Posted in music on December 16, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2013
100. Factory Floor - "Fall Back"
99. Thee Oh Sees - "Toe Cutter - "Thumb Buster"
98. The Range - "Metal Swing"
97. Foxygen - "No Destruction"
96. Ty Segall - "Sleeper"
95. Swearin' - "Dust in the Gold Sack"
94. Duke Dumont - "Need U (100%)" [ft. A*M*E]
93. David Bowie - "Love Is Lost" (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy)
92. Lil Durk - "Dis Ain't What U Want"
91. Forest Swords - "Thor's Stone"
90. Yo La Tengo - "Ohm"
89. Young Thug - "Picacho"
88. Grouper - "Vital"
87. The National - "Pink Rabbits"
86. Ty Dolla $ign - "Paranoid" [ft. Joe Moses]
85. Janelle Monae - "Q.U.E.E.N." [ft. Erykah Badu]
84. Chvrches - "Recover"
83. My Bloody Valentine - "New You"
82. Jon Hopkins - "Open Eye Signal"
81. Disclosure - "Help Me Lose My Mind" [ft. London Grammar]
80. Future - "Karate Chop" [ft. Casino]
79. Omar Souleyman - "Wenu Wenu"
78. Mariah Carey - "#Beautiful" [ft. Miguel]
77. Julia Holter - "Hello Stranger"
76. Fuck Buttons - "Brainfreeze"
75. Youth Lagoon - "Mute"
74. M.I.A. - "Come Walk With Me"
73. Big Sean - "Control (HOF)" [ft. Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica]
72. Darkside - "The Only Shrine I've Seen"
71. Arctic Monkeys - "Do I Wanna Know?"
70. Neko Case - "Man"
69. 2 Chainz - "Feds Watching" [ft. Pharrell]
68. Kurt Vile - "Goldtone"
67. Daft Punk - "Doin' It Right" [ft. Panda Bear]
66. Chance the Rapper - "Chain Smoker"
65. Robin Thicke - "Blurred Lines" [ft. T.I. and Pharrell]
64. Prurient - "You Show Great Spirit"
63. Young Galaxy - "Pretty Boy" (Peaking Lights Remix)
62. Vampire Weekend - "Ya Hey"
61. Charli XCX - "You (Ha Ha Ha)"
60. Thundercat - "Heartbreaks + Setbacks"
59. Majical Cloudz - "Bugs Don't Buzz"
58. Sky Ferreira - Nobody Asked Me (If I Was OK)"
57. Classixx - "All You're Waiting For" [ft. Nancy Whang]
56. Chief Keef - "Citgo"
55. Justin Timberlake - "Mirrors"
54. Rich Homie Quan - "Type of Way"
53. Deerhunter - "Monomania"
52. Pharmakon - "Crawling on Bruised Knees"
51. Arcade Fire - "Afterlife"
50. Phosphorescent - "Song for Zula"
49. Courtney Barnett - "Avant Gardener"
48. Pusha T - "Numbers on the Boards"
47. DJ Rashad - "Let It Go"
46. A$AP Ferg - "Hood Pope"
45. Glass Candy - "Warm in the Winter"
44. Parquet Courts - "Stoned and Starving"
43. FKA twigs - "Water Me"
42. Todd Terje - "Strandbar (disko)"
41. Janelle Monae - "PrimeTime" [ft. Miguel]
40. Kanye West - "Bound 2"
39. Waxahatchee - "Swan Dive"
38. Migos - "Versace"
37. Perfect Pussy - "I"
36. Rhye - "Open"
35. A$AP Rocky - "Fuckin' Problems" [ft. 2 Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar]
34. Haim - "Falling"
33. Run the Jewels - "Banana Clipper" [ft. Big Boi]
32. Disclosure - "White Noise" [ft. Alunageorge]
31. Lorde - "Royals"
30. Daft Punk - "Touch"
29. Savages - "She Will"
28. Kingdom - "Bank Head" [ft. Kelela]
27. Chvrches - "The Mother We Share"
26. My Bloody Valentine - "Only Tomorrow"
25. Danny Brown - "Kush Coma"
24. Jai Paul - "Str8 Outta Mumbai"
23. A$AP Ferg - "Shabba" [ft. A$AP Rocky]
22. Majical Cloudz - "Childhood's End"
21. James Blake - "Retrograde"
20. Kurt Vile - "Wakin on a Pretty Day"
19. The Knife - "Full of Fire"
18. Drake - "Worst Behavior"
17. Sophie - "Bipp"
16. Blood Orange - "You're Not Good Enough" [ft. Samantha Urbani]
15. Bill Callahan - "Small Plane"
14. Vampire Weekend - "Step"
13. Earl Sweatshirt - "Sunday" [ft. Frank Ocean]
12. Sky Ferreira - "I Blame Myself"
11. Kanye West - "Blood on the Leaves"
10. Autre Ne Veut - "Play by Play"
9. Deafheaven - "Dreamhouse"
8. Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" [ft. Pharrell]
7. Disclosure - "Latch"
6. Haim - "The Wire"
5. Ciara - "Body Party"
4. Arcade Fire - "Reflektor"
3. Vampire Weekend - "Hannah Hunt"
2. Kanye West - "New Slaves"
1. Drake - "Hold On, We're Going Home" [ft. Majid Jordan]

