10. Selena Gomez — “Stars Dance”: The former Disney star released “Stars Dance,” her first solo album, in July 2013 (Gomez’s previous three studio records were released as a member of the group Selena Gomez & The Scene). Gomez’s solo effort showcased the singer/actress in a transitional period in her career, as she makes the leap from child star to adult star, as well as a transitional period in her personal life, as a newly-minted 21-year-old dealing with a very public breakup from singer Justin Bieber.
If transitioning away from her squeaky-clean image was her goal, Gomez achieved this with “Stars Dance,” a cohesively themed package of straight up electro-pop jams, such as “Slow Down,” “Birthday,” “Undercover” and the album’s lead single “Come & Get It” — perhaps one of the best songs of the year.
In addition to an album full of dance floor hits, Gomez got reflective on the tracks “Forget Forever” and “Love Will Remember,” giving fans a sense of who she is as an artist and as a young woman who is still learning and finding her way. She supported the album on her global “Stars Dance Tour” earlier this year.