Countdown of 2013's top 25 tunes

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BUSINESS Editor Andy Richardson picks his 25 favourite songs of the year.

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25. Everest by Public Service Broadcasting: A one-trick pony, but what a trick. By combining samples from government propaganda films with Krautrock beats these clever coves made one of the albums of the year.

24. Breathe This Air by Jon Hopkins: Electronica with soul, like the robots in Silent Running.

23. Dilemma by Edwyn Collins: Another milestone in the remarkable recovery he's made from the cerebral hemorrhages he suffered in 2005.  

22. Thorn in Her Pride by King Khan & The Shrines: Imagine Booker T and the MGs fronted by a chubby Asian fella with Screaming Jay Hawkins’ voice. Possibly the best garage band on the planet.

23. Human by Daughter: Some bands take years to find their voice but this bunch of tortured souls arrived fully formed. The challenge now is to keep us interested. 

22. Mexico by Cud: In a year of shock comebacks few were more welcome than the return of the mighty Cud band. We need you now more than ever.

19. Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: No songwriter is better at summing up the male condition. In live performances this year he'd follow the lurid, cocksure Stagger Lee with this song, a gentle rage against the dying of the light. 

18. Wonder 2 by My Bloody Valentine: Like a student cramming for his finals, king of procrastination Kevin Shields may have taken 22 years to make the follow-up to Loveless, but this tune sounded so contemporary you'd swear he knocked it together the night before release day.

17. Just Make It Stop by Low: Intense as the confessional box, this unnerving band, led by a Mormon husband and wife, could almost convince you that there really is a god. One of their poppier moments, just don't expect JLS.

16. Waitin' by Caitlin Rose: Her tipsy, late, late show in Dorset this summer, when she seemed to be channelling the fractured southern belle glamour of Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde, was one of the greatest performances I have ever seen. A force of nature.

15. Forever by HAIM: Almost as ubiquitous in 2013 as selfies - they even performed in front of a bemused-looking David Cameron on the Andrew Marr show - the sibling trio trod a fine line between cheesy 80s revivalism and perfect pop. Their Fleetwood Macness (yes, it's a real word) eventually proved irresistible.

14. Hold Me Forever by Money: Swooning shoegaze from Manchester-based fops with a lead singer who claims kinship with the Romantic Poets; a northern Robert Southey.

13. Wakin On A Pretty Day by Kurt Vile: Clocking in at 9.32min this effortless, strung-out beauty showed clod-hoppers, such as Kings of Leon, that you could revive 70s rock without sounding like Homer Simpson's favourite band. 

12. Back To The Land by Wooden Shjips: A spacerock gem powered by the kind of simple two note keyboard drone you could play without having to put your pint down.

11. Where Are We Now? by David Bowie: If you don't love Bowie then you need to start making some major changes to your life. It's so good to have him back. "I ain't got the power any more," he once sang. Oh yes you have. 

10. Stoned and Starving by Parquet Courts: Captured the feeling of a frantic supermarket sweep in search of the perfect hangover scran.

9. Me At The Museum, You At The Winter Gardens by Tiny Ruins: Beguiling Kiwi indie/folk song about stealing a few precious moments of sunlight away from humdrum work life.

8. Where The Colours Run by Lanterns On The Lake: The video for the Tynesiders' stirring anthem featured an evil blue octopus being thwarted in a space war by tea drinking elephants led by a peasant girl in a diving helmet. Funny, I've had that dream too. 

7. Here Come The Rubber Cops by The Sexual Objects: As sweet, sassy and Scottish as Clare Grogan chomping on a stick of Edinburgh rock, the latest band led by indie pop legend Davey Henderson (Nectarine No.9, The Fire Engines) might just be the best thing he's ever done. And that is saying something. 

6. Giorgio by Moroder by Daft Punk: Proof that the Italian dance maestro could produce beautiful music simply by reading aloud extracts from his diary. Worth its place for the way he pronounced the word "synthesizer" alone.

5. Vane Tempest by The Lake Poets: Sweet-voiced Mackem songwriter responded to Thatcher's death with a love song dedicated to his pitman dad and the dignity of North-East labour. A timely riposte to politicians who have the gall to claim affinity with "hard working people" while chucking favours at their chums in the City.

4. Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra: With Tame Impala starting to edge worryingly close to Kasabian territory this lot picked up the torch for literate, Antipodean psych pop.

3. Crossfire by Golden Fable: The most intoxicating thing to appear in Wales since Richard Burton's drinks cabinet.

2. Dreary Town by Nadine Shah: The way she flattens the letter 't' when singing the word beautiful is, well, beau'iful. Yet another stunningly original talent from near Sunderland. What are they feeding them over there?

1. Get Lucky by Daft Punk feat Nile Rogers and Pharrell: The song of the summer. Any summer.


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