My Favorite Music of 2013

This year, instead of posting my “Top 10” albums of the year, I decided to expand things a bit. This is in no way a definitive list of the best music that came out in 2013 (ska fans or metal heads would find serious fault with my list), but instead this list is designed to highlight the 25 albums that I found myself listening to over and over again…the albums that moved me in some way…the albums that woke me up in the morning or put me to sleep at night or made traveling more enjoyable…the albums that put me in a creative zone and helped me get work done…the albums that I’ll keep going back to in 2014.

These are my favorite albums of 2013. 

And to compliment the list, I’ve created a Spotify playlist featuring a favorite song from each of these albums (except for you, Atoms For Peace). 

Thanks for the musical memories, 2013, and here’s to some great anticipated music in 2014 (Flying Lotus, U2, Phantogram, Kye Kye, Frank Ocean, etc…)

1. The National, “Trouble Will Find Me”
2. Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience, 1 of 2”
3. Atoms for Peace, “Atoms for Peace”
4. Leagues, “You Belong Here”
5. Local Natives, “Hummingbird”
6. Beyoncé, “BEYONCÉ”
7. The Weeknd, “Kiss Land”
8. Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires of the City”
9. Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories”
10. Toro Y Moi, “Anything in Return”
11. Nosaj Thing, “Home”
12. Gregory Alan Isakov, “The Weatherman”
13. Kanye, “Yeezus”
14. Data Romance, “Other”
15. Daughter, “If You Leave”
16. Sigur Rós, “Kveikur”
17. Robert Glasper Experiment, “Black Radio 2”
18. BT, “A Song Across Wires”
19. Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
20. Rhye, “Woman”
21. Machinedrum, “Vapor City”
22. Over the Rhine, “Meet Me At The Edge of the World”
23. Woodkid, “The Golden Age”
24. Postiljonen, “Skyer”
25. Phosphorescent, “Muchacho”

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The Best Music of 2012

The start of a new year is always a good time to look back at some of the great music that was created and released in the previous year. And as many of you have already done, I’ve once again decided to spotlight my favorite music from 2012 (along with a few disappointments). If you haven’t heard some of this music and would like to check it out, here’s a Spotify playlist for you.

2012, well played, and here’s to the hope of more great music in 2013 (I’m looking at you, Atoms For Peace).

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