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Top 10 of 2023

Well, well, well, folks! Another year has danced its way into the history books, leaving us with a treasure trove of musical gems. As I sit here, surrounded by stacks of albums and playlists that have soundtracked my days and nights, it's time to reflect on the musical wonders of the past 12 months. Narrowing down my top 10 favourite songs was no easy feat – a bit like trying to choose between chocolate and more chocolate – but here we are. So, grab your headphones and join me on a journey through the melodies that made 2023 a year to remember.

10. Solar Jam "Lemonade"

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Solar Jam

Kicking off our musical journey is the funky vibes of "Lemonade" by the indie pop maestros, Solar Jam.

This Birmingham-based band serves up a refreshing concoction of catchy choruses and irresistible beats. Get ready to groove as we dive into the upbeat sounds that landed "Lemonade" a well-deserved spot on my top 10 list!

9. Radio Psychosis "Television"

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Radio Psychosis

Prepare to dive into the indie rock vibes of "Television" by Radio Psychosis, a track that harks back to the golden era of bands like New Order.

Beyond the infectious beats, this song takes a cheeky jab at the mind-numbing TV shows dominating the airwaves. A tongue-in-cheek anthem that earned its stripes as the Banger of the Week back in August. Time to switch off the static and tune in to some rebellious sounds!

8. The Last of the Fallen Angels "Night People"

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The Last Of The Fallen Angels

Entering the sonic realm of The Last of the Fallen Angels, "Night People" invites us into a world of electronic down-tempo enchantment. This track, a jewel in their repertoire, beautifully blends atmospheric vibes with a touch of mystery. A nod to a band that's become a familiar guest on our musical journey. Join me as we explore the mesmerizing allure of "Night People."

7. INEGO "Medicine"

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Buckle up for a melodic indie rock journey with INEGO's "Medicine." Another long-term friend of It's Indie, INEGO depart from their signature indie pop landscape and crafts a seamless blend of melodies and rock-inspired vibes.

A sonic exploration that showcases their versatility and musical evolution. Get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating sounds of "Medicine."

6. "Burning The Night" by The Trusted

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The Trusted

Prepare to be entranced by the rhythmic mystique of "Burning The Night" by The Trusted. This indie rock masterpiece defies convention with its unconventional time signature, creating a mesmerizing musical labyrinth.

The track boasts spangly guitars that add a touch of magic to the sonic landscape. Join me as we navigate the sonic flames of "Burning The Night."

5. "Did You Ever" by Dawna

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Get ready to be swept away by the powerful pop balladry of Dawna in "Did You Ever." Dawna's vocals, a force of nature, infuse every note with raw emotion.

With a songwriting style reminiscent of the likes of Ed Sheeran, this track is a testament to the enduring allure of a well-crafted ballad. Highly recommended for those seeking a musical journey through heart and soul.

4. two blinks, i love you "birthday surprise"

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two blinks, i love you

Prepare for a musical treat as two blinks, i love you, unveils the clever magic of "birthday surprise." Stripped down to the essentials – a simple guitar, drum, and piano arrangement – this tune showcases the beauty of minimalism.

Distorted vocals add an intriguing layer to the mix, making it a standout piece in the indie music landscape. Get ready for a sonic surprise that'll leave you wanting more!

3. Ella and Sienna "New Year's Kiss"

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Ella and Sienna

Breaking the mould of typical seasonal tunes, "New Year's Kiss" by Ella and Sienna emerges as a delightful exception. This slightly country-tinged pop gem, reminiscent of Taylor Swift's stylings, brings a fresh and vibrant energy to the table. The duo's voices, blending seamlessly like a musical tapestry, elevate the song into a harmonious masterpiece. Join me as we celebrate the magic of "New Year's Kiss," a perfect pop concoction.

2. Totten Bridge "I Can't Leave Us Behind"

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Totten Bridge

Just missing out on the top spot, Totten Bridge blew our musical socks off with their sensational track, "I Can't Leave Us Behind." This wasn't just a ballad – it's a powerhouse of emotion and infectious beats that demand your attention. With vocals that don't just hit repeat but carve a permanent space in your soul, this pop-rock masterpiece was a force to be reckoned with. Brace yourself for a musical journey that'll leave you utterly mesmerized – Totten Bridge isn't just taking the wheel; they're steering straight into your heart.

Now, before we unveil the reigning champion, let's take a moment to tip our hats to the over 14,000 songs that auditioned for a coveted spot in this musical showdown. It's a testament to the sheer wealth of talent out there, each note and lyric striving to be the chosen one. Alas, only the crème de la crème could make the cut, and what a journey it's been. Each track, a fleeting star in the vast galaxy of music, contributed its own melody to the soundtrack of 2023. So, here's a virtual round of applause to all those unsung heroes who filled our ears and hearts throughout the year.

1. "Come Of Age" by Princess Goes

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Princess Goes - Winners of our Song of the Year!

Step into the extraordinary with Princess Goes and their masterpiece, "Come Of Age." If Depeche Mode and Bowie had a musical lovechild, this would be it – a mesmerizing blend of nostalgia and contemporary flair.

"Come Of Age" isn't just a track; it's a time capsule, transporting you straight from the synth-laden wonders of the 80s to the pulsating beats of the present. It's a musical DeLorean with Princess Goes at the wheel, steering us through a landscape of sonic innovation.

Earning its spot as my track of the year, "Come Of Age" is not merely a song; it's the beating heart of their latest album. With 12 tracks that seamlessly weave catchy tunes with cinematic vibes, this album is a symphony of synth-heavy bliss.

It's rare to encounter a musical journey that's both a nod to the past and a leap into the future, but "Come Of Age" accomplishes just that. Earning the only10/10 we gave out last year, it's a timeless gem that invites you to explore the electro-pop realm in a way that's truly unparalleled.

But don't take our word for it - have a listen to the tracks on the playlist below!

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