The 13th

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"The 13th"
The Cure - The 13th album cover.jpg
Single by The Cure
from the album Wild Mood Swings
Released 22 April 1996
Format CD
Genre Mariachi[1]
Length 4:16
Label Fiction
The Cure singles chronology
"A Letter to Elise"
"The 13th"
"Mint Car"
"A Letter to Elise"
"The 13th"
"Mint Car"

"The 13th" is a song by English rock band The Cure, released as the first single from the band's tenth studio album Wild Mood Swings in April 1996.

Music video[edit]

The music video of the song shows Robert Smith, dressed in ripped velvet dress, lying on his bed and watching a TV broadcast where he performs with The Cure. Comedian Sean Hughes also appears in the video.[2]


The song reached number 15 on the UK Singles Chart and number 44 on the US Hot 100. The song was played very few times during the Swing Tour and never again since the tour.

Writing for AllMusic, Ned Raggett rated the single four stars out of five and noted the unexpected tone of the song: "There's no question that 'The 13th' was probably one of the Cure's most unexpected singles -- though horns had appeared on the single mix of 'Close to Me' back in 1985, the distinctly Latin percussion and brass on the song here was something else entirely!"[3]

Clash magazine said that, alongside "Gone!", "The 13th" has become known for dividing fans, describing them as "love/hate affairs", but noted they "still [show] a band happy to experiment and play with conventions."[4] Peter Parrish described "The 13th" as "a pseudo-latin number with a not-especially-hidden message about giving in to your lust."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were written by Smith/Gallup/Bamonte/Cooper/O'Donnell.

Version 1
  1. "The 13th (Swing Radio Mix)"
  2. "It Used to Be Me"
  3. "Adonais"
  4. "Ocean"
Version 2
  1. "The 13th (Two Chord Cool Mix)" – 4:09
  2. "Ocean" – 3:29
  3. "It Used to Be Me" – 6:57
  4. "The 13th (Killer Bee Mix)" – 4:16

Note: "It Used to Be Me" can also be found as an extra track on the Japanese version of Wild Mood Swings.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 31
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 43
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 12
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 11
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 55
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 37
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 29
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 44
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[18] 15


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