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Favorite Song of 2013 Contest – Round 2 – Arcade Fire “Afterlife” vs. Eminem “Survival”

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Posted by teibs On December - 23 - 2013

@AndyShore The only thing these two artists have in common is that album after album, they continue to impress us. Arcade Fire put out one of the best songs of the year. Eminem showed why he’s still a top 3 rapper out there. Both these albums were touched by two of the best producers out there. An all time great in Rick Rubin worked his magic on The Marshall Mathers LP 2. James Murphy left Arcade Fire with their most dance-y album to date. I won’t get mad at either winning. Will Arcade Fire be seeing the “Afterlife” sooner than expected? Or will they be left with the bad taste of Eminem’s mom’s spaghetti in their mouths?

@AndyShore I’m still hyped from winding up as fantasy football champion in two of my leagues. It’s a great feeling. “Survival” seems all too appropriate for this moment. I’ll continue to play it with a few other songs about victory throughout the day. This is one of Eminem’s more anthemic songs we’ve heard (OK…it’s no “Lose Yourself”). It’s got some hard rock/heavy metal guitars that keeps your head bobbing the whole song. I’d put this on any pump up/work out playlist and feel totally confident in my decision.

@ZackTeibloom To me it comes down to picking a good Eminem song or a transcendent Arcade Fire song. Yeah, Eminem is good for a workout mix or the latest Call of Duty game and he’s as good as ever, but Arcade Fire is truly doing something special here. I went with the Spike Jonze video, and even if it may just be Greta Garwig flapping her arms around for most of it, it feels like a celebration of life, while fearing death. Win’s haunting vocals along with the swelling music guided by James Murphy make this my favorite song of the year. I can’t say Eminem’s latest has registered anything close to that with me.

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