The Gummy Awards 2013 - Best Album

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013′s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing the results for. The top ten LPs here also appeared throughout our own 50 Best Albums countdown. But if you felt our list was light on QOTSA, James Blake, and Death Grips, among others, you may like this list better. As promised, one lucky entrant has been randomly selected to win the top ten albums on this list on vinyl, courtesy of Insound — Will E., check your email. Now, without further ado, here are Your 50 Best Albums Of 2013…

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away50 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd.)

Foals - Holy Fire49 FoalsHoly Fire (Warner Bros/Transgressive)

Tegan And Sara - Heartthrob48 Tegan And SaraHeartthrob (Warner Bros)

Milk Music - Cruise Your Illusion47 Milk MusicCruise Your Illusion (Fat Possum)

Iceage - You're Nothing46 Iceage You’re Nothing (Matador)

Majical Cloudz - Impersonator45 Majical CloudzImpersonator (Matador)

Julia Holter - Loud City Song44 Julia HolterLoud City Song (Domino)

Death Grips - Government Plates43 Death GripsGovernment Plates (Self-released)

Local Natives - Hummingbird42 Local NativesHummingbird (Frenchkiss/Infectious)

Los Campesinos! - No Blues41 Los Campesinos!No Blues (Wichita/Turnstile)

Lorde - Pure Heroine40 LordePure Heroine (Lava/Republic)

Phosphorescent - Muchacho39 PhosphorescentMuchacho (Dead Oceans)

Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse38 Youth LagoonWondrous Bughouse (Fat Possum)

David Bowie - The Next Day37 David BowieThe Next Day (ISO)

Volcano Choir - Repave36 Volcano ChoirRepave (Jagjaguwar)

The Flaming Lips - The Terror35 The Flaming LipsThe Terror (Bella Union/Warner Bros)

Jon Hopkins - Immunity34 Jon HopkinsImmunity (Domino)

Bill Callahan - Dream River33 Bill CallahanDream River (Drag City)

Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest32 Boards Of CanadaTomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)

Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana31 Speedy OrtizMajor Arcana (Carpark)

James Blake - Overgrown30 James BlakeOvergrown (Republic)

Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic29 FoxygenWe Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)

Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe28 Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe (Domino)

Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time27 Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time (Capitol)

Savages - Silence Yourself26 SavagesSilence Yourself (Matador/Pop Noire)

Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt25 WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt (Don Giovanni)

Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus 724 Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus 7 (Warp)

Mikal Cronin - MCII23 Mikal CroninMCII (Merge)

Neko Case - The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight The Harder I Fight The More I Love You22 Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight The Harder I Fight The More I Love You (Anti-)

Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels21 Run The JewelsRun The Jewels (Fool’s Gold)

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady20 Janelle Monáe The Electric Lady (Bad Boy)

Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety19 Autre Ne VeutAnxiety (Mexican Summer/Software)

Deerhunter - Monomania18 DeerhunterMonomania (4AD)

The Knife - Shaking The Habitual17 The KnifeShaking The Habitual (Mute)

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap16 Chance The RapperAcid Rap (Self-released)

Danny Brown - Old15 Danny BrownOld (Fool’s Gold)

Darkside - Psychic14 DarksidePsychic (Matador/Other People)

Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Believe13 ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe (Glassnote)

Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork12 Queens Of The Stone Age…Like Clockwork (Matador)

Arctic Monkeys - AM11 Arctic MonkeysAM (Domino)

Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze10 Kurt VileWakin On A Pretty Daze (Matador)

Haim - Days Are Gone09 HaimDays Are Gone (Columbia/Polydor)

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories08 Daft PunkRandom Access Memories (Columbia)

Disclosure - Settle07 DisclosureSettle (PMR)

Deafheaven - Sunbather06 DeafheavenSunbather (Deathwish)

My Bloody Valentine - m b v05 My Bloody Valentinem b v (Self-released)

The National - Trouble Will Find Me04 The NationalTrouble Will Find Me (4AD)

Arcade Fire - Reflektor03 Arcade FireReflektor (Merge)

Kanye West - Yeezus02 Kanye WestYeezus (Def Jam)

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City01 Vampire WeekendModern Vampires Of The City (XL)

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Comments (124)
  1. Well, I fought hard for Austra and The Knife. You lose a little, you win a little…

    • Well I hear you on Austra!

