Each year, I take an inclusive, honest, and unapologetic look back at my personal favorite and otherwise memorable music. Now it’s time to review 2013, my 11th consecutive year. Inside this special feature, a list of the most noteworthy singles of each season, followed by my top 40 albums of 2013.
Anna Kendrick“Cups (When I’m Gone)”
From the film Pitch Perfect with a long backstory. Also, absolutely adorable.
The Mowgli’s“San Francisco”
Overflowing with so much legit joy, you can’t not be happy upon hearing it.
The Joy Formidable“This Ladder Is Ours”
Solid track from The Joy Formidable to start off the year. Frenetic as ever.
The EDM crossover that was everywhere. That beat is embedded in my head.
Mr. Little Jeans“The Suburbs”
Downtempo cover of Arcade Fire that blows minds from the beginning.
Passion Pit“Take A Walk”
One of those sleeper hits that infected my mindspace in early 2013.
Another one that took a while to grow on me. Good work, Muse. Top notch.
Calvin Harris“Sweet Nothing” f/ Florence Welch
Florence goes dancey with this eminently repeatable one-off collab.
Fall Out Boy“My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark”
This thing sure was crazy. A definite departure from Fall Out Boy past.
It’s the good track from The 20/20 Experience. Still way too long at 8 minutes.
fun.“Sight Of The Sun”
From the Girls soundtrack, this is a nice little track for easy listening.
Speaking of Girls, the title track from said soundtrack. Pretty good, I say.
Carrie Underwood“Two Black Cadillacs”
Man, this one is dark. I love it. Carrie takes it to the grave. Watch out.
The opener for Tegan and Sara on their early 2013 tour. Really great band.
Kitten“Cut It Out”
Breathing life into the alt rock scene with a fresh track to start off the year.
This group is basically Spice Girls: The New Class. Super addictive pop.
The Postal Service“A Tattered Line Of String”
I love it that they became a thing again for the 10th anniversary of Give Up.
Kate Nash“3 A.M.”
I didn’t have time to give Girl Talk a fair chance, but I liked this one.
Ke$ha“Love Into The Light”
Powerful song! Shows a more emotional side of Ke$ha we don’t usually see.
Marina & The Diamonds“How To Be A Heartbreaker”
This leftover track from the Electra Heart era was a very worthy addition.
Hard rock that blows your face off. Prepare yourself before you queue it up.
The Lonely Island“YOLO” f/ Adam Levine
It was great to see the return of the SNL Digital Short for this silly song.
KT Tunstall“Feel It All”
You know, I’ve always liked KT. Guess what, the trend continues 7 years later.
The Strokes“’80s Comedown Machine”
The Strokes are still going strong, and this track right here is living proof.
I love it when Beck puts out a track out of nowhere. You know, like this one.
The Saturdays“What About Us”
Sometimes you’ve gotta step back and appreciate over-the-top pop.
Kerli“The Lucky Ones”
Delightfully strange as ever, Kerli released this track I kept playing in 2013.
Robin Thicke“Blurred Lines” f/ T.I. and Pharrell
I hate this damn song. But what would 2013 have been without #THICKE?
New indie band along the lines of IO Echo or Dum Dum Girls. Lo-fi rock!
Dawes“From A Window Seat”
Incidentally enough, this is a really great track to play while on a plane.
The flight theme continues with this independent, live-for-me anthem.
One of those songs that nobody can decide if it’s “alt rock” or just pop.
No ambiguity here. The gutters of SiriusXM 20 on 20 gave me a lot in 2013.
Eleanor Friedberger“She’s A Mirror”
The sister half of The Fiery Furnaces returned with some pleasant songs.
I was gonna describe this band as “beach rock”; with that photo, it’s literal.
Nine Inch Nails“Came Back Haunted”
Trent Reznor is one of those musicians with a lifetime pass. Long live NIN.
The Neighbourhood“Sweater Weather”
It’s too cold. That’s what I’ve been saying all month in hibernation.
Kelly Clarkson“People Like Us”
Greater than your average Greatest Hits album track. Kelly’s the best.
Pixies came back in 2013 and ditched 2 Kims in the process. Still, good song!
Jessie J“Wild” f/ Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal
If you’re a Jessie J hater, please exit stage right. She’s seriously wonderful.
