30 Supreme Song Moments Of The Year So Far

  • 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."

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    Added: 05 Aug 2013

  • "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."

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    Added: 27 Nov 2012

  • 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.”

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    Added: 21 Mar 2013

  • 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”.

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    Added: 10 May 2013

  • 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”.

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    Added: 08 Jan 2013

  • 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’.

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    Added: 20 Feb 2013

  • Frightened Rabbit gets raw Cutting one-liners are sometimes the most striking song moments, and NME’s Emily Mackay chose this, from Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Nitrous Gas’. “The bitter, pithy gibes die away into bare honesty, and we get the real one-liner: “If happiness won’t live with me, I think I can live with that.””

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    Added: 11 May 2011

  • 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.”

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    Added: 07 Jun 2013

  • 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”.

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    Added: 08 Jul 2013

  • 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.”

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    Added: 14 Jun 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 05 Nov 2012

  • 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.

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    Added: 14 Aug 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 24 Jun 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 07 Jun 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 20 Feb 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 14 Jan 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 11 Jul 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 29 Jul 2013

  • “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.

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    Added: 14 Jul 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 20 Dec 2012

  • 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.

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    Added: 15 Aug 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 10 Jun 2013

  • 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..

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    Added: 08 Jan 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 23 May 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 20 Feb 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 15 Jul 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’

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    Added: 30 Jun 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 28 Jun 2013

  • Blue lollinob One Twitter user chose the moment in Justin Timberlake's 'Strawberry Bubblegum' "where he compares his knob to a blue lollipop".

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    Added: 25 Apr 2013