In honour of 2013, I present to you a rather numerically arbitrary challenge: which 13 musical artists have most shaped the 21st century for you so far? Who has filled the most tracks on your iTunes/iPod/iPhone, accumulated the most hours on Spotify - but also inspired you, made you feel? Given you hope that musical innovation and talent were far from extinct? The question is intentionally open-ended to avoid the inevitable discussion of "favourite" versus "best" and other trivial details. There are no criteria here - you don't even have to rank your artists if you don't want to - as long as you discuss 13 musical artists or groups who have strongly shaped your listening experience over the past 13 years. For those of us who are unfamiliar with your artists of choice, what are some essential tracks we should hear (13 of them, if you want )? If we had to listen to just one album, what should it be? I have some artists of my own in mind, but I would like to hear from the rest of the JCC first. In fact, I must admit to having selfish ulterior motives - I suspect this thread will probably be a valuable way to discover new music. While the "What song are you listening to?" thread is also a good resource for this effort, that thread is deliberately light on discussion. I'm hoping to understand precisely why you love the artists that you do.