      • Yeah, I was hoping Austra would show up in the staff or reader lists, since I don’t know how much attention they’re going to get from other sites/publications (and they did get AOTW here). Granted, they didn’t make my ballot, so I guess I’m part of the problem, but they totally would have if we had more than one choice in every field.

  2. This is the closest list I’ve seen to matching my personal list (Top 5 is identical). Good work, everyone.

  3. Fuck Redacted. Also Yeezus.

  4. Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen! It’s perfect!

  5. Very cool. This list most closely mirrors my own personal list. Although did we all sort of forget the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released an album this year? While it didn’t have the obvious singles like It’s Blitz, it was strong. I’m reminded of the blogosphere ignoring of Bloc Party’s Four last year. Given both of these band’s legacies, they deserve way more of the benefit of the doubt with multiple listens.

    • I disagree with your sentiment, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

      I found Four and whatever the YYY’s album was called both very underwhelming, and I don’t think ‘legacy’ should have anything to do with it. They had the ears and the stage but didn’t produce (IMO obviously).

    • So, true story, I actually did forget that YYY released an album this year, until I was looking back over the year’s releases. Admittedly, I’ve never been that into their more tender stuff, so my reaction was about the opposite of Tom’s.

  6. We did a good thing here.

  7. Wow, I didn’t remember to vote but this is spot on. Vampire Weekend’s album hit a nerve for me. Glad to see it reign supreme.

    • Agreed. I’m not sure what I’m happier about: that Vampire Weekend made #1 or that ANYTHING beat Yeezus. That album just does not hold up to repeat listens.

  8. Great list! Surprised to see Darkside so high, the only place I’ve ever seen it really discussed was p4k.

  9. Actually liking the back end of this one more than the top. Very surprised The National is that high (I liked it, but based on buzz was not expecting that high of a finish). I think why I dislike the top 5 here so much is it is just kind of boring, it’s like a bunch of indie standards in my opinion. The kind of list that could be put together in January based on projected album releases.

    • Why not be pumped that the artists we’d put on an anticipated albums list actually delivered with great albums?

      • I guess I just feel based on output of new music, by up and coming artists, and surprise releases I just question whether those albums are truly great, or are just picked because of name recognition.

        I should preface that I don’t mind with readers here nearly as much as I would with someone into strictly top 40, since I can be more certain readers here exposed themselves to a larger variety and quantity of music than the typical top 40 listener would.

        Didn’t mean to criticize ‘gum readers tastes it it was taken that way.

        • No I didn’t take it that way at all, I just think there are plenty of examples of pretty respectable “big names” with records not on this list (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes, M.I.A., Jay-Z off the top of my head) that I don’t think we can say name recognition is what bolstered those records to the top.

          • To be fair, that Yeah Yeah Yeahs record doesn’t deserve to be in the top 200 IMO. First YYY I haven’t liked, and I like all the others.

      • I am sure Austra and Rhye are right on 51 and 52 spots.

  10. Mine didn’t make it at all (YVETTE’s PROCESS.)

  11. I know it’s a bit outside the realm of music covered on ‘Gum, but was really hoping to see Dawn of Midi in the top 50. Definitely in my top 5.

  12. The top four could be a list from 2008.

  13. Still haven’t fallen in love with Reflektor, I’m sure that’ll take a year or so. Glad Vampire Weekend is up there, it’s fun to see how much they’ve grown. There was so much hate for their first album I never thought the music kids would like them much.

    Yay for No Blues making the list. It’s one of LC!’s finest.

