100 Best Songs of 2013

Daft Punk went disco, Kendrick Lamar murdered the competition, and a 16-year-old New Zealander dissed bling and made the whole world sing

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James Blake, "Retrograde"

James Blake
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This dazzling tough-love space-blues track builds off the U.K. soulman's somber, scat-hummed melody, looped with muted piano chords and measured hand claps. When that gorgeous synth build hits midway through, it's like dawn after a rough night.

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