Artwork by Fatti Burke.

2013 was the year that music really maxed out on time. There was so much music about that it was hard to keep up, even just in Ireland.  Below you’ll find a list of my favourite Irish songs, albums and EPs of 2013. Keeping my choices to 30 was hard but necessary. These were my favourites, my most-played, the ones I loved the most, the releases and tunes that I feel helped define what this country does in musical terms this year, as well as being the ones that I’d recommend to international friends and visitors.

As is customary, I’m also asking you guys to give me your top Irish albums, songs, EPs, gigs, clubs and more. I’ve also got some sweet prizes up for grabs for those who enter. Once, the voting closes on December 18th, I’ll collate the lists and post them here for all to see as with the last seven years.


Nialler9’s top 30 Irish albums of 2013

  1. I Am The Cosmos – Monochrome
  2. Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
  3. Girls Names – The New Life
  4. Villagers – {awayland}
  5. Come On Live Long – Everything Fall
  6. Lasertom – Drift
  7. Lisa O’Neill – Same Cloth Or Not
  8. Solar Bears – Supermigration
  9. Space Dimension Controller – Welcome to Mikrosector-50
  10. Dancing Suns – Goldmine
  11. And So I Watch You From Afar – All Hail Bright Futures
  12. Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero
  13. Tieranniesaur – DIYSCO
  14. Ensemble Eriu – Ensemble Eriu
  15. Somadrone – The First Wave
  16. Cian Nugent & The Cosmos – Born With the Caul
  17. Squarehead – Respect
  18. Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds – Idiot Songs
  19. Enemies – Embark, Embrace
  20. Biggles Flys Again – Remember Saturday
  21. Chequerboard – The Unfolding
  22. Sounds Of System Breakdown – Nomad
  23. Halves – Boa Howl
  24. Cat Dowling – The Believer
  25. Sunken Foal – Friday Syndrone Vol 2
  26. Bouts – Nothing Good Gets Away
  27. Kill Krinkle Club – Oxen Of The Sun
  28. Ghost Maps – The Ocean From The River
  29. Emakousma – Island
  30. The Late David Turpin – We Belong Dead

Spotify album playlist