Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 27, 2013
Quick: It’s almost 2014. You have just enough time to actually listen to all those songs you starred on Spotify throughout the year but never actually listened to.
However, if you spent all of 2013 listening to "Wrecking Ball" on repeat (NO JUDGMENT HERE), we can help. After you’ve taken a look at our 50 Best Albums of 2013 countdown, check out our Spotify playlist inspired by the most interesting music we heard in a year that had plenty to offer.
Assembled from standout tracks on each album* on the countdown, this playlist spans genre, tone, and danceability. Want to know who made an impression in hip-hop? Queue up the crackling Danny Brown’s "25 Bucks," featuring the ever-chilling Purity Ring, or even Kanye’s indelible "Black Skinhead." Need some fresh pop to wash the taste of "Roar" out of your mouth? Try CHVRCHES’ ferocious "We Sink" or the irrepressible shopping mall debauchery of Sky Ferreira’s "Boys." Would you rather just cut a rug? The arch-android herself, Janelle Monae, will get you moving with "Dance Apocalyptic." (If that doesn’t work, Disclosure’s "Latch" is sure to do the trick.)
What are you waiting for? A new year of music is almost here. Listen to Austin 360’s 50 Best Albums of 2013 on Spotify now.
*We were able to find tracks from all of the albums on our countdown (even Beyonce’s) save one: My Bloody Valentine’s "m b v." In lieu of a cut from that shoegaze treat, we substituted "Wrecking Ball." Enjoy!