The artist behind my #2 album of 2012 set the summer on fire with this track.
Ugh, these girls are so adorable I can’t stand it. Someone stop them.
Capital Cities“Safe And Sound”
If you look up “catchy” in the dictionary, this beat literally starts playing.
Zedd f/ Foxes“Clarity”
Another one of those electronic/pop crossovers that was everywhere.
Kylie is one of the greatest pop artists to ever live. She can do no wrong.
The Danks“Experimental Fiction”
I don’t know, it’s a band with a song I played pretty often. Go listen to it.
Annie“Tube Stops And Lonely Hearts”
I’ve been onboard the Annie train since 2006, so me and her go way back.
Avicii“Wake Me Up” f/ Aloe Blacc
This was a really great song approximately the first 4,000 times I heard it.
Great follow-up to “Where The Kids Are”. When will these guys have an LP?
Bonnie McKee“American Girl”
The longtime songwriter decided to release this bubblegum track on her own.
World legend status. Cher can do whatever she wants at this point.
Miley Cyrus“We Can’t Stop”
We couldn’t stop, we wouldn’t stop, and we only have ourselves to blame.
Krewella“Live For The Night”
More from Krewella here. Not as amazing as “Alive” but still quite good.
Pearl Jam“Mind Your Manners”
One of the most resilient bands in rock returned once again in 2013.
I swear this song is one of the most pleasant things I’ve ever heard, for real.
Wallpaper“Good 4 It”
Look, we all need our friends, sometimes, to help us out, sometimes.
Phantogram“Black Out Days”
I first heard this song live on Fallon. I literally shouted out loud, “oh hell yeah!”
Each year needs its absolutely fucking bonkers hit. “The Fox” takes the cake.
Bean“Cops And Robbers”
Bang, chicka bang bang! Noelle Bean, if that is her real name, knows what’s up.
It fits that a song called “Power” is one of the most powerful pop songs.
Best Coast“I Don’t Know How”
This great track caps off the Fade Away EP with an incredible building energy.
Erin Bowman“King Boy”
I’m not especially proud of this one, OK? But judge not lest ye be judged.
The Julie Ruin“Oh Come On”
Kathleen Hanna is a badass, though she hardly needs me to affirm that.
Miley Cyrus“Wrecking Ball”
The ridiculous video kinda buried the fact that this is actually a great song.
Britney Spears“Work Bitch”
Finally, Britney’s long transformation into robot dominatrix is complete.
Poliça“Chain My Name”
I did a whole writeup on this band last year. More good stuff from them.
New Young Pony Club“Hard Knocks”
I’ve been waiting since 2007 for NYPC to get the recognition they deserve.
Passenger“Let Her Go”
Mixed opinions on whether this guy is overrated. I say don’t overthink it.
John Newman“Love Me Again”
This guy has a voice that takes some getting used to, but I like it.
KLEIN“Beat By Beat”
I’m pretty sure this came from a Google Play Music commercial. So good.
Broken Bells“Holding On For Life”
Oh man, I can’t even begin to describe the greatness in one sentence.
Phantogram“Fall In Love”
More straight-up amazing music from Phantogram! I can’t wait for Voices.
Lily Allen“Hard Out Here”
Lily came back with a vengeance and showed up pop with this brilliant satire.
EH EH OH EH OH EH EH OH EH OH. I challenge you to get it out of your head.
Ellie Goulding“Goodness Gracious”
More from the wonderful Halcyon Days bonus disc. Ellie G forever.
Sam Roberts Band“We’re All In This Together”
Keep movin’ just go, go, go! Couldn’t ask for a better song to cap off 2013.
The first album out of the gate is the surprise of the year. Nobody saw it coming when Beyoncé suddenly showed up on iTunes in mid-December. It was a brilliant move that obviated the need for any promotion. “XO” was the early highlight.
I first heard Wild Belle’s single “Keep You” in 2012, but the full album followed in 2013, featuring an array of both charming and haunting tracks. The wide range of sound across the album is particularly impressive.
38EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP 2
14 years after the original MMLP, Em decided for whatever reason to release a sequel. It worked out quite well, from the self-proclaimed “Berzerk” to the huge hit “The Monster” featuring Rihanna and the hyperactive Twista-like “Rap God”.
