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"Thirteen" is a song by the American rock band Big Star. Rolling Stone describes it "one of rock's most beautiful celebrations of adolescence", and rated it #406 a list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It was written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell.
The song was originally featured on the 1972 album #1 Record. It was never released as a single by Big Star.
"Thirteen" has been covered by several notable musicians. They include:
|Evan Dando||Live at the Brattle Theatre|
|Garbage||Version 2.0 (Japanese edition), "Push It" single|
|Albert Hammond Jr.||Cool For School: For the Benefit of The Lunchbox Fund|
|Happy Flowers||Lasterday I Was Been Bad|
|Håkan Hellström||Nåt gammalt, nåt nytt, nåt lånat, nåt blått|
|Kind of Like Spitting||The Thrill of the Hunt|
|Mary Lou Lord||Live City Sounds|
|Elliott Smith||New Moon|
|Wilco||Big Star, Small World|
When asked if there was a Big Star cover he was especially fond of, lead singer Alex Chilton mentioned Garbage's version of this song.
- The Elliott Smith cover of the song was used in the film Thumbsucker, and appears on its soundtrack.
- Big Star's original was used in How I Met Your Mother episode "Ten Sessions," during a "two-minute date" with Josh Radnor's character and a time-strapped dermatologist, played by Sarah Chalke.
- The song appeared several times on That 70's Show, in such episodes as "The Seeker" and "That '70s Finale", serving as a theme for the two main characters, Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti who spend most of the series romantically involved.
- The song appeared on the Gilmore Girls episode "Rory's Dance" (Season 1, Episode 9).
- The fourth album of the Scottish band Teenage Fanclub, highly influenced by Big Star, is also named Thirteen.
- Davis Rogan, a friend of Alex Chilton, covers the song on his album "The Real Davis"