  14. Wow, this is a very good list. Good job, us! We’re the best!

  15. I can’t believe how little recognition Darkside’s album is getting. I strongly recommend it. It’s top three for me. I’m a little surprised to see Run the Jewels so low. I probably listened to that album twice as much as Yeezus (Though I wouldn’t deny that Yeezus deserves a spot in the top three). Glad to see I’m not the only one who loved the new QOTSA and Arctic Monkeys records. I figured Hesitation Marks would crack the top fifty: did you guys hate it that much? I was pleasantly surprised by it.

  16. It’s a pitty DJ Koze didn’t get into any of the lists. The album was amazing and “Magical Boy” – one of the best tracks I heard this year.

    • Yes, yes and YES! that and “My Plans” too. DJ Koze was in my top 5 for sure. i’m not sure how a world full of lovers of psychedlic techno-pop missed out on this masterpiece

  17. I’m so happy for Vampire Weekend!!! Yeah!!!

  18. Now that I’ve congratulated us all, can I make a point about the general overlooking of Hookworms? That band is really something.

    • I’ve only heard about it from the British sites. Drowned in Sound gave it a gushing 10/10 review so I figured I would give it a listen, and yeah it’s actually pretty good.

    • If Stereogum didn’t report that LOOP reunited and were headlining ATP , there was little chance of them spotlighting a great new UK psych band. In general, they tend to ignore a lot of British bands but particularly those in the psych vein. They probably only put mbv on their own list because virtually every other year-end list included them and Stereogum has become increasingly concerned with aping every other American music news/reviews site. I felt like Stereogum’s 2013 year-end list was a big disappointment in that it was totally predictable based on their rapidly blossoming appreciation for established and/or overexposed musicians that don’t play rock music. That said, they did manage to write about a bunch of great lesser-known artists this year; they just forgot about most of them when it came time to make their list.

      • If you’re wondering what all this implies for the readers’ list, well, although the above list is better than Stereogum’s, you can’t really expect most people, even supposedly free-thinking indie listeners, to not favor music that is less obscure when they frequent a site like this that, while covering a lot of different bands of varying popularity, has, over time, increasingly worked to drive home the notion that popular=better. You can pick the most obscure album on Earth to be your Album of the Week, but in the fickle internet age, the people who get mentioned the most over a long period will tend to earn more favor with listeners. It’s the oldest advertising tactic in the book–repetition.

  19. No Drake? I’m a bit surprised to see that one not crack the top 50. Otherwise, great list everybody! Here’s to seeing what 2014 will have in store. Not sure if this is the place to start this discussion, but I’m doing it anyways: 2014 will be a huge year for breakout artists. This year we got plenty of our long-awaited returns (Daft Punk, JT, MB-freakin’ V) out of the way along with a new disc from many of the 2000′s power hitters (Vampire Weekend, Kanye, Arcade Fire, etc.) There’s a huge gap to fill next year and I think that means it’s anything goes for new and rising talent. Thoughts, ‘gum?

    • Whoa didn’t even notice the lack of Drake until I saw this comment. That is weird, I know he’s not that popular around the gum but still… Maybe enough people voted ‘not Drake’ and that cancelled the rest of the votes out??

  20. Darn, I really liked that Majical Cloudz album.

  21. I swear I feel like the only person outside of GvB who listened to Ejecta this year.

  22. Man, I kind of thought everyone was being sarcastic about Yeezus. Then it goes and makes #1 on the site’s list and #2 here. I guess everyone actually likes it? I still don’t see it. Run the Jewels was much better. Hell, I even enjoyed Trap Lord more.

    Glad to see my pick made #5, though. A lot of my other favorites made it up there as well.

  23. Pretty good list. Happy to see Vampire Weekend on top, they where second only to Savages on my list. Arcade Fire, Haim, Daft Punk, Chvrches etc. are great as well. I agree with many positions.

