Cam’s “Burning House” and Finish Ticket’s “Scavenger” move into an otherwise quiet top ten, but the most notable change comes just below: Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up And Dance” exits the top ten for the first time, in its fifty-eighth week on the chart. Charles Kelley scores the biggest mover title this week along with featured acts Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, as “The Driver” vaults from last week’s debut position of #88 up to #36. One spot below, Martin Luke Brown is the highest debut with new single “Knife Edge.” Troye Sivan sneaks new song “Talk Me Down” into the top fifty as well. In the bottom half of the chart, Lauren Alaina, XYLØ, Bondax featuring Erik Hassle, and Wet enter, as does a re-entry from Finish Ticket.
Walk The Moon makes it a dozen weeks at the top with “Shut Up And Dance” continuing its reign. The top ten is mostly unchanged, impacted mainly by Carly Rae Jepsen’s jump to the top five with “I Really Like You.” Cheerleader’s “The Sunshine Of Your Youth” is the week’s biggest mover, leaping 32 positions to #35 in its fourth week on the chart. Just below, Chris Stapleton enters with the highest debut, “Traveller,” at #36. Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson also make a debut in the chart’s upper half as their cover of The Phantom Of The Opera track “All I Ask Of You” reaches #50. Nine more debuts are led by Erik Hassle, another track from Handsome Ghost’s Steps EP, and two new tracks from the upcoming release of Alabama Shakes’ sophomore album, Sound & Color.
These are one hundred songs that stayed in my heavy rotation throughout 2013. In a year that saw personal advancements including eight weeks studying abroad in France and graduation from college, these songs soundtracked my year, each song appealing to me through instrumentation, lyrics, or just its overall mood. Read on for descriptions of each track, access the whole playlist on SoundCloud to listen, and judge away.
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