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The year 2023 brought the world a wide variety of incredible music, and critics and music lovers alike are buzzing about their favorite albums. From releases from established artists to debuts from rising stars, here are the albums that people are saying were the best of 2023.
Morgan Wallen – ‘One Thing at a Time’
Country singer Morgan Wallen’s album ‘One Thing at a Time’ was arguably the hottest album of 2023, as it spent 16 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 200 charts, more than any other album of the year. The 36-track album was a new adventure for Wallen as he paid tribute to country, alternative, and hip-hop, “the musical influences that have shaped [him] as an artist.”
The album also gave Wallen five of Billboard’s top 10 songs of the year, and the track “Last Night” became his first song to hit number one.
Lana Del Rey – ‘Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’
Without a doubt, singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey’s album ‘Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’ was one of the hottest releases of the year. This album, which came out in March, had the biggest opening day and opening week of streams of the year for any alternative music album on Spotify.
‘Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’ was Del Rey’s ninth studio album, and it was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys. This and her three other Grammy nominations for this year bring her total number of nominations over time to 11, so maybe this is the year she finally wins one.
Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Guts’
In more mainstream pop music, Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album ‘Guts’ was another one of the best albums of 2023. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 200, and all 12 of its songs charted in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. With another best-selling album and another Grammy nomination for Album of the Year under her belt, Rodrigo has cemented her place as the next big name in pop music.
Brent Faiyaz – ‘Larger Than Life’
R&B singer Brent Faiyaz released his debut commercial mixtape ‘Larger Than Life’ in October of this year as a surprise release. The album includes 14 tracks and features from artists like A$AP Rocky and Missy Elliott. This album comes on the heels of the creation of Faiyaz’s new record label ISO Supremacy, which scored a major distribution deal with music distributor UnitedMasters.
Troye Sivan – ‘Something to Give Each Other’
Pop singer and actor Troye Sivan released his third studio album, ‘Something to Give Each Other,’ in October of this year. This was Sivan’s first album to reach the top of the ARIA charts, the main music charts in his home country of Australia. The singles “Rush,” “Got Me Started,” and “One of Your Girls” were released prior to the album and were also very successful, bringing Sivan his highest historical spots on the UK and Australia charts.