Best of 2013: Today’s Top Tune

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offers a free song every weekday in a variety of genres, including occasional exclusives. Show producer Ariana Morgenstern reflects on her favorites from 2013.

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From Ariana Morgenstern:

It’s not so easy to pick my favorite songs after a year’s worth of free downloads, but after some careful thought and some pacing, I’ve narrowed it down to the ones that struck a nerve.

Booker T feat. Kori Withers – Watch You Sleeping

When I first heard Bill Withers’ daughter sing on Booker T’s record, it stopped me in my tracks. I couldn’t believe how beautiful and timeless their duet turned out—it was impossible not to go after the track.

Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy

Glen Campbell’s
music has always been a favorite, whether working as part of The Wrecking Crew or singing his fine songs. This  new rendition of his classic “Rhinestone Cowboy”, with just him and a guitar, showcases the power of a good song at it’s bare minimum.

Daughn Gibson covers Tanya Tucker – Just Another Love

Trucker turned singer Daughn Gibson came to MBE and floored me with an unlikely, yet fantastic, version of Tanya Tucker’s “Just Another Love”. This is an exclusive from our live session.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – So Good At Being In Trouble

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have been putting out some great stuff, but this was a song highlight of the year.

Mexican Institute of Sound – Un Raro Encanto

Let me just say that I LOVE Camilo Lara aka Mexican Institute of Sound and was honored to offer this track, which at the time was an unreleased exclusive.

Dom La Nena – GolondrinaTiny Ruins – Me In The Museum, You In The Winter Garden

Dom La Nena and Tiny Ruins are new artists we are excited about and we look forward to hearing more from them!