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

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2013

16 January 2014

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2013 (an annual poll of critics, published by The Village Voice)

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

  1. Kanye WestYeezus
  2. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  3. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  4. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  5. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  6. My Bloody Valentinembv
  7. HaimDays Are Gone
  8. Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
  9. Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
  10. Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
  11. Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  12. SavagesSilence Yourself
  13. DisclosureSettle
  14. Arcade FireReflektor
  15. David BowieThe Next Day
  16. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  17. Jason IsbellSoutheastern
  18. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  19. DeafheavenSunbather
  20. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  21. Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
  22. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels
  23. Ashley MonroeLike a Rose
  24. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  25. LordePure Heroine
  26. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away
  27. Danny BrownOld
  28. M.I.A.Matangi
  29. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  30. Pusha TMy Name Is My Name
  31. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  32. Tim HeckerVirgins
  33. Tegan and SaraHeartthrob
  34. ParamoreParamore
  35. DeerhunterMonomania
  36. Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
  37. CarcassSurgical Steel
  38. SuperchunkI Hate Music
  39. Mikal CroninMCII
  40. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  41. Majical CloudzImpersonator
  42. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  43. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  44. Arctic MonkeysAM
  45. Brandy Clark12 Stories
  46. BombinoNomad
  47. Bill CallahanDream River
  48. Yo La TengoFade
  49. RhyeWoman
  50. PhosphorescentMuchacho
  51. Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience
  52. The Julie RuinRun Fast
  53. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  54. Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
  55. Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe
  56. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  57. Fuck ButtonsSlow Focus
  58. EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP 2
  59. DarksidePsychic
  60. Boards of CanadaTomorrow’s Harvest
  61. Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone
  62. Elvis Costello and The RootsWise Up Ghost and Other Songs
  63. John GrantPale Green Ghosts
  64. Black Sabbath13
  65. KelelaCut 4 Me
  66. Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks
  67. Atoms for PeaceAmok
  68. GorgutsColored Sands
  69. Bob DylanAnother Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
  70. KaThe Night’s Gambit
  71. LowThe Invisible Way
  72. Charli XCXTrue Romance
  73. DJ RashadDouble Cup
  74. Laura MvulaSing to the Moon
  75. The UncludedHokey Fright
  76. Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
  77. Speedy OrtizMajor Arcana
  78. Lady GagaARTPOP
  79. SubRosaMore Constant Than The Gods
  80. Forest SwordsEngravings
  81. KvelertakMeir
  82. FIDLARFIDLAR
  83. DJ KozeAmygdala
  84. Jon HopkinsImmunity
  85. Body/HeadComing Apart
  86. William OnyeaborWorld Psychedelic Classics, Vol. 5: Who Is William Onyeabor
  87. Rachid TahaZoom
  88. The Haxan CloakExcavation
  89. In SolitudeSister
  90. James BlakeOvergrown
  91. Ghostface Killah and Adrian YoungeTwelve Reasons To Die
  92. Dean BluntThe Redeemer
  93. Lonnie HolleyKeeping a Record of It
  94. James HoldenThe Inheritors
  95. Pissed JeansHoneys
  96. ThundercatApocalypse
  97. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaJama Ko
  98. Steven WilsonThe Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
  99. Jagwar MaHowlin’
  100. Thee Oh SeesFloating Coffin

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2013

06 January 2014

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2013 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

[see also 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. VårNo One Dances Quite Like My Brothers
  2. Death GripsGovernment Plates
  3. The Haxan CloakExcavation
  4. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  5. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  6. MoonfaceJulia With Blue Jeans On
  7. Tim HeckerVirgins
  8. CastevetObsian
  9. Robert PollardHoney Locust Honky Tonk
  10. IceageYou’re Nothing
  11. Aki OndaCassette Memories, Vol. 3: South of the Border
  12. Guided By VoicesEnglish Little League
  13. Laurel HaloChance of Rain
  14. DeerhunterMonomania
  15. WireChange Becomes Us
  16. My Bloody Valentinembv
  17. ÄÄNIPÄÄThrough A Pre-Memory
  18. DeafheavenSunbather
  19. PharmakonAbandon
  20. BurialRival Dealer

