Top 10 Songs of 2013

I’m back again for another round: the songs I listened to the most in 2013. There are some returning faces from last year’s list, but also some new ones. The theme: exploring new territory and unlearning. The year 2013 was good to me. From Kingston to New York to Toronto to (almost) Ghana to London to Delhi to Dharamsala to Vancouver to Calgary to Ottawa, my feet have taken me many unexpected places and as a result my heart is full. These songs were the soundtrack. My favourite moment? Returning to India. Hands-down.

10. Sara Bareilles: Brave

“Say what you want to say and let the words fall out. Honestly, I want to see you be brave.”

9. Regina Spektor: How

“Time can come and take away the pain. But I just want my memories to remain – to hear your voice, to see your face. There’s not one moment I’d erase. You are a guest here now.”

8. Taylor Swift: Begin Again

“And for the first time, what’s past is past.”

7. Data Romance: Can’t Keep Your Mind Off

“You come with too many politics that seem to be digging thoughts I can’t keep your mind off.”

6. Flight Facilities feat. Christine Hoberg: Clair De Lune

“Don’t go. Tell me that the lights won’t change. Tell me that it’ll stay the same.”

5. Avicii: Wake Me Up

“Feeling my way through the darkness, guided by a beating heart. I can’t tell where the journey will end, but I know where to start.”

4. Rhye: The Fall

“But I don’t want it this way, why can’t you stay?”

3. Drake: Hold On, We’re Going Home

“You’re the girl, you’re the one. Gave you everything I loved. I think there’s something, baby.”

2. Katy Perry: Roar

“You held me down, but I got up. Already brushing off the dust.”

1. John Mayer: Paper Doll

“You’re like 22 girls in one. And none of them know what they’re running from.”

Honourable mentions – Tegan & Sara: Fool for Love, Kathleen Edwards: Change the Sheets, Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams: Get Lucky, Daughter: Human, Capital Cities: Safe and Sound, Dido: No Freedom, Lorde: Tennis Court

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