Lineup changes over the years left Paramore without its founding Farro brothers, but in the end, Hayley is all that matters anyway. Highlights of their self-titled effort include the singles “Now” and “Still Into You”.
36Selena GomezStars Dance
To say “Come & Get It” initially made me uncomfortable is an understatement, but Selena is actually an adult now, so the rest of us might as well accept it. “Slow Down” and the title track were other gems on this high-quality dance pop album.
First on my radar thanks to her 2009 single “Melody”, Kate Earl reemerged in early 2013 with Stronger, which built on that foundation of captivating, amiable pop/rock. “One Woman Army” added some welcome warmth to the winter.
Glasser, the stage name of Cameron Mesirow, does what can only really be called experimental music. From what I understand, it’s just her and her computer. Ring in 2010 was great; Interiors is a further progression of that.
Forever obnoxious, Kanye went oddly industrial for much of Yeezus. His strong performance of “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead” on SNL was polarizing but enthralling. Oh and “Bound 2” may be one of the weirdest videos I’ve ever seen.
32Major LazerFree The Universe
This collaborative project headed up by Diplo released its second album in 2013, with crazy mind-bending tracks like “Get Free” with Amber of Dirty Projectors, and of course “Bubble Butt” with Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic. What a thing.
31She & HimVolume 3
If you do something well, keep doing it. Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward continued their infinitely charming music effort with their third album in 2013. There’s nothing earth-shattering here, but plenty of sunny-day songs that’ll cheer you up.
30BleachedRide Your Heart
I came across the original recording of “Searching Through The Past” early in 2012 and couldn’t get enough, so I was excited for the full-length LP from Bleached that brought us a new version of that song and more where that came from.
29Yeah Yeah YeahsMosquito
Has there ever been an album cover so repulsive I wouldn’t even show it? I don’t know, but YYYs accomplished that with Mosquito. Good lord. This album is certainly no It’s Blitz!, but “Sacrilege” still pumped me up.
What happened to my lovely Lady Gaga? I’m afraid she’s run out of ideas. Still, “Applause” was harmless fun and other tracks like “MANiCURE” kept me interested enough to overlook the dreadful ones that made me nostalgic for 2009.
If you know me, you know I’m a fan of pleasant pop/rock from talented and clever singer/songwriters, especially Canadian ones. I loved “Dancefloor” from her last album. “Somebody” and “Elephant” are among my favorites from this one.
Sometimes you need some hard rock in your life. Savages are called a post-punk revival band, and they’ve brought back big noise in a big way. “She Will” is an insane earthquake of a song, and that’s just one slice of this album.
25Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
It took over three years to happen, but Sky Ferreira finally has an LP. In case you can’t tell, the artwork is designed to be creepy, not sexy. “You’re Not The One” and other tracks drew influence from grunge as well as her signature synthpop.
24Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
The inimitable Janelle Monáe went all out again. I wish I had more time to explore her newest album, but I love what I’ve heard. “Dance Apocalyptic” and “Q.U.E.E.N.” are great starting points to another psychedelic soul masterpiece.
23The Band PerryPioneer
Look, I’m really fond of The Band Perry, and I don’t care who knows it. They really amped it up with Pioneer and I love it. I played “Done” probably more than anyone, and the similarly ominous “Better Dig Two” wasn’t far behind.
22Sleigh BellsBitter Rivals
Alexis and Derek have been blowing our faces off since 2010, and if Bitter Rivals is any indication, they’re not gonna let up anytime soon. The title track launches the album off to a roaring start that never ends until, well, it ends.
Phoenix kept doing what they do best in 2013 with another solid album that builds on their prior successes. “Entertainment”, “S.O.S. In Bel Air”, “Trying to Be Cool”, and “Drakkar Noir” are among the album’s best. Love the video for the latter two.
Splitting the countdown: Breaking from the ’80s synthpop of Hands, Little Boots took on house, electronic, and disco with Nocturnes. It feels less emotional (except “Motorway”, which pulls at all the heartstrings), but it’s still great. “Broken Record” and “Every Night I Say A Prayer” were two more tracks I played the most.
