As we close out another year, here is a look back at the great songs that were released this year. I always bemoan how slow and few and far between good songs reach the landscape, so looking back over this list, I was pleased to realize that we actually got some real winners in 2013. I also think it is safe to post this with only a few more days left to go, as we have Beyonce’s surprise album out of the way and I don’t think anyone else has the cajones to try to top that so soon after she did. Sadly, I have picked through the surprise album and nothing stuck like I wanted it to. Yes, it’s a pretty collection of videos mostly of Beyonce chomping gum and flicking her hair, but musically it fell flat.