Top ten 'Top X' lists of 2013

Year-end round ups
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2013


Because end-of-the-year listicles aren’t annoying or ubiquitious enough, we’re going meta-reflective with this round-up of our favorite superlative lists of 2013 (some even mention our fair city of Portland!). Bookmark them on your phone or laptop, and you’ve got perfect time-killing fodder in case of travel delays or family-time overload. (Items marked with a ! feature Portland.)

1) Science magazine’s “Top Ten Breakthroughs of the Year” | Cancer immunotherapy tops the list of big discoveries in 2013, followed by transparent brain-imaging technology, cosmic particle accelerators, and developing solar cell materials. |

2) Project Censored’s “Top 25 Most Censored Stories of 2013” | Despite (or perhaps because of) the gravity of their subject matter, these stories — about post-Fukushima radioactive fallout in Japan, America’s prison-industrial complex, and sexual violence against women soldiers, to name a few — flew under many of our radars this year. Get educated. |

3) PopMatters’s “Most Disappointing Albums of 2013” | Were you hoping for more this year from Justin Timberlake, the National, and Arcade Fire? So were the folks from PopMatters, who note that “this year’s list of the most disappointing albums . . . reads like the ‘best of’ list from four or five years ago.” |

4) Andrew Zimmern’s “Top 10 Food Trends of 2013” at | From ramen burgers to raising the minimum wage, Zimmern’s list covers developments both on- and off-menu. |

5) Media Matters for America’s “Top Ten Things Fox Decided Will Lead To The ‘Wussification of America’ in 2013” | Including yoga for children, paid internships, and co-ed sports teams. |

! 6) Draft Magazine’s “100 Best Beer Bars of 2013” | Three bars in Maine make the cut: Novare Res and the Great Lost Bear, both in Portland, and Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell. |

7) Autostraddle’s “Top 22 Kick-Ass Queer Women Who Came Out in 2013” | Because Maria Bello. <3 <3 <3 |

! 8) Travel + Leisure’s “Most Attractive People” | Coming in fourth place for our “rugged good looks,” Portlanders were finally recognized in 2013 for our personal aesthetic. With local blogs like,, and documenting our evolving sartorial sense, it’s about time we were recognized not just for our Bean boots, but for our natural beauty. |

9) Time’s “140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013” | Activists, comedians, scientists, and tech gurus all made the list. Fingers crossed that @PortlandPhoenix will be on there next year. |

10) Pornhub’s “2013 Year in Review” | Not so much a list as a collection of stats offering insight into people’s porn-viewing habits in 2013. Wondering how big sporting events affected self-love, or what percentage of porn users log in via desktop versus mobile? Find out here. |

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