Somewhat of a course correction after the more experimental Unbroken (though don’t get me wrong, “Give Your Heart A Break” may be her best song ever), Demi Lovato returned to form with Demi. “Heart Attack” was exciting at the beginning of the year, and “Neon Lights” kept the energy going as 2013 wrapped up.
18MNDRFeed Me Diamonds
Following a years-long string of singles and featured appearances, MNDR released the full-length Feed Me Diamonds, which I first took notice of in 2013. The title track, “#1 In Heaven”, and “Burning Hearts” were some of my favorites.
17Darling ParadeBattle Scars & Broken Hearts
This band from Nashville wasn’t on my radar at all until late in the year when their single “Ghost” began popping up across SiriusXM with little fanfare. Then once I listened to the album Battle Scars & Broken Hearts, it was so pleasant and enjoyable from beginning to end that it easily deserved a place in my top 20 albums.
It was the breakup of the two members of Cults that inspired much of the material on Static, their second album. Sonically, the album mainly builds on their first self-titled effort from 2011. The single “High Road” occupied most of my headspace, but the album is one I enjoyed listening to end-to-end over and over.
15Charli XCXTrue Romance
Between her explosive and genre-defying early single “Nuclear Seasons” and her unforgettable collaboration with Icona Pop on “I Love It”, I thought Charli XCX would turn the world of pop upside down with her first LP, True Romance. While that didn’t happen, it still managed to be one of the best pop albums of 2013.
I don’t recall taking notice of Ontario-based musician Serena Ryder in any of her previous efforts, but that all changed when “Stompa” came crashing through the gate. Harmony as a whole went on to be one of 2013’s most enjoyable albums.
What’s left to say about Katy Perry? She’s cemented herself as one of the definitive pop artists of our generation with hit after hit after hit; it’s truly impressive. Prism brought even more of these anthems that somehow resonate as not just relevant but important; monster singles “Roar” and “Dark Horse” among them.
12Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
Let’s say you’re pioneers of modern electronic music. What do you do when pop finally catches up to you 15 years later? If you’re Daft Punk, you go the surprise route, resurrecting live instrumentation in the style of ’70s funk and disco, bringing in Nile Rodgers, Pharrell, and a veritable revolving door of talent to help you out. “Get Lucky” was just the beginning. Random Access Memories changed the game.
Kind of a sleeper of a record, this duo (who have been compared to Feist) finished Mutual Friends in Switzerland and Germany back in 2011, but it took a couple of years before North America woke up and realized it existed. “Little Numbers” was one of my most played songs by any artist for all of 2013. It’s just so damn cute.
10Sara BareillesThe Blessed Unrest
Big leagues now! Sara Bareilles is one of those infinitely charming people who can do no wrong in my book. When a song of hers hits, it becomes one of my most played of the year in no time. This year’s honor went to “Brave”, which roared before “Roar” was even a thing. My other favorites included “Hercules” and “Little Black Dress”.
9MS MRSecondhand Rapture
Easily one of the best new discoveries of the year. MS MR got my attention with the release of their first album and the lead single “Hurricane”, which rocketed to the top of the charts in my own iTunes library with its haunting aura and commanding presence. The rest of the album, including “Bones” and “Fantasy”, didn’t let up.
8Macklemore & Ryan LewisThe Heist
I don’t have time to argue the merits of Macklemore. What I can say is that the first time I heard “Thrift Shop” at the beginning of the year, I was sold immediately. I haven’t heard a song have more fun. “What what, what”, “This is fucking awesome” and “BIG-ASS COAT!” became some of the most repeated phrases of the year. “Can’t Hold Us” and “White Walls” kept up the trend, while “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert charted its own path, becoming in my view one of the most beautiful and truly important songs of our generation.
7Icona PopThis Is…
My world was rocked at the end of 2012 when I first heard Icona Pop’s earlier self-titled album. “I Love It”, “We Got The World”, and “Ready For The Weekend” were some of the most extraordinary and crazy bombastic pop songs I’ve ever heard. They all reappeared along with eight new tracks including “All Night” and “Then We Kiss” on This Is…, Icona Pop’s first proper U.S. release. When I saw them live in NYC in September, the deal was sealed. What a straight-up fun band.
6Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get
Oh man, Neko Case. I don’t think it’s hyperbole at all to say she’s one of the most creative, inventive artists out there. How could you top Fox Confessor Brings The Flood and Middle Cyclone? Somehow she did it with The Worse Things Get, which is amazing from beginning to end. “Man” is one of my favorite songs of the year by any artist, an anthem of sorts that defines the album. My other top tracks include “Wild Creatures”, “Bracing For Sunday”, and “City Swans”, but you’ve really gotta listen to all of this one — truly take it in and appreciate the wonder.
Let’s talk about this one. I was so pumped to hear Arcade Fire was working with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem on Reflektor that I was convinced it’d be the best thing in the world before I even heard it. The title track “Reflektor” delivered what it promised, an assault of the senses that became one of my top played songs of 2013 with less than 4 months to do it. Plus, come on, David Bowie. And that insane post-SNL special. When I heard the full album, I was initially underwhelmed, but that was a product of my impossibly high expectations. I came back around to appreciate it for what it is. “Here Comes The Night Time”, “Normal Person”, and “Afterlife” became songs I couldn’t put down, and Reflektor redeemed itself as not quite my #1 but easily one of my top 5 albums of the year.
I love it when a groundbreaking artist with intelligence, talent, and integrity shows up out of nowhere to commandeer the pop world and turn the industry on its head. 17-year-old Lorde from New Zealand did just that. “Royals” was a song that started out in the indie circles, made its way into the top 40, totally dominated the pop charts for months, and even ended up embraced by rhythmic and hip hop outlets. Everybody wanted a slice of “Royals”, and for good reason: It’s one of the most original, game-changing songs to come along in quite a while. “Tennis Court”, “Team”, “White Teeth Teens”, and the rest of Pure Heroine showed that Lorde’s success with “Royals” was no accident. I can’t wait to see how Lorde will continue to push the boundaries of modern music in the years to come.
3ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
Around the end of 2012, I heard an infectious, confectionary musical creation by a new indie synthpop band known as Chvrches. That song, “The Mother We Share”, entered my ears and never left my head over the next year, taking the crown as my singularly most played song throughout all of 2013. I knew this band was something special already. But then came “Lies”, “Recover”, “Gun”, “Night Sky”, and the rest of The Bones Of What You Believe. I couldn’t get enough! I listened to this album again and again, and it only got better each time. Chvrches is one of the most promising new acts of this era, and I love the wonderful songs they’ve shared with us.
2HaimDays Are Gone
Look at this! Three albums in a row in my top 5 of 2013 that come from brand new artists who all had no records to speak of whatsoever just one year ago. It took a long time for me to decide the best of the three; really, any of them could be my #2 album of the year. But the award ultimately goes to Haim, this stunning band of sisters from California. I started hearing “Falling” and “Forever” early in the year, which made me really excited to hear more. Days Are Gone showed up in September and soared to unbelievable heights. “The Wire” became my favorite song by any band in the second half of 2013. If you were around me at any point since the late summer, you probably heard me singing it. “Don’t Save Me”, the title track “Days Are Gone”, and the rest of the songs on the album also proved to be finely crafted work that went nearly unparalleled. Haim is simply phenomenal.
1Tegan and SaraHeartthrob
You saw this coming, right? So did I! Tegan and Sara have been one of my favorite bands for a decade — I celebrated 10 years as a fan in 2013. Heartthrob, released in January, had all year long to simmer and settle in as my favorite album of the year. The lead single “Closer” first came around in the fall of 2012 and brilliantly set the scene for what would be Tegan and Sara’s breakthrough album. No longer content to be pigeonholed as indie folk sisters, T&S set their sights on pop and didn’t look back, incorporating loud, exciting, and futuristic elements of modern pop music throughout all of Heartthrob — at the same time never abandoning their signature sincerity or artistic integrity. “I Was A Fool” and “Love They Say” became my other favorites off of the album (I played each dozens of times), but of course it didn’t stop there. “Goodbye, Goodbye”, the final track “Shock To Your System”, and truly the whole thing was essential listening all year. I had what was hands down one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life in March when I met Tegan and Sara as part of a V.I.P. concert event. They were the kindest and most fascinating people you could ever imagine. I’m extremely proud to be a strong supporter of theirs for now more than 10 years, and I’m extremely proud to say this: Make no mistake about it, Heartthrob is my #1 album of 2013.
