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Spotify Artist Services’ Favorite Songs of 2013

2013 was a really, really great year for music. There were huge debuts, epic comebacks, and established artists making classic albums. We’re glad we were able to listen to it all unfold on Spotify and our users lapped it up too listening to over 4.5 BILLION minutes of music this year! 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominated the year as the most played male artist on Spotify and they also had the most listened to album, with The Heist, and the most streamed track with ‘Thrift Shop‘  which now has 162 million streams. Rihanna topped the streaming chart for a female artist whilst ‘Get Lucky‘, by Daft Punk, was the most shared song on Spotify. Newcomer/sensation Lorde was Spotify’s most viral new artist. 

But what was your Spotify 2013 like? For your stats, including your total streams, minutes played and your top tracks and artists check out the Spotify 2013 Year in Review

Here on the Artist Services team, we couldn’t wait to share our favorite music with each other – and with you – so we each put together a list of our Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Year. Click on our names to follow us on Spotify and click on the song titles themselves to listen. We’ve also provided a handy playlist of all 40 songs at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!





01. Banks – Warm Water

02. Sophie – Bipp

03. Tirzah – I’m Not Dancing

04. Touché Amoré – To Write Content

05. Rich Homie Quan – Type of Way 




Rosa / @Reauxsa

01. Lucius – Hey, Doreen

02. Flosstradamus – Pillz

03. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough

04. Betty Who – Somebody Loves You

05. M.I.A. – Double Bubble Trouble





D.A. / @dawallach

01. Janelle Monáe – Electric Lady [feat. Solange]

02. R. Kelly – Shut Up

03. Ciara – Body Party

04. Oh My Goodness – OMG OMG

05. Mac Demarco – Ode to Viceroy




Jordan / @jordanGremli

01. Disclosure – Latch

02. CHVRCHES – Gun

03. Local Natives – Breakers

04. Lorde – Royals

05. The National – Sea of Love

(Top 50 here: Jordan’s Top Songs of 2013




Mark / @markgw3

01. Phosphorescent – Song For Zula

02. Haim – Falling

03. Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) [feat. A*M*E]

04. The National – Heavenfaced

05. Queens Of The Stone Age – The Vampyre Of Time And Memory




BryanBryan / @bryanmjohnson

01. Circa Waves – Get Away

02. Reputante – Lock Me Up

03. Ana Lola Roman – Klutch – Original Mix

04. Moby feat. Cold Specks – A Case For Shame

05. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street





 Britt / @bmorgansaks

01. Kanye West – Black Skinhead

02. Gesaffelstein – Hate or Glory

03. A$AP Rocky, Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar – F**kin’ Problems

04. Quadron – Hey Love

05. Phoenix – The Real Thing 




Ulf / @IHeartUlf

01. Bilderbuch – Maschin

02. Banks – Before I Ever Met You

03. Marteria – Kids (2 Finger an den Kopf)

04. Die Antwoord – Cookie Thumper!

05. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share




Spotify Artist Services’ Favorite Tracks of the Year