Will 2014 be the year of the musical comeback?

Led Zeppelin will see their music available on Spotify for the first time this year.
Led Zeppelin will see their music available on Spotify for the first time this year.

Just as 2013 saw its fair share of big names making returns - Bowie, the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, Paul McCartney with a new album - there will be no shortage of familiar faces in the coming 12 months, either.

Following on from the news that they’re finally allowing their music on streaming service Spotify, a remastered Led Zeppelin catalogue will be available in 2014.

That leaves just AC/DC and The Beatles as the only musical giants not available on Spotify and, with the Swedish firm still insisting its business model is the future of music consumption, you can bet they’ll be doing their level best to tempt those two acts into joining the party.

If you’re of the gambling persuasion, it might be worth sticking a fiver on ABBA reuniting to release some new music in 2014.

The stumbling block in their reformation always appeared to be Agnetha, but comments she made about marking the 40th anniversary of the release of ‘Waterloo’, plus her recent solo album ended a self-imposed retreat from the spotlight.

Adele should be back with a new album, although being a relatively new mum, coupled with the fact that ‘21’ is still selling in vast quantities, who could blame her for taking a bit more time off?

Kylie will be back with her first album since joining Jay Z’s ‘Roc Nation’. With that, expect the biggest collaborations and the very best songwriters to be brought in to help, and banish from memory the recent, contract-fulfilling album she made of orchestral versions of her most famous songs.

Kanye West has started work on a follow-up to ‘Yeezus’, Elbow have finished their sixth album, and Lily Allen should have a new album out by summer too.

Take That are no strangers to a lavish stadium spectacle, although we’ll have to wait until 2015 to see how the foursome (or fivesome, depending on whether Robbie wants to join in again) are going to attempt to top their last tour.

Nevertheless, the world’s favourite manband are reconvening at the beginning of January to plan their next assault and will have an album out before the end of the year.

Now to something that won’t be happening in 2014 - an Oasis reunion. The rift is as wide as it was in 2009 when they fell out; but former Britpop rival Damon Albarn of Blur has now collaborated with every other musician and he has finally got around to recording a solo album, which should be out soon.