    A few notable omissions. Rhye is sorely missed IMO, that album was really great. These New Puritans deserved at least top 10 as well I think, but they never get as much attention as I think they deserve. I would have put Austra and London Grammar on there, too. Still, I think it is a good list which accommodates a diverse range of tastes; there have been so many good albums this year it would be impossible to accommodate ALL the goodness and all the different tastes at once.

    So yeah. Good job ‘Gum. 2014 will have a hard time beating 2013 (best musical year since 2009?), but here’s hoping!

    • I could make a strong argument for 2010 being as good as 2009 for music, at least in Canada. On the strength of Public Strain, Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night and Swim alone.

      • These New Puritan’s ‘Hidden’ and Janelle Monáe’s ‘Archandroid’ are two of my top 20 records ever, both releasing in 2010, so I can perhaps see your argument. I remember the LCD record was good too. I didn’t follow as closely though, so I probably missed a ton.

      • Yeah, 2010 was a killer year. MBDTF, High Violet, THE MONITOR, The Age of Adz, This Is Happening The Suburbs, Have One on Me, Teen Dream, The Wild Hunt, The Archandroid, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, Brothers, that Big Boi album which I forget the full name of at the moment, and a ton of other stellar records.

        2013 was a killer year for music, but I personally have a hard time feeling it was better than 2010. I dunno. Everybody has different taste. I’ll have to give it a few years.

        • 2010 is the recent year that I look back to as a high water mark too… even though it was a really rough year for me personally, which is part of the reason why I found witch house and the other dark stuff coming out at the time so intriguing. Beach House, Tamaryn, and oOoOO put out such classic material that I was obsessed with for so long afterwards, and Sleigh Bells, Warpaint, The Knife, SALEM, Owen Pallett released some killer music too.

  24. All the love for Bill Callahan though – despite the unsettling ‘smiling in public thing’ he’s got going lately.

  25. Well, finally some love for Milk Music.

  26. I thought Kurt Vile would be a little higher after knocking it out of the ballpark this year. Also surprised Yeezus is second, but in a good way.

  27. Nobody loves Superchunk :(

    I Hate Music is one from my personal top 5 that didn’t make this list.

  28. Excellent list. Well done everyone.

  29. I guess we were already supposed to post our Top 10 lists but here goes anyway:

    01. my bloody valentine — “m b v”
    02. Run The Jewels — “Run The Jewels”
    03. The Field — “Cupid’s Head”
    04. Daft Punk — “Random Access Memories”
    05. Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City”
    06. Boards of Canada — “Tomorrow’s Harvest”
    07. Dirty Beaches — “Drifters / Love Is The Devil”
    08. Kanye West — “Yeezus”
    09. Deafheaven — “Sunbather”
    10. Burial — “Rival Dealer”

    Yeah, I slid in Burial. This Top 50 list is really, really good though. Great choices everyone.

    • Yep, suppose it’s time to make it official.

      1. Kurt Vile, “Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze”
      2. Neko Case, “The Worse Things Get…”
      3. Waxahatchee, “Cerulean Salt”
      4. Bill Callahan, “Dream River”
      5. Kanye West, “Yeezus”
      6. Yo La Tengo, “Fade”
      7. Phosphorescent, “Muchacho”
      8. Speedy Ortiz, “Major Arcana”
      9. Grouper, “The Man Who Died in His Boat”
      10. Parquet Courts, “Light Up Gold” (going ahead and calling this a ’13er)

      Honorable Mention: Laura Marling, Oneohtrix Point Never, Steve Gunn, Cass McCombs.

      • You and me, bruh. We can hang.

        1. Bill Callahan – Dream River
        2. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
        3. Savages – Silence Yourself
        4. Darkside – Psychic
        5. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
        6. The Men – New Moon
        7. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
        8. Deafheaven – Sunbather
        9. Rhye – Woman
        10. Tim Hecker – Virgins

        Honorable: Parquet Courts, Cass McCombs, The Field, Waxahatchee, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West, Laura Marling

    • I’ll throw down my top 10 here too.

