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Category: 2013 Albums

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2013 (see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011)

  1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  2. Kanye West – Yeezus
  3. Disclosure – Settle
  4. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  5. Danny Brown – Old
  6. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  7. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  8. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  9. Savages – Silence Yourself
  10. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  11. Darkside – Psychic
  12. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  13. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  14. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  15. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  16. Bill Callahan – Dream River
  17. Haim – Days Are Gone
  18. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  19. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  20. Jai Paul – demos
  21. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
  22. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  23. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  24. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  25. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  26. James Blake – Overgrown
  27. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  28. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
  29. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
  30. Deerhunter – Monomania
  31. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  32. DJ Koze – Amygdala
  33. Burial – Truant / Rough Sleeper
  34. Forest Swords – Engravings
  35. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
  36. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  37. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  38. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  39. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP
  40. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
  41. Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond
  42. Rhye – Woman
  43. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  44. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
  45. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
  46. M.I.A. – Matangi
  47. The Range – Nonfiction
  48. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana
  49. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  50. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name

Mojo: Top 50 Albums of 2013

Mojo Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2013 [see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Bill Callahan – Dream River
  2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  3. David Bowie – The Next Day
  4. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  5. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
  6. Deerhunter – Monomania
  7. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  8. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle – Perils From The Sea
  9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
  10. John Murry – The Graceless Age
  11. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
  12. Prefab Sprout – Crimson/Red
  13. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  14. James Holden – The Inheritors
  15. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
  16. Factory Floor – Factory Floor
  17. Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
  18. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  19. Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon
  20. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  21. Mavis Staples – One True Vine
  22. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  23. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  24. Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record
  25. James Blake – Overgrown
  26. Villagers – Awayland
  27. Disclosure – Settle
  28. Manic Street Preachers – Rewind the Film
  29. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  30. Primal Scream – More Light
  31. Elvis Costello and The Roots – Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs
  32. Glenn Jones – My Garden State
  33. Billy Bragg – Tooth & Nail
  34. Karen Gwyer – Needs Continuum
  35. Midlake – Antiphon
  36. Low – The Invisible Way
  37. Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum
  38. Kanye West – Yeezus
  39. Roy Harper – Man & Myth
  40. Black Sabbath – 13
  41. Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
  42. Paul McCartney – New
  43. Haim – Days Are Gone
  44. Johnny Marr – The Messenger
  45. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  46. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  47. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  48. The Flaming Lips – The Terror
  49. Tim Hecker – Virgins
  50. Time Is a Mountain – Time Is a Mountain

Quietus: 100 Albums of 2013

The Quietus: 100 Albums of 2013

  1. Grumbling Fur – Glynnaestra
  2. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  3. David Bowie – The Next Day
  4. Factory Floor – Factory Floor
  5. Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust
  6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
  7. Daniel Avery – Drone Logic
  8. Frisk Frugt – Dansktoppen møder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor, suite
  9. Foals – Holy Fire
  10. RP Boo – Legacy
  11. Savages – Silence Yourself
  12. Stara Rzeka – Cień Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem
  13. Kanye West – Yeezus
  14. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
  15. Rashad Becker – Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. I
  16. Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld – Still Smiling
  17. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  18. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  19. Pinkunoizu – The Drop
  20. Logos – Cold Mission
  21. Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
  22. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  23. Kelela – Cut 4 Me
  24. Fire! Orchestra – Exit!
  25. Teeth Of The Sea – Master
  26. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  27. Floorplan – Paradise
  28. Vatican Shadow – Remember Your Black Day
  29. Matmos – The Marriage Of True Minds
  30. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP
  31. A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord
  32. Heatsick – Re-Engineering
  33. British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy
  34. Wire – Change Becomes Us
  35. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
  36. Ensemble Pearl – Ensemble Pearl
  37. Le1f – Fly Zone
  38. A Hawk and a Hacksaw – You Have Already Gone To The Other World
  39. Don Christian – The Wayfarer
  40. L. Pierre – The Island Come True
  41. Wanda Group – Piss Fell Out Like Sunlight
  42. Suede – Bloodsports
  43. Charles Cohen – The Middle Distance
  44. Satelliti – Transister
  45. Rabih Beaini – Albidaya
  46. Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On
  47. John Foxx and the Maths – Evidence
  48. NYPC – NYPC
  49. Matt Berry – Kill The Wolf
  50. Katie Gately – Katie Gately
  51. Tamikrest – Chatma
  52. Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors
  53. Oranssi Pazuzu – Valonielu
  54. Prurient – Through The Window
  55. Emptyset – Recur
  56. Gary Numan – Splinter
  57. Heterotic – Love & Devotion
  58. The Stranger – Watching Dead Empires In Decay
  59. Sons of Kemet – Burn
  60. Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
  61. Miracle – Mercury
  62. English Heretic – “Anti-Heroes”
  63. Derek Piotr – Raj
  64. Kerridge – A Fallen Empire
  65. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  66. Botanist – IV: Mandragora
  67. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  68. Tal National – Kaani
  69. Young Echo – Nexus
  70. Jenny Hval – Innocence Is Kinky
  71. Dawn Richard – GoldenHeart
  72. Årabrot – Årabrot
  73. Endless Boogie – Long Island
  74. Body/Head – Coming Apart
  75. TVO / Covered In Sand – Red Night Variations
  76. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  77. Dethscalator – Racial Golf Course No Bitches
  78. The Body – Christs, Redeemers
  79. James Holden – The Inheritors
  80. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
  81. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  82. *AR – Succession
  83. Wölfbait – Wölfbait
  84. Barn Owl – V
  85. Hey Colossus – Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo
  86. OvO – Abisso
  87. Carcass – Surgical Steel
  88. Lescop – Lescop
  89. Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon
  90. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat
  91. Palehorse – Harm Starts Here
  92. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Mind Control
  93. Comanechi – You Owe Me Nothing But Love
  94. Cathedral – The Last Spire
  95. White Hills – So You Are… So You’ll Be
  96. Chrome Hoof – Chrome Black Gold
  97. Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu
  98. ÄÄNIPÄÄ – Through A Pre-Memory
  99. The Ex & Brass Unbound – Enormous Door
  100. Shitfucker – Sucks Cocks In Hell

