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So we had so much fun putting together our Top Albums list, we decided to go ahead and make a Top Songs list too! Hopefully this kind of makes up for not posting all year! This list basically collects the songs that really killed us this year, whether they were world-conquering disco anthems, churning electronic chamber pieces, Billboard Top-40 hits, covers of Billboard Top-40 hits, or slowed-down versions of Dolly Parton classics – these are all just amazing songs.

Our rules for inclusion were simple: only one song per artist (Sorry “Afterlife”!), songs could come from one of our Favorite Albums, but couldn’t have been included in our Favorite Album post (Sorry “Holy”!), and finally, every song had to be unequivocally awesome. I promise they all qualify.

They’re listed below in alphabetical order by artist, because we don’t hate ourselves and weren’t about to rank these in any kind of favorite order. That being said, my favorite song of the year was hands-down “Song For Zula” by Phosphorescent. That song is my 2013 jam. Here’s hoping you find your 2013 jam below.

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Jose Gonzales’ long-time band Junip is going to release their first ever full-length album in September. The album is called Fields, and is being preceded by an EP, called Rope & Summit. The EP is free (see link below), and it’s pretty darn good. If you already know and like Gonzales, then you’ll know exactly what to expect – lots of gorgeous nylon-stringed guitar and shadowy vocals, wrapped up in complex and beautiful compositions. The main difference here is that his normally spare production gets turned up a notch with a full band surrounding and supporting him – and like I said, it’s good.

Below is the link to download the full EP (for free!), as well as the EP’s title track. I’ve also thrown in the Nick Drake cover that Gonzales did with The Books for Dark Was The Night – which happens to be one of my very favorite songs from the project. Enjoy!

Download: Junip – Rope and Summit EP

mp3: Junip – Rope and Summit
from the Rope and Summit EP

mp3: The Books feat. Jose Gonzales – Cello Song (Nick Drake cover)
from the album Dark Was The Night (buy it here)

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