December 27, 2013 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q. TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #150
I'm asking you to look back and pick your favourite song and / or album of the 2013. What was it and why?


The Oracle replies:

My favourite single of the year is Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. Despite me not being a fan of the man, from the first time I heard it, I loved the reminiscent Prince feel of it. Pharrell's presence was a bonus as I'd been hooked on Daft Punk's Get Lucky - my second fave.
My favourite album is John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts. Stunning follow-up to his debut, Queen Of Denmark. His voice, the songs, their lyrics... not to mention the backing vocals, production and epic closer Glacier, all make this a sublime listening experience.
Over to you.

The album Racine Carre by Stromae. It’s a Belgium singer and songwriter who has become a phenomenon in France with the release of this second album. He’s a genius. It’s not the kind of music I’m used to listening to, but how be left unmoved in front of such a prodigy?! He’s so inspired and inspiring. The power of the lyrics, the beats, and above all the way he lives intensely through every word. There’s no word to describe the performer he is. Apart from Coldplay, he’s the only singer who can make me cry over a song. His music videos are gems as well. He’s the new Brel.
Even if English speakers won’t get how deep the words are, I sincerely hope they’ll see the talent of this guy. Love, Helene.


My favourite album of the 2013 is Love lust faith + dreams by 30 Seconds To Mars because it teaches me that we need to dream to live and we can't never give up about what we believe in. My favourite song of the 2013 is Do or Die. Maria.

I would have to choose Lady Gaga's ARTPOP. Its really a masterpiece and I'm humbled by the way she bares her soul. Claire.

My favorite album of 2013 is Black Sun by Gold Fields. The colors and chords in this album just make me smile. Very groovy. There's Michael Jackson-esque bass lines, shiver-up-the-spine dissonance, and incredible drums- they have two percussionists. My two favorite songs from the album are Closest I Could Get and Happy Boy, both give me that tingly my-god-this-is-incredible feeling. I also have to say that Jonny's guitar in Atlas is so awesome, and congrats to the band for such an amazing track. Allie.

My two favorite albums from the past year would be the Catching Fire Soundtrack (such diverse talent) and Pure Heroine by Lorde. (Pure magic!) Nick.

I would have to say that my favorite album was Native by Onerepublic. My favorite song of 2013 hmmm it's hard to think of just one...well there is Atlas, Who We Are ( Imagine Dragons ), Silhouettes ( Of Monsters and Men ), Gale song ( The Lumineers ) Can you tell that I really like the Catching fire album? There are many to name but those are my top 4 at the moment. Loved answering this Q!
Mollie U.S.A.

Not being ingratiating here, but of course my most favorite song for 2013 is Atlas because it's the combination of two of my favorite things in the world: Coldplay and the Hunger Games series. I can still remember how giddy I felt last September when I found out about a Coldplay song that's gonna be a soundtrack for the movie. When I saw the lyric video, I was pretty certain that lyrics and music-wise, the song aptly captures the "feels" of the main characters in the story.
Another favorite of mine this year is Lorde's EP, The Love Club. I was fascinated by her haunting vocals. Fascinated by how young she is even. Her songs give me this electronic-pop vibe that makes me want to dance party in my head or snap my fingers like some cool kid.
Hope you're all having a good time there, Jennilyn from Manila, Philippines.


I really enjoyed AM by Arctic Monkeys. It was slightly different from their other stuff, but I really liked it. Alex is a genius, no doubt about it.
I was really excited when I bought it, too. (Ran out of the shop with a giant grin on my face!)
But I really thought Comedown Machine by The Strokes was amazing too.
(All the Time would have to be one of my favourite songs to ever exist!!) I can't make up my mind....can I get away with listing two albums?? Lex.

My favorite song was definitely Atlas! Most of the music I like is by Coldplay, but I'm not just picking Atlas because it's the only song they released this year. I just really love the song. It was written very creatively. The verses give you the feeling that you are waiting for something. Then you hear the chorus and that something is here. It's like all your excitement just bursts (in a good way.) Anna.

Favorite album of 2013 was probably Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience. I liked Part 1 better than Part 2 bc Part 2 was angry and I got way too much to deal with in my life to feed into anger. I spent the better part of the summer listening to Part 1 and hearing it takes me back to the summer sun and half day work days. Tunnel Vision was my favorite of the collection. I've been married forever, but love remembering the way love starts with infatuation. I really loved the video, too. Racy but in a really benign way.
I haven't heard all of Eminem's MMLP2 but I really like what I've heard from it bc it speaks to the drive to keep going. Never quit. It's like my own personal Rocky anthem.
I liked Jay Z's song Holy Grail. I haven't heard the entire album, but that song is great but it blatantly spells out my practice of getting emotionally invested in ways that leave me feeling used up, but continuing to do it again and again and don't even really know why, and the truth is, when you put it into perspective, its not as bad as it seems. The song makes me feel like I'm not alone on the planet with that feeling.
Merry Christmas to all of you and yours, Miranda.

First time doing this and hoping it's not the last. My favorite album of 2013 was The National's Trouble Will Find Me and my favorite song is Hanalei from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Thank you for being awesome all these years, Joao.


2013 has been a great year for music for me. From the new Daft Punk album early on to I'm Aquarius by Metronomy being released not too long ago, there's been a lot of meaningful music to me. My favourite moment though - discounting Atlas - would have to be AM by Arctic Monkeys. For a whole month after it came out I listened to it in full maybe 2 or 3 times a day. It helped me cope a lot with growing up and romantic problems - especially 'I Wanna Be Yours' which helped me understand exactly how I felt about this one girl. And on top of that, it's just an incredible album!
Merry christmas and a happy new year everyone! Harry.

Fave album - Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Fave song - Cool by Le Youth. Phil Harvey.


Song: I Love It by Icona Pop (Just a brilliant pop song. You know you'll hear in ten years time and memories of 2013 will come flooding back).

Album: Trouble Will Find Me by The National (It's oddly enjoyable to wallow in its magnificent gloom).
Anchorman.

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