Dan DeLuca is an Inquirer pop music critic. But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture."
Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" is certainly song of the year, and it leads off this playlist of 22 standout tunes from 2013. Rather than a ranking of first to worst, it's organized as a mix that ranges from pop to country to hip-hop to rock and is meant to reflect the year in music, as well as to be listened to and enjoyed.
Philadelphia is teeming with pop music these days. Leaving off Kurt Vile, who made the bigger list with Wakin on a Pretty Daze, this is an alphabetized list of some of the standout music of the year. Most are full-length albums; a few are download-only specials. It wasn't easy to limit it to 10.