My Top 13 At The Halfway Point Of 2013

Twenty_One_Pilots_-_VesselBest album by FAR this year…in my opinion…

At year’s end, I always post my favorite songs from each year. This year I was thinking I would hook you up with my Top 13 favorites SO FAR this 2013 and get a head start on the process. Here ya go!

13. Goo Goo Dolls – “Last Hot Night”
It’s a return to what got them there for the Dolls. This soaring track has all the elements of a big hit…in 1991. Here’s hoping it catches on and gets some radio play. The radio NEEDS a good pop track like this one.

12. Clutch – “Gone Cold”
Talk about grim & bare it. This song is a brooding, stalking menace with a bassline that beats like a dying heartbeat. Neil Fallons baritone vocals are as depressing as any you’ll ever hear. Remember that time you broke up with the one true love in your life? Yeah well…this will remind you how it felt.

11. Jimmy Eat World – “I Will Steal You Back”
Stereotypical Jimmy and, being a fan, that’s all good by me!

10. The National – “Humiliation”
Originally from Cincinnati (and I wish all the sources I see would STOP saying they’re from Brooklyn), the brooding sound of Matt Berninger always resonates with me. Totally dig this track that adds a little bit of a pace and references Guns N Roses. Ya GOTTA love that!

9. Barenaked Ladies – “Odds Are”
The best track from the new album “Grinning Streak,” Ladies co-founder Ed Robertson takes over the lead singer role from dearly departed former lead Steven Page and lands on both feet! Love this track! I hope it picks up some stream on pop radio…

8. Justin Timberlake – “Blue Ocean Floor”
I can’t lie…this is my favorite track on the latest from JT. Put away your suit and tie and chill to this beautiful and somewhat otherwordly track from one of the premier superstars today. If there is one downside, it’s the length. Clocking in at 7:23, it’s a little long but it’s still a keeper.

7. David Bowie – “(You Will) Set The World On Fire”
Bowie comes ROARING back on this one. It seems to be a look at the underground 60’s music scene. I guess I could look into it in more detail however I just find the cryptic lyrics to be entertaining in their own way. Awesome guitar work in this one. Welcome back Mr Bowie!

6. Rick Springfield, David Grohl & Others – “The Man That Never Was”
As I stated not too long ago, I am a Rick Springfield fan. That being said, his role in Grohl’s “Sound City” was what grounded the movie for me and this track rocks the way we all know Mr. Springfield can. Throw in some heavy duty guitar work and a hand from a cast of rockers and this one is worth repeated listenings!

5. Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young”
Why they didn’t do more upbeat music on their latest album, “Modern Vampires Of The City,” is beyond me. The crazy beat changes, the bleeps and bloops…everything in this track is AWESOME! Check it out…

4. The Boxer Rebellion – “Diamonds”
This takes me back to the late 80’s/early 90’s. Seriously…it sounds like the band Icehouse at first (you remember…”Crazy?”). But then the landscape changes with the chorus and the guitar work breaks into a U2-like blend. Very nice…

3. Middle Class Rut – “Aunt Betty”
This one simply kicks ass. I dare you to crank it up to 11 and blow out your speakers. Go ahead…dare ya. For those who like a heavy beat. Check out the video also. Pretty weird. Can’t wait for the whole album to drop at the end of the month!

2. Twenty-One Pilots – “Guns For Hands”
Straight outta Columbus, Ohio, this super cool band has made a BIG splash on my stereo with their latest release, “Vessel.” For MY money, you can’t go wrong buying the entire thing and putting it on repeat. That being said, this is my FAVORITE track off this album which is on course to be my favorite of the year.

1. They Might Be Giants – “You’re On Fire”
Don’t try to understand it…just go with it. Poppy as hell and it makes me wanna dance like a maniac! LOVE IT!!!!!