Some big tracks dropped in 2013, coming from industry vets and rising stars alike, read on for Eclectic Relaxation’s best songs of the last year with one list for Hip-Hop and another for R&B/Soul.

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It was hard shortlisting the dopest songs of the year with so many good tracks coming out in 2013 but we’ve managed to whittle it down to what we thought were the best 10 hip-hip tracks, in no particular order:

– Black MilkSunday’s Best/Monday’s Worst

– J. ColePower Trip (ft. Miguel)
Smash hit from Cole’s sophomore effort Born Sinner, which featured Grammy-winning R&B/Soul legend in the making Miguel.

– Chance The Rapper Cocoa Butter Kisses (ft. Vic Mensa & Twista)
3 Chicago MCs combine on this track from one of the best releases of the year, Chance’s Acid Rap.

– Busta Rhymes & Q-TipThank You (ft. Lil’ Wayne & Kanye West)
Nostalgia! Two legends link up once again for this joint off their collaborative mixtape The Abstract & The Dragon.

– Kendrick LamarB*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe (remix) (ft. Jay-Z)

– Kanye WestBound 2
Almost like a throwback Kanye joint, taken from his Yeezus album (we’ll forget the music video ever happened…)

– ScHoolBoy Q Collard Greens (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

– Pusha T Numbers on the Board
Kanye-produced number from King Push’s G.O.O.D. Music debut My Name Is My Name.

– Joey Bada$$Hilary Swank
Typically dope track from the Pro Era general’s Summer Knights mixtape, get it here if you missed it.

– Yancey BoysQuicksand (ft. Common & Dezi Paige) (prod. by J Dilla)

Notable mentions: Snoopzilla & Dam Funk – Faden Away, Tyler The Creator – Awkward, ELMNT – Tesla’s Son, A$AP Mob – Trillmatic (ft. Method Man), Vic Mensa – Suitcase (ft. Chance The Rapper)


R&B/Soul etc:

There was also a host of great joints outside of the hip-hop genre this year so we’ve compiled a separate list. Our favourite 10 R&B/Soul/Other tracks were:

– Justin TimberlakeStrawberry Bubblegum.
2013 has more or less been JT’s year and this gem is found on part one of his 20/20 Experience album. Easily one of the best tracks in his discography.

– The InternetDontcha

– Beyoncé Drunk in Love.
A new sound for Queen B but she kills it nonetheless on this track from her surprise, visual album BEYONCÉ.

– QuadronBetter Off (ft. Kendrick Lamar).
Probably unknown to most but a top quality track from the Danish duo and a Kendrick feature to top it off.

– ThundercatOh Sheit Its X

– BJ The Chicago KiDHoney.
It’s hard to go wrong with an Aaliyah-inspired track..

James Blake Life Round Here (remix) (ft. Chance The Rapper) 

– The WeekndAdaptation.
One of Abel’s best hooks, off his debut studio album Kiss Land.

– DrakeGirls Love Beyoncé

– Jai Paul All Night.
The mysterious Jai Paul. All Night is taken from the elusive album that appeared briefly online earlier this year.

– Ciara Body Party

Notable mentions: Bobby V – Back To Love, Pharrell – Happy, Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan), Tinashe – Vulnerable (ft. Travi$ Scott), Ab & 14KT – Lover’s Galaxy, PARTYNEXTDOOR – Make A Mil


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