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Comments (71)

putting two black guys at #1 and 2 kinda makes up for taking a young black teen with a gun-related criminal record to a shooting range for an interview. right?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:10 AM

No Bank Head?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:13 AM

"No Bank Head?"

it's #28

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:15 AM

lol Asap Ferg.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:17 AM

The fact that Haim is only on this list twice is evidence that Pitchfork is useless. The fact that Kanye and Drake are on there at all is evidence that Pitchfork has no taste.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:17 AM

"Maybe if we put Sky on the list twice, she'll fuck us."
"We could just buy her a few dozen decks of H."
"True, but this is Pitchfork. We don't know any drug dealers."
"Oh yeah. Word, homie."

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:20 AM

You're useless!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:21 AM

pitchfork needs to broaden their tastes in music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:29 AM

This is a joke right?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:29 AM

ugh you guyz just stoled this from pitchfork. site isnt what it used to be uggh

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:32 AM

"What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?"


It's 2013, not 2006. How are these questions still relevant? Their lists (and by extension, all 'indie blog' lists) are as useless as TRL.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:34 AM

where the fuck is bank head

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:36 AM

NO SUPERCHUNK?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:36 AM

35. the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:47 AM

Another crappy list

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:48 AM

Pitchfork is an absolute joke.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:50 AM

Terrible, just terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:54 AM

Ah sweet mother earth, hummus didn't make the list this year?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:00 AM

Shit's written by 22 year olds straight out of the Mid-West. Had a conversation with one of the writers once, and that person complained about having to go see "some band called Kraftwerk."

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:01 AM

10:01- frightening thing is you're probably serious.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:04 AM

This is a joke right?

Posted by Only Bill Is Real | December 16, 2013 10:05 AM

The best thing about pitchfork is their reverse chronological ratings of Daft Punk. All their good albums received shitty scores and then their newest one received the highest score on the site. Also, if an album gets a good review or is seen as a staple. Pitchfork goes back and changes the scores. Fucking music nerds go back to Idaho

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:05 AM

They didn't include one song from The Pizza Underground? Ha jokes

Posted by Macaulay Culkin | December 16, 2013 10:07 AM

more waxyhatchetbangs! more Haim! more beach fossils! uuuugh

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:07 AM

>>Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it.

Undeniably mediocre?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:13 AM

@ 9:15, sry I'm illiterate and was too busy having a rage stroke to clearly read this trash rag of a list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:46 AM

I want to make a list of the 100 stupidest lists. I would put the above list at number 3.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 10:48 AM

Save Ferris, It Means Everything, 9.5

There's nothing else that needs to be said.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:29 AM

I can't believe they left out DIIV- 42 Decks In My Sight

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:33 AM

1. Led Zeppelin- "Kashmir" (feat. P.Diddy)

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:37 AM

@10:05 The only time Pitchfork ever changes a score is if an album is reissued. Otherwise, they cover their asses by including it on a "Top ??? Albums of ???" list like they did with Homework and Discovery. See also:

Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
Björk - Vespertine
Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors
Basement Jaxx - Rooty
2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2
Beck - Sea Change
The White Stripes - Elephant
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
My Morning Jacket - Z
The National - Alligator
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

...and that's not to mention hip-hop classics that were never even reviewed in the first place (e.g. Aquemini, Stankonia, Supreme Clientele).

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:42 AM

They probably hide behind desks when someone mentions them giving Source Tags and Codes a 10.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:46 AM

I have no problem denying the #1 song on this list. Still don't get Drake. The song is overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 11:46 AM

this list makes me sad for the future

Posted by SC | December 16, 2013 12:02 PM

Embarrassing for everyone involved.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 12:24 PM

number 42 should be diiv

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 12:30 PM

white apologist bullshit list

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 12:46 PM

11:42 shut up Ian Cohen.

Also Source was the leading rap reviewer for a decade, yet they did this. Rerating is common.

