The Top 50 Songs of 2013 (That We’ve Heard)

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What is a song? By the bare bones definition it is “a short poem or other set of words set to music.” But anyone who’s ever listened to music knows that a good song is much more than that. A song can be a portrayal of a mindset, or a reflection of one’s self. A song can be a physical release, or it can be an emotional cage. What songs you listen to can dictate how you feel. How you feel can dictate what songs you listen to. A song can make you think that your title is ‘Mr. CEO’, or it can just plain tell you that this is what it feels like. Are you drunk in love? Are you all the way live? Do you frequently lose yourself to dance? Or did you just get lost in the hive? All of this is what a song “is”.

The year 2013 has come and gone, but the point is that it left us with music that ranged from profound, to absurd, to downright silly. There were songs that were obscure, well-known, and ones that fell somewhere in between. Miley Cyrus didn’t make the cut, but “Hannah Montana” did. There’s James Blake with his heartache, and Drake on his worst behavior. Future let us know we’re not about… well anything. And Kanye continued to simultaneously amaze, alienate, and infuriate people in a manner only he could do. With all that said, these are our 50 favorite songs, and ones we believe that best embody the awesome year that was 2013. There’s something here for everybody and, at this point, your pretty much done having to read anymore (yay!). Now all we want you to do is listen, so please do that and enjoy.

50. “Hannah Montana” x Migos

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49. “100” x Ratking

48. “My Story” x R. Kelly feat. 2 Chainz

47. “Emmanuel” x Basecamp

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46. “LVL” x A$AP Rocky

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45. “Drunk In Love” x Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z

44. “J.A.W.S.” x Lxury

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43. “Without” x Sampha

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42. “King Push” x Pusha T

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41. “Royals” x Lorde

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40. “So Far Away” x Charli XCX

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39. “Hive” x Earl Sweatshirt feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies

38. “Open” x Rhye

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37. “The Mother We Share” x Chvrches

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36. “Sh!t” x Future

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35. “Tunnel Vision” x Justin Timberlake

34. “Versace” (Remix) x Migos feat. Drake

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33. “Body Party” x Ciara

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32. “Warm Water/Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)” x Banks

31. “Whole Crew” x Lil’ Bibby

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30. “Threatz” x Denzel Curry feat. Yung Simmie & Robb Bank$

29. “Neptune Estate” x King Krule

28. “OG Bobby Johnson” x Que

27. “Shape” x Glasser

26. “Black Skinhead” x Kanye West

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25. “Type Of Way” x Rich Homie Quan

24. “The Way” x Friends

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23. “We Made It Freestyle” x Drake feat. Soulja Boy

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22. “Move Love” (Kaytranada Edition) x Robert Glasper Experiment

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21. “Doin’ It Right” x Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear

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20. “Pusha Man” x Chance The Rapper feat. Nate Fox & Lili K

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19. “M&Ms” x Tei Shi
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18. “Red Eye” x Kid CuDi feat. Haim

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17. “Shabba” x A$AP Ferg feat. A$AP Rocky

16. “Worst Behaviour” x Drake

15. “When A Fire Starts To Burn” x Disclosure

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14. “This Is What It Feels Like” x Banks

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13. “Lose Yourself to Dance” x Daft Punk

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12. “Shot You Down” (Remix) x Isaiah Rashad feat. Jay Rock & ScHoolboy Q

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11. “Genevieve” x Jai Paul

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10. “You’re Not Good Enough” x Blood Orange feat. Samantha Urbani

9. “Do I Wanna Know?” x Arctic Monkeys

8. “Step” x Vampire Weekend

7. “Break it” x Danny Brown

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6. “Man Of The Year” x ScHoolboy Q

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5. “My Song 5” x Haimhaim-600-1375876988

4. “Rose Quartz” x Toro Y Moi

3. “Retrograde” x James Blake

2. “Latch” x Disclosure

1. “Blood On The Leaves” x Kanye West

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