2013 has been one of my favourite years ever for new music. There were so many exciting new sounds but, more importantly, new album releases by three of my absolute favourites Paramore, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Ellie Goulding. Big Deal brought out a second album which was a lot harder but really worked once you got used to those indie guitars. New band of the year for me goes to Daughter who are producing the kind of music that makes me want to cry and thank the Lord for the years I have on this mortal coil. I have picked out my Top Ten of 2013 which includes quite a few album tracks which may well see the light of day in 2014 with a single release but, for now, remain hidden gems as far as the world of the charts is concerned.
1) “Dream Machines” by Big Deal
An amazing indie pop/rock song that has been viewed a criminally low number of times on youtube, best song of 2013.
2) “Explosions” by Ellie Goulding
“Halcyon” proved without a doubt that Ellie is no one album wonder, it is a release full of treasures and none more so than this brilliantly arranged, choral treat, it’s just not possible to sing along it’s so high.
3) “Dead Sea” by The Lumineers
An amazing year for these guys who deliver one mighty fine live show. This was a song that I liked before the concert but became my favourite Lumineers song after seeing them.
4) “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk
Poptastic return, probably in every Top 10 of the year on the planet.
5) “Bright Lights” by Thirty Seconds to Mars
A brilliant year for Mars with yet another blockbuster album. This track hasn’t been released as a single yet but it is the strongest track on a dynamite album so expect to hear it often in 2014.
6) “Papaoutai” by Stromae
Belgian francophone wonderkind Stromae brings African rhythms to the mainstream in a way not done since Paul Simon went to South Africa.
7) “Six Degrees of Separation” by The Script
Another band we saw this year, “3″ has a lot of very fines songs but this one has to be the stand out track.
8) “Still” by Daughter
Ethereal, magical, superlatives do no justice to the beauty that is Daughter.
9) “Never Gone Walk Away” The Original Rude Boys
Dublin’s finest spent a lot of time in the studio building a new, commercial sound. Shades of East 17 in their heyday.
10) “Grow Up” by Paramore
Pramore’s self-titled fourth album release as a three piece showcased a band with talent bursting out from the seams. The No Doubt influence on this track fused with Paramore’s rock sensibility make this a new Paramore classic.