Hayley is a staff writer in the South/Southeast region at Musiqtone.com.
2012 was the year of indie music. Indie bands definitely stepped out into the scene and became favorites for many audiences. Pop music also continued to dominate the charts with the reemergence of boy bands and the increase of techno-pop. Country music also flourished with its addition of breakout acts that stole the show. All in all, 2012 was a great year for music and I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store. So, let’s cut to the chase, here is my 2012 year in review:
My Top 6 Albums (in no particular order):
- One Direction- Take Me Home: It’s no surprise that this band made my list of top albums in 2012. These five UK boys dominated the industry this year. In fact, the UK dominated the industry. These guys in particular released their highly anticipated sophomore album and it was in no sense a disappointment. With tracks like “Live While We’re Young” and “Kiss You” that kept listeners intrigued by the upbeat One Direction sound in contrast to heartfelt songs like “Little Things”, One Direction covered a wide range that made sure there was something that appealed to everyone.
- Taylor Swift- RED: Breakup songs and singing in the shower jams are what keep me coming back to T-swift. Her very highly anticipated album skyrocketed in scales just during the first week it was released. The album experimented with different sounds placing her in a whole different spectrum. Songs like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” becoming some of the most talked about songs, I literally could not stop listening to this album. There’s a song for every mood which means Taylor has done it again.
- The Lumineers- The Lumineers: This band became one of my favorites during 2012. Their folk-rock sound makes for a perfect any time of the day music. Their song “Hey Ho” is featured on a Bing commercial and it instantly grabs your attention. When you listen to the rest of the album, you realize that it is just as good as that song. This album has definitely been one of my favorite things to listen to this year.
- Mumford & Sons- Babel: Their highly anticipated album didn’t disappoint either. With radio hits like “I Will Wait” and “Hopeless Wanderer”, Mumford & Sons released an album that added to the indie/folk mania. Their English background makes their music even more intriguing and adds to the realization that UK bands have taken over the industry.
- fun.- Some Nights: There is no doubt about it that this band made their mark on the industry this year. Just about every person you ask has heard “Some Nights”. Their album aided in the increase of the now widely popular indie genre. This indie rock album was one that I found myself listening to often and I cannot wait to hopefully hear more from fun. in 2013.
- Ed Sheeran- +: This album is full of hits. Every single song is beautifully written to reach a wide range of audiences. His talent is undeniable and he has already been a hit with this album. I am very hopeful that there will be a new album from him very soon.
Top 5 Songs:
- One Direction- What Makes You Beautiful: OK, so it’s obvious that this song is going to make my list. No matter who you are, literally, you know this song and probably know the words to it as well. This song was such a game changer for the music industry as it increased the UK popularity and even just the band’s popularity in the States. This song was played just about everywhere and even my sixteen-year-old brother admitted that it was “catchy and awesome”.
- Ed Sheeran- The A Team: Nominated for a Grammy, this song is incredible. The heartfelt lyrics and the singsong sound make this song popular amongst many. Ed’s incredible talent and heartfelt lyrics are something that blow my mind every single time I listen to his music, especially this song. I couldn’t be happier at his success and I could not think of a more deserving person. I absolutely cannot wait to hear more from him and I hope more than anything that it will be in the next year.
- It’s Time- Imagine Dragons: This particular track became one of my favorites towards the end of the year, but nonetheless it is one of my favorites. Its indie vibe really caught my attention, and for a while every time it came on the radio I found myself “shazamming” it to figure out the name. Eventually I purchased it and now I listen to it quite often.
- Cher Lloyd- Want U Back: This song is so jam-tastic it’s ridiculous. I really loved the increase of sassy, powerful female artists in 2012 and Cher was one of them for sure. This English chick’s soulful R&B/Pop sound makes you want to dance around your room and sing at the top of your lungs, especially this track in particular.
- Maroon 5 (ft. Wiz Khalifa) – Payphone: I absolutely love catchy songs. If it has a catchy beat then you can pretty much bet I’m going to be blasting it in my car. This song is definitely one of those.
Top 3 Acts:
- One Direction- I know I know, this is very typical, but it is so very true for 2012. One Direction completely changed the music industry this year. They brought back memories of bands like The Beatles (although no one can compare to them), NYSNC, and The Backstreet Boys. The music industry hasn’t really had a real and prominent boy band come through in a while. These UK studs definitely rocked the charts this year and I really can’t wait to see what happens to their rising success in 2013.
- Ed Sheeran- As I stated before, Ed is an incredible musician with tons of talent. He is undeniably a phenom and I really really hope to hear more music from him in the US in 2013
- Hunter Hayes- This guy has taken the music world by storm. His songs have reached the top 20 multiple times and there is no doubt his songs have stolen girls all over the country.
Top issue facing the music industry:
This year with the rise of Spotify, the music industry faced the issue that has been coming for a while: less purchases of actual albums. The sales of hardcopy albums have decreased for a while but with Spotify and Pandora becoming more prominent, music purchases at all are becoming slim.
What I look forward to in 2013:
I really look forward to the continued rise of indie music. Indie bands and even pop bands who have added an indie sound has become more popular and I would to see that continue. I also would just really love to see some bands that have been on the down low for a while come out with new music. Let 2013 be the year of new music and the resurfacing of bands and artists on hiatus!