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Playlist: CHARGED.fm's Top 50 Songs of 2013

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What band tops our list of best songs of the year and what else made the cut?

Playlist: CHARGED.fm's Top 50 Songs of 2013

With the year drawing to a close, the time for year-end lists is upon us. Best this, worst that, most surprising this and so-on, so-forth. We put out a list halfway through the year of our Top Songs of 2013... So Far. This new playlist is like that list, except that it's been taking anabolic steroids for the past six months. I'm blowing things out: 50 songs to end 2013 on a high note. The Top 10 are ordered in my personal favorite, then the remaining 40 are in no distinct order. 

The 40 includes selections from super-talented performers like Drake, Franz Ferdinand, Tegan and Sara, David Bowie. It also contains songs from newer artists like Dan Croll, Hozier and Laura Mvula. Just like with the first list, some songs are not yet on Spotify, so stuff by artists like Chance the Rapper or Wet or other obscure artists isn't on the list. But there's still plenty of other stuff to include, and it's so jam-packed with music that some songs from the first list DIDN'T EVEN CRACK THIS ONE. It's cutthroat out there. 

Here's the Top 10: 

10. "Tempest" by Lucius - Every time I hear the gorgeous harmonizing of Lucius, I melt a little on the inside. These ladies have my heart forever and ever, and "Tempest" only solidifies my love for them.

9. "Royals" by Lorde - This song hasn't gotten old for me like it has for others. It's one of the definitive songs of 2013 and just a jam you can really enjoy when it comes right down to it.

8. "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams - The song of the summer still gets Top 10 love from me. I will never tire of hearing this.

7. "Afterlife" by Arcade Fire - I might have been swayed a bit by Greta Gerwig's incredible dancing to this song during the YouTube Music Awards, but either way it's my favorite off of the new album Reflektor. It's everything I love about their new record: danceability, depth and fun.

6. "Recover" by CHVRCHES - "Recover" has plenty of staying power. This is a lasting song and record from the Scottish trio, and it's definitely not leaving the Top 10 (even if if drops a few spots).

5. "Pumpin Blood" by NONONO - This addicting song came on late, but it's been on repeat since around October. I can't stop playing it, and the whistling gets me every time. NONONO is poised for big things, and this single is the first in a long line of catchy songs these guys will put out.

4. "Supersoaker" by Kings of Leon - While I wasn't overly thrilled with their new album Mechanical Bull, "Supersoaker" is a definite winner. It has a throwback quality of past albums while maintaining a newfound level of maturity.

3. "Black Skinhead" by Kanye West - From the beat to Kanye's ferocity on this track, there isn't much to dislike here. The song has gotten me ten times more excited for the upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street just from being in the trailer.

2. "Step" by Vampire Weekend - The best song from one of the best albums of the year. "Step" is a no-brainer here.

1. "Do I Wanna Know?" by Arctic Monkeys - Still number one, and rightfully so. "Do I Wanna Know" is so distinctive and memorable. The opening guitar riff with that driving drum and Alex Turner's forceful vocals are just so powerful. This song has consistently been in my top-three all year and it ends the year where it started for me: up at the top.

Listen to our full playlist below and check out the rest of the 50 songs on CHARGED.fm's Top 50 Songs of 2013.

What do you think of our list? What was your favorite song of the year? Let us know in the comments section!

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