Year-End Review Part 3



hayley_150By Hayley Holmes

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):

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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