The band's breakthrough success this year -- fueled by the rollicking single "Ho Hey" -- stems from the slow and steady effort they put into writing songs over three years before releasing The Lumineers on Dualtone Records in April. With a boost from TV -- The Lumineers have performed on The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show, and Conan -- the band has sold more than 260,000 copies and climbed to number 11 on the Billboard albums chart.
You know "Ho Hey," but check out "Flowers in Your Hair," with its rolling, finger-picked guitar and Schultz's been-there-done-that lyrics: "It's a long road to wisdom, but it's a short one to being ignored." Or the barroom love song "Classy Girls," or the aching ballad "Dead Sea," or the piano ditty "Flapper Girls." -- Eric Swedlund