The 100 Hottest Records of 2013, according to BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe

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When we called Zane Lowe the most important DJ in radio, it was no mere feat of hyperbole. His evening show on BBC Radio 1 is a musical Mecca, featuring world exclusive premieres from Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, James Blake, and more on the regular. When he’s not dominating playlists, Lowe routinely nabs A-listers like Jay Z, Kanye West, and Eminem for in-depth, sit-down interviews. (Those three were just in the last few months alone.) That means if Lowe’s talking about a band or a song, there’s a pretty good likelihood the rest of the world will follow shortly.

So, just what is Lowe loving these days? Based on his 100 favorite records of 2013, a sizable cross section of both indie and mainstream acts spread across a slew of genres. There’s rising rap impresarios like Angel Haze (“Echelon”) and Joey Bada$$ (“My Yout”); rollicking punk acts like FIDLAR (“Awkward”) and Cerebral Ballzy (“Be Your Toy”); trending dance producers like Gesaffelstein (“Hate or Glory”) and Gorgon City (“Ready for Your Love”); current darlings like CHVRCHES (“The Mother We Share”) and HAIM (“The Wire”); less publicized cosigns like I See MONSTAS (“Messiah”) and Half Moon Run (“Call Me in the Afternoon”); plus cuts from Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, Laura Marling, Sampha, M.I.A., Disclosure, and much more.

But just which track nabbed the coveted No. 1 spot on Lowe’s list? That’s your decision to make. Fans can vote now through December 6th, with the winning record announced December 19th. Cast your ballot here.

Check out the full list below, along with our recent interview with Lowe.

Zane Lowe’s 100 Hottest Records of 2013:


Wild for the Night (feat. Skrillex) – ASAP Rocky
Attracting Flies – AlunaGeorge
Echelon (It’s My Way) – Angel Haze
Afterlife – Arcade Fire
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High – Arctic Monkeys
Love More Worry Less – Bipolar Sunshine
Carry Me – Bombay Bicycle Club
Shadow Moses – Bring Me the Horizon
Carry Me On (feat. Chrom3) – Brookes Brothers
Rango – Catfish and the Bottlemen
Be Your Toy – Cerebral Ballzy
Lost and Not Found (feat. Louis M^ttrrs) – Chase & Status
The Mother We Share – CHVRCHES
Get Away – Circa Waves
You & I – Crystal Fighters


Human – Daughter
Baby I Call Hell – Deap Vally
White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge) – Disclosure
You & Me (feat. Eliza Doolittle) (Baauer Remix) – Disclosure
Earthquake (feat. Dominique Young Unique) – DJ Fresh & Diplo
Bloodsports – Drenge
Headlights (feat. Nate Ruess) – Eminem
Alive – Empire of the Sun
The Paddington Frisk – Enter Shikari
The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy
Awkward – FIDLAR
Recovery – Frank Turner
Cool Like Me – Fryars
Hate or Glory – Gesaffelstein
Ready for Your Love (feat. MNEK) – Gorgon City
The Wire – Haim
Call Me in the Afternoon – Half Moon Run
Isis – Hot Natured
Messiah – I See MONSTAS


Man I Need – Jagwar Ma
What Doesn’t Kill You – Jake Bugg
Retrograde – James Blake
Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake) – Jay Z
Run (feat. Pusha T) – Joel Compass
My Yout (feat. Maverick Sabre) – Joey Bada$$
Love Me Again – John Newman
The War – Josh Record
Crying for No Reason – Katy B
Easy Easy – King Krule
Beautiful War (Radio 1 Session) – Kings of Leon
EDM Death Machine – Knife Party
Master Hunter – Laura Marling
Calling – Lewis Watson
Salient Sarah (feat. Sampha) – Lil Silva
Strong – London Grammar
Backroads – Lonely the Brave


Bring the Noize – M.I.A.
Oblivion – M83
Beggars – Mallory Knox
Bath in Black – Marika Hackman
I’m Aquarius – Metronomy
Don’t Forget Who You Are – Miles Kane
Panic Station (Madeon Remix) – Muse
Came Back Haunted – Nine Inch Nails
There Will Come a Time – Noah & the Whale
I Found Love – Palma Violets
Follow Baby – Peace
Entertainment – Phoenix
Chain My Name – Poliça
My God Is the Sun – Queens of the Stone Age
Waiting All Night (feat. Ella Eyre) – Rudimental
Walk Like a Man – Ruen Brothers


Young Blood – Saint Raymond
Nirvana – Sam Smith
Too Much – Sampha
She Will – Savages
Reload (Original i.e. Non Vocal Version) – Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash
Booyah (feat. We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson) – Showtek
Elastic Heart (feat. The Weeknd & Diplo) – Sia
Rollercoaster (feat. Sam Frank) – Skream
Turn It Around (feat. Kele) – Sub Focus
Get Down Low – TC
Chocolate – The 1975
Fly – The Child of Lov
Shot at the Night – The Killers
Hearts Like Ours – The Naked and Famous
One Way Trigger – The Strokes
Blue Collar Jane – The Strypes
Melody Calling – The Vaccines
Kiss Land – The Weeknd
Your Body Is a Weapon – The Wombats
Sunset (Jamie XX Edit) – The XX
Fragment Two – These New Puritans
Children of the Sun (feat. John Martin) – Tinie Tempah
Hold Me – Tom Odell
Holding on to You – Twenty One Pilots
Changing of the Seasons – Two Door Cinema Club


Diane Young – Vampire Weekend
Love Is To Die – Warpaint
There Goes Our Love Again – White Lies
Afterglow – Wilkinson
Blackout (feat. Shakka) – Wretch 32
Sacrilege – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Lived a Lie – You Me at Six
Middle Sea – Yuck


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