2. Matchbox Twenty – North
What a stunning comeback album! I love everything about it, especially how they have matured whilst keeping their signature sound.
Favourite songs: Parade, How Long, Put Your Hands Up, English Town
3. Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
Seeing Carrie live was one of the highlights of the year. This album is stellar. She has such an amazing voice.
Favourite songs: Good Girl, See You Again, Thank God For Hometowns, Blown Away
4. Taylor Swift – Red
I’m not going to lie, this album was a grower rather than an ‘instant love’. She has nearly dispensed with the country element all together but hey, I still love her even if she is dating a member of OneDirection. UGH UGH UGH.
Favourite songs: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble, Starlight, Red, Girl At Home, The Moment I Knew
5. The Killers – Battle Born
I feel like that this album is a lot mellower than their previous albums – in a good way. The harmonies in this are just beautiful <3. I am sure there are a lot of fans missing the heavier ‘Rarrr’ of their first album and whilst I love their other albums too, this is probably the one that will get played the most.
Favourite songs: Be Still, Deadlines and Commitments, Carry Me Home, Runaways
6. Boys Like Girls – Crazy World
I can’t get over how perfect this debut album is. It’s pop/rock/alternative rock at its best.
Favourite songs: Stuck In The Middle, Be Your Everything, Cheated, Shoot, Red Cup Hands Up Long Brown Hair, Crazy World
7. Green River Ordinance – Under Fire
There are quite a few tracks on this album (more than usual) and I like every single one. If you like alternative rock bands / other albums on this list then I definitely recommend you check these guys out. This is the album that Lifehouse should have made.
Favourite songs: Heart Of Me, Resting Hour, Healing Touch, Don’t Be Afraid.
8. Safetysuit – These Times
After severely overplaying their debut album, I was so glad when they released this album.
Favourite songs: One Time, Staring At It, Let Go, Get Around This, Life In the Pain
9. Jack Savoretti – Before The Storm
After Tyrone Wells, Jack Savoretti would definitely top my list for favourite underrated artist. Jack Savoretti is amazing. The end. This album just helps to prove his awesomeness.
Favourite songs: Vagabond, Last Call, Before The Storm
10 + 11.Tyrone Wells – Where We Meet + Beautiful World EP + This Love
You know 2012 has been a good year for music when my favourite underrated artist releases 2 albums + an EP in one year! He still has a beautiful voice and even if his latest offerings aren’t as catchy as his previous albums. I still recommend you check them out.
Favourite songs: Give It Time, Freedom, Don’t Be Afraid, Satellite
12. Florida Georgia Line – Here’s To The Good Times
Perfect country album! You can just imagine listening to this with the windows rolled down, driving in the summer. A lot of the songs are definitely going on my 2013 Summer mix. If you’re looking for some upbeat country music, I can’t recommend this album enough. I’m so glad I stumbled on it.
Favourite songs: Tell Me How You Like It, Cruise, Stay, Here’s To The Good Times
13. Dave Barnes – Stories To Tell
Gah I love every song on this album! He nails the pop/rock sound on this album, especially on the songs mentioned below.
Favourite songs: How Long, White Flag, Seventeen
14. Lifehouse – Almeria
On first listen, I was disappointed with this offering but I think it just needs time to grow on you and since it’s only a couple of weeks old, there’s plenty of time for that to happen.
Favourite songs: Between the Raindrops, Right Back Home, Only You’re The One, Gotta Be Tonight
15. Alex Band – After The Storm EP
I can’t wait until he releases another full length album.
Favourite songs: Shape Of Your Heart, Right Now, Get Up
16. Milo Greene – Milo Greene
They have been compared to Fleetwood Mac. Need I say more?
Favourite songs: 1957, Don’t You Give Up On Me, Perfectly Aligned, What’s The Matter
17. Scouting For Girls – The Light Between Us
Apart from ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’, I couldn’t really get into Scouting For Girls prior to this album but something just clicked and I fell in love with their latest album.
Favourite songs: Six Degrees, Make This One Last, Without You, Downtempo
18. Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Work
I didn’t get into Jason Mraz until this album but this album is great.
Favourite songs: I Won’t Give Up, The Freedom Song, Everything Is Sound
19. South Jordan – Keep Calm and Carry On
Another pop/rock band that I discovered just in time for their release of their first full length album. I hope they get the success they deserve.
Favourite songs: Forever, Forget About The World, Hush
20. The Fray – Scars & Stories
I think the only reason this album is so far down on the list is because it was released in January and familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Otherwise, it’s a solid album.
Favourite songs: Turn Me On, Rainy Zurich
21. Joshua Radin – Underwater
He has such a beautiful voice and pretty lyrics
Favourite songs: Tomorrow Is Gonna Get Better, The Willow, Lost At Home, One More
22. Leona Lewis – Glassheart
This album was meant to have been released in November 2011 so for an album that has been in post-production for a year, you’d expect it to be all sparkling with amazingsauce. Well, I really like Leona but unfortunately she has bowed under pressure with the need to change her sound to be ‘cool’ and hardly any of the songs on this album get to showcase her stunning voice. Bring back the Leona of ‘Spirit’ and ‘Echo’.
Favourite songs: Trouble
23. The Script – #3
There are a lot of mediocre songs on here and whilst I actually like every song on the album, there are hardly any that stand out and grab you.
Favourite songs: Hall of Fame
24. Maroon 5 – Overexposed
I like Maroon 5 but I’ve never been a huge fan. Their albums seem to get more and more upbeat as time goes on. Got to be honest – if I over-listen to them, Adam Levine’s voice kind of gets annoying.
Favourite songs: The Man Who Never Lied, Payphone, Doin Dirt
25. Daniel Powter – Turn On The Lights
It’s not an album I could ever love or get hooked on but it’s a fairly decent offering.
Favourite songs: Crazy, Cupid
Howard Shore – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Score
Please feel free to discuss with me and do your own list. There’s nothing I love more than discussing music.