Non Sequitur Fridays

The 2013 Playlist

This post is part of our Non Sequitur Fridays series, which will feature a different Wistia team member's take on a non-Wistia-related topic each week. It's like our "employee of the month" but less "of the month"-y. This is a special collaborative edition: our 2013 playlist! Here are the tunes that kept us thriving in 2013.

Majical Cloudz - "What That Was" (Buy)

I don't usually pay a whole lot of attention to lyrics, but this slow cruising ballad really made me smile. Written by Devon Walsh, the song is an ode to his buddy Neal. It's an ode to staying out, going to shows, and kicking around in that special way two guys do. A spare beat, a little synth, and hey, you're the best friend that I have ever had. Listen on repeat. -Joe

Disclosure - "F For You" (TEED Remix) (Buy)

I don't even like TEED or Disclosure that much individually, but the from the first moment that this song appeared in my Soundcloud feed this summer, I knew I'd be playing it many times. Months were spent searching for a high-res encode with DJ friends, and once one was found, I've played it in almost every set. It's proven to be a DJ cheat code of sorts, with a series of tense buildups that are always perfectly resolved. -Alyce

Gregory Alan Isakov - "Living Proof" (Buy)

Timing. It always takes hearing one song at the perfect moment to really introduce to me to an artist. A close friend had been pushing Gregory Alan Isakov on me for a while, and I knew that I liked him, but never seemed to prioritize getting to know his stuff. But this song… this album… it's just really well done. Great writing, great arrangements, great performances, and sonically, it's very up my ally. If you're on a long car drive, give this whole record (The Weatherman, 2013) a listen. It might not have been my absolute favorite album of 2013, but it was the first that came to mind… so maybe it was? -Dan

Ellie Goulding - "Anything Could Happen" (Buy)

I sure do love me some Ellie Goulding. Despite an explosive rise to fame, her sound remains unlike any other. My girl EG made multiple appearances on my go-to playlist this year, with Anything Could Happen emerging as my favorite track from 2013's Halycon. Though it's not quite as wonderfully weird or subtle as "Lights," this jam has a dreamy quality that makes it the perfect soundtrack for my morning commute. It never fails to get me pumped up for a day full of adventures (and lots and lots of synth). -Maddie

CHVRCHES - "Mother We Share" (Buy)

I'm not much of a singles guy, I'm more into full albums - so I didn't really know where to start. I narrowed it down by looking at my Rdio most played list. Most of the other options were too embarrassing to publicize (lot of the TRON soundtrack). Then I thought about which band changed my perception most with their epic 2013 work. Ellie Goulding, Fitz & the Tantrums, and St. Lucia all put out awesome music this year, but CHVRCHES galloped into my heart with their album, The Bones of What You Believe. -Jeff

The Ergs! - "Kind of Like Smitten" (Buy)

I like this song, and especially liked it this year, because it was one of the first songs that I put on a mix for my now-husband, Jerry. It does a good job of keeping the content light and fun (like many bands of this specific genre) do, and also describes those first date flutters perfectly. I love it. It's a great get-up-and-dance-around-my-room jam. -Mercer

St. Lucia - "All Eyes on You" (Buy)

This whole album (When the Night) is so frickin' good, it's tough to choose just one song from it. But this is the song that got me addicted to St. Lucia in the first place, so it has a special place in my heart. This song has a great beat, and an upbeat, synth-y sound, informed by the artist's South African upbringing. It just makes you feel good. And if you're inclined to listen to other songs from the album, I recommend "The Way You Remember Me" and "Call Me Up". -Kristen

Lorde - "Royals" (Buy)

This song was a big deal this year. I have no idea what it's actually about. I decided to watch the music video (they still make these?) for clues. Now I really, really have no idea what the song is about. But dang, it sure is catchy. -Ezra

Haim - "Falling" (Buy)

I often found myself listening to Haim's "Falling" on my daily train commute. It's one of those songs that makes you feel like you're just crushing life, and no one can stop you. You don't have a seat for a 30-minute train ride, and the person next to you has their elbow in your face because they're too busy screaming on their phone to notice, WHO CARES?! When the chorus kicks in, you'll summon the power of Stevie Nicks (scarves floating from your arms and all) and everyone will think you look as boss as you feel. In reality, you're wearing a shapeless down sleeping bag coat and salt-coated Bean Boots like the rest of the winter world, but don't worry, this song will make you feel unstoppable! -Meredith

Daft Punk "Instant Crush" (Dan Mills Guilty Pleasure Version)

When Daft Punk streamed their new album Random Access Memories before its release date, I was giddy with excitement. To no surprise, the album did not disappoint. But it did give me an idea. I urged my friend and Wistia music-maker Dan to check out the album and consider making an Infamous Peeps (Dan's alter-ego band) influenced cover version to hopefully get shared around enough to land on Hype Machine. He chose the song "Instant Crush" featuring Julian Casablancas from The Strokes, and inadvertently gifted me with my 2013 Summer Jam. -Chris L.

Petite Meller - "Backpack" (Buy)

If the saxophone and twinkling don't get you, the swim caps in the video will. I don't know about you but I need to spend more summers lounging at nursing homes in the French Alps with my friends. -Laura

Letlive. - "27 Club" (Buy)

Letlive. has been one of my favorite bands for the past several years and their 2013 release, "The Blackest Beautiful," is an incredible record from start to finish. Warning: it's loud. In my opinion this is the best song on the record, and showcases their amazing blend of melody, groove, and pure mayhem. This song also is the penultimate example of frontman Jason Butler's lyrics, which are some of the best around. This song describes an inner struggle with one's own faith, legacy, and the ever relevant question, "Is it better to die young believing in something or grow old and have no purpose?" For a seven-minute song, it never gets old, and features a soulful groove with heavy guitars and Butler's signature blend of singing and passionate screaming. -Max K.

Beyonce feat. Frank Ocean - "Superpower" (Buy)

Queen Bey dropped the biggest mic of 2013 with her surprise “visual album” release. Though the entire album is an instant classic in my book, her collab with Frank Ocean stole my heart. This is my new favorite love song. I’m bowing down, B. "And when I'm standing in this mirror after all these years / What I'm viewing is a little different / From what your eyes show you / I guess I didn't see myself before you." -Elise

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