There’s no point in my creating a top ten list for 2013. I listen to music in what I might call Organized Shuffle … I have lots of playlists with semi-coherent themes, but I listen to them on shuffle play. And I don’t pay attention to what year each track is from. I’d also say I’m getting a bit old to pass myself off as an expert at current pop music, but I’m only 60, which makes me 11 years younger than Bob Christgau, who manages to keep up. So let’s call this a reality check, wherein my pretenses towards the contemporary meet up with the actuality of my listening.
According to Last.fm, here are the ten artists I have listened to the most over the past 12 months, with the song I played the most by them during that time:
- The Beatles, “Get Back”
- Pink, “Just Give Me a Reason”
- The Rolling Stones, “Bye Bye Johnny”
- Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue”
- Sleater-Kinney, “Youth Decay”
- Ray Charles, “Hit the Road Jack”
- Lou Reed, “Waves of Fear”
- Jefferson Airplane, “Meadowlands”
- The Who, “The Kids Are Alright”
- James Brown, “Think”
Kind of embarrassing … the only ones who come from anytime after the 60s are Pink and Sleater-Kinney.
Just to cover my ass, here are some 2013 tracks I liked, in no particular order:
Icona Pop, “I Love It”.
M.I.A., “Bring the Noise”.
Sleigh Bells, “Bitter Rivals”.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Despair”.
Katy Perry, “Roar”.
Regina Spektor, “You’ve Got Time”.
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”.