Albums that originally received 4.5 Mics, and were later re-rated to five:

Breaking Atoms -- Main Source
Death Certificate -- Ice Cube
The Chronic -- Dr. Dre
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) -- Wu-Tang Clan
Ready to Die -- The Notorious B.I.G.
The Infamous -- Mobb Deep
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... -- Raekwon
2001 -- Dr. Dre

Albums that originally received four mics, and were later re-rated to five:

Grip It! On That Other Level -- Geto Boys
Doggystyle -- Snoop Doggy Dogg
The Diary -- Scarface
Me Against the World -- 2Pac
The Score -- The Fugees
Reasonable Doubt -- Jay-Z

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 12:50 PM

http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/19fxq7/til_pitchfork_media_deletes_and_changes_reviews/

Also- the only good albums on pitchfork usually have like a 6.2-7.3 rating on the site. All others can be forgotten usually

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 12:54 PM

Undeniable? damn brooklyn vegan, why'd you sip on the kool aid?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 1:09 PM

How does pitchfork even make money? Do they have ads? A another reason they are a joke is because they have the original Nicolas ajar album like a 7, but his new mediocre and worst album got like a 9.5. Pitchfork was resourceful in like 2003, but now it's pointless. Id say spin is better even

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 1:29 PM

Haim

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 1:31 PM

close but no cigar.

clearly trying to keep the artists mixed, when they know some artists have 4-5 tracks that top any of that crap in the bottom 50.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 1:33 PM

Pitchfork has become so stale, that even the criticism of pitchfork has become stale. How do young people find music nowadays? I cannot believe that these blogs mean much to the average 16-20 year old. If they do, than music is totally fucked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 1:40 PM

I find Pitchfork useful on a day-to-day basis.....if you wade through the crap and dig deeper, you can discover some interesting albums and tracks that are reviewed by people like Marc Masters. But their more prominent reviews and this top 100 stuff are just awful and embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 1:54 PM

Yeah unfortunately Masters and Currin only get that "Out Door" column to go long on interesting stuff. Besides them that site is a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 1:57 PM

Allmusic >>>>>> P4K

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 2:04 PM

CDBABY.COM >>>>>>P4K

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 2:24 PM

Happy Haimukkah.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 4:32 PM

any critic who DOESN'T re-rate albums is a fool, and any publication that doesn't allow its critics to change their minds is not worth reading.

changing your mind about music is part of the experience of listening to it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 4:41 PM

4:41- shut the fuck up Ian Cohen

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 5:12 PM

3 songs from Vampire Weekend? List is invalid.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 5:57 PM

How in the fuck are there Pitchfork apologists? Everyday they go to work to rebrand themselves as a mainstream site for the top 40 set, with a little indie thrown in for good measure. It is affecting the entire 'indie' press, including this site.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 8:37 PM

So true, all these "indie" sites or basically Top 40 site sites now with a little indie thrown in for perceived credibility. It's where the money is I guess. The shit they pass off to people now amazes me. When you start to try and pass off Haim as this seminal important thing, you're just insulting my intelligence.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:07 PM

10:78AM ftw (for the win)

Posted by Denny's Patron | December 16, 2013 9:36 PM

9:07- I agree. its also weird how all the top albums these sites rate are written/produced by the same guy.

http://pitchfork.com/features/update/9264-ariel-rechtshaid/

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2013 9:52 PM

There's a lot of hate and disappointment going on, but what are the arguments? Do you really believe the writers of this site are disingenuous in their taste? That they don't really love these songs? That that love is somehow diluted? I don't read Rolling Stone or NME, because my taste differs from theirs usually, but I don't doubt the earnestness of their taste. I just don't read them. I don't hate them, or get disappointed by them expressing what they love. If there's credence to this conspiratorial notion bubbling underneath a couple of these comments - that Pitchfork somehow is bought out - then that's real news and mars their reputation for sure, but I haven't seen any evidence.

Posted by Ian | December 17, 2013 12:34 AM

12:34, if you are seriously Ian Cohen. You need to take writing clases.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2013 12:43 AM

-Ian Walters

Posted by Ian Walters | December 17, 2013 12:43 AM

Fuck Ian Cohen & Fuck Chris OTT. Chris OTT is a fucking bitch & so is Ian Cohen. Fuck Shallow rewards

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2013 12:44 AM

^Ian Walters,

NME, Rollingstone, Stereogum, & Pitchfork are basically the same now. They are like the associated press for shitty music journalism.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2013 1:06 AM

1234...you are either very clever, or the biggest fucking idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2013 1:44 AM

REALLY bad year for music. Also, 1:06 is 100 percent right.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2013 9:11 AM

Pitchfork leaks the Urban Outfitters hiring exam!

Posted by Sal Chicho | December 17, 2013 3:49 PM

Every Drake song I've heard has been dogshit on any level. #1 and #18? I'm glad people are calling Pitchfork on this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2013 8:01 PM

STONG LISZT.

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2013 12:15 AM

ASAP Ferg?

Kanye?

Elohfukinel...

This website really fell the fuk off in the last few years.

They claim to promote the NY music scene but they don't even know who KA or Doppelgangaz are.

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