Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Top 50 Songs of 2013: 50-41

You all know the drill right? Without further ado, here is a run down of the songs that have made a residency on our stereo (or at least hard drive) this year, part 1 of 5. Enjoy! 

50)Kings Of Leon - Supersoaker 
A return to their rugged best, Supersoaker proved to the world that Kings Of Leon hadn't quite sold their collective soul just yet. Carrying that same summery melody that made Youth and Young Manhood such a delight, family life seems to be treating each of the brothers (and cousin) well.




49) Wolf Alice - She
A highlight of this year's festival circuit, the North London four piece known as Wolf Alice are one of SIS's tips for 2014. Blending feral guitars with deliciously bored vocals, 'She' is grunge reincarnate for a Tumblr generation.



48) Arcade Fire - Reflektor 
The album didn't quite match up to expectations, but this disco-tinged classic works well as a standalone single, causing many a shoulder shimmy across the country's remaining indie discos. We wish them well at Glastonbury in 2014!




47)James Blake - Retrograde 
A surprise win at this year's Mercury Music Prize, success has been a long time coming for James Blake. Retrograde tested his soulful vocals to the limit, and became his most engaging moment since his take on Fiest's Limit To Your Love.



46)Charli XCX - Superlove 
The most fun support band we've seen all year, Charli XCX still remains something of a cult act despite boasting the formidable combination of undeniable stage presence and catchy pop. Perhaps she should have kept Icona Pop's 'I Love It' to herself. Nonetheless, Superlove is a sign of things to come for the precocious talent.



45)Swim Deep - Honey
It might sound a little like it's destined to be a SoccerAm soundtrack with its baggy-esque vocal, Honey's lyrical message was indie's #YOLO, rallying fans to stop making excuses, get off their bums and make things happen. Less shoegaze, more stargaze.



44)Peace - Wraith
Here at SIS, we feel a little bit like we missed the memo on the Peace fanfare, but there is no denying they captured imaginations in 2013. Wraith was their best single by far, their very own Club Tropicana cocktail party classic. We expect it will make it's way onto many a NYE hipster playlist.



43)Lady GaGa feat R Kelly - Do What You Want
Common assumption was that R Kelly had nothing more to contribute to popular music after the behemoth that was 'Ignition', but his contribution to the standout track of 'ArtPop' harked back to the glory days of RnB whilst being a bold story of indifference to the press on Gaga's part.



42)AlunaGeorge - Attracting Flies
Although the imminence of their early singles wasn't entirely replicated by the rest of their debut record, Attracting Flies added to duo AlunaGeorge's impressive collection of garage-pop singles. They also impressed us live this year - Aluna's voice live is near on record-perfect.




41)Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop 
The musical version of the film that has stuck with me most this year, Miley's Cyrus's overshadowed single of the year is gloriously catchy but with sad and disturbing undertones considering her drama reinvention. Her shock tactics may not be to everyone's taste, but there is no denying that they work.



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