      01 My Bloody Valentine – m b v
      02 The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
      03 Darkside – Psychic
      04 Burial – Rival Dealer
      05 Bill Callahan – Dream River
      06 Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
      07 Deafheaven – Sunbather
      08 Merchandise – Totale Night
      09 Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
      10 Savages – Silence Yourself

    • Let’s go.

      1. Nick Cave – Push The Sky Away
      2. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
      3. QOTSA – …Like Clockwork
      4. Kanye West – Yeezus
      5. Savages – Silence Yourself
      6. Disclosure – Settle
      7. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana
      8. Arctic Monkeys – AM
      9. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
      10. King Krule – 6 ft. Beneath The Moon

      Honorable: Strokes, Vampire Weekend, Ty Seagall, Parquet Courts, Eels, HAIM, Run The Jewels, Danny Brown

    • Here’s mine

      1. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
      …big fuckin’ gap…
      2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
      3. My Bloody Valentine – m b v
      4. Deafheaven – Sunbather
      5. Mikal Cronin – MCII
      6. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
      7. White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade
      8. James Blake – Overgrown
      9. Volcano Choir – Repave
      10. Steve Gunn – Time Off

      Honorable Mentions:
      Diarrhea Planet – i’m rich beyond your wildest dreams
      Sky Ferreira – Night Time My Time
      CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

  30. Call me not jaded enough, but I came here to read the comment section top 10′s. Here’s mine.

    1 My Bloody Valentine ■ MBV
    2 Machinedrum ■ Vapor City
    3 Burial ■ Rival Dealer
    4 Jai Paul ■ Untitled
    5 James Holden ■ The Inheritors
    6 The Knife ■ Shaking the Habitual
    7 Jon Hopkins ■ Immunity
    8 Kurt Vile ■ Walking on a Pretty Daze
    9 The National ■ Trouble Will Find Me
    10 Laurel Halo ■ Chance of Rain

  31. My Top 10 also is incredibly similar to this one. I almost feel like our private parts have touched.

  32. 1. Deerhunter – Monomania
    2. Yo La Tengo – Fade
    3. Ty Segall – Sleeper
    4. A$AP Rocky – LongLiveA$AP
    5. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
    6. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
    7. Superchunk – I Hate Music
    8. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
    9. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
    10. Darkside – Psychic

    10 is no where near enough.

    Also, this year it seemed like every artist I ever cared about had some kind of release, and more often than not it was something worthwhile. I didn’t realize a new David Bowie album was possible before it was suddenly announced. I was wondering if we’d ever hear Boards of Canada again. “Good” Primal Scream put out an album (as opposed to “Bad” Primal Scream). I could appreciate that Pearl Jam put out an album even though I sort of outgrew them before their last album came out.

    • I guess even more surprising and overdue than David Bowie was Kevin Shields finally stopped teasing us and put out MBV (which is probably my #11).

  33. 1 Burial – Rival Dealers
    2 Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus 7
    3 Tim Hecker – Virgins
    4 DJ Rashad – Double Cup, IDGAF EP & Rollin’ EP
    5 CFCF – Outside
    6 Julia Holter – Loud City Song
    7 Bill Callahan – Dream River
    8 Kanye West – Yeezus
    9 My Bloody Valentine – MBV
    10 Tape Loop Orchestra – In a Lonely Place

    @RaptorJesus – Man do I love that Dirty Beaches album, so so much, but it is too painful to listen to now and I haven’t been able to without breaking down, for 7 months – so I haven’t been able to fully collect my thoughts on it but it’s probably #0. A truly transcendent musical effort.

    • I’m pretty sure from following him on Twitter and reading his interviews, many of the “Love Is The Devil” songs have a similar impact on Alex Hungtai himself. I think I read that he was in tears making many of the songs.

      I love the weight and also double love the idea of releasing a double disc that manages to be two different concepts yet somehow work together to create a unified experience. The end of “Drifters” moves seamlessly into the beginning of “Love Is The Devil” and “Berlin” as the closer has to be my favorite track. I’m getting teary eyed typing about it now. Truly leveling music. It is a masterpiece.

