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The 100 best songs of 2023

August Brown, Kenan Draughorne, Suzy Exposito, Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times on

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Where do songs come from? For now, they come from us — from our needs, our wants, our regrets, our scorn. Next year, they might come from a box brought to near-sentience by all the songs that came before.

Here, in descending order of greatness, are our picks for the 50 best of 2023, followed by 50 more bangers in alphabetical order.

1. Boygenius, “Not Strong Enough”

Boasting about an inferiority complex makes for a paradox worth savoring in this tender yet walloping indie-rock anthem from the let’s-call-it-a-supergroup of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus. “I don’t know why I am the way I am,” they sing in yearning three-part harmony even as their shimmering guitars capture a feeling that words never could. — Mikael Wood

2. Eslabón Armado and Peso Pluma, “Ella Baila Sola”

Pedro Tovar, bandleader of rising “sad sierreño” act Eslabón Armado, gave the tough-talking corrido star Peso Pluma a makeover with this sensual ballad about a mystery girl who dances alone. Peaking at No. 4, “Ella Baila Sola” came to be the highest-charting regional Mexican song on the Hot 100 since the list’s creation in 1958. — Suzy Exposito

 

3. Megan Moroney, “Tennessee Orange”

Such a perfect lyrical conceit about young love and college football that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t already a country standard. — August Brown

4. Jungle, “Back on 74”

An irresistible groove further elevated by the year’s most beautifully choreographed music video. — Kenan Draughorne

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