5) Owl City: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Best song "Dreams Don't Turn to Dust"

6) Gungor: Ghosts Upon the Earth
Best song "This is Not the End"

7) Angels & Airwaves: Love, Part 2
Best song "Surrender"

8) The Naked and the Famous: Passive Me Aggressive You
Best song "Young Blood"

9) Yellowcard: When You're Through Thinking Say Yes
Best song "Hang You Up"

10) Augustana: Augustana
Best song "Counting Stars" 


Top 10 Songs (from albums not listed above): 

1)            "Walk" : The Foo Fighters
2)            "Gimme Some" : Peter Bjorn and John
3)            "Lonely Boy" : The Black Keys
4)            "Someone Like You" : Adele
5)            "Dark Horses" : Switchfoot
6)            "Hey Mama" : Matt Kearney
7)            "It Will Rain" : Bruno Mars
8)            "Pumped Up Kicks" : Foster the People
9)            "Beautiful Trash" : Lanu
10)          "Thinking of You" : The Maine

Christa Banister
Contributing Writer

#1 The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow

While I've enjoyed interviewing Joy Williams in the past and have always liked her as a fellow human, I was never all that fond of her music. Sure, she had a pretty-enough voice, but there wasn't anything in her pop songs that ever really grabbed my attention. But as one-half of Civil Wars, that's all changed in a hurry. Maybe it's being free of a record label that's freed her up creatively or perhaps, it's finding the ideal collaborator in fellow musician John Paul White. But whatever her secret to success is, it's all working on the Civil Wars' debut, Barton Hollow. Who knew that simple vocal melodies and harmonies could be so incredibly affecting?  

#2 Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials 

That voice. Those songs. Can we say nothing short of spectacular?

#3 Switchfoot, Vice Verses 

Spiritual themes and a thoroughly rocking soundtrack coexist meaningfully yet again.