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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Jim James, "A New Life"

Jim James
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The My Morning Jacket frontman's solo debut peaks with this stardust-sprinkled track, where he croons like Sam Cooke's long-lost grandson over a string-sweetened space-soul arrangement. It's a love song that's easily as cosmically pretty as anything he's done with the Jacket.

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