PHILADELPHIA -- Classic artists like Van Morrison and Johnny Cash went head-to-head with up-and-comers Macklemore and Florida Georgia Line, among other artists, on AMI Entertainment's jukebox network.
Nostalgia was big for the AMI audience in 2013. The top five most-played songs were all recorded before 1990. Claiming the top spot is Van Morrison's soulful jam "Brown Eyed Girl," a legendary 1967 song that kicked off the singer's solo career and continues to make regular appearances on AMI's year-end charts. Guns N' Roses joined perennial favorites the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Janis Joplin to round out the top five.
Meanwhile, the most popular song of 2012 -- Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" -- failed to crack the top 50, sinking all the way to No. 82.
The top albums of 2013 were similarly old-fashioned, with greatest hits albums from Guns N' Roses and Lynyrd Skynyrd placing No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Eric Church's hit 2011 album "Chief" remained on the charts for yet another year, falling only one spot from the 2012 list to come in at No. 3. "Chief" was followed on the charts by a string of greatest hits albums from classic artists like Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones and Bob Seger.
The roster of the top new songs of 2013 granted a fascinating view into the latest artists captivating jukebox audiences. It was a banner year for country singer Blake Shelton, with his new releases "Boys 'Round Here" and "Sure Be Cool If You Did" topping the charts at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" came in at No. 2, while new tracks from Florida Georgia Line, Daft Pun, and Drake placed in the top 10. New Zealand's teenaged singer-songwriter Lorde also placed highly with her hit song "Royals," which came in at No. 9.
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