Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2013 Albums

Antiquiet: 20 Best Albums of 2013

31 December 2013

Antiquiet: 20 Best Albums of 2013

[see also 2014, 2011]

  1. Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
  2. Arctic MonkeysAM
  3. Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks
  4. Atoms for PeaceAmok
  5. EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP 2
  6. Pearl JamLightning Bolt
  7. Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubSpecter at the Feast
  8. ClutchEarth Rocker
  9. Portugal. The ManEvil Friends
  10. David BowieThe Next Day
  11. LordePure Heroine
  12. TrickyFalse Idols
  13. Kanye WestYeezus
  14. Arcade FireReflektor
  15. How to Destroy AngelsWelcome to Oblivion
  16. Russian CirclesMemorial
  17. JunipJunip
  18. Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
  19. PalmsPalms
  20. Biffy ClyroOpposites

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2013

29 December 2013

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2013

[see also 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Frog EyesCarey’s Cold Spring
  2. Danny BrownOld
  3. FriendzoneDX
  4. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  5. My Bloody Valentinembv
  6. Tim HeckerVirgins
  7. Majical CloudzImpersonator
  8. DeafheavenSunbather
  9. Jenny HvalInnocence Is Kinky
  10. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  11. CalifoneStitches
  12. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  13. Yo La TengoFade
  14. BraidsFlourish//Perish
  15. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels
  16. MoonfaceJulia With Blue Jeans On
  17. A$AP RockyLong.Live.A$AP
  18. RhyeWoman
  19. Julianna BarwickNepenthe
  20. Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  21. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  22. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  23. PharmakonAbandon
  24. Viet CongCassette
  25. Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe
  26. James BlakeOvergrown
  27. Boards of CanadaTomorrow’s Harvest
  28. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  29. Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
  30. SavagesSilence Yourself

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2013

29 December 2013

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2013

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  2. Dean BluntThe Redeemer
  3. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  4. PharmakonAbandon
  5. Kanye WestYeezus
  6. Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
  7. Graham Lambkin & Jason LescalleetPhotographs
  8. 18+MIXTAP3
  9. Arca&&&&&
  10. Forest SwordsEngravings
  11. Tim HeckerVirgins
  12. MohammadSom Sakrifis
  13. Sean McCannMusic for Private Ensemble
  14. Laurel HaloChance of Rain
  15. D/P/IFresh Roses
  16. Lucrecia DaltSyzygy
  17. James FerraroNYC, Hell 3:00am
  18. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  19. Dean BluntStone Island
  20. DJ RashadDouble Cup
  21. Andrew PeklerCover Versions
  22. Bill OrcuttA History Of Every One
  23. My Bloody Valentinembv
  24. Dirty BeachesDrifters/Love Is the Devil
  25. James BlakeOvergrown
  26. Inga CopelandHigher Powers
  27. Danny BrownOld
  28. Stara RzekaCień Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem
  29. The BodyChrists, Redeemers
  30. Bill CallahanDream River
  31. Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
  32. NmeshNu.wav Hallucinations
  33. Lee NobleRuiner
  34. The Flaming LipsThe Terror
  35. Julianna BarwickNepenthe
  36. Wolf EyesNo Answer: Lower Floors
  37. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light
  38. AhnnuWorld Music
  39. Chief KeefAlmighty So
  40. Jenny HvalInnocence Is Kinky
  41. Death GripsGovernment Plates
  42. Huerco SColonial Patterns
  43. The Dead CArmed Courage
  44. GrouperThe Man Who Died In His Boat
  45. EarnHell on Earth
  46. Paisley ParksБh○§†
  47. These New PuritansField of Reeds
  48. Frog EyesCarey’s Cold Spring
  49. FoodmanShokuhin
  50. Lil Ugly ManeThree Sided Tape (Volumes One and Two)

Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2013

28 December 2013

The Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2013

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kanye WestYeezus
  2. John GrantPale Green Ghosts
  3. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  4. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  5. James BlakeOvergrown
  6. DisclosureSettle
  7. KelelaCut 4 Me
  8. John WizardsJohn Wizards
  9. Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
  10. My Bloody Valentinembv
  11. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  12. HaimDays Are Gone
  13. LordePure Heroine
  14. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  15. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  16. Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
  17. Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
  18. These New PuritansField of Reeds
  19. Arctic MonkeysAM
  20. David BowieThe Next Day
  21. ParamoreParamore
  22. DJ RashadDouble Cup
  23. SavagesSilence Yourself
  24. Matthew E. WhiteBig Inner
  25. DeerhunterMonomania
  26. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  27. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  28. Jai Pauldemos
  29. Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
  30. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  31. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  32. John MurryThe Graceless Age
  33. White DenimCorsicana Lemonade
  34. Miley CyrusBangerz
  35. Jessy LanzaPull My Hair Back
  36. HookwormsPearl Mystic
  37. Jon HopkinsImmunity
  38. King Krule6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  39. CiaraCiara
  40. London GrammarIf You Wait

Billboard: 15 Best Albums of 2013

20 December 2013

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

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  2. Kanye WestYeezus
  3. DisclosureSettle
  4. LordePure Heroine
  5. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  6. HaimDays Are Gone
  7. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  8. RhyeWoman
  9. Arcade FireReflektor
  10. Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
  11. Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience
  12. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  13. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  14. Lady GagaARTPOP
  15. Chance The RapperAcid Rap