Top 10 Best Albums of 2023

The Top Ten
1 Scaring the Hoes - Jpegmafia & Danny Brown

This album is insane! 2 of the most beloved underground rappers creating an album together based on the internet's desire. The production is crazy fire, the lyrics are densely crafted, the vibes are like no other.

2 Pastel Painted People in Candy Coloured Crowds - The Arcana

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

3 Did You Know that There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd - Lana Del Rey

Lana doesn't miss

4 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!

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

An excellent return to form for Paramore. Looks like their extended hiatus was highly beneficial to them and instead of jumping into the pop-punk/emo-pop revival bandwagon like Avril Lavigne or Simple Plan did, 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. It looks like 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!

The best album of the year by FAR. Paramore are back after years of waiting and I could not be happier with their return.

7 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 has a wide variety of genres. Caroline's vocal performance is also outstanding throughout the album. This is far from being a sophomore slump and a fantastic art pop album overall. Thank you Caroline!

8 Rush! - Maneskin
9 The Awakening - Kamelot
10 Guts - Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo outdid herself on SO MANY LEVELS in her sophomore album. Sour was a particularly astonishing debut, let alone made by teenager, but Guts is light years away from being a sophomore slump. Her songwriting and her vocals have very much 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!

The Contenders
11 Confessions of the Fallen - Staind
12 Never Going Under - Circa Waves
13 Let's Start Here - Lil Yachty
14 The Surface - Beartooth
15 Truth Killer - Sevendust
16 10,000 Gecs - 100 Gecs
17 Make the Most of It - New Found Glory
18 Dogma - Crown the Empire
19 SCSSRS - Taproot
20 Gloria - Sam Smith

A good return for Sam Smith. It's nice to see him try new things and be more self-confident and assume his identity more than ever. Despite being more varied than his predecessors, 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 bad songs, it doesn't ruin the good songs for me.

Best track; No God

Worst track; Gimme

21 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. 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

22 That! Feels Good! - Jessie Ware
23 4 (The Pink Album) - Lukas Graham
24 Quest for Fire - Skrillex

This new Skrillex album is fire. It was definitely worth the 9-year wait.

25 The Wonders Still Awaiting - Xandria 
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