Finally, I’m ready to list my favorite songs, singles, and tracks from 2013. Since I ended up with 25 again, I will probably only discuss the first few briefly and then list the rest. Basically, I primarily liked two kinds of songs in 2013: ones I heard on Alt-Nation and gay ones!

1. “Royals” by Lorde 

I didn’t anticipate choosing “Royals” as my favorite song of 2013 until just the last week or so. Anyone of my top ten could have been my favorite, but what distinguished this one is that I’m constantly singing it in my head. It’s the one song that has stuck with me the most from last year.

2. “Another Story” by The Head and the Heart 

I’ve loved this song since I first heard it. I’m not totally sure what I think it means, but I enjoy it nevertheless. This acoustic version really foregrounds how beautiful it is.

3. “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran

This song is from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Like my top two, it’s stuck with me and it seems to be playing in the back of my head frequently. I think it’s one of the best Lord of the Rings songs so far.

4. “Celeste” by Ezra Vine

This is a late entry onto my list, but I think it’s a beautiful love song.

5. “Workin’ Woman Blues” by Valerie June 

I especially like the last part about being ready for one’s sugar daddy!

6. “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood

A different kind of love song!

7. “She Keeps Me Warm” by Mary Lambert

This song is a beautiful love song, and this acoustic version is perfect. I started my Lesbian and Gay Literature Court with this song. It encapsulates the current state of LGBT identities and politics right now.

8. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus 

This is a perfect post-break up song. Beautiful, sad, and defiant! And the “controversy” about the video was just stupid!

9. “6 AM” by Fitz and the Tantrums 

I liked this song a lot better until I made it my alarm on my iPhone! I think it would have been my favorite song of the year if it didn’t become negatively associated with getting up in the morning!

10. “Go Home” by Lucius 

PJ and I saw Lucius in concert last year and loved them. This song is my favorite of theirs. Its extended metaphor for a relationship is much more sophisticated than most music today.

11. “Pompeii” by Bastille

12. “Let It Go” by Fossil Collective 

13. “Believer” by American Authors

14. “Malandrino” by Gogol Bordello

15. “First Love” by Father Tiger 

16. “Rolling Waves” by The Naked and the Famous 

17. “Clay” by Goldfrapp

18. “Step” by Vampire Weekend 

19. “Just Another Girl” by The Killers 

20. “Young Love” by Eli Lieb

21. “Haunted” by Beyonce 

22. “Q.U.E.E.N.” by Janelle Monae 

23. “Closer” by Tegan and Sara 

24. “All-American Boy” by Steve Grand 

25. “High School Lover” by Cayucas