Top 25 Songs of 2013

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Your favorite pop bubblegum whore is back for year six of his favorite public humiliation routine, but this time things are a bit different.

For a variety of reasons too boring to get into here—list posts are boring and self-serving enough as it is, amiright?—I quit Last.fm this year. That left me with only the play counts in iTunes to guide me in building this list. But, while they aren’t perfect—they don’t take into account how many times I listened to a song on iTunes Radio before buying it, for instance—they do the job well enough.

I also got a little creative with the rules this year. Tradition has dictated that I list songs exactly as they are ranked by play count. But, after six years, that’s gotten a little stale. This year, I introduced the following rules into the mix:

  • Songs must’ve been released in the years 2012 or 2013
  • Songs must’ve been purchased within the last 54 weeks (to allow for songs purchased at the very end of 2012)
  • No more than 1 song per artist can appear on the list
  • No songs that I played exclusively for my kids will appear on the list, as they tend to want to listen to the same songs over and over, therefore inflating play counts

What that’s left me with is a list that’s a lot closer to my memory of the year and all the different things I listened to than it might otherwise have been.

Here’s the list:

  1. “Red” by Taylor Swift
  2. “This Kiss” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  3. “I’m Not Your Hero” by Tegan and Sara
  4. “How Long?” by How to Destroy Angels
  5. “Mantra” by Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme & Trent Reznor
  6. “Everything” by Nine Inch Nails
  7. “Last Goodbye” by Ke$ha
  8. “Walk of Shame” by P!nk
  9. “Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson
  10. “Still Into You” by Paramore
  11. “The Man That Never Was” by Rick Springfield, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel & Pat Smear
  12. “American Girl” by Bonnie McKee
  13. “Wake Me Up” by Avicii
  14. “Gravity” by No Doubt
  15. “Mountaintop Removal” by Lissie
  16. “Stay The Night” by Zedd, featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore
  17. “Little Games” by The Colourist
  18. “Cool Kids” by Echosmith
  19. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams
  20. “Suburban Home” by FIDLAR, featuring Brian Rodriguez
  21. “Applause” by Lady Gaga
  22. “The One That Got Away” by The Civil Wars
  23. “The Wire” by HAIM
  24. “Video Games” by Lana Del Ray
  25. “Royals” by Lorde

To look back on the Top 25 lists from previous years, give these links a clickety-click: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.