There were so many amazing album releases this year that it was actually a little tough to pick my favorite albums. Even though life gets crazy sometimes, it can be something as simple as a song to remind you that you’re going to be just fine. The albums below helped with a lot of my life changes and self-discovery and I wouldn’t have been able to pick a better group of albums to define my year.
10. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Sounds Good, Feels Good
9. Muse – Drones
8. Smallpools – LOVETAP!
7. David Cook – Digital Vein
6. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – Get Lost, Find Yourself
I still think that Demi Lovato was the strongest of her Disney Channel peers when it came to the combination of vocal talent and stage personality. While she’s definitely eased her way onto the top of the pop charts, Confident brought together the best parts of 2011’s emotional Unbroken and 2013’s attention-commanding Demi. Lovato portrays her strongest self musically and personally in Confident and proves that you can be a huge pop star and still create meaningful music.
Halsey is a force to be reckoned with, and her debut album Badlands is definite proof of that. From the minute she voiced her thoughts on the truth of what our modern society looks like in the highly addictive “New Americana,” it was pretty clear that she wasn’t going to hold back in her music. Halsey wears many hats in Badlands and succeeded in impressing numerous critics and music snobs alike. Hoorah to another successful female indie-pop artist debut!
I was a little wary when they decided to go with a new singer after Adam Gontier’s departure. However, choosing ex-My Darkest Days front man Matt Walst as their replacement was probably the best decision they could’ve possibly made to keep the band afloat. While Walst’s voice is clearly different than that of Gontier, Human still very much embodies what the band has been known. Walst succeeded in keeping the band’s original musical appeal while still showcasing his own talent and individuality.
Regardless of people’s opinions on All Time Low kicking ass in the pop-punk world, Future Hearts is their most cohesive and portrays the most growth out of their discography. The album’s singles are undeniably catchy and its ballads are their strongest to date. The “life-sucks-but-you’ll-find-a-way-to-make-it-work” theme not only appeals to a younger fan base going through the trials of adolescence, but it also appeals to an older crowd that’s sick and tired of being dealt the short end of the stick in life.
Who would’ve thought that it were possible to feel mopey and turned on at the same time? Well, The Neighbourhood successfully did that and proved to us that they are SO much more than “that-band-that-sings-the-sweater-song.” Wiped Out! is a glorious continuation of their debut album that gives off a theme of understanding of the self in deep psychological aspects. It just goes to show that the most surprising artists can pull out the most thought-provoking songs from their geniusly creative brains.
Remember that you should never feel the need to justify your taste in music. The reason why you like what you like is because you connect to that artist in a way that makes sense only in music.
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