100 Songs of the Year 2013

A fantastic year for music for me, not necessarily because it was a fantastic year for music in general, but because I listened to about ten times as much new music as I’ve ever done in any one year in the past. How much good music must I have missed in years gone by? I hate to think. Thanks to Spotify – and Spotify apps like the one from Any Decent Music? – I was able to listen to half a dozen highly-rated new albums a week, most from acts I’d never heard of. And I kept that up all year. Every time an album really intrigued me, or made me smile, I added my favourite material to an ever-expanding list, which I eventually managed to whittle down to 100 songs, which you can find as a Spotify playlist here, if you’re so inclined. The list of all 100 songs is at the bottom of the page. But first, after much deliberation, the Top Twenty…

20. Samaris – Hljóma þú

19. Still Corners – All I Know

18. The Phoenix Foundation – The Captain

17. Two Door Cinema Club – Handshake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIOqiAPqa3g

16. Phoenix – Entertainment

15. Teeth Of The Sea – Responder

14. Diana – Born Again

13. The Electric Soft Parade – Brother, You Must Walk Your Path Alone

12. Iron & Wine – The Desert Babbler

11. Beady Eye – Flick of the Finger

10. Jamie Cullum – Pure Imagination

9. Moby – Saints

8. Jonathan Wilson – Lovestrong

7. Public Service Broadcasting – New Dimensions In Sound

6. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Future will be Silent

5. Camera Obscura – New Year’s Resolution

4. Los Campesinos! – Avocado, Baby

3. Gary Numan – My Last Day

2. Treetop Flyers – Things Will Change

1. Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Enjoy!

The full list of my 100 Songs of the Year 2013

Alison MoyetA Place to Stay
amiinaHilli – Lighthouse Version
AnoukPretending As Always
AnoukBirds
Au Revoir SimoneMore Than
B.E.F. (feat. Glenn Gregory)Party Fears Two
Beady EyeFlick of The Finger
Beady EyeBack After The Break
BibioRaincoat
Biffy ClyroDifferent People
Billy BraggNo One Knows Nothing Anymore
Billy BraggTomorrow’s Going to Be a Better Day
BlouseImperium
Boards of CanadaReach For The Dead
Boards of CanadaCold Earth
Camera ObscuraWilliam’s Heart
Camera ObscuraNew Year’s Resolution
Daft PunkGet Lucky – Radio Edit
Daft PunkGive Life Back to Music
Daft PunkLose Yourself to Dance
Daft PunkTouch
David BowieWhere Are We Now?
DianaBorn Again
DidoDay Before We Went To War
The Duckworth Lewis MethodOut In The Middle
EivørGreen Garden
The Electric Soft ParadeBrother, You Must Walk Your Path Alone
Explosions In The Sky & David WingoTheme From Prince Avalanche
Gary NumanMy Last Day
GoldfrappDrew
GoldfrappStranger
Hans-Joachim RoedeliusLullerby
Hugh JackmanSuddenly
HurtsMiracle
HurtsThe Crow
I Am KlootThese Days Are Mine
Iron & WineThe Desert Babbler
Iron & WineWinter Prayers
Iron & WineBaby Center Stage
Jamie CullumEdge Of Something
Jamie CullumPure Imagination
Johnny MarrEuropean Me
Johnny MarrNew Town Velocity
Jonathan WilsonDear Friend
Jonathan WilsonLovestrong
Julianna BarwickOne Half
Julianna BarwickPyrrhic
Julianna BarwickWaving To You
Karl BartosAtomium
Karl BartosRhythmus
Karl BartosHausmusik
Kristyna MylesThe Paris Match
KT TunstallMade Of Glass
KT TunstallFeel It All
Lanterns on the LakeUntil The Colours Run
Lloyd ColeMyrtle And Rose
Lloyd ColeSilver Lake
Los Campesinos!Avocado, Baby
MapsA.M.A.
Martin SimpsonJackie and Murphy
Mike OldfieldFar Above The Clouds – YORK Remix
MobyThe Perfect Life
MobyThe Last Day
MobySaints
Oliver WildeFlutter
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The DarkNight Café
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The DarkThe Future Will Be Silent
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The DarkMetroland
Pet Shop BoysAxis
PhoenixEntertainment
The Phoenix FoundationBlack Mould
The Phoenix FoundationThe Captain
The Phoenix FoundationSideways Glance
The Polyphonic SpreeYou Don’t Know Me
The Polyphonic SpreeYou’re Golden
PostiljonenAtlantis
Prefab SproutThe Best Jewel Thief In the World
Prefab SproutThe Songs Of Danny Galway
Public Service BroadcastingNew Dimensions in Sound
Pure Bathing CulturePendulum
Samantha BarksOn My Own
SamarisHljóma þú
SamarisGóða tungl
Sébastien TellierAdieu
Sébastien TellierL’amour naissant
ShigetoFirst Saturn Return
Sigur RosHrafntinna
Sigur RosÍsjaki
Sigur RosVar
Still CornersThe Trip
Still CornersAll I Know
Still CornersStrange Pleasures
Teeth Of The SeaReaper
Teeth Of The SeaResponder
Treetop FlyersThings Will Change
Treetop FlyersIs It All Worth It
Two Door Cinema ClubHandshake
Washed OutIt All Feels Right
Washed OutWeightless
William TylerThe Geography of Nowhere

Films of the Year 2013

Christmas approaches, and that means it’s time for my Films Of The Year. By the looks of my email ticket confirmations from the Arts Picturehouse and the rather splendid myCineWorld Booking History page, I would appear to have seen about 25 films this year, which I guess is about average. Picking 10 from that isn’t going to be too hard …so let’s get straight to it!

In ascending order…

10. Star Trek Into Darkness


Sherlock hamming it up splendidly. “I am better. At everything.” Was very excited about seeing this. Wasn’t disappointed.

9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


Liked the first film in the series, but this was actually better. “I agree she should die. But in the right way, at the right time.”

8. The World’s End


“What do we do? Let’s finish our drinks” – a film which might have ended up higher in the list had I seen it more than once, I suspect.

7. Blue Jasmine


Charming film, but not a return to form for Woody Allen, as in my opinion he never went away anyway. Oscar for Cate Blanchett please.

6. Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure


Love the genius that is Otway. Love the Arts Picturehouse for giving him an evening to introduce the film and do Q&As. Laughed like a drain.

5. About Time


Not at all cool to like this. I don’t care. Blubbed my heart out, as surely did anyone who’s recently lost a father. But funny too.

4. Iron Man 3


Blimey. I did not expect this to be anything like this good. Some achievement for the trailer to eliminate all the humour.

3. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa


Unquestionably the funniest film of the year. “I’m Alan Partridge! I’ve not been off the TV that long!” Want to see this again.

2. Captain Phillips


Sat transfixed for an hour and a half. Great acting, but it’s the direction which makes this film stay with you for a long time afterwards.

1. Gravity


Wow. Breathtaking. I’m not sure what else you can say about this. You really felt like you were part of an “event” just watching this film.