15 Musical Crushes On ‘Chicks Who Rock’ For 2013

Before we begin, let me just say: this is a Zooey Deschanel free zone. Not because she’s not deserving, but because I don’t want to have to defend Zooey > Emily, even though it’s SUCH an obvious pick. Now we’re ready to start. Today is, obviously, Valentine’s Day, a day, if you’re nine years old and in elementary school, where you muster up the coverage to walk over to the cute girl in class you have a crush on and ask her, “Will you be my Valentine?”

Pre-teen us was a lot bolder than the us of now, so our pining these days is done through the Internet or, for the purposes of this list, at a concert, where you hope to soak in Natasha Khan’s ridiculous talent and overwhelming beauty. This is a list of 15 crush-worthy, amazing musicians — all featured on F*ck Yeah Chick Musicians — who released an album last year or will/might this year (hence the lack of Taylor Momsen, haha, jk).

(This may also double as an excuse to get you to listen to Marnie Stern.)

Artist: Ritzy Bryan
Band: The Joy Formidable

Artist: Annie Clark
Band: St. Vincent

Artist: Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle
Band: Dirty Projectors

Artist: Natasha Khan
Band: Bat for Lashes

Artist: Alexis Krauss
Band: Sleigh Bells

Artist: Florence Welch
Band: Florence + The Machine

Artist: Bethany Cosentino
Band: Best Coast

Artist: Santigold
Band: N/A

Artist: Karen O
Band: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Artist: Brittany Howard
Band: Alabama Shakes

Artist: Jenny Lewis
Band: Rilo Kiley

Artist: Maya Arulpragasam
Band: M.I.A.

Artist: Marnie Stern
Band: N/A

Artist: Chan Marshall
Band: Cat Power

Artist: Beyoncé
Band: N/A