Tom’s Perenially Inaccurate Top 10 of 2013

Each year, we go through the frustrating shambles of listing the top ten tracks in my iTunes. Here we go.

1) The National, “Pink Rabbits”
=2) David Bowie, “Where Are We Now?”
=2) Foals, “My Number”
4) Vampire Weekend, “Step”
=5) Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
=5) Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”
=7) St Vincent, “Birth In Reverse”
=7) Vampire Weekend, “Ya Hey”
=9) The National, “Demons”
=9) Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”

Some interesting wrinkles… the fad for releasing one track in advance has caused two problems. One of which is that, if the pre-release and album versions of the song “Reflektor” are counted together, they are easily the song I’ve listened to the most. But as they’re two tracks, they come in at joint fifth and joint eleventh.

We’ll have the same problem next year, I’ll warrant, with “Birth In Reverse”, from the unreleased St Vincent album.

Good albums this year, weren’t they? I found The National a bit patchy and Janelle Monae a bit less electrifying than her previous one, but Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Everything Everything were all extremely strong albums. And the David Bowie one was a revelation. That kid’s alright.

Here’s the list, limited to one track per artist:

1) The National, “Pink Rabbits”
2) David Bowie, “Where Are We Now?”
3) Foals, “My Number”
4) Vampire Weekend, “Step”
5) Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
6) St Vincent, “Birth In Reverse”
7) Everything Everything, “Cough Cough”
8) Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”
9) Destroyer, “Maria De Las Nieves”
10) Janelle Monae, “QUEEN”

The iPrune continues. We’re now down to 26830 songs over 135.57gb. And my iPod has recently stopped syncing. Thanks Apple.

And here’s the all-time list (last year’s position in brackets):

=1) Queens Of The Stone Age, “Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret” (1)
=1) Spoon, “Finer Feelings” (2)
=1) St Vincent, “Actor Out Of Work” (3)
4) Arcade Fire, “Ready To Start” (4)
5) Queens Of The Stone Age, “Go With The Flow” (5)
=6) Bracket, “Trailer Park” (5)
=6) Rolling Stones, “Tumbling Dice” (new entry)
=8) Beck, “Hell Yes” (new entry)
=8) Foals, “Cassius” (9)
=10) Death From Above 1979, “Romantic Rights” (new entry)
=10) Interpol, “The Heinrich Maneuver” (new entry)

There we go. See you next year.

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