12/03/2013 03:31 EST | Updated 12/19/2013 11:11 EST

Best Indie Albums Of 2013

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PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 30: Danielle Haim and Este Haim from Haim perform at La Gaite Lyrique on November 30, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images)

The term “indie” has lost most of its meaning, much like "alternative" did nearly two decades ago. Before alt-rock, "indie" used to be called “college rock” and considering that Toronto's new radio station Indie 88 plays plenty of major label acts, maybe it’s worth returning to that terminology, at least for the sake of semantics.

For now though, let’s re-visit the year in indie. With everything from exciting young acts just beginning to appear on the Canadian festival scene, to full on "SNL"-level stardom, 2013 saw the indie acts reclaiming a chunk of exposure and fandom that had been owned by EDM and hip-hop acts over the past few years.