checking in: last year’s favourite songs of last year so far;

Yeah, that title needs refining slightly.

Apparently we’re all supposed to be doing middle-of-the-year lists now, in addition to the year-end ones. I guess our attention spans are such now that the only way we can be sure something has stood the test of time (time being, in this case, a whole six months) is if we write it down? Although it does seem a nice little bookend as we move into the traditional new release lull of the festival season, and I can never resist one of those.

Since the monthly mixtapes have fallen by the wayside once again – although tell that to the draft playlists I’ve made up for every month – here is some rough approximation of my favourite songs of the year so far. This is based on a complex algorithm of playcounts and iTunes ratings rather than Science Fact, and I reserve the right to have changed my mind come December.

20. Vampire Weekend: “Diane Young”

19. Savages: “She Will”

18. Mike Doughty: “Sunshine”

17. Tunng: “So Far From Here”

16. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: “We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)”

15. Tegan and Sara: “Now I’m All Messed Up”

14. Jason Isbell: “Elephant”

13. Rilo Kiley: “Let Me Back In”

12. Waxahatchee: “Blue Pt II”

11. The History of Apple Pie: “Tug”

10. Rick Redbeard: “Any Way I Can”

9. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: “Aubergine”

8. Caitlin Rose: “Old Numbers”

7. Kathleen Edwards: “It Must’ve Been Love”

6. The National: “Graceless

5. Kid Canaveral: “Skeletons” (is not anywhere on the internet, so here’s the equally excellent “The Wrench”)

4. Giant Drag: “Garbage Heart”

3. Dropkick Murphys: “Rose Tattoo”

2. Frightened Rabbit: “State Hospital”

1. Frank Turner: “Recovery”



  1. July 1, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    I love this list. I’ve been really trying to engage with some new music this year and it is happening. I’ve been failing miserably at keeping up with blogs though.

  2. July 1, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    I am so glad I’m not the only person who loves loves loves that Giant Drag song. It is amazing.

    • July 1, 2013 / 5:04 pm

      Plus sounds just like that “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” my mum used to sing to me when I was a baby. Na-na, na-na, na-na-na-na!

      • July 2, 2013 / 2:11 pm

        I am waiting patiently for someone to mash those up for me, because yes, exactly — I haven’t been able to unhear that since All Songs Considered pointed it out.