Uncut: 80 Best Albums of 2013

06 January 2014

Uncut Magazine: 80 Best Albums of 2013

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. My Bloody Valentinembv
  2. David BowieThe Next Day
  3. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away
  4. John GrantPale Green Ghosts
  5. Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
  6. Roy HarperMan & Myth
  7. Bill CallahanDream River
  8. Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
  9. Arctic MonkeysAM
  10. Boards of CanadaTomorrow’s Harvest
  11. Matthew E. WhiteBig Inner
  12. Prefab SproutCrimson/Red
  13. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  14. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  15. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  16. Thee Oh SeesFloating Coffin
  17. Kanye WestYeezus
  18. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  19. Endless BoogieLong Island
  20. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  21. BroadcastBerberian Sound Studio
  22. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  23. Jonathan WilsonFanfare
  24. Unknown Mortal OrchestraII
  25. Caitlin RoseThe Stand-In
  26. Jason IsbellSoutheastern
  27. Atoms for PeaceAmok
  28. Johnny MarrThe Messenger
  29. Hiss Golden MessengerHaw
  30. Yo La TengoFade
  31. Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  32. These New PuritansField of Reeds
  33. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  34. White DenimCorsicana Lemonade
  35. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaVallePerils From The Sea
  36. Mark Kozelek & DesertshoreMark Kozelek & Desertshore
  37. Eleanor FriedbergerPersonal Record
  38. HaimDays Are Gone
  39. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  40. Chris ForsythSolar Motel
  41. LowThe Invisible Way
  42. Arcade FireReflektor
  43. Okkervil RiverThe Silver Gymnasium
  44. FuzzFuzz
  45. Manic Street PreachersRewind the Film
  46. Factory FloorFactory Floor
  47. PhoenixBankrupt!
  48. Iron & WineGhost on Ghost
  49. Mazzy StarSeasons of Your Day
  50. HoundstoothRide Out The Dark
  51. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaJama Ko
  52. The NecksOpen
  53. Linda ThompsonWon’t Be Long Now
  54. Rokia TraoréBeautiful Africa
  55. Uncle Acid and the DeadbeatsMind Control
  56. Edwyn CollinsUnderstated
  57. Frightened RabbitPedestrian Verse
  58. Mikal CroninMCII
  59. Luke HainesRock and Roll Animals
  60. King Krule6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  61. Connan MockasinCaramel
  62. Jon HopkinsImmunity
  63. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  64. Anna CalviOne Breath
  65. The Civil WarsThe Civil Wars
  66. PhosphorescentMuchacho
  67. Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
  68. Steve MasonMonkey Minds in the Devil’s Time
  69. Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
  70. William TylerImpossible Truth
  71. Don CavalliTemperamental
  72. Emmylou Harris and Rodney CrowellOld Yellow Moon
  73. Laura VeirsWarp and Weft
  74. Lord HuronLonesome Dreams
  75. Elton JohnThe Diving Board
  76. SuunsImages du Futur
  77. Cate Le BonMug Museum
  78. HookwormsPearl Mystic
  79. Robyn HitchcockLove From London
  80. Tony Joe WhiteHoodoo

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2013

06 January 2014

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2013

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  2. Kanye WestYeezus
  3. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  4. Paul McCartneyNew
  5. Arcade FireReflektor
  6. Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
  7. LordePure Heroine
  8. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  9. Arctic MonkeysAM
  10. John FogertyWrote A Song For Everyone
  11. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  12. Jake BuggJake Bugg
  13. DisclosureSettle
  14. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  15. Atoms for PeaceAmok
  16. David BowieThe Next Day
  17. Danny BrownOld
  18. Ashley MonroeLike a Rose
  19. Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks
  20. Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
  21. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  22. PhoenixBankrupt!
  23. My Bloody Valentinembv
  24. EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP 2
  25. Elton JohnThe Diving Board
  26. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  27. Miley CyrusBangerz
  28. Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
  29. BombinoNomad
  30. Tegan and SaraHeartthrob
  31. HaimDays Are Gone
  32. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  33. Pusha TMy Name Is My Name
  34. Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  35. Best CoastFade Away
  36. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  37. The So So GlosBlowout
  38. Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
  39. Keith UrbanFuse
  40. Pearl JamLightning Bolt
  41. J. ColeBorn Sinner
  42. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  43. SavagesSilence Yourself
  44. Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone
  45. AviciiTRUE
  46. Franz FerdinandRight Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
  47. M.I.A.Matangi
  48. Fuck ButtonsSlow Focus
  49. The Flaming LipsThe Terror
  50. BeckSong Reader

Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2013

02 January 2014

Fact Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2013

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

  1. Dean BluntThe Redeemer
  2. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  3. Kanye WestYeezus
  4. Galcher Lustwerk100% Galcher
  5. KelelaCut 4 Me
  6. Stellar OM SourceJoy One Mile
  7. Kevin GatesThe Luca Brasi Story
  8. Lil Ugly ManeThe Three Sided Tape Volume One
  9. DJ RashadRollin’
  10. Omar SThank You for Letting Me Be Myself
  11. KaThe Night’s Gambit
  12. Jai Paulleaked demos
  13. LogosCold Mission
  14. ColleenThe Weighing of the Heart
  15. Rome FortuneBeautiful Pimp
  16. James HoldenThe Inheritors
  17. MumdanceTwists and Turns
  18. PowellUntitled
  19. DJ MustardKetchup
  20. MssingNoMssingNo
  21. PrurientThrough The Window
  22. The House In the WoodsBucolica
  23. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  24. Grumbling FurGlynnaestra
  25. MGUNThe Near Future
  26. SyclopsA Blink of an Eye
  27. Ron MorelliSpit
  28. Danny BrownOld
  29. These New PuritansField of Reeds
  30. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  31. Huerco SColonial Patterns
  32. FKA twigsEP2
  33. Roly PorterLife Cycle of a Massive Star
  34. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  35. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquireKismet
  36. Laurel HaloChance of Rain
  37. TreeSunday School II: When Church Lets Out
  38. Donato DozzyDonato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask
  39. King LouieJeep Music
  40. suicideyearJapan
  41. CiaraCiara
  42. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  43. VakulaYou’ve Never Been To Konotop
  44. Filter DreadSpace Loops
  45. Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
  46. AutechreExai
  47. FriendzoneDX
  48. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  49. Miley CyrusBangerz
  50. Cream JuiceMan Feelings

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, 2010s]

  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