Best of 2013

best of 2014

Part 1

(aired 1/3/14)

Every new year I enjoy looking back at the music that came out the previous year, compiling a list my faves. What songs really grabbed me? What new artists did I discover? What albums really floated my boat? Another fun element is gathering up songs that have interesting stories; they may have gotten public attention for reasons other than “best” quality sound — but still worth talking about.

This time I ended up exploring many websites, blogs and magazines to appraise which 2013 songs would make the cut. I had such a long final list that I broke it up into two shows. Here is part one:

  1. clip: Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  2. Royals – Lorde [suggested by Gina Patterson]
  3. Queenie Eye – Paul McCartney [suggested by Josh Geesaman]
  4. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend
  5. Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, feat. Mary Lambert
  6. Man – Neko Case
  7. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake, feat. Majid Jordan
  8. White Noise – Disclosure, feat. Aluna George
  9. Open – Rhye
  10. Wake Me Up – Avicii [suggested by Shirley Donnelly]
  11. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
  12. Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe, feat. Erykah Badu
  13. Chain My Name – Polica
  14. What Does the Fox Say? – Ylvis
  15. Applause – Lady Gaga
  16. Black Skinhead (edited) – Kanye West
  17. clip: Blood on the Leaves – Kanye West
  18. Retrograde – James Blake [suggested by Gina Patterson]
  19. Avant-Gardener – Courtney Barnett [suggested by Matt Dedrick]
  20. Green Garden – Laura Mvula
  21. Papaoutai – Stromae
  22. What’s Going On – Monsieur Adi, ft  A*M*E  [suggested by Greg Ingber]
  23. Come to My Party – Black Joe Lewis
  24. Shine a Light – Beady Eye [suggested by Charlie Stanton]
  25. Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves
  26. Get Lucky – Daft Punk, feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

This show originally aired on KSKQ on January 3, 2014. This blog entry was posted January 22, 2014. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

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