December 20, 2013

My favorite songs of 2013

For some reason I went through Pitchfork's top 100 songs of 2013 and predictably found myself either disliking or never even hearing all but around a dozen songs, so I decided to put together my own top 30 37. It turns out that most of the songs I thought came out in 2013 actually came out in 2012 or maybe 2005, so this is hardly a definitive ranking. But whatever. Here are a bunch of songs I liked this year:

1. "Backseat Freestyle" by Kendrick Lamar

2. "Bad" by Wale and Rihanna

3. "Dear Marie" by John Mayer

4. "Power Trip" by J. Cole and Miguel

5. "Wake Me Up" by Avicii and Aloe Blacc

6. "Elephant" by Jason Isbell

7. "Bed Peace" by Jhene Aiko and Childish Gambino

8. "Hit Me" by Mystikal

9. "The Monster" by Eminem and Rihanna

10. "Wild Child" by Brett Dennen

11. "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake and Majid Jordan

12. "Crooked Smile" by J. Cole and TLC

13. "Gun" by Chvrches

14. "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" by Kendrick Lamar

15. "Cover Me Up" by Jason Isbell

16. "Who You Love" by John Mayer and Katy Perry

17. "Poetic Justice" by Kendrick Lamar and Drake

18. "Love Is The Answer" by Aloe Blacc and Pharrell Williams

19. "Don't Wait" by Mapei

20. "She Knows" by J. Cole

21. "When We Were Young" by Brett Dennen

22. "Wildfire" by John Mayer

23. "Rich As Fuck" by Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

24. "Royals" by Lorde

25. "Different Days" by Jason Isbell

26. "Do I Wanna Know" by Arctic Monkeys

27. "Tired Of Dreaming" by Wale, Ne-Yo, and Rick Ross

28. "Sweet Persuasion" by Brett Dennen

29. "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

30. "Beautiful Day" by Joshua Radin

31. "Love Me" by Lil Wayne, Drake, and Future

32. "The Man" by Aloe Blacc

33. "My My Love" by Joshua Radin

34. "Body Party" by Ciara

35. "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" by Arctic Monkeys

36. "Fuckin' Problem" by A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Drake

37. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Possum Plows

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  1. Just to save everyone some time:
    Yes, my musical taste is horrible. I know. Obviously your musical taste is much better.
    OK, carry on.

    Comment by Aaron Gleeman — December 20, 2013 @ 12:34 am

  2. Agreed. Pretty much the only stuff on here I’ve actually listened to and liked is the Arctic Monkeys (I liked their first album a lot).
    Well, and Possum Plows, but that’s mostly because I wanted to figure out what your infatuation was all about. Our baseball tastes travel in the same direction, but musically we’re worlds apart.

    Comment by D-Luxxx — December 20, 2013 @ 8:00 am

  3. I agree. 😉

    My favorite song of 2013 is Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock & Roll from 1978. I expect more of the same in 2014, although some day I might make it back into the 80s.

    Comment by gil4 — December 20, 2013 @ 8:07 am

  4. Say, when is the top 40 Twins of all time list going to continue?

    Comment by Steve Johnson — December 20, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

  5. Seeing as how you’re all over the place, if you haven’t checked out Jake Bugg, you may want to. This is technically late 2012, but I didn’t hear it until this year, so this is one of my tops for the year.

    Comment by D-Luxxx — December 20, 2013 @ 8:19 am

  6. Isbell is awesome.

    Comment by algonad — December 20, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

  7. as i was scrolling down i was wondering whether the delightful Possum would make the list…nicely done

    Comment by stevethumb — December 21, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

  8. Sans your inclusion of Eminem, it looks like we have very similar taste.

    Comment by Jimmy Dosen — December 23, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

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