29 noteworthy albums of 2013

January 5, 2014
Albums revised featured

An overwhelming number of great albums were released in 2013, from today’s biggest pop music icons like Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne, breakout artists such as Lorde and Ariana Grande, Christian pop artists such as Britt Nicole, to alternative singers like HAIM and She and Him. I’d like to share 29 studio albums of 2013 that I have come to love, hoping this will also help kickstart your own music discoveries this year. Click the play button on the music player below each album art to listen to one of my favorite picks. Here’s to a music-filled year ahead!

Albums are listed in no particular order. Click on the titles to view the album on iTunes.


1. Ellie Goulding, Halcyon Days

How long will I love you / As long as stars are above you

“How Long Will I Love You”




 2. Avril Lavigne, Avril Lavigne

I remember what it felt like  /  Just a small town kind of life





3. Lenka, Shadows

Once I woke up, I could see the dream was real  /  The key fit the lock and then all that I could feel

“Heart to the Party”




4. Haim, Days Are Gone

If I could change your mind  /  I would hit the ground running

“If I Could Change Your Mind”





5. Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob

You clung to self-restraint  /   you followed the plan 

“Drove Me Wild”




6. Sara Bareilles, The Blessed Unrest

I’ll unfold before you  /  Would have strung together  /  The very first words  /  Of a lifelong love letter

“I Choose You”




7. Ariana Grande, Yours Truly

It’s not about who you are or your fancy car  /  You’re only ever who you were

“Popular Song”



PARAMORE PARAMORE.jpg8. Paramore, Paramore

Now when you say you wanna slow down  /  Does it mean you wanna slow dance?

“One of Those Crazy Girls”





8. Laura Jansen, Elba

I try to write the perfect verse  /  but it always sounds like someone else’s words  /  And these little things matter most

“Little Things (You)”


10. OneRepublic, Native

Hope if everybody runs  /  You choose to stay

“I Lived”




11. Meredith Andrews, Worth It All

When I finally reach the end I’ll say  /  You are worth it all

“Worth It All”




12. Lorde, Pure Heroine

We might be hollow  /  but we’re brave

“400 Lux”




13. Laura Marling, Once I Was An Eagle

I am cold and I am bright  /  It’s a curse of mine to be sad at night

“Where Can I Go?”




14. KT Tunstall, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon

Could I be a boat for you  /  And ever gain this weight for you

“Yellow Flower”



Imagine Dragons

15. Imagine Dragons, Night Visions

When doubts begin to rise  /  And the world is at your feet  /  You gotta get up

“The River”




16. Hillsong United, Zion

I will stay should the world by me fold  /  Lift up Your name as the darkness falls

“Stay and Wait”




17. Demi Lovato, DEMI

You pull my strings, and push my soul  /  You fool my heart with every note

“Without the Love”



chris tomlin burning lights 2

18. Chris Tomlin, Burning Lights

Awake, awake, awake my soul  /  God resurrect these bones

“Awake My Soul” (With Lecrae)



Britt Nicole, Gold

19. Britt Nicole, Gold

Every heartache and failure  /  every broken dream  /  You’re the God who sees  /  the God who rescued me

“All This Time”




20. Birdy, Fire Within

I’ve tried to be fair  /  And pretend like I care  /  But no asset is worth all the time  /  Spent listening and laughing
/  To dramas that mean nothing  /  Can’t find any depth to these minds

“The Same”




21. Big Time Rush, 24/Seven

I can feel it in the air  /  I like the truth but love the dare  /  Livin’ life like it’s a vacation





22. Gabrielle Aplin, English Rain

And all your worries will escape through the door  /  And you’ll wake up all alone on the floor  /  It’s not too late  /  Just rely on me now





23. Katy Perry, PRISM

‘Cause every gift, every letter, every promise of forever  /  Now, it’s out of sight  /  Like you were never alive




One Direction

24. One Direction, Midnight Memories

Living out of cases  /  Packing up and taking off  /  Made a lot of changes  /  But not forgetting who I was

“Don’t Forget Where You Belong”



25. She and Him, Volume 3

Oh, London  /  Where the clouds never go away  /  I keep my coat on from September to May  /  When the tulips will bloom in the most unusual way




Emeli Sandé Live At The Royal Albert Hall

26. Emeli Sandé, Our Version of Events: Live At the Royal Albert Hall

I would run  /  and drop it all  /  make impossible seem easy  /  I can jump however high if it takes for you to see me





27. Jasmine Thompson, Bundle of Tantrums

I never loved nobody fully  /  Always one foot on the ground  /  And by protecting my heart truly  /  I got lost in the sounds





28. Maria Taylor, Something About Knowing

A second chance on what we started  /  Break from the broken hearted  /  We’re more than the sum of our lives

“Sum of Our Lives”




29. John Mayer, Paradise Valley

If it’s who you love  /  Then it’s who you love

“Who You Love”

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