Haim have topped the BBC Sound of 2013 list, lining up the Californian power-pop trio for a stellar year.
The list (now in its eleventh year), aims to showcase the top bands and artists to keep an eye out for in the year ahead, with previous winners including Adele, Jessie J and Brandish favourite Michael Kiwanuka.
Haim, comprised of three sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have been championed for their fusion of ’70s rock and ’80s synth pop, drawing influence from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, The Bangles and The Go-Go’s.
Beginning life as a covers band, the sisters have now supported acts such as Florence and The Machine and Mumford and Sons off the back of their Forever EP and recent single Don’t Save Me.
213 experts and critics compile the list, with eligible artists not having scored a UK top 20 single or album before 11 November 2012.
The top five list for 2013 is rounded out by London R&B duo AlunaGeorge in second, New York-based rapper Angel Haze in third, Birmingham soul singer Laura Mvula in fourth and Glasgow electro-pop outfit Chvrches in fifth.
Haim also topped our Top Five Bands To Watch In 2013 list, which also included Cheatahs, Palma Violets, Savages and Daughter. Finger on the pulse, no?
By Gerald Lynch | January 4th, 2013