Black Skinhead - Kanye West

Markos Papadatos' Top chart-topping country track:
I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice

Pretty Much Amazing's best songs of 2013:
1. Step - Vampire Weekend
2= Reflektor - Arcade Fire
2= Play By Play - Autre Ne Veut
4. Song For Zula - Phosphorescent
5. Get Lucky - Daft Punk

Ben Ratliff of the New York Times' songs that transcend the tricks:
1. Womanchild - Cécile McLorin Salvant
2. Sunbather - Deafheaven
3. Coming Apart - Body/Head
4. Mestres Navegantes: Edição Cariri
5. Craig Taborn Trio - Chants

Speedy Ortiz's collective favourite part of the year, via Brooklyn Vegan:
Exploding In Sounds Records

Stereo Sanctity blogs the best live performances of the year:
Helen Love, Indietracks

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