Why I Put a Band Called Chumped Ahead of Yeezus for the Best Album of 2013

Categories: It's 2013

Lorde is the coolest teenager on this list, serving up 10 tracks of pop bliss. She succeeds where Icona Pop fails -- the album is cheeky at times ("You can be the class clown, I'll be the beauty queen"), but like Chumped, this 17-year-old monarch has a promising career ahead of her.

I saw Elway open for Masked Intruder a few months ago. They immediately caught my attention because the vocal style sounds a bit like Lawrence Arms' Brendan Kelly. The so-called "orgcore" genre has been imitated time and time again, but Elway's efforts are genuine and full of heart.

I can't help but wonder how much of Caves' fanbase came from Dan Ozzi. The Vice writer recently wrote a piece about how girls in punk are killing it right now. The bands listed immediately caught my attention -- these are the same groups that flirted with my top 10 -- then I came across this little UK band that I had never heard of. Betterment is one of the best melodic punk records to come out in years. Caves' sound helps fill the void that bands like Lifetime left behind due to limited touring.

The Bones of What You Believe is the album I wish Phantogram had made this year. Synthpop is all the rage right now, which isn't a bad thing, but drum machines are starting to get played out. CHVRCHES sounds a bit like Robyn fronting Crystal Castles for a great debut album.

Critics try their best to be definitive, but this process is inherently subjective -- feel free to roll your eyes about some inclusions or complain about omissions. This is my personal top 10 list, not a definitive best-of-the-best list -- for that, you'll have to check out the rest of the Pazz & Jop Poll.

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John Graef
John Graef

End of the year lists are so last year.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Kanye might be the most overrated human being on the planet.

Mike Vigil
Mike Vigil

Yeezus sucked. Overrated pop garbage.

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