Greg’s Annual Mixtape, Jim’s Favorite Singles & Obituaries


Every year, host Greg Kot makes a mixtape of new songs to express his feelings about the past year. Greg shares a selection of that mix and the rest of the show staff look at other top singles of 2023. Plus, the hosts remember a few other musicians we lost in 2023.

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2023 Obituaries


Though they pay tribute to many musicians throughout the year, there is never enough time to mention every notable artist we lose in a year. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute to four more artists who died in 2023 including Shane MacGowan and Dwight Twilley.

Best Singles of 2023

Host Jim DeRogatis and the Sound Opinions producers share their favorite singles released in 2023.


  • Olivia Rodrigo, "Vampire"
  • SZA feat. Doja Cat, "Kill Bill (Remix)"
  • Pink Pantheress feat. Ice Spice, "Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2"
  • Miley Cyrus, "Flowers"

Production Staff:

  • Alex: Dua Lipa, "Dance The Night"
  • Sol: XG, "LEFT RIGHT"
  • Andrew: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, "White Beretta"
  • Max: Shame, "Fingers of Steel"

Greg’s 2023 Mixtape


Host Greg Kot shares his annual year-in-review mixtape. Listen to Greg’s full mixtape here!


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