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2013

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2013

  1. Kanye West – Yeezus
  2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  3. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  4. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  5. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  6. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  7. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  8. Disclosure – Settle
  9. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  10. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  11. Haim – Days Are Gone
  12. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  13. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
  14. Danny Brown – Old
  15. Local Natives – Hummingbird
  16. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  17. Mikal Cronin – MCII
  18. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – Ripely Pine
  19. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  20. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  21. Darkside – Psychic
  22. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat
  23. The Flaming Lips – The Terror
  24. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
  25. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
  26. Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium
  27. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana
  28. Action Bronson and Party Supplies – Blue Chips 2
  29. Savages – Silence Yourself
  30. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
  31. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light
  32. Pissed Jeans – Honeys
  33. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  34. The Men – New Moon
  35. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  36. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  37. James Blake – Overgrown
  38. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  39. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  40. David Bowie – The Next Day
  41. Mountains – Centralia
  42. Mark Mulcahy – Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You
  43. Chelsea Wolfe – Pain Is Beauty
  44. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
  45. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  46. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
  47. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  48. Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond
  49. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  50. The So So Glos – Blowout

Gorilla vs. Bear: 40 Favorite Albums of 2013

Gorilla vs. Bear: 40 Favorite Albums of 2013

  1. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  2. Danny Brown – Old
  3. Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
  4. Burial – Truant and Rough Sleeper
  5. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  6. Ejecta – Dominae
  7. Blue Hawaii – Untogether
  8. DIANA – Perpetual Surrender
  9. Jai Paul – demos
  10. FKA twigs – EP2
  11. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat
  12. Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides
  13. Arca – &&&&&
  14. White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade
  15. various artists – After Dark 2
  16. Postiljonen – Skyer
  17. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  18. Charli XCX – True Romance
  19. Recycle Culture – In Transit
  20. Knx – Anthology
  21. HAERTS – Hemiplegia + remixes
  22. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
  23. Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever
  24. Ariana Grande – Yours Truly
  25. Cuushe – Butterfly Case
  26. Rich Homie Quan – Still Goin In and I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In
  27. Darkside – Psychic
  28. Classixx – Hanging Gardens
  29. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  30. $3.33 – $.
  31. Toro y Moi – Anything In Return
  32. Empress Of – Systems
  33. Still Corners – Strange Pleasures
  34. Tinashe – Black Water
  35. SZA – S
  36. Death Grips – Government Plates
  37. Young Galaxy – Ultramarine
  38. CFCF – Outside
  39. Lee Bannon – Never/mind/the/darkness/of/it
  40. Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2013

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2013

  1. Kanye West – Yeezus
  2. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  3. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  4. Disclosure – Settle
  5. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  6. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  7. Danny Brown – Old
  8. Haim – Days Are Gone
  9. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  10. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  11. Volcano Choir – Repave
  12. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
  13. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  14. Savages – Silence Yourself
  15. Kvelertak – Meir
  16. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  17. Windhand – Soma
  18. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  19. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
  20. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
  21. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  22. Superchunk – I Hate Music
  23. Deerhunter – Monomania
  24. Bill Callahan – Dream River
  25. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
  26. Migos – YRN
  27. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  28. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  29. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
  30. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  31. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana
  32. Iceage – You’re Nothing
  33. The Field – Cupid’s Head
  34. Yuck – Glow and Behold
  35. Gorguts – Colored Sands
  36. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  37. Forest Swords – Engravings
  38. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  39. Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides
  40. Pharmakon – Abandon
  41. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  42. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  43. Cassie – RockaByeBaby
  44. A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord
  45. Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse
  46. Yo La Tengo – Fade
  47. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP
  48. Carcass – Surgical Steel
  49. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience Pt. 1
  50. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

