NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013 (So Far)

Daft Punk in the video for "Get Lucky," one of NPR Music's favorite songs of the year so far. ( )
Daft Punk in the video for "Get Lucky," one of NPR Music's favorite songs of the year so far. ( )

We made you a doozy of a mix — 50 of NPR Music's favorite songs from the first half of 2013, including hip-hop anthems, dudes with beards, avant-garde lullabies, dance-music stompers, tear-jerking ballads, funk odysseys and synth-pop singalongs.

As we spend more time getting acclimated to music that recently arrived in our inbox (hello, Queens of the Stone Age, Lemuria, Quadron and The Civil Wars) and await imminent new jams from the likes of Kanye West, this list of songs is bound to change throughout the year. But let the record show that these are the songs we were feeling during the first half of 2013.

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Anna von Hauswolff

Anna von Hauswolff

The Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe recently released a solo album, Like a Rose, which helps stretch the boundaries of mainstream country music.

The Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe recently released a solo album, Like a Rose, which helps stretch the boundaries of mainstream country music.

A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg

Ballake Sissoko

Ballake Sissoko

Billband at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Photo by Bill Ryan.

Billband at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Photo by Bill Ryan.

Bonobo. Photo by Andrew De Francesco.

Bonobo. Photo by Andrew De Francesco.

Bosnian Rainbows

Bosnian Rainbows

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Chvrches

Chvrches

Ciara

Ciara

CoCo

CoCo

Daft Punk

Daft Punk

David Bowie

David Bowie

Disclosure

Disclosure

Fat Tony

Fat Tony

Giuliano Carmignola

Giuliano Carmignola

Holly Williams

Holly Williams

Ivan Lins & SWR Big Band

Ivan Lins & SWR Big Band

J. Cole

J. Cole

Jaimeo Brown

Jaimeo Brown

James Blake

James Blake

John Grant.

John Grant.

Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

Kyle "KMFH" Hall.

Kyle "KMFH" Hall.

Laura Marling

Laura Marling

Machel Montano

Machel Montano

Mariah Carey and Miguel

Mariah Carey and Miguel

Blu

Blu

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine

Winston Yellen of Night Beds.

Winston Yellen of Night Beds.

Olafur Arnalds

Olafur Arnalds

Patty Griffin.

Patty Griffin.

Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent

Piñata Protest

Piñata Protest

Pusha T

Pusha T

Red Baraat.

Red Baraat.

Rhye

Rhye

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke

Royal Highness

Royal Highness

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Suede

Suede

Telekinesis

Telekinesis

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

The-Dream

The-Dream

Thundercat

Thundercat

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo

Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin

Jazz composer Maria Schneider (left) and soprano Dawn Upshaw

Jazz composer Maria Schneider (left) and soprano Dawn Upshaw

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