  34. I kinda feel like had Foxygen not been airing all of their dirty laundry and acting like the immature kids they are in the last several month, people would be loving on that album a lot more as a 2k13 favorite. It really is a solid one and I still rock it steadily. Glad to see it at least acknowledged here, as most lists I’ve seen have completely ignored it, despite previous high praises.

    In full agreement with Vampire Weekend on top, though Kurt Vile could just as easily be # 1 for me.

    • Doesn’t that suck? I was so psyched about that Foxygen record when it first came out, and it was a really good omen for how the rest of the year was going to go music-wise. It’s a shame that the band has had so many issues in the past couple of months. I’m normally able to ignore that kind of stuff and just love the music (That record was #19 on my list), but I think it’ll go down to be a cult classic somewhere down the line.

  35. Really??? No Drake??? Wow. Me and Tom Breihan are gonna go and cry.


  37. This might just be the least offensive year-end list I’ve ever seen.

  38. Yay Vampire Weekend! Also nice to see Volcano Choir on the list, and Danny Brown so high. Can’t say I didn’t try to have Frightened Rabbit get in, but I guess I’m one of the few who unabashedly loved that record. Same goes for Thundercat.

  39. I’m gonna keep pushing for this:


    I thought everybody liked this when it first came out, I guess they just forgot about it? I don’t know, but I thought it was the second best album of 2013. So many great singles & a cohesive, developed theme throughout the entire record. Just my opinion.

  40. 1. Daft Punk-Random Access Memories
    2. Deafheaven- Sunbather
    3. Sky Ferierra- Night Time, My Time
    4. Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City
    5. Queens of the Stone Age- …Like Clockwork
    6. My Bloody Valentine- m b v
    7. Foals- Holy Fire
    8. David Bowie-The Next Day
    9. Arctic Monkeys-AM
    10. Demos for my next album
    All in all, I found there to be a few staggering great albums in the ’13 lot. Some instant classics from Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend and even Queens of the Stone Age. Some seriously great albums from old stalwarts like Bowie and Valentine who managed to surprise us all again.Some great debuts ( as much as I don’t like Savages of Disclosure, there is no denying there at least doing something of note) and 1 immensely overrated record (I’m sure we all know what that would be). But, there’s no accounting for taste. One man’s garbage is another’s treasure. So, 2014 has LPS from=
    The Horrors
    Broken Bells
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Sunn O)))
    St. Vincent
    Kaiser Chiefs
    The War on Drugs
    uh…311 :p
    Well, thanks for the random access memories ’13, and to the good ol’ Gum for bringing it to us. Happy new year fellow gummers. Here’s to ’14 and some great GREAT music ahead :)

  41. 10. Ducktails – The Flower Lane (errbody forgettin bout dat Ducktails)
    9. The Range – Nonfiction (Woo footwork!)
    8. Mikal Cronin – MCII (The Chris Cohen – Overgrown Path Memorial Spot)
    7. Windhand – Soma (woo Richmond!)
    6. William Tyler – Impossible Truth (A full album of “Bron-Yr-Aur”)
    5. Burial – Truant/Rough Sleeper (All Hail Our Computer Overlord)
    4. Jon Hopkins – Immunity (Oh what’s that? Another Green Worldish? Sign me up!)
    3. Darkside – Psychic (“Paper Trails” will soundtrack an HBO drama)
    2. Classixx – Hanging Gardens (I’m Doctor Gonzo the Dance Music Clown, and I do cocaine!)
    1. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap (Please say the Rapper)

    Honorable mentions to Run the Jewels, Cult of Fire, Deafheaven, MBV, and Burial’s Rival Dealer which would probably be top ten if I had more time with it.
    Most underwhelming album I still liked: Tomorrow’s Harvest
    Albums I’ll love but haven’t gotten to yet: R Plus 7, Virgins, Overgrown
    Biggest disappointment: Monomania
    Biggest album I couldn’t get into for whatever reason: Modern Vampires of the City
    Favorite album for starting arguments: Yeezus
    Older album that filled an Emeralds shaped hole in my heart: Manuel Gottsching – E2-E4
    Tearjerker music moment of the year: Simon Petrikov singing the “Cheers” theme to keep his sanity
    Best live music moment: Neutral Milk Hotel. NEUTRAL. MILK. HOTEL.

