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The Best Live Acts of 2013

Rolling Stone recently released their list of the Top 50 Live Acts of 2013. While their list is pretty on point, here is our list of top 10 best live artists.

10. Fun.

The boys of Fun. know how to put on a show. Their performance at the 2013 Grammys was enough evidence.

9. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar likes to claim that his live performances aren’t concerts; they’re events. And Lamar knows how to play a crowd and turn up the beats. His live shows bring a much more earnest vibe than his studio performances and its an excellent way to take a fresh look at the rising rapper.

8. Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley knows how to bring passion to his live performances unlike anyone else. He pours every ounce of his soul into his music making any concert of his an unforgettable experience.

7. Deadmau5

Deadmau5 is renowned for being a little strange and a little quirky, but his live gigs are an out of this world experience. He’s not a DJ, like many people seem to believe, but an artist of creating and combining sounds.

6. Kanye West

Years of doing bizarre and strange things in his every day live seems to have been a trial run for his heavily theatrical stage performances. For every time that Kanye drives me a little bit insane, his live performances are there to remind me why I respect him as an artist.

5. Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars has a little bit of something for all ages. He has that classic crooning voice, the sexy lyrics, and the pure musical talent. He’s one of the best live singers these days.

4. Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire‘s performances are a lovely combination of emotional intensity and pure chaos. And for an indie rock band, they still know how to get their audience up on their feet and dancing.

3. Paul McCartney

From his time with the Beatles all the way to his solo career, Paul McCartney has an incredible amount of experience performing live and he still nails it every time.

2. Beyonce

There’s a reason Beyonce was everyone’s favorite from Destiny’s Child. Her live performances are fierce and beautiful. She knows how to own a stage.

1. Adele

The beauty in Adele’s performances lie not in theatrics, but in the pure power of  her voice. While many artists these days rely on flashy gimmicks, Adele will always be able to stand in a simple black dress and out-sing everyone.

Mackenzie is an Alabama native attending NYU and studying Journalism and Dramatic Literature. She hopes to one day live in London and write for the BBC.