Top 100 Songs of 2013


The WFPK year-end countdown is underway! We’ll update the list each hour, so feel free to follow along today as you listen. This year’s countdown is made possible in part by O’Shea’s Pubs, with locations Downtown and in the Highlands.

100. Allen Stone – Sleep

99. Anders Osbourne – 47

98. Steve Martin – Love Has Come For You

97. Sons of Fathers – Roots & Vine

96. Cold War Kids – Miracle Man

95. Johnny Marr – Right Thing Right

94. Paul McCartney – New

93. The Dismemberment Plan – Invisible

92. Natalie Maines – Come Cryin’ To Me

91. Brett Dennen – Wild Child

90. Gibbard/Mann – Bigger Than Love

89. Jason Isbell – Live Oak

88. Cheyenne Mize – Whole Heart

87. Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile

86. Son Volt – Hearts and Minds

85. Avicii – Wake Me Up

84. Spacehog – Oh Dinosaur

83. Junk Yard Dogs – Good Good Lovin

82. Haim – The Wire

81. Jim James – State of the Art

80. Leagues – Mind Games

79. Wild Feathers – The Ceiling

78. The Head and the Heart – Shake

77. Randall Bramblett – Roll

76. Deer Tick – Dream’s in the Ditch

75. Alt-J – Breezeblocks

74. Dawes – Most People

73. Little Comets – Jennifer

72. Regina Spektor – You’ve Got Time

71. Kings of Leon – Supersoaker

70. Man Man – Head On

69. Matt Costa – Good Times

68. Joseph Arthur – Saint of Impossible Causes

67. Iron and Wine – Singers and the Endless Song

66. Devendra Banhart – Never Seen Such Good Things

65. Local Natives – Heavy Feet

64. Civil Wars – The One That Got Away

63. They Might be Giants – You’re On Fire

62. Leagues – Spotlight

61. Lone Bellow – You Never Need Nobody

60. Teneia Sanders – Steamboat

59. David Bowie – The Stars

58. National – Don’t Swallow the Cap

57. Thao – We the Common

56. Rilo Kiley – Let Me Back In

55. Jack Johnson – I Got You

54. Small Time Napoleon – Sidewinder

53. Laura Veirs – Sun Song

52. Cayucas – High School Lover

51. Matt Duncan – The Keys

50. J. Roddy – Heavy Bells

49. Features – This Disorder

48. Amos Lee – The Man Who Wants You

47. Little Green Cars – Harper Lee

46. Grizzly Bear – A Simple Answer

45. Fitz – 6am

44. Bonnie Prince Billy & Dawn McCarthy – Just What I Was Looking For

43. Frightened Rabbit – Dead Now

42. City and Colour – Thirst

41. Neko Case – That’s Who I Am

40. Cabin – The Oceanographer

39. Moon Taxi – The New Black

38. Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song

37. Volcano Choir – Byegone

36. Villagers – Nothing Arrived

35. Cave Singers – Have To Pretend

34. David Ford – Pour A Little Poison

33. Junip – Your Life Your Call

32. Laura Marling – Where Can I Go

31. Nerves Junior – Goodnight Nobody

30. Houndmouth – On The Road

29. Josh Rouse – Julie

28. Lone Bellow – Bleeding Out

27. Iron and WIne – Grace For Saints and Ramblers

26. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

25. Edward Sharpe – Better Days

24. No More Kings – They’re Coming To Get You, Barbra

23. Replacements – I’m Not Sayin’

22. Old Baby – Young

21. Telekinesis – Power Lines

20. Josh Ritter – Joy To You Baby

19. Kopecky – Heartbeat

18. Debauchees – I’ve Got Energy

17. Neko Case – Man

16. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

15. Pearl Jam – Mind Your Manners

14. Cheyenne Mize – Among The Grey

13. The National – Demons

12. Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves

11. Dawes – From A Window Seat

10. Haim – Don’t Save Me

9. Fleetwood Mac – Sad Angel

8. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers

7. Phosphorescent – Song For Zula

6. Joshua James – Queen of the City

5. Wax Fang – Blonde Leading the Blonde

4. Primal Scream – It’s Alright

3. Dr. Dog – Broken Heart

2. Jason Isbell – Stockholm

1. Jim James – A New Life

Michael Young’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

10. Pokey LaFarge – Pokey LaFarge
St. Louis (and one-time Louisville) musician has made riverboat chic cool with his hot swing and ragtime blues. SONG: ONE TOWN AT A TIME

9. Houndmouth – From the Hills Below the City
Precocious New Albanians’ debut hits a sweet spot between ramshackle country and classic rock a la The Band and will only get better with age. SONG: PENITENTIARY

8. Sturgill Simpson – High Top Mountain
Kentucky native (ex-Sunday Valley) harkens back to 70’s country outlaws and still sounds fresh. SONG: SOME DAYS

7. Blue Rodeo – In Our Nature
One of the most decorated bands in Canada cranks out consistently great roots rock on their 13th album. SONG: NEVER TOO LATE

6. The Wood Brothers – The Muse
Colorado brothers are slinky, funky and fun on this, their best album yet. Nobody’s doing what they do. SONG: HONEY JAR

5. Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting the War
Back after a long absence of new material, this Austin, TX songwriter does not disappoint. SONG: STILL FIGHTING THE WAR

4. Bill Callahan – Dream River
Escaping his beginnings as an experimental lo-fi artist known as Smog, Callahan is really hitting his stride on this 5th solo album. SONG: SPRING

3. Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture Of You
Texas legend was a contemporary of Townes Van Zandt and was in on the ground floor of the early outlaw movement writing country hits for Jerry Jeff Walker and others. On a nice late-career roll. SONG: MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU

2. Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Alabama songwriter continues to astonish with his songwriting getting better and more personal. 4th solo album is largely about getting sober and falling in love. SONG: FLYING OVER WATER

1. Mando Saenz – Studebaker
Mexican-born Saenz came up through the Houston, TX scene with Hayes Carll before settling in Nashville and delivering this masterpiece of character studies, narratives, and love songs. SONG: POCKET CHANGE

Kyle Meredith’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Pearl JamLightning Bolt
I’ve been calling this the best Chapter Two record in PJ’s catalog, meaning any album that came after their greatest hits collection.

Dr. DogB-Room
I’m constantly amazed at how they can deconstruct a formula, turning a song inside out to reveal something I’ve never heard.

Kings of LeonMechanical Bull
Thankfully, they’ve rediscovered their strut, attitude, and muscle with Bull, an album that song after song proves itself.

Anders OsbournePeace
This is an album that immediately recalls Neil Young as much as Radiohead; a guitar record with intelligence and a songwriter with nothing to lose.

HaimDays Are Gone
I’ve been lucky to watch these sisters grow from obscurity to superstars over the last couple years and all of my hopes for their debut were fulfilled.

David BowieThe Next Day
Put this one up there with Aladdin Sane and Let’s Dance. It’s not only an instant classic, but proves that the Thin White Duke is still above the cut, and still living somewhere on Mars.

Cheyenne MizeAmong the Grey
Never one to be pinned down to one sound, the Louisville songstress takes on multiple genre’s and never quite goes where you think she might within the song.

Iron & WineGhost on Ghost
One of the most adventurous songwriters in the game, Beam is pushing his tunes in directions that no other musician is considering. With Ghost On Ghost, it’s a perfect blend of jazz, folk, soul, and Americana. Not everyone is going to get it, which makes it that much more fun.

Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks
Did anyone actually believe Trent Reznor when he said he wouldn’t do NIN anymore?

Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
Regions of Light and Sound of God deserves the future-soul label that it’s been given, finding a way to be both warm and chilly at the same time, sprawling with a point, sexy and adrift.

Sean Cannon’s Top Albums of 2013


This list isn’t ordered, and I’m not entirely sure it’s comprehensive, either. But as I sat and considered which records stuck with me throughout the year, this is the list I was left with initially.

SuperchunkI Hate Music
Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
Los CampesinosNo Blues
Bill CallahanDream River
Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
LoveBlack Beauty (the vinyl came out this year, so I’ll count it)
Yo La TengoFade
The StepkidsTroubadour
The So So GlosBlowout
Dean WarehamEmancipated Hearts
Old BabyLove Hangover
Diarrhea PlanetI’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
Volcano ChoirRepave
Touche AmoreIs Survived By
Robert Pollard/Guided by VoicesBlazing Gentlemen/Honey Locust Honky Tonk/English Little League
William TylerImpossible Truth
Billy BraggTooth and Nail
Eleanor FriedbergerPersonal Record
Marnie SternThe Chronicles of Marnia

Stacy Owen’s Top 10 of 2013


It’s so hard to place these picks from 1 to 10 because I love each of them for different reasons. So…I’m using my Program Director’s prerogative and arranging these in no particular order.

HaimDays Are Gone
Throwback pop perfection

Little Green CarsAbsolute Zero
I like quirky lyrics!

Jason IsbellSoutheastern
Songs you feel down deep…a fantastic songwriter!

Dr. DogB-Room
Unique, fun, great live show!

Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone
Roots music with an original twist.

My chill out album of 2013…gorgeous.

Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
There’s always one that sneaks up on me…this gets better every time I hear it.

Jake BuggJake Bugg
This young whipper snapper is too talented for his own good.

Anders OsbornePeace
Wow! This one took me by surprise…found my way back to him.

Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle
That voice, that guitar work, those lyrics…mind blown.

Danny O’Bryan’s Top 10 of 2013

headshot-full-danny10. Squeeeze-botSweet Dreams are Made of Squeeze
9. Jerry TolsonJ.T. and Friends Fresh Squeezed
8. Mark Winkler and Cheryl BentyneWest Coast Cool
7. Bruce BarthThree Tings of Beauty
6. Bill CunliffeJazz and the Abstract Truth Take 2
5. Cecile McLorinWoman Child
4. Roberto MagrisCannonball Funkn’ Friends
3. Fred Hersch and Julian LageFree Flying
2. Rene MarieI Want to be Evil – the Songs of Ertha Kitt
1. Etienne CharlesCreole Soul