Best of 2013: Best Albums Released
My first Best of 2013 post of eleven. This post is entirely about Albums, those that were released this year of course. I wasn’t going to add this one to the list at first, because I thought I hadn’t listened to a lot of music this year, but as it turned out, I had listened to at least eight new albums this year, which is a lot for me (I hardly ever listen to music, and when I do, it’s mostly soundtracks).
So here are the eight best albums of this year, in my opinion. I have sorted them in order of their release date.
01. The Blackout – Start the Party | 21 January | iTunes
I have always loved The Blackout, they make awesome music, and they’re Welsh! I fell in love with Cardiff when I went there in 2011, and again in 2012. I loved The Blackout long before that, but when I saw them live for the first time I fell in love with them even more. I got to meet one of the singers, Sean Smith, during a festival in 2012 and that’s still one of the best things ever! This album is amazing, and I listen to it a lot when I’m working, because most songs are so fast it makes me want to work even faster, haha!
Most played songs: Start the Party (41), Radio (36)
Total plays: 255
02. Paramore – Paramore | 5 April | iTunes
I hadn’t really been a big fan of Paramore anymore before this album came out, so I wasn’t really going to bother with it anyway when it came out. But then I stumbled upon one of the songs, and I liked it so much, I decided to listen to the rest of the album. And it turned out to be a really nice album! Same with The Blackout, I listen to this album when I’m working, so I work faster.
Most played songs: Ain’t It Fun (47), Part II (38)
Total plays: 328
03. 30 Seconds to Mars – Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams | 17 May | iTunes
I actually didn’t really like this album much when I first listened to it, and I still don’t like all of the songs on it, but it’s a good album, and I hadn’t expected anything else from 30 Seconds to Mars. I still really want to see them live, and perform my favourite songs (This Is War will always remain one of my favourites).
Most played songs: City of Angels (15), Up In the Air (13)
Total plays: 55
04. The Maine – Forever Halloween | 4 June | iTunes
I didn’t even know The Maine had brought out a new album, until I heard someone talking about it, so I got curious and looked it up on the internet. I really like the album’s title, because I like Halloween (a pity we don’t really celebrate it here), and though I don’t really like all the songs on the album, it’s a good album (a bit different from what I expected from the Maine, but that might just be me).
Most played songs: Take What You Can Carry (20)
Total plays: 71
05. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Soundtrack | 6 August | iTunes
When I first saw this movie, I noticed how awesome the soundtrack was in some parts, and I paid more attention to it when I saw it the second time, and then I decided I wanted to listen to the entire album. I found a playlist on YouTube (because of course they hardly ever sell soundtrack CD’s in my country), and I just love it. My favourite might be the one with the Colchis Bull. They all really fit their scenes and just wow.
Most played songs: Wave Conjuring (10), Colchis Bull (15)
Total plays: 102
06. Doctor Who: Series 7 Soundtrack | 9 September | iTunes
As always, the music for Doctor Who is beautiful, composed by Murray Gold, and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. It has got all the songs from the episodes of series seven, including a very beautiful and also painful song from the Angels Take Manhattan, which I will talk more about tomorrow.
Most played songs: The Long Song (13), Together or Not At All (20)
Total plays: 155
07. Frozen Soundtrack | 25 November | iTunes
I have only just watched this movie a couple of days ago, but I fell in love with the soundtrack. I just love Disney films, and after watching one I usually listen to the songs a lot until they bore me (though that hardly ever happens). The songs were beautiful, funny and touching, and I really want to see the movie a lot of times more, just for the songs!
Most played songs: Let It Go (30), Do You Want to Build A Snowman? (12)
Total plays: 55
08. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Soundtrack | 10 December | iTunes
Howard Shore is a genius. He has composed the songs for all the Lord of the Rings films, and for the Hobbit as well, and I just love all the songs. Last year, I bought the soundtrack album of An Unexpected Journey, and I certainly plan on buying this one as well, if I can find it. It also includes the song at the end of the credits, which I will talk about tomorrow!
Most played songs: I See Fire (33)
Total plays: 77
So four actual albums, and four soundtrack albums, I think this is the first time in a couple of years that I’ve actually listened to some music that isn’t from a movie or a TV show. Haha! Stay tuned, because tomorrow, I will share my favourite songs of some of these albums, and some other songs!