Last week NME revealed its tracks and albums of the year– but what about NME readers? We asked you to have your say on the year’s best tracks and the results are now in. Kicking us off at number 20 is ‘Wild For The Night’, A$AP Rocky and Skrillex’s booming account of a sleazy night on the tiles.
Merchandise impressed NME readers enough with ‘Anxiety’s Door’ to earn themselves the Number 19 slot on the best tracks of 2013 as chosen by you. “Track of the year, band of the year, plain and simple,” said Martin Reid on Twitter.
One of the most popular new acts across numerous NME writers’ and readers’ polls, Courtney Barnett is evidently making quite an impression. The enchanting ‘Avant Gardener’ is in at Number 18.
“Just a great collaboration,” said NME reader Greiber Forde of Pulp and Soulwax’s bombastic ‘After You’, released in celebration of Record Store Day.
From those siren synths to that line about the delights of French pastries, ‘I Am God’ is as unforgettable as they come. “CHOOOON!” commented Rick Starkey on Facebook.
A chart topper the globe over, New Zealand artist Lorde introduced herself to the world in emphatic fashion with the all-conquering ‘Royals’ in 2013.
Stompier than a rhino breakout at Marwell Zoo, ‘Black Skinhead’ is Kanye West at his most incendiary, delivering a damning assessment of today’s supposed ‘post-racial’ American society. Chilling.
Huge choruses, gospel choirs, skyscraper hooks – the Yeah Yeah Yeahs pulled out all the stops to make their first taste of new album ‘Mosquito’ one of the most arresting tracks of 2013. The artwork’s pretty mind-melting too.
“POND POND POND POND POND POND!” was Barry Glending’s take on single of the year – a simple, powerful message, much like the band’s brilliant ‘Xanman’.
Within mere hours of debuting online, this collaboration between AlunaGeorge and Disclosure, two of British dance’s hottest new hopes, had racked up 28,000 listens on Soundcloud, such was the frenzy of excitement to hear ‘White Noise’. No wonder it won the number 10 slot in NME readers’ tracks of 2013.
In at number 9, it’s Haim with ‘Falling’ – a track “you can just never get out of your head” according to Sarah Cotton on Twitter. No arguments with that assessment here, Sarah.
Set on a road in Nick Cave’s native Brighton, ‘Jubilee Street’ marries trademark Cave lyrics – dark, full of potent imagery – with the most hypnotizing of guitar loops.
The highest placed new act on this year’s list of readers’ best tracks, Drenge’s racket was every bit as high octane as you’d expect on a song called ‘Bloodsports’ – visceral, violent, very exciting.
“Queens should get as many votes as babies have been conceived to Josh Homme’s music,” said Alina Felkroys of ‘If I Had A Tail’ by Queens of the Stone Age. “I.E. A LOT OF VOTES.”
A bright slab of disco rock, it’s no surprise to see Arcade Fire’s comeback single ‘Reflektor’ placed high in NME readers’ tracks of 2013, especially after comments like Jen Wyellan’s on Facebook: “Single of the year, hands down.”
“There’s only one David Bowie,” wrote David Lamb on Twitter. “He proves it on this song.” ‘Where Are We Now?’ was the iconic songwriter’s surprise return single all the way back at the beginning of the year and according to NME readers, its melancholy power hasn’t dimmed since.
NME writers voted Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ track of the year but the Robo-disco revivalists will have to settle for fourth place in your poll of 2013’s finest singles. Can’t win them all, fellas.
In at number 3 is Queens of the Stone Age with ‘Smooth Sailin’ from their pubishing studio return, ‘…Like Clockwork’. “Josh Homme is the daddy,” was NME reader Louis Green’s rationale. “Everyone else is a wimpering fool next to him.”
Released in June, ‘Do I Wanna Know’ spelt out in loud blasts of guitar just how mighty a band Arctic Monkeys had become since relocating to LA. “An instant classic,” said reader Leah Warren on NME’s Facebook page. “This year’s best track and probably next year’s too. And the year after’s.”
Topping NME readers’ best tracks of 2013 is Foals’ ‘My Number’. A highlight of the Oxford art-rockers’ acclaimed ‘Holy Fire’ album, its none-catchier chorus made it a “2013 festival anthem” according to NME reader Ian Restkin. “I saw people singing it even at festivals Foals weren’t playing. It’s blood massive.”