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top 10 music moments of 2013

2013 was owned by game changing hip hop and introduced sensational and new classic artists. Drake, Jay Z, Pusha T, Beyonce, Kanye, Eminem and Mac Miller delivered arguably the best albums of their careers whilst new talent levelled up to the masters with Kelelea, Ella Eyre, Mount Kimbie, John Hopkins, Disclosure, King Krule, Sky Ferriera, Death Grips, John Talabot played on loop at i-D HQ. James Blake won a Mercury Music Prize, The Arctic Monkeys regrouped for their fifth studio album and the Kings of Leon dropped album number six, the melodic Mechanical Bull. End of year round ups are subjective, everyone has opinions, good music is a matter of taste but ours is exquisite. Remember the top 10 moments we don't ever want to forget.

Text Milly McMahon



  • Every. Yeezy. moment

    Because despite actually being a genius, the strong-jawed, clumsily-spoken, self-professed Warhol/ Shakespere/Steve Jobs of hip hop repeatedly makes bad judgements calls and then sulks. On camera. Before backtracking wildly and bizarrely. Kanye makes no sense and then Yeesuz made every sense.

  • YoncĂ©

    Levelling one million sales in under a week, flipping the age-old album campaign method on its head, Queen Bee enlists the help of wifey Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Drake to release her fifth, 14-track LP. Dropping without any hype, enlisting the assistance of supermodel mates Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn, Mrs Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter delivers the sexiest video of the year, courtesy of new alter ego, Yoncé.

  • Glastonbury Babies

    The wordless best festival, Glastonbury, returned to the sunny fields of Somerset after a two year disco nap to reacquaint audiences with boneified British music legends Stones, Dizzee Rascal, Artic Monkeys, Bowie, Thom Yorke, Fatboy Slim and Goldie. And then the i-D mix event arrived in Shangri-la, flanked by Disclosure, Skream, Jamie Jones and Lee Foss to celebrate the final closing festival partying moments, for 14 hours straight.

  • Helmet Hair

    Daft Punk, Get Lucky with the release of the year's catchiest number one single. The world's most famous helmut-headed French house duo reaffirm that they are still capable of creating life-enhancing, mind-warping, game-changing music. Securing themselves five Grammy nominations for next year following the release of their fourth studio album Random Access Memories, the Daft Punk's trump competition present then and now. 

  • On and On and On and On

    The epic resurgence of house music on the UK charts. Homegrown talent Duke Dumont, Breach and Storm Queen all secure number one spots…. and then Seth Troxler strips. House music seizes back the power.

  • Slim Pickings

    The original, white haired Detroit rap god reminds the world why he remains as relevant to hip hop now (marshall Mathers 2) as he was then (Marshall Mathers LP).

  • Sh Sh Sha Shabba Ranks

    A$AP mob's own Harlem crew member, ASAP Ferg, pays tribute to Jamaican Dancehall don, the almighty, the inimitable Shabba Ranks. Shabba responds with his own remix, featuring vocals from heavyweight rap trio prophets Migo and east coast veteran Busta Rhymes. Perfect circle of love.

  • Nicole The Pole

    This was an explosive year for the objectification of women in music videos. Emily Ratajkowski became famous for her otherworldly curves, laid bare and empowered/exploited for the duration of the controversial uncensored Blurred Lines. Miley Cyrus followed suit riding a Wrecking Ball wearing nothing but some beat up Doc Martens, tonguing a sledgehammer and filmed by misogynist and fashion photographer Terry Richardson, then responded to by feminist, Lily Allen with Hard Out Here. Wanna know how it should be done with dignity? Nicole The Pole - Exquisite.

  • The Sky's The Limit

    Perfect ethereal songstress Sky Ferreira released her massively anticipated debut album, produced by the recently domestically devastated Dev Hynes. She lands i-D's pre-fall cover, the internet goes wild and then she accidentally gets arrested, but somehow still manages to look as innocent as the day she was born. Sky 4eva.

  • Kendrick The King

    Mini Compton MC and Dre protege Kendrick Lamar makes it clear that he is the competition to be feared with his verse on Big Sean's Control.  Kendrick the king rises.

  • Family Jewels