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REWIND2023: Our favourite songs of the year

We’re kicking off our REWIND2023 series with a list that was as hard to put together as finding a park outside The Lucky on a Friday afternoon – Our Favourite Songs of the Year.

Picking your favourite song is like having a favourite child – you shouldn’t do it, but when pressed you have an answer.

The list below was put together by submissions from everyone on the team at Newcastle Live and we’d love to hear what your favourite song of the year was in the comments too.

BONNIE ANNE
THE GOOD STUFF HOST & CONTENT PRODUCER

Downgirl are the most kickass band I’ve seen all year. Absolutely killer debut album, and I’m obsessed with every single song on it especially Manic.

STEVEN PICKETT
MANAGING DIRECTOR

It’s hard to choose one so I’ll say, Undone by Autumn Hearts, Melody Pool’s Teetering, and Georgie Winchester’s Friends With Flies. These three local tunes were standouts for me in 2023. From the shimmering pop brilliance of the Autumn Hearts to the delicate fragility of Melody Pool’s Teetering and the whimsical innocence of Friends With Flies, it is rewarding to see Newcastle’s songwriters deliver.

BRADLEY BURGOYNE
ADVERTISING & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

Adrian Dzuke has quickly become one of my favourite Australian Acts, and his Album released this year Don’t Worry Bout It Sweetheart has been on constant rotation all year. The opening song FIYAH is a blast to sing along and dance to with a smooth beat and some amazing vocals from Adrian & Julia.

MEG CLARKE
ADMIN & MARKETING MANAGER

Bad Idea was such a HUGE kickstart to new (old) kids on the block Headletter. I’m super keen to hear what else they’ve got up their sleeves in 2024. And Collidescope just keep delivering banger after banger too. Their song Red Flags is no exception. Shay’s vocals are amazing. And my elder emo heart absolutely lost it at Blink 182‘s One More Time. So nostalgic…right in the feels.

DAN BEAZLEY
PRODUCTION MANAGER

Elestial recorded my favourite Warehouse Session of the year. After that session, I played the recording of Don’t Offend The Kids to my 9-year-old who became obsessed with his song. We should listen to it everyone I dropped her off at school. We listened to it together so many times that it ended up on my most-played list for the year. It’s such accomplished songwriting for someone so young. I love the new Raave Tapes sound and Goodbye also one of my favourites for the year.