It’s been a good year for music, although I’ve gotta admit that some of the albums were more over-hyped than J-Lo’s “tour”. Some of these artists just can’t quite cut it as they get older. Britney released potentially her worst album to date, Lady Gaga got EVEN FUCKING WEIRDER and Rihanna didn’t even release an album. But amongst the drama, there was still some great music being produced…
10. Lady Gaga – Artpop
It was a very fine line whether this album should have made the cut or not, and it only did because the four decent songs can (sort of) make you forget about the rest. Although overall it was a pretty big let down.
Jump to: Do What You Want
9. Britney Spears – Britney Jean
Well, when the album title was released I think that everybody knew not to expect Britney’s best work, but there are definitely some side-walk stompers on this album, especially the first release Work Bitch. And as long as they can autotune, I’m gonna say that Britney will be dropping tracks like she doesn’t even have to attempt to sing, wait…
Jump to: Body Ache
8. Disclosure – Settle
Disclosure are one of the rare groups that can completely nail a grimey house track that you can’t help but dance to, and then record a chilled tune that’s perfect for train journeys home in the cold. Disclosure did big this year, and I’ve got a feeling next year will see their collaborations go through the roof.
Jump to: White Noise
7. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon Days
I’ve been an Ellie fan from day dot, so if she releases a double-sided album of her bowel movements next year, it will probably still make the list. The handful of tracks off this album that she’s already released have all been of respectful quality and some of the others beautifully surpass those too.
Jump to: Dead In The Water
6. Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
You can totally hear Miley’s country roots on her debut album… when her ego is quiet enough anyway. I’m really not down with that Dolly Parton shit – if I wanted to listen middle aged women and a banjo, I’d go to Texas. But that aside, the thing I like about Miley is that she records what she wants and doesn’t give a shit.
Jump to: #GETITRIGHT
5. Kanye West – Yeezus
Despite being a royal dick, you can’t deny that Kanye makes good music (which is probably is large part to blame for why he thinks he’s God – well, it can’t be his looks surely?) and Yeezus proved that he’s still got that raw R&B talent the industry is missing at the moment.
Jump to: Black Skinhead
4. Katy Perry – Prism
She claimed that this album was one of her most personal, and though some of the tracks didn’t really seem to veer away from the camp pop we’re used to from her – I still rated this album – especially after seeing her perform at the iTunes Festival.
Jump to: By The Grace of God
3. Little Mix – Salute
The album is packed with feel-good anthems and catchy riddims. The girls did well in pulling this album out the bag and are starting prove that they’ve definitely got the stamina to be in the industry for the long haul. We Salute you.
Jump to: Boy
2. Lorde – Pure Heroine
Newcomer Lorde has one of those alternative voices that reminds you Katy B or a less powerful Adele. I personally love it when you can hear an artists south London twang in their singing. Everybody was talking about Lorde this year after her single Royals hit the charts – I’m hoping she’ll stick around for a while because the girl’s got talent.
Jump to: All of them
1. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
C’mon. Everything about this means there weren’t a contest for the top spot. Even if all the songs were shit (which they’re not) or the videos were lazy (which they’re not), it probably still would have made the top 5. That’s just Queen Bey for you. All over.
Jump to: Yoncé