Thanks for following the blog as the 2013 list was counted down. Please have a browse through any pieces you missed and feel free to feedback as you see fit. The whole list can be found below as a helpful summary of the countdown. Further pieces on other musical highlights of the year will follow between now and the new year.
2013 was a wonderful, wonderful year for music. I suspect I say something similar every twelve months, but this was, by far, the toughest list to compile since I started doing these. The ‘shortlist’ was stuck around the sixty titles mark for a month or so and, as a result, it was very nearly a Top 40 rather than 30. The ‘honourable mentions’ list will be a treasure trove in itself. The format remains the same – a blurb on each record and a link to listen embedded in the artwork. As ever, the most enjoyable part of doing this is hearing your thoughts as we bumble along together, so please do get in touch either at the bottom of the pieces or via @justplayed on Twitter.
The Prize Draw
Now that the big day has passed, it’s time for the annual prize draw. Scroll down, take in the list and then hit comment. Submit your top ten albums of 2013 to be entered into a draw for a sizeable pack of splendid music, including copies of some of the albums in this very list. Previous winners seemed suitably pleased, and all you need to do is tell me your ten favourite releases of the past twelve months. You have until the end of January 1st, 2014 to post your response and the draw will follow soon thereafter. Feel free to include a link to your site if you’ve been counting down elsewhere, but please put a plain copy of the list in your post. Please include all comments on this page rather than the Mixcloud page.
The full list
Click on the links below to go to the relevant articles and click on the blue writing at the bottom to launch a mix tape of the year. Keep visiting for a chance to win some top tunes.