Robin Thicke, feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Depending on whether you’re a teen girl or a soccer mom, a teen mom or a soccer girl, a subscriber to Spotify or Sirius, a resident of New York City or the Montana wilds, an industry weasel or a fanatic from afar, a risk-taker or a comfort-seeker, a blogger or a hedgehogger, your Songs of the Year likely varied tremendously. As has been the case since the Internet made it Christmas Past/Present/Future year-round, there was no legitimate consensus in 2013: You could’ve inhabited a world where “Versace” was an omnipresent refrain, or “Random Hi5s” or “Royals” or “Bound 2″ or “Roar” or “Cruise” or “Harlem Shake” or “You Might Think He Loves You for Your Money But I Know What He Really Loves You for It’s Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat” could’ve been your soundtrack instead. (Likely your Albums of the Year varied wildly, as well). Is this ongoing lack of a monocultural anthem a tragedy worth bemoaning? We suggest you ask the “Fox” and heed her advice: “Hatee hatee hatee ho!” So, to complement our 50 Best Albums of 2013, here’s 50 of our favorite toons. CHARLES AARON
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