Though 2013 came and passed and every music blog on the face of the planet provided their lists of best tracks, albums, shows, break-out artists and more, we like to think that we saved our best for last.
Every year we take a poll of the ReverbNation team to hear about the artists and music our staff thought were the very best over the past year (You can see the ones from 2011 and 2012). Check out our “Best of 2013″ list, and see if you agree with any of the choices below. The list at the end might throw you for a loop, so read through to find out what that one includes!
What about you? What were your favorite songs, albums and concerts of 2013?
Creative Video Director | Expert Beard-Grower | Dog-Dad
|Jagwar Ma — Howlin
Javelin — Hi Beams
Kishi Bashi — 7” Singles
Prypyat — Floor to Sky
Stephen Anderson Trio — Believe
Coffee Drinker | Wannabe Photographer
|Arctic Monkeys — AM
Daft Punk — Random Access Memories
Urma — Lost End Found
Rudimental — Home
Viţa de Vie — Acustic
Goat Craftsman by Day | Bacon Engineer by Night
|Rhye — Woman
CHVRCHES — The Mother We Share
London Grammar — If You Wait
Tricky — False Idols
MS MR — Secondhand Rapture
Artist Support | Metalhead
|Earl Sweatshirt — Doris
Intronaut — Habitual Levitations
Plini — Other Things/Sweet Nothings
Little Tybee — For Distant Viewing
Seeker — Unloved
Festival Relations | Southern Belle in NYC
|Kanye West ft. James Franco and Seth Rogen — Bound 3
Mumford and Sons ft. Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Will Forte — Hopeless Wanderer
Miley Cyrus ft. “John Boehner” — We Did Stop
Robin Thicke ft. The Atlanta Braves — Baselines
Taylor Swift ft. Elaine Moran — 32
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Barklemore — Pet Shop
Artist Support | Resident grammar nerd | Not-quite-jaded-yet musician
Toro Y Moi — Anything In Return — In a dance world overcrowded with dubstep drops and wobbles, it was amazing to hear a dance record that was made with guitars, analog synths, and real drums (kudos to Daft Punk for pulling this off as well). Somehow Toro Y Moi manages to reference albums like “Off The Wall” and 90’s House music while still making music that isn’t just a throwback or purely referential.
Queens of the Stone Age — …Like Clockwork — I always love it when a heavy or weird band makes their Pop record. Without sacrificing any of the heft or danger of their earlier material they made a catchy yet subversive rock record without irony or pretense.
Savages — Silence Yourself — While their mission statement sometimes overshadowed their music (strict no cell-phone rules at their shows, etc.), this record was exciting and angry in a way that a lot of modern records aren’t. We’ll never have another Joy Division, but this album is one of the best testaments to their legacy. Plus, it’s wonderful to see women crashing the all-to-often staid boys club that is Rock and Roll.
Deerhunter — Monomania — One of the most challenging records from one of my favorite bands. Instead of following their trajectory of hazier and more polished sounds Deerhunter did a complete 180 and made a noisy, aggressive, and chaotic mess of an album which somehow manages to have some of the best pop songs they’ve ever written. This band will never disappoint, or fail to completely shatter your expectations of them.
Kanye West — Yeezus — Yes, he’s a jackass. Yes, he’s probably one of the most arrogant people in popular culture. But, he’s also probably a genius. A lot of the sounds crashing around inside of “Yeezus” have popped up in music before, but no artist of Kanye’s size has ever used them so brazenly and without fear of recourse. With “Yeezus” Kanye managed to make the most punk record of the year, and he did it completely on his own terms.
Alex M — Stargazing
Family Man | Music-Lover | Resident ReverbNation Chef specializing in burgers on the grill and monthly “Soup There It Is” lunches
|Crobot — Weigh Me Down
Southern Gothic Revival — The Devil’s Risin
Husky Burnette — Beat & Lowdown
Joe Bonamassa — Dislocated Boy
Barleycorn & Rye — Fall on My Knees
North Mississippi All Stars — Shake (Yo Mama)
Vandevander — The Wicked Dance
Favorite Album of 2013