I can’t remember the last year that there was SO MUCH good music that came out. I don’t know if it’s just that I kept up with more of it this year, or everyone just chose to release music in 2013, but my God this list took me about 3 minutes to put together. I wish I was kidding.
The worst part is it doesn’t even include all my favorite albums, and there is still a list of them that I’ve been meaning to download a copy of and just haven’t gotten around to yet. Yes, 2013 was definitely a good year in music. It wouldn’t feel right to go celebrate 2014 without properly honoring my top 10 of the year (and honorable mentions, of course), so here we go. Maybe you’ll find some good new music to end your year off, too?
10. Little Comets- Life Is Elsewhere
I discovered this band when reviewing their debut album for Confront Magazine, and it’s absolutely stunning. What a talent, and I can’t wait to see what they do next! The song below is an acoustic version of one of their tracks, and it is just gut-wrenchingly beautiful. I love when singers have voices that are completely out of the ordinary.
9. MS MR- Secondhand Rapture
Definitely a break-out band in 2013, this indie/pop duo completely won me over. I love the new indie/pop genre and I think their debut album really captures everything that’s fun and beautiful about it! I’m also a big fan of the male-female duo, which is a rarity in music today.
8. Twenty One Pilots- Vessel
This album should be much closer to #1 on this list, but there were just too many GREAT records this year. This one is by far the furthest from my usual style. T.O.P are a hybrid between pop and maybe a little bit of rap and something else, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what. I can’t BELIEVE this is their debut. I think I just love every band signed with Fueled By Ramen. I can’t wait to see these guys live. I have literally had this record on repeat since it came out! The song below is a favorite for sure.
7. The 1975- Self-Titled
I’m sad I didn’t give this album a chance sooner, because it is AMAZING. I can’t believe I’m saying this for the fourth album in a row, but this is another stellar debut album in 2013. Their indie/rock feel is so spot on, and the lead singer’s voice gets me, without fail, on every song. The one below just happens to be a favorite at the moment, but the entire album is goosebump-worthy.
6. Paramore- Self-Titled
I’ve loved Paramore for so long, it was SO good to see them come back with some new music this year. Although they do sound a bit different on this album, while still being so distinctly themselves. I love hearing how much they have grown and improved as a band over the years. Seeing them live a month or so ago only solidified how freaking amazing they still are. Hayley Williams is so kick ass.
5. Jimmy Eat World- Damage
Another long time favorite band, I had to give this record a few listens before really falling in love with it. It seems to be that way for all of their new releases, but when it hits me how good their new music is, I just can’t get enough of it. Another solid Jimmy Eat World album to add to the collection!
4. Erland- On Our Side
I discovered these guys back in April when they played the opening set for Andrew McMahon, and it has been love ever since. I’m almost surprised that I put this album in my top 5, but it seemed like such a natural thing to do after listening to it pretty much nonstop since I first picked it up in April. So talented, and I do hope they make it out to Montreal some time soon. They put on a great live show!
3. Fall Out Boy- Save Rock & Roll
I have to admit, I did not love this album when it first came out. It didn’t make sense to me like their previous records, and I really REALLY wanted to love F.O.B now that they were back together. Finally, after interviewing them & hearing all the songs live, the album just STUCK and now I cannot get enough of it. So happy to have them back together! (I’m still coming to terms with their Pax-Am songs… Not sure what those are about yet)
2. Icona Pop- This Is… Icona Pop
I reviewed this album for Confront Magazine, and it still remains the only album to EVER get a 5 star rating from me, ever. It may not be particularly deep in terms of lyrics, but you won’t get another feel-good record like this one. Another stellar indie/pop/electro record in the books for 2013!
1. Lorde- Pure Heroine
This girl gets the #1 spot, hands down. I have never been so blown away by a debut. Or if I have, I certainly don’t remember it. I could literally listen to every single song on Pure Heroine on repeat, all day. I can’t believe she recorded the entire album at the age of 16, and now at 17 she is taking the musical world by storm. If you ever trusted me on music before and you haven’t listened to Lorde yet (I don’t see how this might be possible) then I highly suggest you checking her out right now!
Vance Joy- God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Andrew McMahon- The Pop Underground
Kings of Leon- Mechanical Bull
Panic! at the Disco- Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die
What were your favorites?