Discussion: The Year in Music, 2013

What defined music in 2013? All Songs Considered kicks off NPR Music's year-end coverage by humbly submitting the following themes for your consideration: The long-awaited return of legends. New favorites who arrived fully formed. The triumph of elaborate promotion. The sneak-attack album drop. On this special edition of the show, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers for a roughly chronological tour through the musical high points of the year.

Songs Featured On This Episode

My Bloody Valentine

Album: m b v

Song: She Found Now

David Bowie

Album: The Next Day

Song: Where Are We Now?

Bryan Ferry

Album: The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film

Song: Love Is the Drug


Album: Woman

Song: Open

Kacey Musgraves

Album: Same Trailer Different Park

Song: Follow Your Arrow

Brandy Clark

Album: 12 Stories

Song: Just Like Him

Kanye West

Album: Yeezus

Song: Blood on the LeavesLanguage Advisory: The song contains profanity.

Earl Sweatshirt

Album: Doris

Song: Chum

James Blake

Album: Overgrown

Song: Retrograde

Vampire Weekend

Album: Modern Vampires of the City

Song: Step

Laura Marling

Album: Once I Was an Eagle

Song: Master Hunter

Valerie June

Album: Pushin' Against a Stone

Song: Somebody To Love

Ty Segall

Album: Sleeper

Song: Man Man


Album: Pure Heroine

Song: Tennis Court


Album: If You Leave

Song: Youth

San Fermin

Album: San Fermin

Song: Renaissance!

Dorothy Love Coates & The Gospel Harmonettes

Album: I Heard the Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel from The Nashboro Label 1951-1983

Song: Dorothy Love Coates & The Gospel Harmonettes, 'Heaven, I've Heard So Much About It'

Arcade Fire

Album: Reflektor

Song: Normal Person

The Blow

Album: The Blow

Song: Make It Up

Paul McCartney

Album: New

Song: Alligator

The Flaming Lips

Album: The Terror

Song: "Look...The Sun Is Rising"

Songs: Ohia

Album: Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Song: Hold On Magnolia

The Velvet Underground

Album: Loaded

Song: Rock & Roll

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