    What a lovely year. Is there even going to be music in 2014?

  42. This is just an excellent list all around. Can we talk about how some of these albums compare to other releases in the Artists’ catalogs? My ranked orders would be:

    RAP Music, RTJ, C4C (somehow I feel like I’m the only one who like RAP Music better than RTJ)
    Modern Vampires, Vampire Weekend, Contra (My god – these guys are 3 for 3)
    Alive 2007, Homework, Discovery, Human After All, RAM (Not sure why Human After All gets so much hate)
    MBDTF, Dropout, Yeezus, Late Reg, 808s, Graduation (Really not sure on this one – but probably the one people will want to discuss most) (Also some of those skits have not aged well at all)

    • I’ve been one of RTJ’s biggest supporters this year, but it’s only because of the existence of R.A.P. Music. I don’t think we’d have RTJ if it wasn’t for R.A.P. Music. I’d agree it’s better than RTJ, but I wouldn’t really bother comparing them. The beauty of RTJ is that El-P & Killer Mike followed through on a full length collaboration and it worked so. fucking. well. They invented a new rap group. But as far as album listening experience, R.A.P. Music > RTJ.

      So you’re not the only one.

  43. Where’s the love for Small Black? I’ll agree that Limits of Desire is no game-changer, but it’s a great album nonetheless.

    • While these year end lists are including a number of my favourites, here are my favourite albums of 2013 that nobody else seems to like nearly as much as I do (in no particular order):

      Starfucker – Miracle Mile
      Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record
      Small Black – Limits of Desire
      Young Galaxy – Ultramarine
      Atoms for Peace – AMOK
      Ejecta – Dominae
      Frankie Rose – Herein Wild
      Minks – Tides End
      Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Fly By Wire
      Austra – Olympia
      Weekend – Jinx
      Brothertiger – Future Splendours
      Cults – Static
      Jagwar Ma – Howlin
      Cut Copy – Free Your Mind
      Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return
      Washed Out – Paracosm

  44. Man, not one of these comments mention Okkervil River’s Silver Gymnasium. Disappointment!

  45. Man, I just can’t agree with VW at #1. It just never moved the needle like a #1 album should. It wasn’t an event. It’s just a really, really good album.

  46. Great list highlighting a great year for music. My personal list would have included London Grammar – If You Wait, but I’m not surprised at its absence.

  47. Good for V. Weekend, but I’m still a bit surprised the blogosphere did such a 180 on them – I liked both of the first two just as much as this, though obviously in different ways, so I just don’t see how this garnered so much more love, even with the matured/darker themes and what not. Still, it’s in my Top 10, so no real beef there.

    Glad Vile, my #1, cracked the top 10, and most of my others are there, so not bad.

    Let’s see, my Top 10 as represented here:

    1. Vile – #10
    2. Run the Jewels – #21
    3. Costello & Roots – Nada
    4. Foxygen – #29
    5. QotSA – #12
    6. Neko Case – #22
    7. Danny Brown – #15
    8. Monae – #20
    9. Vampire Weekend – #1
    10. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap – #16

    That’s about as much as I’ve agreed with one of these things in a while, not bad. Also like the Daft Punk a good bit and that ranked high (no surprise of course)

  48. Boards of Canada releases the best of their career and places lower than The Knife? What sorcery convinced a bunch of seemingly rational beings to upvote Skinny Puppy worship with a slice of politics over the universally more rewarding Tomorrow’s Harvest!?

  49. No 311, this list is pointless.

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