Rob Sheffield’s Top 25 Songs of 2023

Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Ice Spice, and other highlights from a vibrant, chaotic, glorious mess of a year

How do you say goodbye to a year like 2023? How about, “I wanna meet your mom, just to tell her her year sucks”? But here’s to a vibrant, chaotic, glorious mess of a year for music, a year when you could find brilliant tunes all over the stylistic map. These are my 25 favorite songs of 2023. (Athough many other gems are over on my albums list, to avoid duplicating all the same artists.) Including, but not limited to: hits, flops, obscurities, pop kicks, rap poets, soul divas, guitar monsters, disco jams, punk rockers, shoegaze lovers, and karaoke room-clearers. And the Beatles, obviously.

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