The Best Singles of 2013, #4

band01Haim, “The Wire”

It’s been so much fun seeing sisters Alana, Este, and Danielle Haim evolve from intriguing upstarts to a heavily-hyped band over the course of the last couple years. As good as their early songs were, “The Wire” saw the trio stepping up their game in a big way. Featuring a snappy little riff that echoes Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen”, a thunderous shuffling glam rock beat, and the wonderful vocal interplay of the sisters, it’s the kind of hybrid that record labels must drool over: it’s inventive enough to attract attention from the indie press – which it has – yet has such a buoyant, effervescent hook that can easily appeal to mainstream listeners. “The Wire”, like the rest of the album Days Are Gone, is so assured in the way it so creatively blends R&B, rock, doo wop, and big ‘80s pop, that it’s easy to forget that this is just Haim’s debut full-length.