Top 10 Best Albums of 2023

The Top Ten
1 Pastel Painted People in Candy Coloured Crowds - The Arcana

Just discovered this band. Amazed at how good they are.

2 Scaring the Hoes - Jpegmafia & Danny Brown

This album is insane! Two of the most beloved underground rappers creating an album together based on the internet's desire. The production is fire, the lyrics are densely crafted, and the vibes are like no other.

3 Guts - Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo outdid herself on so many levels in her sophomore album. Sour was a particularly astonishing debut, especially coming from a teenager, but Guts is light years away from being a sophomore slump. Her songwriting and vocals have significantly improved, and she proves once again that she's the voice of a generation and is here to stay.

While the heartbreak theme is still present in her lyrics, they also deal with her rise to fame, her insecurities, and her doubts about entering early adulthood, making it probably the most gut-wrenching and euphoric pop album of the year. Trust me, guys, if you're into pop edginess, whether you're a teenager or an adult, this album is a must-listen, even more so than her debut. Well done, Olivia!

Note: 9.5/10

Best songs: "Vampire", "Bad Idea Right?", "Get Him Back!", "Lacy", "Teenage Dream", "Pretty Isn't Pretty"

Worst songs: NONE!

4 Diamonds & Dancefloors - Ava Max
5 This is Why - Paramore

An excellent return to form for Paramore. It looks like their extended hiatus was highly beneficial to them. Instead of jumping into the pop-punk/emo-pop revival bandwagon like Avril Lavigne or Simple Plan, they come back with a raw but more adult sound influenced by post-punk and bands such as Talking Heads and Bloc Party, and it works extremely well.

They've reached maturity in their sound where bands of their generation failed. I really love this new direction by Hayley Williams and her bandmates, and I can't wait to hear more.

Note: 9/10

Best songs: "This Is Why", "C'est Comme Ça", "Running Out of Time", "Big Man Little Dignity", "Figure 8", "Liar", "Crave", and "Thick Skull"

Worst songs: NONE! It's an excellent album!

6 Did You Know that There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd - Lana Del Rey
7 Endless Summer Vacation - Miley Cyrus

A great new album by Miley Cyrus. I really like the sunshine and psychedelic vibes on most of the tracks. It looks like Miley is finally finding her way. I hope she'll keep being this good.

Note: 8/10

Best songs: "Flowers", "Jaded", "River", "Island", "Handstand", "Violet Chemistry", "You", "Thousand Miles" (feat. Brandi Carlile)

Worst song: "Muddy Feet" (feat. Sia)

What a great album. The songs are nice.

8 Maps - Billy Woods & Kenny Segal

Another excellent album by Billy Woods. The jazz-rap blends are extremely well executed, the lyrics are great, and the performances are fire. One of the greatest albums of the year so far for sure!

9 Confessions of the Fallen - Staind
10 Desire, I Want to Turn Into You - Caroline Polachek

How was this album not here yet? This is hands down the best album of the year so far. Every song on this album feels like an odyssey and covers a wide variety of genres. Caroline's vocal performance is outstanding throughout the album. This is far from being a sophomore slump and a fantastic art pop album overall. Thank you, Caroline!

The Contenders
11 But Here We Are - Foo Fighters

This has to be Foo Fighters' greatest album in a long, long time. The songwriting is so hauntingly beautiful, and every hook and chorus is extremely solid. This is probably the 21st century's Back in Black. Also, RIP Taylor Hawkins.

12 Rush! - Maneskin
13 The Awakening - Kamelot
14 Never Going Under - Circa Waves
15 Let's Start Here - Lil Yachty
16 The Surface - Beartooth
17 10,000 Gecs - 100 Gecs
18 Truth Killer - Sevendust
19 Make the Most of It - New Found Glory
20 Gloria - Sam Smith

A good return for Sam Smith. It's nice to see him try new things, be more self-confident, and embrace his identity more than ever. Despite being more varied than his previous albums, it lacks a bit of cohesion, but it's enjoyable nonetheless.

Note: 7/10

Best tracks: "I'm Not Here to Make Friends", "No God", and "Lose You"

Worst track: "Gimme"

I'd say it's a decent 6/10. While there are a couple of bad songs, it doesn't ruin the good songs for me.

Best track: No God

Worst track: Gimme

21 Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds) - Yves Tumor

This is the best Yves Tumor album I've heard so far. It's just a perfect balance between catchy melodies and experimentation. The second-best album of the year so far in my opinion.

22 Take Me Back to Eden - Sleep Token

This is a modern-day metal album that I can genuinely recommend to people who aren't particularly big fans of metal.

23 Cracker Island - Gorillaz

Cracker Island went to No. 1 in their home country! Yes! They definitely deserve it. Damon Albarn is the modern-day David Bowie. I know that Demon Days also went to No. 1 in the UK, but I feel that Gorillaz should've had more UK No. 1 albums other than just Demon Days and Cracker Island.

This new Gorillaz album is really, really good! They are never afraid of trying new things, and even when there are a lot of guests, the album is never overrun by its star power. After two decades of releasing music, the most famous virtual band in the world is still making great music.

24 Quest for Fire - Skrillex

This new Skrillex album is fire. It was definitely worth the nine-year wait.

25 Dogma - Crown the Empire
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