Top Ten Tunes- 2013

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 2013.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

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In 2013, Margaret Thatcher dies at the age of 87, Fusilier Lee Rigby is murdered in a terrorist attack outside army barracks, Sarah McClay a 24 yr-old zookeeper is killed by a tiger at a zoo in Cumbria, Andy Murray wins Wimbledon– the first British man to do so since 1936, same-sex marriage becomes legal in England and Wales, Prince George is born and becomes third in line to the throne, 8 people are killed and 19 are seriously injured when a police helicopter crashes in to a pub in Glasgow, World War II computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing, who had been chemically castrated in 1952 following his conviction for homosexuality, is given a posthumous royal pardon, Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all of his Tour de France wins, two bombs explode at the Boston Marathon finish line killing 3 and injuring 264, Sopranos star James Gandoifini dies at 51 and Nelson Mandela dies at 95, the films Gravity, Captain Phillips, The Wolf of Wall Street, Frozen, American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave are released and I turn 37 years old.

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Music is back on track this year. I love this year. Lots of great new tunes and first time appearances from several acts. Plus Beyonce is here again and after several years missing from these lists, Bowie is back. Here’s my favourites from 2013, in no particular order.

1. Gun by Chvrches

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2. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz

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3. Q.U.E.E.N. by Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu

4. That’s Alright by Laura Mvula

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5. The Wire by Haim

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6. Sacrilege by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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7. Royals by Lorde

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8. XO by Beyonce

9. Strong by London Grammar

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10. Where We Are Now? by David Bowie

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This week, my favourite is the wonderful Janelle Monae with Queen Erykah. Which one is yours?

See you next week for 2014!

44 comments

  1. Ritu · August 10

    Nope… you’ve lost me again this year lol! What about La La La by Naughty Boy?…

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      Not even Bey? Ooh not such a fan of that track sadly.

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      • Ritu · August 12

        I missed a chunk of Bey stuff

        Not sure what was happening in life then! Ah yes I do. Started my career in school. Probably sucked my energy up and all I listened to was nursery rhymes and kids songs 😂

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      • thebeasley · August 12

        Haha. Good ole nursery rhymes. I should’ve made room for one in at least one of top tens.

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      • Ritu · August 12

        Once you catch up to today’s year, maybe it’ll be a spin off post for you… Top ten Nursery Rhymes EVER! Followed by Top Ten Kids Songs That Make You Want To Kill Yourself .. 😜

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      • thebeasley · August 12

        Hahaha. I could do this easily. As I bet you could too!

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      • Ritu · August 12

        I did the songs that drive me up the wall a couple of months ago… Could add Baby Shark to it!

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      • thebeasley · August 12

        Oh yes you did, didn’t you! All awful songs.

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      • Ritu · August 12

        Totally 😝

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  2. rachaelstray · August 10

    Some serious highs and lows this year! I thin Royals is my favourite from this list 🙂

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  3. josypheen · August 10

    That shock when Andy Murray won Wimbledon!! 😀

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      I remember it so well. I lept up and squealed so loudly, I terrified my daughter.

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      • josypheen · August 13

        Bwahaha! 😀

        I think the whole of the UK had a similar reaction!!

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  4. Losing the Plot · August 10

    Hard one, but I think Royals for me… maybe. Jeepers, there wasn’t much in the way of good news was there!

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      Oh here you are. Is this the comment you thought disappeared? And no, there really wasn’t a lot of good news in 2013.

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      • Losing the Plot · August 12

        Yup. Andy won Wimbledon- not much else

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  5. My Mashed Up Life · August 10

    Our second child was born this year, so I don’t remember much beyond the fog of sleep deprivation. Has to be Q.U.E.E.N. by Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu for me, even though I don’t think I properly noticed it until the following year!

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      Ah yes, that’s why 2010 was such a foggy year for me musically. Q.U.E.E.N. is just a brilliant track, so glad it’s proved quite popular this week.

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  6. I think I watched that Q.U.E.E.N. video a million times when it came out. I love the lyrics, the vibe, everything! Yassssss!

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      Yes! Everything about this track is just fantastic. I love both Janelle and Erykah, so I was always going to love this song. Love it so much.

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  7. willowdot21 · August 10

    Got to Royals by Lorde from your list but my go to song that year was

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      Lords has definitely proved popular this week. I love hearing what other favourites people have that didn’t make my list. Limiting myself to 10 Tunes was always going to make it tricky for me.

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  8. Losing the Plot · August 10

    Grrr. My comment didn’t show, adding my vote to Royals x

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  9. angelanoelauthor · August 11

    David Bowie!!

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  10. Scrum_Jet · August 12

    It has to be ‘That’s Alright’. I had it on repeat that year. Really like Q.U.E.E.N and Sacrilege too.

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      Three very good choices again. I had It’s Alright on repeat that year too. Such a great song with a great message.

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  11. Haim is the only one that really sticks out from this list for me. I was studying two OU modules this year so I’m guessing any music was just background noise!

    Wasn’t Gangnam Style 2013 😉

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      You’re quite right. How I could I miss out Gangnam Style?! Oooooh sexy lady….

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  12. mydangblog · August 12

    I dressed up as Lorde and lipsynched Royales to the delight of about 450 high school students one Christmas assembly, so I’ll have to go with her!

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