It's that time of year again: The snow falls and Christmas trees light up, uncles get embarrassingly drunk on eggnog and Fuse rolls out our annual best-of lists. Next up: The Fuse Staff's 40 Best Songs of 2013. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, herein lies your go-to list of the essential tracks from the past 12 months, from punk to pop, rock to R&B and beyond.
All your favorites artists—Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Vampire Weekend, Miley Cyrus, Kings of Leon and many, many more—are all included. Plus, there are other lesser-known gems ripe for discovery, like "On Blue Mountain" by Los Angeles' '60s-lovin' youngsters Foxygen, "Avant Gardener" by Aussie psych-folk troubadour/CMJ favorite Courtney Barnett and "Sister Cities" by Philly indie rockers Hop Along.
Listen to each track here and read why these 40 tracks are our favorite from 2013.
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