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The best music of 2023: A mix of politically searing artistry and pure pop joy – The Star

December 20, 2023

From Caroline Polachek and 100 gecs to Anohni and Jeremy Dutcher, here are the Star’s top 13 albums of 2023.

From 10,000 feet, 2023 was a year of contrasts. As the long shadow of the pandemic lifted and a sense of normality returned, music lovers around the world reshaped their connection to the dance floor and the joyful experience of live music. But that sense of normality was also punctuated by unprecedented environmental and political crises.

My listening habits this year reflected these tumultuous times — I was drawn to music that was political or deeply personal one day, only to find myself craving something fun and mindless the next. What follows is an earnest, if self-indulgent, attempt to capture not necessarily the best albums released this year, but the ones that had the biggest impact on me as a listener. I’ve also pulled together an extended playlist of all my favourite songs from 2023, which you can find here. Enjoy!

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