Slant: 25 Best Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Slant Magazine: 25 Best Albums of 2013

  1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  2. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  3. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  4. Kanye West – Yeezus
  5. Disclosure – Settle
  6. Typhoon – White Lighter
  7. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  8. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  9. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  10. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  11. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  12. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  13. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  14. J. Cole – Born Sinner
  15. Local Natives – Hummingbird
  16. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  17. Death Grips – Government Plates
  18. Charli XCX – True Romance
  19. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
  20. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  21. Lightning Dust – Fantasy
  22. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  23. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
  24. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  25. Little Boots – Nocturnes

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2013

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2013 [see also: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017]

  1. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  2. Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
  3. Rashad Becker – Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. I
  4. Richard Dawson – The Glass Trunk
  5. Tim Hecker – Virgins
  6. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  7. RP Boo – Legacy
  8. Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors
  9. Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet – Photographs
  10. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  11. Kanye West – Yeezus
  12. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  13. Autechre – Exai
  14. Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
  15. Dennis Johnson – November
  16. Pharmakon – Abandon
  17. Okkyung Lee – Ghil
  18. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  19. eMMplekz – Your Crate Has Changed
  20. Main – Ablation
  21. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  22. Fire! Orchestra – Exit!
  23. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  24. Alasdair Roberts & Friends – A Wonder Working Stone
  25. Young Echo – Nexus
  26. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
  27. James Holden – The Inheritors
  28. Sleaford Mods – Austerity Dogs
  29. Éliane Radigue – Psi 847
  30. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  31. Jacob Kirkegaard & Else Marie Pade – Svaevninger
  32. The Dead C – Armed Courage
  33. various artists – The Outer Church
  34. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  35. Forest Swords – Engravings
  36. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
  37. Atom TM – HD
  38. Ashley Paul – Line The Clouds
  39. The Necks – Open
  40. Endless Boogie – Long Island
  41. G*Park – Sub
  42. Juana Molina – Wed 21
  43. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  44. Special Request – Soul Music
  45. Stellar OM Source – Joy One Mile
  46. John Wizards – John Wizards
  47. James Ferraro – NYC, Hell 3:00am
  48. Call Back the Giants – The Marianne
  49. Grumbling Fur – Glynnaestra
  50. Jem Finer & Andrew Kötting – Visionary Seascapes

Pretty Much Amazing: 40 Best Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Pretty Much Amazing: 40 Best Albums of 2013, top 10 presented alphabetically

  • Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  • Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  • Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
  • Kanye West – Yeezus
  • The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  • Savages – Silence Yourself
  • Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  • Volcano Choir – Repave
  1. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  2. Torres – Torres
  3. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  4. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  5. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  6. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  7. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
  8. Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse
  9. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  10. Deerhunter – Monomania
  11. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  12. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  13. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  14. Haim – Days Are Gone
  15. Iceage – You’re Nothing
  16. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  17. London Grammar – If You Wait
  18. Rhye – Woman
  19. FKA twigs – EP2
  20. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  21. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  22. James Blake – Overgrown
  23. Foals – Holy Fire
  24. Jai Paul – demos
  25. The Weeknd – Kiss Land
  26. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
  27. various artists – After Dark 2
  28. David Bowie – The Next Day
  29. Marnie Stern – The Chronicles of Marnia
  30. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2013

Savages - Silence Yourself

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2013 presented alphabetically

  • AlunaGeorge – Body Music
  • Arctic Monkeys – AM
  • Daniel Avery – Drone Logic
  • Bibio – Silver Wilkinson
  • Bilal – A Love Surreal
  • Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Danny Brown – Old
  • Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  • Brandy Clark – 12 Stories
  • Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  • Deafheaven – Sunbather
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
  • Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  • The Foreign Exchange – Love In Flying Colors
  • Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  • The Flaming Lips – The Terror
  • Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge – Twelve Reasons To Die
  • Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
  • Haim – Days Are Gone
  • Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  • José James – No Beginning No End
  • The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law
  • The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  • Kvelertak – Meir
  • Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  • Ashley Monroe – Like a Rose
  • Mudhoney – Vanishing Point
  • Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
  • My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  • Nails – Abandon All Life
  • Obits – Bed & Bugs
  • Paramore – Paramore
  • Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit
  • Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
  • Quadron – Avalanche
  • Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
  • Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In
  • Savages – Silence Yourself
  • Alice Smith – She
  • Suede – Bloodsports
  • Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
  • Thundercat – Apocalypse
  • Toro y Moi – Anything In Return
  • Trombone Shorty – Say That To Say This
  • Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  • Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  • Kanye West – Yeezus
  • Zomboy – With Love