Year-End Lists

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Category: 2013 Albums

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2013

Kanye West - Yeezus

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2013 (an annual poll published by The Village Voice)

  1. Kanye West – Yeezus
  2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  4. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
  5. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  6. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  7. Haim – Days Are Gone
  8. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  9. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  10. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
  11. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  12. Savages – Silence Yourself
  13. Disclosure – Settle
  14. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  15. David Bowie – The Next Day
  16. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  17. Jason Isbell – Southeastern
  18. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  19. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  20. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  21. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
  22. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
  23. Ashley Monroe – Like a Rose
  24. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
  25. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  26. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
  27. Danny Brown – Old
  28. M.I.A. – Matangi
  29. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  30. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
  31. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  32. Tim Hecker – Virgins
  33. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
  34. Paramore – Paramore
  35. Deerhunter – Monomania
  36. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  37. Carcass – Surgical Steel
  38. Superchunk – I Hate Music
  39. Mikal Cronin – MCII
  40. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  41. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  42. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  43. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  44. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  45. Brandy Clark – 12 Stories
  46. Bombino – Nomad
  47. Bill Callahan – Dream River
  48. Yo La Tengo – Fade
  49. Rhye – Woman
  50. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
  51. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
  52. The Julie Ruin – Run Fast
  53. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  54. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  55. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
  56. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  57. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
  58. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
  59. Darkside – Psychic
  60. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  61. Valerie June – Pushin’ Against a Stone
  62. Elvis Costello and The Roots – Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs
  63. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
  64. Black Sabbath – 13
  65. Kelela – Cut 4 Me
  66. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
  67. Atoms for Peace – Amok
  68. Gorguts – Colored Sands
  69. Bob Dylan – Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
  70. [tie] Ka – The Night’s Gambit
  71. Low – The Invisible Way
  72. [tie] Charli XCX – True Romance
  73. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  74. Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon
  75. The Uncluded – Hokey Fright
  76. Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
  77. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana
  78. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
  79. SubRosa – More Constant Than The Gods
  80. [tie] Forest Swords – Engravings
  81. Kvelertak – Meir
  82. FIDLAR – FIDLAR
  83. DJ Koze – Amygdala
  84. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  85. Body/Head – Coming Apart
  86. William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics, Vol. 5: Who Is William Onyeabor
  87. Rachid Taha – Zoom
  88. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
  89. In Solitude – Sister
  90. James Blake – Overgrown
  91. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge – Twelve Reasons To Die
  92. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
  93. Lonnie Holley – Keeping a Record of It
  94. James Holden – The Inheritors
  95. Pissed Jeans – Honeys
  96. Thundercat – Apocalypse
  97. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Jama Ko
  98. Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
  99. Jagwar Ma – Howlin’
  100. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2013

No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers - Vår

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2013 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

  1. Vår – No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers
  2. Death Grips – Government Plates
  3. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
  4. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  5. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  6. Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On
  7. Tim Hecker – Virgins
  8. Castevet – Obsian
  9. Robert Pollard – Honey Locust Honky Tonk
  10. Iceage – You’re Nothing
  11. Aki Onda – Cassette Memories, Vol. 3: South of the Border
  12. Guided By Voices – English Little League
  13. Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
  14. Deerhunter – Monomania
  15. Wire – Change Becomes Us
  16. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  17. ÄÄNIPÄÄ – Through A Pre-Memory
  18. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  19. Pharmakon – Abandon
  20. Burial – Rival Dealer

