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What Song Captured Your Year?

Sheila Scarborough — Creative Commons

Editor’s note: If you’d like to hear the songs in full, check out our Spotify playlist of every song featured on the show.

There’s plenty of picks being made for the song of 2013. Rolling Stone and SPIN agree on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” The tastemakers at Pitchfork say it was Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” while Paste chose Janelle Monae’s “Q.U.E.E.N.” And Billboard says Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” was the most popular song of the year — with nearly 500 million YouTube plays to back that up.

But sometimes an old classic can feel more relevant than whatever is getting the most airplay or critical attention.

On New Year’s Eve we’re looking back at 2013 by asking you to share the song that best captures your year. What song — old or new — best resonated with your life in 2013? Is it a new hit you couldn’t escape on the radio? Is it a classic that seemed particularly relevant to 2013? Is it a little-known treasure from decades ago that you just discovered this year?

Comment below, email us at, or call us at 1-888-665-5865 during the show to share your pick.

Editor’s note: Ryan from Portland requested Social Distorition’s “Highway 101,” but due to a production error another caller’s pick — “This is the Sea” by The Waterboys — was played.

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