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music top ten of 2013

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, 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:

  1. The Beatles, “Get Back
  2. Pink, “Just Give Me a Reason
  3. The Rolling Stones, “Bye Bye Johnny
  4. Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue
  5. Sleater-Kinney, “Youth Decay
  6. Ray Charles, “Hit the Road Jack
  7. Lou Reed, “Waves of Fear
  8. Jefferson Airplane, “Meadowlands
  9. The Who, “The Kids Are Alright
  10. 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”.



What happened to Bruce?

Steven Rubio

He was 26th overall, with most of those coming early in the year. This only tracks music I played on Spotify.

Six of the top seven tracks I listened to over the past 12 months are by Pink, with "Just Give Me a Reason", "Try" and "How Come You're Not Here" tied for first.

For all of the time has tracked my listening, Bruce is second only to The Beatles. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan round out the Top Four, after which there's a big drop to #5 (Jefferson Airplane).

The charts' accuracy is questionable. According to, the song I have listened to more than any other since they started tracking my listening is "I Don't Want to Know" by Fleetwood Mac.


Somewhat related anecdote/plug: A computer game was released this year called 'Gone Home'. My favorite game of the year, of the past few years, actually. A simple 2-3 hour walk-around-an-old-house-and-look-at-things game with a really touching story and great atmosphere. Anyway, the game takes place in the Nineties and has a Riot Grrl theme running throughout, to the point where Heavens to Betsy cassettes are strewn about that you can play.

They just released a commentary-mode where you walk around the house and click on strategically-placed icons and hear recordings from the development team. They also interviewed Corin Tucker about her experience at that time and I instantly thought of you.

Steven Rubio

That's interesting. I think her day job is as a web developer ... maybe she's friends with the people who made the game?


Could be! The whole development team is based in Portland, so if she is as well then it wouldn't be a stretch, assuming the tech community there is relatively tight.

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