Uncut: 80 Best Albums of 2013

My Bloody Valentine - mbv

Uncut Magazine: 80 Best Albums of 2013

  1. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  2. David Bowie – The Next Day
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
  4. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
  5. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  6. Roy Harper – Man & Myth
  7. Bill Callahan – Dream River
  8. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  9. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  10. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  11. Matthew E. White – Big Inner
  12. Prefab Sprout – Crimson/Red
  13. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  14. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  15. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  16. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
  17. Kanye West – Yeezus
  18. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
  19. Endless Boogie – Long Island
  20. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  21. Broadcast – Berberian Sound Studio
  22. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  23. Jonathan Wilson – Fanfare
  24. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
  25. Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In
  26. Jason Isbell – Southeastern
  27. Atoms for Peace – Amok
  28. Johnny Marr – The Messenger
  29. Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw
  30. Yo La Tengo – Fade
  31. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  32. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  33. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  34. White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade
  35. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle – Perils From The Sea
  36. Mark Kozelek & Desertshore – Mark Kozelek & Desertshore
  37. Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record
  38. Haim – Days Are Gone
  39. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  40. Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel
  41. Low – The Invisible Way
  42. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  43. Okkervil River – Silver Gynasium
  44. Fuzz – Fuzz
  45. Manic Street Preachers – Rewind the Film
  46. Factory Floor – Factory Floor
  47. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
  48. Iron and Wine – Ghost on Ghost
  49. Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day
  50. Houndstooth – Ride Out The Dark
  51. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Jama Ko
  52. The Necks – Open
  53. Linda Thompson – Won’t Be Long Now
  54. Rokia Traoré – Beautiful Africa
  55. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Mind Control
  56. Edwyn Collins – Understated
  57. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
  58. Mikal Cronin – MCII
  59. Luke Haines – Rock and Roll Animals
  60. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  61. Connan Mockasin – Caramel
  62. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  63. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  64. Anna Calvi – One Breath
  65. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
  66. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
  67. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God
  68. Steve Mason – Monkey Minds in the Devil’s Time
  69. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  70. William Tyler – Impossible Truth
  71. Don Cavalli – Temperamental
  72. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon
  73. Laura Veirs – Warp and Weft
  74. Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
  75. Elton John – The Diving Board
  76. Suuns – Images du Futur
  77. Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum
  78. Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
  79. Robyn Hitchcock – Love From London
  80. Tony Joe White – Hoodoo

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2013

  1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  2. Kanye West – Yeezus
  3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  4. Paul McCartney – New
  5. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  6. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
  7. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  8. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  9. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  10. John Fogerty – Wrote A Song For Everyone
  11. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
  12. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
  13. Disclosure – Settle
  14. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  15. Atoms for Peace – Amok
  16. David Bowie – The Next Day
  17. Danny Brown – Old
  18. Ashley Monroe – Like a Rose
  19. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
  20. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  21. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  22. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
  23. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  24. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
  25. Elton John – The Diving Board
  26. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  27. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
  28. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
  29. Bombino – Nomad
  30. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
  31. Haim – Days Are Gone
  32. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  33. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
  34. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  35. Best Coast – Fade Away
  36. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  37. The So So Glos – Blowout
  38. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  39. Keith Urban – Fuse
  40. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
  41. J. Cole – Born Sinner
  42. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  43. Savages – Silence Yourself
  44. Valerie June – Pushin’ Against a Stone
  45. Avicii – TRUE
  46. Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
  47. M.I.A. – Matangi
  48. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
  49. The Flaming Lips – The Terror
  50. Beck – Song Reader

Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2013

Dean Blunt - The Redeemer

Fact Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2013

  1. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
  2. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  3. Kanye West – Yeezus
  4. Galcher Lustwerk – 100% Galcher
  5. Kelela – Cut 4 Me
  6. Stellar OM Source – Joy One Mile
  7. Kevin Gates – The Luca Brasi Story
  8. Lil Ugly Mane – The Three Sided Tape Volume One
  9. DJ Rashad – Rollin’
  10. Omar S – Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself
  11. Ka – The Night’s Gambit
  12. Jai Paul – leaked demos
  13. Logos – Cold Mission
  14. Colleen – The Weighing of the Heart
  15. Rome Fortune – Beautiful Pimp
  16. James Holden – The Inheritors
  17. Mumdance – Twists and Turns
  18. Powell – Untitled
  19. DJ Mustard – Ketchup
  20. MssingNo – MssingNo
  21. Prurient – Through The Window
  22. The House In the Woods – Bucolica
  23. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  24. Grumbling Fur – Glynnaestra
  25. MGUN – The Near Future
  26. Syclops – A Blink of an Eye
  27. Ron Morelli – Spit
  28. Danny Brown – Old
  29. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  30. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  31. Huerco S. – Colonial Patterns
  32. FKA twigs – EP2
  33. Roly Porter – Life Cycle of a Massive Star
  34. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  35. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Kismet
  36. Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
  37. Tree – Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out
  38. Donato Dozzy – Donato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask
  39. King Louie – Jeep Music
  40. suicideyear – Japan
  41. Ciara – Ciara
  42. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  43. Vakula – You’ve Never Been To Konotop
  44. Filter Dread – Space Loops
  45. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  46. Autechre – Exai
  47. Friendzone – DX
  48. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  49. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
  50. Cream Juice – Man Feelings

Antiquiet: 20 Best Albums of 2013

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

Antiquiet : 20 Best Albums of 2013

  1. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
  2. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  3. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
  4. Atoms for Peace – Amok
  5. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
  6. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
  7. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter at the Feast
  8. Clutch – Earth Rocker
  9. Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends
  10. David Bowie – The Next Day
  11. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  12. Tricky – False Idols
  13. Kanye West – Yeezus
  14. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  15. How to Destroy Angels – Welcome to Oblivion
  16. Russian Circles – Memorial
  17. Junip – Junip
  18. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  19. Palms – Palms
  20. Biffy Clyro – Opposites

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2013

Frog Eyes - Carey's Cold Spring

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2013

  1. Frog Eyes – Carey’s Cold Spring
  2. Danny Brown – Old
  3. Friendzone – DX
  4. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  5. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  6. Tim Hecker – Virgins
  7. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  8. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  9. Jenny Hval – Innocence Is Kinky
  10. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  11. Califone – Stitches
  12. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  13. Yo La Tengo – Fade
  14. Braids – Flourish//Perish
  15. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
  16. Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On
  17. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP
  18. Rhye – Woman
  19. Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
  20. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  21. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  22. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  23. Pharmakon – Abandon
  24. Viet Cong – Cassette
  25. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
  26. James Blake – Overgrown
  27. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  28. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  29. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  30. Savages – Silence Yourself

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2013

Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2013

  1. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  2. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
  3. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  4. Pharmakon – Abandon
  5. Kanye West – Yeezus
  6. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  7. Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet – Photographs
  8. 18+ – MIXTAP3
  9. Arca – &&&&&
  10. Forest Swords – Engravings
  11. Tim Hecker – Virgins
  12. Mohammad – Som Sakrifis
  13. Sean McCann – Music for Private Ensemble
  14. Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
  15. D/P/I – Fresh Roses
  16. Lucrecia Dalt – Syzygy
  17. James Ferraro – NYC, Hell 3:00am
  18. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  19. Dean Blunt – Stone Island
  20. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  21. Andrew Pekler – Cover Versions
  22. Bill Orcutt – A History Of Every One
  23. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  24. Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is the Devil
  25. James Blake – Overgrown
  26. Inga Copeland – Higher Powers
  27. Danny Brown – Old
  28. Stara Rzeka – Cień Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem
  29. The Body – Christs, Redeemers
  30. Bill Callahan – Dream River
  31. Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
  32. Nmesh – Nu.wav Hallucinations
  33. Lee Noble – Ruiner
  34. The Flaming Lips – The Terror
  35. Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
  36. Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors
  37. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light
  38. Ahnnu – World Music
  39. Chief Keef – Almighty So
  40. Jenny Hval – Innocence Is Kinky
  41. Death Grips – Government Plates
  42. Huerco S. – Colonial Patterns
  43. The Dead C – Armed Courage
  44. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat
  45. Earn – Hell on Earth
  46. Paisley Parks – Бh○§†
  47. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  48. Frog Eyes – Carey’s Cold Spring
  49. Foodman – Shokuhin
  50. Lil Ugly Mane – Three Sided Tape (Volumes One and Two)

Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2013

The Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2013

  1. Kanye West – Yeezus
  2. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
  3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  4. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  5. James Blake – Overgrown
  6. Disclosure – Settle
  7. Kelela – Cut 4 Me
  8. John Wizards – John Wizards
  9. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  10. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  11. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  12. Haim – Days Are Gone
  13. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  14. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  15. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  16. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
  17. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  18. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  19. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  20. David Bowie – The Next Day
  21. Paramore – Paramore
  22. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  23. Savages – Silence Yourself
  24. Matthew E. White – Big Inner
  25. Deerhunter – Monomania
  26. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  27. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  28. Jai Paul – demos
  29. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  30. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  31. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  32. John Murry – The Graceless Age
  33. White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade
  34. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
  35. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
  36. Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
  37. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  38. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  39. Ciara – Ciara
  40. London Grammar – If You Wait

Billboard: 15 Best Albums of 2013

Beyoncé - Beyoncé

Billboard: 15 Best Albums of 2013 (as voted by Billboard staff)

  1. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
  2. Kanye West – Yeezus
  3. Disclosure – Settle
  4. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  5. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  6. Haim – Days Are Gone
  7. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  8. Rhye – Woman
  9. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  10. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
  11. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
  12. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  13. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  14. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
  15. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap