The Best Albums of 2013

Screen Shot 2013-12-08 at 3.56.12 PMMusically, 2013 has been an audible cornucopia of greatness. The emergence of so many exceptional new artists, like Earl Sweatshirt and Jake Bugg, and continued excellence of heavy-hitters like Kanye West and Daft Punk, add to a tremendous year of music. So, whittling down the list of worthy albums has been as fun as it has been daunting. Just know that the end result has tons of joyous thought and hours upon hours of wonderful listening behind it.

For kicks, feel free to check out the much changed mid-year Best Albums of 2013 (so far…) list, or, if you feel nostalgic, rediscover the Best Albums of 2012. Truly great albums require multiple listens that, if given the opportunity, shine in a whole new light. But I digress. Without further ado, here are this year’s best albums, all of which can be heard on this Spotify playlist. Enjoy!

Just Missed:
Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park;  Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle;
Rudimental, Home;  Bill Callahan, Dream Riiver, Paul McCartneyNew

Best Albums of 2013
*Indicates a song that is not on Spotify at present.

25. Kurt VileWakin On A Pretty Daze
Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 10.39.44 AMbest tracks: Shame ChamberKV Crimes,
Wakin On A Pretty DayWas All Talk

24. Disclosure, Settle
Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 10.55.13 AMbest tracks: White Noise, Help Me Lose My Mind,
When The Fire Starts To Burn, Latch

23. Portugal. The ManEvil Friends
album-art-600x600-1371761100best tracks: Creep In A T-Shirt, Plastic Friends,
Purple Yellow Red and Blue, Modern Jesus

22. Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
miley cyrus bangerz album coverbest tracks: Wrecking Ball, We Can’t Stop,
FU, Do My Thang

21. Phoenix, Bankrupt!
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best tracks: Entertainment, Trying to Be Cool,
Don’tThe Real Thing

20. Woodkid, The Golden Age
The+Golden+Age+Woodkid+++2013best tracks: Iron, Run Boy Run,
I Love You, The Golden Age

19. Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
12UMGIM45681.600x600-75best tracks: Lightning Bolt, Taste It,
Two Fingers, Simple As This

18. Waxahatchee, Cerulean Salt
Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 10.19.43 AMbest tracks: Dixie Cups and Jars, Swan Dive,
Brother Bryan, Hollowed

17. James Blake, Retrograde
James-Blake-Retrogradebest tracks: Retrograde,Overgrown
Life Round Here
,
Voyeur

16. Earl Sweatshirt, Doris
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best tracks: HiveChum,
SasquatchWhoa

15. Sky Ferreira, Night Time My Time
f90dee5990207f08f3f0c26e644a18debest tracks: Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay),
Boys
Heavy Metal Heart, 24 Hours

14. The National, Trouble Will Find Me
Printbest tracks: Demons, Graceless,
Fireproof, Sea of Love

13. Arcade Fire, Reflektor
arcade-fire-reflektor-cover-500x500best tracks: Here Comes The Night Time, Reflektor,
We ExistHere Comes The Night Time II

12. Haim, Days Are Gone
la-et-ms-review-haims-irresistible-days-are-go-001best tracks: The Wire, My Song 5,
Let Me Go, Forever

11. Arctic Monkeys, AM
Arctic-Monkeys-AM-artwork-600x600best tracks: Do I Wanna Know?, R U Mine?, Arabella,
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

10. Lorde, Pure Heroine
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best tracks: Tennis Court, Royals,
Team, White Teeth Teens

9. Danny Brown, Old
DANNY-BROWN-OLDbest tracks: 25 Bucks, Side B [Dope Song],
WonderbreadDope Fiend Rental

8. Chvrches, The Bones of What You Believe
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best tracks: Recover, Lungs,
The Mother We ShareGun

7. The Neighbourhood, I Love You
the-neighbourhood-i-love-you-album-streambest tracks: Sweater WeatherAfraid,
Staying UpFemale Robbery

6. Lucius, Wildewoman
130722-lucius-coverbest tracks: Turn It AroundWildewoman,
Two of Us on the Run, Go Home

5. John Grant, Pale Green Ghosts
Pale Green Ghosts
best tracks: GMF, Pale Green Ghosts,
Glacier, I Hate This Town

4. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
vampire weekend Modern Vampires of the City
best tracks: Step, Diane Young,
Ya Hey, Finger Back

*3. Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap
chance-the-rapper-acid-rap
best tracks: Juice, Everybody’s Something,
Smoke AgainChain Smoker

2. Mala Rodriguez, Bruja
Mala-Rodriguez-Bruja-34829_frontbest tracks: Quien Manda, Miedo A Volar,
33, Caliente – Medley 

1b. Kanye West, Yeezus
Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 9.16.53 AM
best tracks: Black Skinhead, I Am A God,
New Slaves, Blood on the Leaves

1a. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
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best tracks: Instant Crush, Get Lucky,
Within, 
Doin’ It Right

Check out, and listen to, the Best Songs of 2013 and,
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f you love TV, make sure to check out the Best TV Shows of 2013! 

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