I’ve been writing this yearly overview of what I’ve been listening to for several years. And yet, despite feeling that I am discovering new music every year, the top few bands somehow remain the same. This year seems particularly bland and uninspired, with hardly anything new in the list. Maybe Spotify has made me complacent about listening to new music; despite feeling that I’m experiencing more different music than ever before, it’s all an illusion.
Top 10 Artists listened to in 2013
- Ginger Wildheart
- The Wildhearts
- Hey! Hello!
- Pearl Jam
- Young The Giant
- The Joy Formidable
- Guns N’ Roses
- The New Pornographers
- David Bowie
Comparing this year’s top ten artists to last year’s list, the top three remain the same, albeit in a different order, and two more entries from 2012 are still in my top ten. I don’t even remember listening to that much GN’R or New Pornos over the last twelve months, yet somehow they still manage to wind up near the top of the list year after year.
Top 10 Albums listened to in 2013
- Synthetica – Metric
- Young The Giant – Young The Giant
- Hey! Hello! - Hey! Hello!
- The Big Roar – The Joy Formidable
- The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald
- Tricks for Dawn – Mary Lorson
- 555% – Ginger Wildheart
- Copper Blue – Sugar
- Black Pudding – Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
- Fantasies – Metric / Spilling Blood – Oceanographer
Now this list of the top albums I listened to is at least a little more interesting and varied than the artists list.
I discovered Metric towards the end of last year, and I’ve spent a lot of time listening to their back catalogue, particularly 2012′s Synthetica. This year I also finally listened to Sugar’s excellent debut, Copper Blue, 20 years after everyone else in my generation. A single album that was actually released in 2013 sneaks in, in the form of ex-Screaming Tree Mark Lanegan’s collaboration with Duke Garwood. And I spent quite a while listening to the various excellent projects produced by ex-Madder Rose singer, Mary Lorson.
Track of the Year
According to Last.fm the track I listened to the most over the last year was actually Massive Attack’s Teardrop. But a close second was this standout track from my #1 album – Breathing Underwater by Metric: