This is literally impossible because I do not catalog these moments very well. But here are five really great examples of Liam’s vocals in 2013, if not necessarily the best 5.
Honorable mention goes to "Moments" in Tokyo which is just an excellent vocal all around, but I really want to highlight 3:38 - 3:45 or so, for the lovely run on “skin” straight into that wonderful melodic change on “harder.” It’s not higher because I do love the original melody and it does deprive us of that delectable falsetto.
5. "More Than This" in Nashville, 6/19 - “More Than This” has always been one of my favorite songs for Liam’s voice because of how much he does throughout that first chorus. Here he just as seamlessly as ever slips between chest/head/falsetto and back down. But the real winner here is the little breakdown after the bridge (2:40). I love his choice to (usually) start this line low, instead of in his falsetto because of how it lets the rest of the part build into that ridiculous climax (ty Zayn). Here he does that and then on the “I can love you more than this” just tweaks the melody a tad in the middle and I am NEVER expecting it, and it makes me feel things. It makes me feel things.
4. "Change My Mind" in Glasgow, 2/26 - There’s nothing better than head voice and falsetto porn and that’s really all this song is. I can’t say there’s anything spectacularly creative/inventive in this video, but Liam is just crazy on point in that first chorus. He sounds like he’s in a studio. Just every goddamn note is hit square on and his power is insane and that won’t go-o-o run is so smooth and his flip up at the end is still perfectly supported. It’s like a fucking masterclass. His verse is also impeccably sung and man, he was just on that day. There’s just something really pleasing about listening to an immensely competent vocalist.
3. "Moments" in Perth, 9/29 - This video does not even include his ridiculous solo (found here), which is greatas always, but not particularly new or exciting (though does include the “harder” change mentioned above). It does include all of the following, though. At 1:05 on, when Louis’s voice gives out on him, Liam picks it back up and continues on really seamlessly. There’s his high harmony for Zayn’s bridge starting at 1:58, which is great as always. But the real reason this video is here, is for everything that happens after Liam takes him mic off the stand at about 2:40. His low harmony turns into the lead vocal and then he leads that sing along with the crowd and you can tell he’s just feeling it. And it’s just wonderful to hear his harmony line isolated and prominent because that’s what he sings in the back-and-forth instead of the melody and it’s so rich and deep and GAH. Then out of that (3:58) he just takes over and belts out and it shows off just EVERYTHING I LOVE about his voice.
2. "Teenage Dirtbag" in Adelaide, 9/25 - So, listen, I don’t want to sound heartless, but thank god Louis got sick in Australia otherwise I never would’ve gotten Liam singing his solo (2:15). The verses of “Teenage Dirtbag” are so perfect for Liam’s range that it almost seems criminal that he doesn’t normally sing one. He can throw power into the higher notes in mixed voice and easily reach all of the lower notes and it’s just a smorgasbord of some kind of wonderful. That transitions without a hitch into his crazy dexterous falsetto solo that’s just always lovely.
1. "Little Things" in Columbus, 6/18 - Liam sounds great on this entire song, from the little adlibs at the very beginning, to his sweet, soft solo, to all the harmonies her provides throughout the first two thirds of the song, to whatever the heck backing vocals he provides on Niall’s bridge (2:48), to his beatboxing on the breakdown. But what you all need to listen to a million times is that harmony line he provides in the last chorus of the song (3:40). He goes up on slip, where he normally goes down, and then keeps ascending throughout the rest of the line and then settles back down below the norm and finally finishes the song with a little mini-trill. And just all the little changes peppered on a goddamn harmony make the song so much more interesting and wonderful and show just how much he can do. Basically Liam makes this song his bitch. That’s all there is to say about it.