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The 40 Best Songs of 2013 So Far

On a macro pop level, 2013 has been the year of the multi-platform, trickily cultivated, pseudo-culture-jamming marketing roll-out campaign/pageant — first Daft Punk, then Kanye West. But on a micro level, there are the songs, and whether they’re monoculture water-cooler chatter or not, we don’t really care. Life is brutish and short, and we just ran out of our meds. Let’s detonate this juice bar! CHARLES AARON