As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to take a look at the artists you listened to the most on PureVolume this year. While Billboard's top charts were dominated by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Pitbull and Florida Georgia Line, PureVolume's chart-toppers offered a true alternative to the mainstream. 2013 on PV was a year of many new discoveries — from New Orleans indie rockers Royal Teeth to Portland duo Dresses — as well as stellar returns from the tried and true (Paramore, Tegan and Sara, Never Shout Never).
Ladies and gentlemen...here are the Top 10 songs you played the most on PureVolume in 2013.
1. Paramore — "Now"
Paramore kicked off 2013 with a vengeance and haven't slowed down all year, touring relentlessly around the world in support their self-titled fourth album, with several high-profile TV gigs and festival headlining spots along the way. They dropped this awesome jam back in January to offer a first-taste of the album...and you haven't stopped listening to it ever since. 2. The Wonder Years — "Passing Through A Screen Door"
Pop punk heavyweights the Wonder Years formed in Lansdale, Pennsylvania back in 2005, but 2013 was the year Dan "Soupy" Campbell and company made their biggest impact. The band celebrated the release of their latest album, The Greatest Generation
, with four shows in different cities across the country
in 24 hours, then saw the record debut at #20 on the Billboard 200, more than doubling first week sales of their previous release. After headlining this summer's Warped Tour, the band has been touring non-stop in support of the album, with another extensive North American tour kicking off in March. 3. Never Shout Never — "Malibu"
Christofer Drew's Never Shout Never have been perennials atop the PureVolume charts for several years now...and 2013 was no exception. The band returned to Warped Tour for the first time in three years in 2013, while dropping their fifth album Sunflower
in July. PureVolume premiered "Malibu"
— one of the album's standout tracks — back in June...and it's been racking up plays daily since then.4. Tegan and Sara — "Closer"
After over three years between albums, Canadian twin sister-duo Tegan and Sara returned with Heartthrob
in January. The band consciously took a risk recording their most commercial-sounding album so far...and it paid off in spades. Not only was it the band's highest charting album to date, both fans and critics alike fawned over the record, topping many Best of 2013 year-end lists. "Closer" was the first single to emerge from Heartthrob
in late-2012, but it continued gaining momentum all year long with a series of remixes, TV appearances, radio play, and even being featured on an episode of Glee
. 5. A Perfect Circle — "Weak & Powerless" (Live At Red Rocks)
The song may be over 10 years old, but Maynard's army came out in droves to stream PureVolume's exclusive premiere
of A Perfect Circle's seminal hit "Weak & Powerless" recorded live at Red Rocks. This crushing live performance is from APC's expansive new four-CD/one-DVD box set, Live: Featuring Stone and Echo
, which includes 2010 live concert recordings of the band's three studio albums, plus the DVD and audio from their 2011 Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance. Don't hold your breath, but the recent release of the track "By and Down"
— their first new song in nine years — hints that there might finally be a new A Perfect Circle album in 2014. 6. Allison Weiss — "Nothing Left"
It's been a busy year for Brooklyn-based indie pop singer/songwriter Allison Weiss. She dropped her critically-acclaimed No Sleep Records debut, Say What You Mean
, in April, toured the US with Candy Hearts and Pentimento earlier in the year, spent the summer performing on the Acoustic Basement stage on Warped Tour, toured some more (and
some more) with Slingshot Dakota, Owen and Austin Lucas, among others, and somehow also found time to record Say What You Mean (Sideways Sessions)
, a complete alternate version of her album which we premiered last month
. PureVolume also premiered Weiss' infectious single "Nothing Left" back in February — a couple months prior to the album's release — which left us wanting more from Weiss all
year long. 7. Twin Forks — "Back To You"
Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba formally introduced his latest venture in 2013, the folk-tinged, mandolin-fueled Americana outfit Twin Forks with Suzie Zeldin of the Narrative, Jonathan Clark, and Ben Homola of Bad Books. PureVolume streamed their self-titled debut EP
in advance of its release in September, offering the stand-out track "Back to You" as a free download. Pick it up above...you'll like it.8. Royal Teeth —"Wild"
New Orleans' indie-electronic-pop group Royal Teeth released their sparkling debut album Glow
on Dangerbird in August, yet they were streaming it
for weeks in advance of its release on PureVolume. Originally issued on their Act Naturally
EP in 2012, the irresistible "Wild" resurfaced as a stand-out track on their full-length debut, gaining additional exposure from the song's use on several TV shows. They were one of the most talked about band's at this year's Voodoo fest, where we were thrilled to host their stripped-down set
on the PureVolume Soundwave stage. We can't wait to see what they have in store for 2014. 9. A Great Big Pile of Leaves — "Pet Mouse"
Along with Balance and Compusure, Touche Amore, and Dikembe, among others, A Great Big Pile of Leaves somehow found themselves thrown into the so-called emo revival
this year. We can't quite wrap our heads around that, we just think they make great pop rock songs, like this awesome "Pet Mouse" track PV exclusively premiered in May
. Featuring Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre, "Pet Mouse" is a little bit Weezer, a little bit Cars, and a whole lotta good. Stream it above and you'll see. 10. Dresses — "Back to Life"
And finally, coming in at number 10 on PV's Top Songs of 2013 is a little ditty from Portland's boyfriend/girlfriend duo Dresses. They first came to our attention when we premiered "Back to Life" in May
...and we've been hooked all year long. After touring with the likes of Kate Nash, Owen, and Laura Stevenson, the duo inked a record deal with esteemed indie SideOneDummy in August
, who quickly issued their debut full-length in September
. We think you'll be hearing a lot more from Dresses in 2014. At least, we hope so.