24. Woodkid - The Golden Age
Release date: March 18 Highlights: "I Love You," "Iron"
2013 isn't a time to be shy. The ambition in the world of music right now is going to cement this year's spot as one of the most important of the past decades, but Woodkid's mission statement is up there with the most lofty goals in art. According to him, he wants people to feel like heroes when they listen to his music. Well damn, how can you not fuck with that? Spend some time with The Golden Age and you'll realize that—with a combination of classical composition and a primal, dramatic pop sensibility—he does a pretty great job of reaching that goal. Somebody cape me.—Confusion