Which one is your favorite?
In the year 4032, when postapocalyptic pod-dwelling aliens unearth the safely buried time capsule that includes the musical highlights of 2013, they’ll learn of Miley Cyrus twerking her way through the VMAs; the Jonas Brothers calling it quits; the epic return of Daft Punk with “Get Lucky“; Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP takeover; Beyoncé making it rain power outages at the Super Bowl; Kanye’s unbridled pomp, ego, and anger; the rise of teen-pop wunderkind Lorde, and Robin Thicke branding introducing the term “Hey, hey, hey” into our subconscious.
But that historical scroll will also tell the tale of bands that broke through in 2013. Like the ones who rose from relative obscurity (or stayed on their grind for years and finally broke through) to make this year theirs too by selling out shows, amassing cult-like followings, earning endless radio spins, and ruling every last corner of the Internet, from YouTube to hundreds upon thousands of emotionally charged Stan tweets and reblogs.
Because for every Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, One Direction, or Imagine Dragons (who had a killer 2013, to be sure, but they’ve been meteoric for years), there’s the relative newcomer that was waiting to snatch their wigs — twenty one pilots, The 1975, Sleeping With Sirens, HAIM, A Great Big World, and more bands that kicked down the industry door and made their names known and voices heard in 2013.
Buzzworthy’s writers, editors, and experts took a good, hard look at some of the most-buzzed-about bands of 2013, and now we’re turning it over to you, the fans, to vote for your favorite breakthrough band of 2013.
Check out the list of breakthrough bands below, and vote for your favorite breakthrough band of 2011. Voting closes on Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m., and we’ll announce the winner on Dec. 17!
Check out more breakthrough bands of 2013 after the jump.
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BUZZWORTHY BREAKTHROUGH BAND OF 2013!
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