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Top 89 of 2023: Jessica Paxton's top 10 songs

Top 89 - Staff Picks - Jessica Paxton
Top 89 - Staff Picks - Jessica PaxtonPhoto: Sara Fish | Graphic: Natalia Toledo

by Jessica Paxton

December 07, 2023

The end of the year is upon us, and it's time to reflect on your favorite music of 2023! Here are Jessica Paxton's favorite songs of the year. Once you've made your own list, vote in The Current's Top 89 poll by December 18, and we'll count down your Top 89 of 2023 at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, and at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1.

Top 10 Songs of 2023

My fave tracks of the last year -- in no particular order EXCEPT #1 is Boygenius/Not Strong Enough

Boygenius - “Not Strong Enough” (I just can't get enough of the harmonies on this track — gives me a lump in my throat every.single.time I hear it. So good.)

This Is The Kit - “Inside Outside”

Tianna Esperanza - “Buy You a New Attitude”

Metric - “Just The Once”

Black Market Brass - “The Pit”

Say She She - “Forget Me Not”

Yard Act - “The Trench Coat Museum”

Dinner Party featuring Ant Clemons - “Insane”

Mitski - “Bug Like An Angel”

Killer Mike featuring Andre 3000, Eryn Allen Kane & Future - “Scientists and Engineers”


Honorable mention:

Fontaines D.C. - “Jackie Down The Line”

Gang of Youths - “In The Wake Of Your Leave”

Stephen Sanchez - “Evangeline”

Tamino - “Fascination”

Slowdive - “Kisses”

Beth Orton - “Fractals”

Baby Rose - “Stop The Bleeding”

As host of Teenage Kicks — my favorite shows were the ones that featured debut and break-through albums by Teenage Kicks-era women and femme-fronted bands. They had to fight that much harder for air-play and recognition "back in the day" — and went on to inspire many of the contemporary artists we spin on The Current today — including Lene Lovich, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Madonna, Eurythmics, X-Ray Spex, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Everything But The Girl, The Bangles, The Go-Gos, and the Pretenders. The Pretenders not only released a new album this year, but frontwoman and rock icon Chrissie Hynde celebrated her 72nd birthday with a sold-out kick-ass performance at The Entry here in Minneapolis. It was also an honor to pay tribute to artists we lost this year, including Sinead O'Connor and Tina Turner.