Musically, 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!
Best Albums of 2013
*Indicates a song that is not on Spotify at present.
25. Kurt Vile, Wakin On A Pretty Daze
best tracks: Shame Chamber, KV Crimes,
Wakin On A Pretty Day, Was All Talk
24. Disclosure, Settle
best tracks: White Noise, Help Me Lose My Mind,
When The Fire Starts To Burn, Latch
23. Portugal. The Man, Evil Friends
best tracks: Creep In A T-Shirt, Plastic Friends,
Purple Yellow Red and Blue, Modern Jesus
22. Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
best tracks: Wrecking Ball, We Can’t Stop,
FU, Do My Thang
15. Sky Ferreira, Night Time My Time
best tracks: Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay),
Boys, Heavy Metal Heart, 24 Hours
13. Arcade Fire, Reflektor
best tracks: Here Comes The Night Time, Reflektor,
We Exist, Here Comes The Night Time II
11. Arctic Monkeys, AM
best tracks: Do I Wanna Know?, R U Mine?, Arabella,
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
*3. Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap
best tracks: Juice, Everybody’s Something,
Smoke Again, Chain Smoker
Check out, and listen to, the Best Songs of 2013 and,
if you love TV, make sure to check out the Best TV Shows of 2013!
- Best albums of 2013: 20-11 (theguardian.com)
- Album Review: Portugal. The Man, “Evil Friends” (90rpm.wordpress.com)
- Andy’s Pick: Hip Hop/rap Album of 2013 (shakeappealblog.wordpress.com)
- Daft Punk Melt Hearts in ‘Instant Crush’ (freshwaddabrooks.com)
- Kanye West Beats Drake To The Top Of Magazine’s Album Poll (contactmusic.com)
- Albums Of The Year 2013: 10. The Strokes – Comedown Machine (jamiemuirmusic.wordpress.com)
- The Best Albums of 2013: 10-1 (frontpsych.com)