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Editor’s pick: best albums of 2023

Kylee Barnaj

The music industry has been taking over the world this year. Top artists of 2023 have taken on tours world wide such as the iconic stars Taylor Swift, Drake, Lana Del Rey, and Beyonce. And with more music being released and written, the Editors of the Calabasas Courier picks their personal favorites to wrap up a quintessential year of music. 


“1989 (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

Listening to “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” as a senior is nostalgic as it was one of my favorites as a kid. This album is the definition of “girl hood.” And the vault tracks only add more hits to the iconic album such as “Slut!” and “Now that we don’t talk.”

  • Kylee Barnaj, Life and Arts Editors 


“Utopia” by Travis Scott

“This was one of the only new albums I listened to this upcoming year, so I would have to say “Utopia” by Travis Scott.”

  • Adam Swarth, Campus News Editor


“Gumbo” by Young Nudy

“One of the only albums this year that didn’t do too much and simply is true to the artist and had a couple of great features as well.”

  • Dainel Holloway, Sports Editor


“Nerdy Prudes Must Die“ by StarKid

“‘Nerdy Prudes Must Die’ is the latest musical in the Hatchet Field series by the theater production group StarKid. The story is told in an incredible way and I love the great messages present in many of the songs. As the quality of musical theater declines, it is always refreshing to listen to a truly incredible show.”

  • Caitlin Brockenbrow, Perspectives Editor


“The Record” by Boygenius

“The Record” by Boygenius is my favorite album of 2023. From my first listen, I was hooked. The beautiful harmonies and storytelling made every listen a new realization. There is so much behind their words, I will never get enough.”

  • Hannah Sarnoff, Spotlight Editor


“Guts” by Olivia Rodrigo 

“The album perfectly captures the feeling of being a seventeen year old teenage girl, which I am approaching this upcoming month. The album captures femininity flawlessly within music.” 


  • Devon Espar, Multi-Media Director


“Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever)” by Noah Kahan

“Noah Kahan’s second release of the album came out this year. All the lyrics are beautifully written and well thought out. I enjoyed listening to each and every song.”

  • Ellie Bloom, Campus News Assistant Editor


“Wake up and it’s over” by Lovejoy

“‘Starting as a small Youtube indie band, Lovejoy has experienced stunning growth, and rightfully so. Their latest album takes a bold step into a more funk/rock style, with a classic feel but unique sound. “Call Me What You Like” stands out the most, though it is about the common theme of complicated love, it is explored in a fascinating way and makes for incredible listening, truly the highlight of the year.”

  • Diego Sanz Serrano, Copy Chief 


“For All The Dogs Scary Hours Edition” by Drake

“I think everyone was a bit underwhelmed by “For All The Dogs” originally, but, the more listens plus this addition transformed it for me. He also features some of my favorite artists so I loved getting to hear their parts of the songs.”

  • True Fisher Duddy, Executive Editor


“The Ballad of Darren” by Blur

“This album marks a welcome return for these Britpop legends.” 

  • Ian Godburn, Advisor 

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Kylee Barnaj
Kylee Barnaj, Life & Arts Editor
I'm Kylee Barnaj, the Life and Arts section editor. I am a senior, and this is my second year on the Calabasas journalism team. I'm very eager and excited to bring my passions to the Calabasas Courier during the 23' through 24' school year.
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