QUARTERLY REPORT: Best Songs of 2013 (Part III)


In just three months, we’ll be counting down the best tracks of 2013. But, as has been the case at the end of March and June, I’ve compiled a list of the best songs released these past three months. This quarter began with Jay Z’s corporate juggernaut Magna Carta… Holy Grail, and ended with Drake’s trademarked sadness. In between, we’ve heard brilliant new music from pop purveyors such as Katy B, Chela, Summer Camp, Postiljonen, CHVRCHES, AlunaGeorge, Annie, and HAIM. Relive the best of Summer 2013 as I unveil the 50 best songs from July – September.

Check out past Quarterly Reports here: (Quarterly Report I + Quarterly Report II)

top fifty tracks (Q3)

50 Kill Paris, “Falling In Love Again”

49 Ellery James Roberts, “Kerou’s Lament”

48 Lady Gaga, “Applause”

47 Justin Timberlake, “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)”

46 Cults, “High Road”

45 Default Genders, “on fraternity”

44 Fuzz, “Loose Sutures”

43 Summer Camp, “Fresh”

42 Paul McCartney, “New”

41 Ty Segall, “Crazy”

40 Trentemøller, “The Dream”

39 Franz Ferdinand, “Evil Eye”

38 TV On The Radio, “Mercy”

37 Forest Fire, “Waiting In The Night”

36 Sam Smith, “Nirvana”

35 The Weeknd, “Wanderlust”

34 Fuck Buttons, “The Red Wing”

33 Willis Earl Beal, “Too Dry To Cry”

32 A$AP Ferg feat. A$AP Rocky, “Shabba”

31 FKA twigs, “Water Me”

30 Postiljonen, “Help”

29 AlunaGeorge, “Bad Idea”

28 Neko Case, “Night Still Comes”

27 Annie, “Invisible”

26 Cut Copy, “Free Your Mind”

25 2 Chainz feat. Pharrell, “Feds Watching”

24 Katy B, “5 AM”

23 Gent Mason, “Eden”

22 Ejecta, “Afraid Of The Dark”

21 Jay-Z, “BBC”

20 Drake feat. Sampha, “Too Much”

19 The Belle Game, “River”

18 Haim, “The Wire”

17 The Preatures, “Is This How You Feel”

16 Friends, “The Way”

15 Chela, “Romanticise”

14 CHVRCHES, “Tether”

13 Kevin Gates, “Smiling Faces”

12 Lorde, “Team”

11 Forest Swords, “The Weight Of Gold”

10 Courtney Barnett, “Avant Gardener”

9 Volcano Choir, “Acetate”

8 Janelle Monáe, “What An Experience”

7 Earl Sweatshirt, “Hive”

6 Run The Jewels, “Sea Legs”

5 Blood Orange, “Chamakay”

4 Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”

3 Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, & Jay Electronica, “Control (HOF)”

2 Darkside, “Paper Trails”

1 Drake, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

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