That little bit in a song. Not the whole track, but a little something that gives you thrills. Here are 30 of the best song moments of 2013 so far, chosen by NME staff and readers. NME’s Eve Barlow has chosen the guitar solo in HAIM’s ‘Falling’, saying: “the beat dissipates, the soundscape clears and all that’s left is Danielle and a killer shred guitar solo.”
“Cave goes batshit on the piano.”
NME’s Lucy Jones has chosen the coda from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Jubilee Street’, calling it “on record but particularly live, one of the finest moments of the year.”
David Bowie reappears, seemingly, from nowhere
NME’s Greg Cochrane picks the moment he first heard the new David Bowie material has been unrivalled in 2013. “Hearing the raspy voice of a icon I’d never expected new music from, was, and still is, an exhilarating moment.”
Futuristic narration in Daft Punk’s Giorgio By Moroder’
Forget ‘Get Lucky’, this is probably the moment of ‘Random Access Memories’, when Giovanni Giorgio introduces himself and “the sound of the future”. NME’s Kevin EG Perry says: “I still haven’t found another sound as cool”.
Jagwar Ma drop the bomb
Drops are always something to get excited about in songs, but Jagwar Ma take it a step further in ‘The Throw’. NME’s Dan Stubbs describes it as “no-drugs-necessary raving”.
Savages’ killer clarinet solo
“That clarinet solo at the end: clearing a path through the rubble of noise with a rude, unfettered squawk before leveling into something elegantly, exquisitely poignant and poised” is how NME’s Ben Hewitt sees this moment in the band’s track ‘Dear Marshal’.
Hurry Up With My Damn Croissants
A surefire choice in this category for many, NME Reviews Editor Tom Howard has chosen this line from Kanye West’s ‘I Am A God’ which will, he writes, “surely be the most quoted moment from any song released this year.”
The chorus of Mount Kimbie’s ‘Made To Stray’
There were many highlights on Mount Kimbie’s second album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’, and NME’s David Renshaw chose the chorus of ‘Made To Stray’, the “pop chorus of the year”.
Pond’s ‘Xanman’ riff
NME’s Rhian Daly says that this riff, which kicks back in towards the end of the track, is “pretty unbeatable” and “absolutely, intensely exciting.”
The National’s Matt Berninger’s demons
“There’s a moment towards the end of ‘Demons’, from The National’s sixth album ‘Trouble Will Find Me’, where Berninger simply utters the word “fuck”, and it’s the most powerful, emotive word sung in music this year”, says NME’s Will Richards.
And now what the NME readers chose…
Samples can often make a song, and many of you chose the piece in Disclosure’s ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn’, the opener of their number 1 debut album ‘Settle’, as your song moment of 2013 so far.
Boom, tish tish
So many different parts of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ came up as peoples’ song moment of 2013. The riff, the chorus, that drum beat. It’s a classic.
That killer second verse in ‘New Slaves’
Let’s be fair, there are many highlights of Kanye West’s latest album ‘New Slaves’, but the simply stunning second verse of ‘New Slaves’ has to be up there as one of the song moments of the year.
Julian’s falsetto in ‘One Way Trigger’
Julian Casablancas and falsetto aren’t two things you usually put together, so when he blasted out this one on new album ‘Comedown Machine’ track ‘One Way Trigger’, it was sure to be a highlight.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a gospel choir
Everyone got a massive shock when the YYYs’ comeback single ‘Sacrilege’ ended with a boost from a gospel choir, but after the initial reaction, it went down a treat.
Janelle Monae is the ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’
Janelle’s second studio album ‘The Electric Lady’ is to be released next month, and NME readers thought her electrifying verse on ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’, the track already released from the album, was a brilliant moment.
Yannis’ yelp in ‘Inhaler’
This first track from ‘Holy Fire’ signaled a real change in direction for Foals, and when the unbelievably heavy chorus hit, met with a scream of “spaaaaaaace”, it became a definite highlight of 2013 immediately.
“I’d rather be alooooone”
Phoenix’s ‘Entertainment’ is track of the year so far for many, and vocalist Thomas Mars’ chorus of “I’d rather be alone” hit many of you as the song moment of the year.
Piano riffs can rival guitars for moments of the year…
“That first piano chord in ‘Morals’ by Iceage” was an NME reader’s choice for moment of the year. One chord, easy as that.
Come & Get It
You know the drop we, and the NME readers, are talking about in Selena Gomez’s track ‘Come & Get It’. Drops like this make nights out. And song moments of the year lists.
You know Johnny Marr’s guitar sound…
Well, it’s still as potent and distinctive as ever on his new solo album ‘The Messenger’ as it ever was on ‘This Charming Man’ and ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, making many of your moments of the year.
Savages strike again
As well as the clarinet solo that NME’s Ben Hewitt chose as his 2013 song moment, a reader thinks the moment the bass kicks in on ‘Shut Up’ is better. You decide..
It’s ended. Wait, no it hasn’t!
‘Borrowed Time’ by the brilliant Parquet Courts has an abrupt stop about thirty seconds from the end, kidding you that it’s the end. Then it kicks back into their addictive punk sound, adding a ton more energy than before.
QOTSA straight back into the swing of things
The very first moment of an album can prove really special, and Queens Of The Stone Age managed this on new record ‘Like Clockwork’, with a number of you saying the bass intro to album opener ‘Keep Your Eyes Peeled’ was your song moment of 2013 so far.
Voices breaking in the most brilliant ways
There’s something very real and special about a voice breaking in a particular high bit of a track. Suede’s Brett Anderson does just this when singing the “but they will love you” refrain of ‘Barriers’, and it makes a lot of your lists.
Biffy Clyro gone mariachi
The intro to ‘Spanish Radio’ from Biffy’s double album ‘Opposites’ was met with a comprehensive bemused look, but after the original shock, it really stuck for a number of NME readers, who thought the little intro was their song moment of 2013.
“The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out.”
What a lyric from Vampire Weekend. This line comes from ‘Step’, from the band’s third album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’
Beady Eye get deep
Another sure fire hit is sticking a spoken word section onto a song, and an NME reader proves this, citing the end of Beady Eye’s ‘Flick Of The Finger’ as their song moment of the year.
One Twitter user chose the moment in Justin Timberlake’s ‘Strawberry Bubblegum’ “where he compares his knob to a blue lollipop”.