Anna Kendrick – “Cups (When I’m Gone)”
The Mowgli’s – “San Francisco”
The Joy Formidable – “This Ladder Is Ours”
Krewella – “Alive”
Mr. Little Jeans – “The Suburbs”
Passion Pit – “Take A Walk”
Muse – “Madness”
Calvin Harris f/ Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing”
Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
fun. – “Sight Of The Sun”
Santigold – “Girls”
Carrie Underwood – “Two Black Cadillacs”
DIANA – “Born Again”
Kitten – “Cut It Out”
Little Mix – “Wings”
The Postal Service – “A Tattered Line Of String”
Kate Nash – “3 A.M.”
Ke$ha – “Love Into The Light”
Marina & The Diamonds – “How To Be A Heartbreaker”
Nico Vega – “Beast”
The Lonely Island f/ Adam Levine – “YOLO”
KT Tunstall – “Feel It All”
The Strokes – “’80s Comedown Machine”
Beck – “Defriended”
The Saturdays – “What About Us”
Kerli – “The Lucky Ones”
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Haerts – “Wings”
Dawes – “From A Window Seat”
Guinevere – “Fly Away”
The 1975 – “Chocolate”
Kristina Maria – “Karma”
Eleanor Friedberger – “She’s A Mirror”
The Courtneys – “90210”
Nine Inch Nails – “Came Back Haunted”
The Neighbourhood – “Sweater Weather”
Kelly Clarkson – “People Like Us”
Pixies – “Bagboy”
Jessie J f/ Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal – “Wild”
Ellie Goulding – “Burn”
Cimorelli – “Believe It”
Capital Cities – “Safe And Sound”
Zedd f/ Foxes – “Clarity”
Kylie Minogue – “Skirt”
The Danks – “Experimental Fiction”
Annie – “Tube Stops And Lonely Hearts”
Avicii f/ Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up”
Blondfire – “Waves”
Bonnie McKee – “American Girl”
Cher – “Woman’s World”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
Krewella – “Live For The Night”
Pearl Jam – “Mind Your Manners”
San Fermin – “Sonsick”
Wallpaper – “Good 4 It”
Phantogram – “Black Out Days”
Ylvis – “The Fox”
Bean – “Cops And Robbers”
Kat Graham – “Power”
Best Coast – “I Don’t Know How”
Erin Bowman – “King Boy”
The Julie Ruin – “Oh Come On”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Britney Spears – “Work Bitch”
Poliça – “Chain My Name”
New Young Pony Club – “Hard Knocks”
Passenger – “Let Her Go”
John Newman – “Love Me Again”
KLEIN – “Beat By Beat”
Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life”
Phantogram – “Fall In Love”
Lily Allen – “Hard Out Here”
Bastille – “Pompeii”
Ellie Goulding – “Goodness Gracious”
Sam Roberts Band – “We’re All In This Together”
Top 40 albums
40. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
39. Wild Belle – Isles
38. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
37. Paramore – Paramore
36. Selena Gomez – Stars Dance
35. Kate Earl – Stronger
34. Glasser – Interiors
33. Kanye West – Yeezus
32. Major Lazer – Free The Universe
31. She & Him – Volume 3
30. Bleached – Ride Your Heart
29. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
28. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
27. Hannah Georgas – Hannah Georgas
26. Savages – Silence Yourself
25. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
24. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
23. The Band Perry – Pioneer
22. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
21. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
20. Little Boots – Nocturnes
19. Demi Lovato – Demi
18. MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds
17. Darling Parade – Battle Scars & Broken Hearts
16. Cults – Static
15. Charli XCX – True Romance
14. Serena Ryder – Harmony
13. Katy Perry – Prism
12. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
11. Boy – Mutual Friends
10. Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
9. MS MR – Secondhand Rapture
8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
7. Icona Pop – This Is…
6. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get
5. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
4. Lorde – Pure Heroine
3. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
2. Haim – Days Are Gone
1. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
That’s all for TC’s top 40 albums of 2013! I love reviewing the year in music and sharing it with you all, so I’m glad I was able to do it again for the 11th consecutive year. Thank you so much for reading, and have a great 2014 and beyond. [Tumblr]