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Top 10 Songs of 2013

This started out as an exercise to pick the year’s best music – twenty-five songs, each artist used once – but, while there was a lot of good music this year, I’m looking for the great stuff. A few albums (Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye) were even a little better than the sum of their parts. But as far as single songs go, this is the playlist that I’m going with, and so my list of 25 gave way to these ten. These are the great songs of 2013.

10. “Thrift Shop” by Kidz Bop Kids

Usually the Kidz Bop machine swallows a pop song and spits out a sugary substitute sans sharp edges and questionable lyrics. When it’s bad, it’s bad (their version of the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” conjures sad-sack 12-year-olds who maybe made a bad call somewhere between second grade and here, the corner of Canal and Bowery).

But when it’s good, it’s sublime. Take the lyric rewrite from “Thrift Shop,” which spins Macklemore’s original:

Draped in a leopard mink, girl standin’ next to me
Probably shoulda washed this, smells like R. Kelly’s sheets


Draped in a leopard mink, girl standin’ next to me
Probably shoulda washed this, smells like my baseball cleats

Eh, Bravo!

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Songs of 2013

  1. Joe, great list. I opened after reading WFUV’s 2013 list, and was happy to see Phosphorescent’s gorilla-POV hit the top. But HAIM at #1?! Genius. Obvious. Best sound of the past year. Plus, now I get a few more great songs I must hear. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Pat. I’m glad you brought up the “Song for Zula” POV. I’ve been trying to dig up an “official” outing from Matt Houck, but I’ve not been able to find anything. Have you seen anything (other than Tom Morello’s tweet)?

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