It's that time of year, everyone is looking back at what has been another incredible year for music and trying to choose their favourite records, bands, festivals, everything! I'm gonna keep it short and sweet for you, so here is my Top 10 albums for 2013...
1. PARAMORE - PARAMORE
Paramore have probably been my favourite band since the age of 15, so it's not surprise they've made it onto this list. This album I feel is significant because it truly shows how much they've developed and experimented with their sound, without straying too far from what they're known for. It's got songs that pack a punch, feel-good anthems and sweet acoustic melodies that appeal to a variety of music fans.
Favourite Track: Part II
2. THE 1975 - THE 1975
This is a given, right? I don't know many people that haven't called this an album of the year. Rising to fame with single 'Chocolate', The 1975 have had the most outstanding year and will only continue to succeed. Their self-titled debut album is only proof of how they'll survive for years to come.
Favourite Track: Girls
3. A DAY TO REMEMBER - COMMON COURTESY
After an on-going dispute with their record label, Common Courtesy nearly didn't exist and what a shame that would have been. Fans have waited a while, but it is most certainly worth the it. Brutal breakdowns and pop-punk anthems with HUGE choruses, it doesn't get much better.
Favourite Track: Best of Me
4. WE ARE FICTION - ONE FOR SORROW
I've supported We Are Fiction massively this year, and their debut album shows why. They've taken the time to craft the record perfectly, ensuring that there are no faults and it shows what We Are Fiction are capable of. With hints of hip-hop and early-grunge influences, We Are Fiction are slowly filling a hole once burned out by the demise of Alexisonfire.
Favourite Track: Tilt
5. DAUGHTER - IF YOU LEAVE
There are no words to describe how absolutely stunning this record is. Discovering Daughter a couple years back, I haven't regretted my love for them since. With dark, yet elegant lyrics with the most timid vocal layered over acoustic guitars, everything about Daughter's music is stunning. Lay back and enjoy.
Favourite Track: Touch
6. CHVRCHES - THE BONES OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE
This Scottish trio took me a little by surprise. If you described them on paper I would probably have dismissed them instantly. However, their elctro-indie vibes with twisted words got me completely hooked. Big stars of 2013, I expect only bigger things to come from them next year.
Favourite Track: Night Sky
7. THE HYPE THEORY - CAPTIVES
First thing's first, let's brush off the Paramore comparisons. The Hype Theory have thoroughly matured with their second record and is certainly leading them on a path to success. I never used to be a big fan of female-fronted bands (other than the big P) but The Hype Theory have definitely changed my mind, and could do the same for you.
Favourite Track: Reverie
8. MALLORY KNOX - SIGNALS
Mallory Knox have completely blown up this year, and it's strange rewinding back to January, when Signals was released, and remembering they were still fairly unknown. Now, they quickly make their way up radio playlists and are given tour/festival slots many bands would be jealous of. Proof that a lot of hard work goes a long way.
Favourite Track: Hello
9. GABRIELLE APLIN
I've followed Gabrielle Aplin's rise to stardom since she was around 15 and singing You Me At Six covers on her bathroom floor. Now, she's one of the most humble musicians to grace the industry. She's lyrically, and musically talented and her debut album is full of beautiful tracks to soften any mood.
Favourite Track: Alive
10. BASTILLE - BAD BLOOD
Another band that have had a brilliant year. I remember interviewing the guys in November last year before they played to 150 people. Now they've got a best-selling album and a handful of sold-out tours under their belt, Bastille are like a breath of fresh air amongst all the varying indie-bands around.
Favourite Track: Icarus
What are your favourites?