THE 30 BEST SONGS of 2013

This was a pretty good year for music, tons of great songs, when I first heard Willie Nile’s “If I ever see the Light” it jumped right out of the speakers and grabbed me by the throat, the lyrics say it all, we’ve all been in the position of fighting to see the light and Willie’s song captures it perfectly. It’s inspiring and it’s the best song of 2013.

I’ve made a montage of the top 30 songs for you to listen to, as opposed to youtube videos of each song, hoping that after you hear the montage you’ll be inclined to support these artists by buying these songs, there’s a ton of local and local based artists on this list as well..

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1.If I Ever See The Light Willie Nile (local)
2.Tripwire Elvis Costello & The Roots
3.Man Neko Case
4.Trash Wyldlife (local)
5.Getaway Pearl Jam
6.Drove Me Wild Tegan & Sara
7.Bad as We can Be Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (local)
8.Flood Cooper
9.Everyday The Del Lords (local)
10.Son of an American The So So Glos (local)
11.Down On Your Luck Hollis Brown (local)
12.Skeleton Front Bottoms (local)
13.Breathless Love Lucero
14.Everybody Out There Paul McCartney
15.Vaya Edtang (local)
16.Truth Serum Garland Jeffreys (local)
17.Thanks for Getting Fat Avon Junkies (local)
18.Champagne Mark Wilkinson
19.Song for Hope Jake Clemons
20.Like Hell Prima Donna
21.That’s Heavy James Maddock (local)
22.I can hear the devil knocking Joe Grushecky
23.The Wrong Tree Wesley Stace
24.Tennis Court Lorde
25.If our Music Plays Again Emily’s Army
26.Rockstar,rollstar, moviestar, TV star Tonio and the Change
27.Lost Bianca Monica (local)
28.Rollercoaster Static Summer (local)
29.Keep Together Hunter Hunted
30.Riot Seasons (local)


Here’s the 20 best covers of 2013, the best known original version is in ( )

Covers are are very important part of an artist’s repertoire and growth, just look at how many covers on are on the early Elvis, Beatles and Stones albums, as well in the live sets of Springsteen, The Grateful Dead and Pearl Jam…

Most of these are available via itunes etc, some only on 7 inch singles, some you had to see it live and perhaps you can find on youtube. Enjoy!

1.i’m Not Sayin Replacements (Nico)
2.Rock and Roll is Dead Prima Donna (The Rubinoos)
3.Fool To Cry Tegan & Sara (The Rolling Stones)
4.Swingin Party Lorde (The Replacements)
5.High Hopes Bruce Springsteen (The Havelinas)
6.Let Her Dance Wyldlife (Bobby Fuller Four)
7.Roving Gambler Billie Joe + Norah (traditional)
8.Lil Red Riding Hood Girl in a Coma (Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs)
9.Changes Charles Bradley and Budos Band (Black Sabbath)
10.Just Dropped In (to see what condition) The Launderettes (The First Edition)
11.You Must Fight to Live on the Planet of the Apes Peter Buck (the Mummies)
12.Johnny 99 Shovels and Rope (Bruce Springsteen)
13.D’yer Maker Bardot (Led Zeppelin)
14.I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Nick Lowe (Wizzard)
15.I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Bi-lingual Version) The Krayolas (Ramones)
16.From the Git Go Lucero (Slim Dunlap)
17.Nobody knows you when you’re down and out Neko Case (Bessie Smith)
18.Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You The Hold Steady (Billy Squier)
19.John the Revelator Joe Grushecky (Blind Willie Johnson)
20..Call It Off Bern & the Brights (Tegan & Sara)

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