Top 10 Albums 2013

Best albums 2016

Looking for some new tunes? Here's our top 10 list of albums for 2016.

The last year has seen some truly amazing albums emerge. We've had old-school heavyweights like Eminem and Kanye step up their game, Rock & Roll greats like David Bowie and Nick Cave step reminding us what made the world love them in the first place and fresh-faced newbies blowing onto the scene and making us question everything we thought we knew about music. It was hard to narrow down, but here is our list of the ten best albums of 2016.

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  1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

The third studio album from the American indie rock band, Vampires of the City is an experimental success that debuted at number one on the US billboard charts. The band formed in 2006 releasing their first album two years later. They were soon recognised by their unique sound which has been described as an African-inspired indie pop. The new album has a cover depicting a black and white photograph of the smoggiest day in New York City which killed over 100 people and is a reflection of the band's new sound—darker and smoggier. The album has been a commercial and critical success and deserves the top spot as the best album of 2013.

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  1. Disclosure - Settle
Disclosure - Settle

Disclosure came onto the music scene in 2010 and had their first significant commercial success with the single Latch. The fresh-faced electronic music duo are brothers—Guy is 22 and Howard is 19. Settle is the band's debut album and has received acclaim from critics and fans alike. The band previously released separate singles which saw them gain an international fan base, their first single to be given significant airtime was Tenderly/Flow in January of 2012. The band really found their stride in 2013 with a string of chart-topping singles, most of which feature on the album. These singles include fan-favourites White Noise and When a Fire Starts to Burn, intermixed some new but equally innovative songs which have helped the album rank highly for 2013.

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  1. Lorde - Pure Heroine
Lorde - Pure Heroine

It's hard to believe Royals was only released in March of this year. That might have something to do with the fact that it was played on repeat by every commercial station in the world, kind of missing the point the song is trying to make. Either way, Lorde followed up the single by releasing hit after hit with Tennis Court and Team and critics and fans were all eagerly awaiting her debut album. When Pure Heroine hit the stands in late September, the ambient and synth pop texture combined with some truly beautiful lyrics led to rave reviews from critics around the globe. The minimalist approach to her music has driven a lot of focus to the lyrics of her songs and the message they send. Lorde's unquestionable talent at the young age of 17 and this brilliant debut album see her placed safely in our top ten.

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  1. Kanye West - Yeezus
Kanye West - Yeezus

Unfortunately, when you think of Kanye West you do not immediately think of his music, despite his constant reminders to the world that he is a lyrical genius. Kanye West has been in the media a lot this year and almost all of it has been for the wrong reasons— dissing Justin Timberlake, engaging in Twitter wars with Jimmy Kimmel and having the new mother of his child in compromising positions on a motorbike for his music video for Bound 2. But the release of Yeezus matched up to Kanye's hype and was actually an amazing album. The album features some memorable lyrics and experimental dark and sonic sounds. Kanye's album has become widely discussed for more reason than one, which is why we apologetically place it on our list at number four.

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  1. Savages - Silence Yourself
Savages - Silence Yourself

Silence Yourself is the debut album from English post-punk band Savages and has received widespread critical acclaim on its release. The album is in line with the band's philosophy of creating a sound that is indestructible and musically solid. The songs feature minimalist lyrics, with the lead singer describing the band's writing process as stripping each song back to an essential shape. Savages have made an album that has a refreshing sound and questions what we believe is 'normal'. The band's focus is on the music and they want to impress this on their audience, being known to post signs saying "Silence your phones" at their gigs. Whatever they are doing, they are doing it right.

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  1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Daft Punk became popular with the 1990s French House movement and has been going from strength to strength ever since. Not many official photos of the electronic music duo exist, with the focus being on visual and story elements of the music. This visual focus continues throughout their fourth studio album, Random Access Memories. The album's conception surrounds the music scene in 1970s and 1980s Los Angeles, reflecting a move away from their futuristic Tron: Legacy work. The band started the album with no specific structure in mind and the concepts for the songs were produced without an overarching theme, which was to be developed in the final months of production. Daft Punk have been on the music scene for a while but always stay innovative when it comes to their albums and their music, firmly cementing their place as one of the best albums of 2013.

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  1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

Nick cave and the Bad Seeds hardly need an introduction, with 2013 marking their 30th year as an alternative rock heavyweight. The 15th studio album from the Australian Band, Push the Sky Away, was released in early 2013 was extremely well-received by critics. The album has been described as closer to their early work than their recent releases. The album features some atmospheric melodies and stripped down sound, with the inspiration for the lyrics being inspired by "Googling curiosities" and trawling through Wikipedia, according to Cave. The band has gone through significant changes over the years and have not lost their unique musical stylings which see them firmly regarded as a rock music great.

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  1. Haim - Days are Gone
Haim - Days are Gone

The debut studio album by American rock band Haim features lyrically inspiring rock ballads and the infectious personality of the three sisters. The girls grew up listening to 1970s classic rock and formed a family band with their parents performing at local charity fairs. Their breakout singles Forever, Don't Save Me, Falling and most recently, The Wire, saw them develop a loyal fan base and the release of Days Are Gone have propelled them onto the international music arena. Their dedication to music is obvious and the fans are noticing— there is a whole Twitter account dedicated to the 'Bass Face' of bassist Este Haim. The songs show influences from R&B, pop rock and classic rock which have made them popular across several musical genres. The album has the polished quality of a band who has been making music all their lives and it's this, combined with the easy melodic flow of the songs, that puts it in our top ten.

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  1. Arctic Monkeys - AM
Arctic Monkeys - AM

Formed in the early 2000s, Arctic Monkeys have become a considerable force on the international indie rock scene. AM is the band's fifth studio album and is up against some serious competition from their earlier albums- their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, became the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history, selling 363,735 albums in the first week. The singles featured on the album feature such questions as 'Do I Wanna Know?', 'R U Mine?' and the always perplexing 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?' The album draws inspiration from various musical genres without losing touch with the band's stylistic routes. The album, described as much more of a studio album due to the manipulation of sounds and instruments on tracks like 'Do I Wanna Know?', has received critical acclaim and also been well-received by fans who have fallen for the band's dark and thrilling beats.

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  1. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
The National - Trouble Will Find Me

The last album on our list from indie rock band The National was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The band won acclaim and notoriety with their third album, Alligator in 2005. Their next two albums saw them develop their fan base and even become involved in American political campaigns. The band became involved with efforts to re-elect Obama in 2012, with their song Fake Empire having been played during Obama's campaign video in 2008. The band's lyrics have been described as extremely deep and meaningful, largely due to the fact that a lot of people don't understand what they're singing about. Despite this, their songs have lived on and this album is sure to stick with fans for long past 2013.

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Why Amazon?

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