Second verse, same as the first…
Yes, this is very late. Yes, I do this every year. Yes, I am much too lazy to piece together some poorly-written blurbs on why the following albums were the best albums of 2013.
General thoughts on this year in music….
– Amazing year for hip hop. Best album yet from Kanye. Exciting debuts from Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, and two A$AP Mobsters. Childish Gambino and Mac Miller followed up unfortunate debuts with impressive sophomore efforts. Mainstream talents like French Montana, Gucci Mane, Pusha T, Ace Hood, and Tyga had some hits. Blue Chips 2. Some rich homie named Quan. Versace, versace, versace.
– P.S. on that – some great rap mixtapes that DIDN’T make my list included releases from The Underachievers, Kevin Gates, Le1f, Denzel Curry, King Louie, and Rich Homie Quan.
– Women continue to dominate in indie music. HAIM blew my socks off. Savages punched me in the dick. British dames/dame-led bands Charli XCX, AlunaGeorge, CHVRCHES, and Jessie Ware made some nice records. Braids and Tennis returned from 2011. Sky Ferreira released a killer album and was a role model to young drug abusers everywhere. Not to mention M.I.A., Blue Hawaii, Sally Shapiro, Dungeonesse, Sleigh Bells… women killed the game in 2013.
– Maybe I don’t get My Bloody Valentine. Maybe I don’t get The Knife. I definitely don’t get Oneohtrix Point Never. Does that make me a bad person?
– The Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, and Vampire Weekend albums were beautifully produced, but not nearly worthy of the hype. Perfect examples of music you’re “supposed to like”. Nevermind the songs aren’t there. “Get Lucky” was annoying. Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City was actually solid, but about 30 spots shy of my top 10. Album of the year my ass.
– I don’t think any album was as overlooked as The Strokes’s Comedown Machine. Every song on that record is a hit. I don’t understand.
I guess that’s all I have to say for 2013. Remember, you can listen to my whole list on Spotify. There are a couple notable albums that you can’t find on Spotify but CAN download for free (legally) on DatPiff.com – Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap and Action Bronson & Party Supplies’ Blue Chips 2.
1. Kanye West – Yeezus
2. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return
3. HAIM – Days Are Gone
4. FIDLAR – FIDLAR
5. Candy Claws – Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time
6. Disclosure – Settle
7. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
8. The Strokes – Comedown Machine
9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
10. Still Corners – Strange Pleasures
11. James Blake – Overgrown
13. AlunaGeorge – Body Music
14. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
15. Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
16. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
17. Braids – Flourish // Perish
18. Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips 2
20. A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord
21. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
22. Deerhunter – Monomania
23. Tennis – Small Sound EP
24. Savages – Silence Yourself
25. John Wizards – John Wizards
26. M.I.A. – Matangi
27. Blue Hawaii – Untogether
28. iceage – You’re Nothing
29. Sally Shapiro – Somewhere Else
30. Sleepies – Weird Wild World
31. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe
32. Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities
33. Deafheaven – Sunbather
34. Slava – Raw Solutions
35. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
36. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
37. A$AP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP
38. Dungeonesse – Dungeonesse
39. Born Ruffians – Birthmarks
40. Siriusmo – Enthusiast
41. Gauntlet Hair – Stills
42. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
43. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
44. Katy Perry – PRISM
45. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Nanda Collection
46. Wavves – Afraid of Heights
47. Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady
48. POLICA – Shulamith
49. The Bloody Beetroots – HIDE
50. DJ Earl – Obstacles
Childish Gambino – because the internet
Mac Miller – Watching Movies with the Sound Off
Ducktails – The Flower Lane
French Montana – Excuse My French
No Joy – Wait To Pleasure
California X – California X
Splashh – Comfort
Girls Names – The New Life
Diana – Perpetual Surrender
Prodigy & Alchemist – Albert Einstein