YEAR IN REVIEW: Top 50 Albums of 2013 [20-1]

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Top 50 Albums of 2013 [50-21]

(from left to right: Kanye West, Beyoncé, Kurt Vile)
(from left to right: Kanye West, Beyoncé, Kurt Vile)

So, yeah. 2013 was a pretty crazy year in music. From major artists taking Radiohead’s nonchalant release act to new and impressive levels (My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, David Bowie, Kanye West, Jay Z, Beyoncé), to artists who were once the sole possession of the indiesphere striking out in big ways (Daft Punk, Arcade Fire), there was certainly a lot to talk about regarding 2013’s musical output.

Here to help try to sort this all out, this is my list of the 50 best albums of 2013. The top 20 will arrive shortly.

Album titles link to album reviews, or the album’s AnyDecentMusic? score page.

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PLAYLIST: August 2013

Ty Segall
Ty Segall

Another month is almost in the books, meaning it’s time to take a look back at the best of what August had to offer. Normally a time of year that acts as a respite between the flurry of releases that signal the beginning of summer and the holiday season, this year’s August releases bucked that trend. From Earl Sweatshirt’s hyped sophomore set to Kendrick Lamar cementing his legacy, Drake delivering one of the best pop songs of the year to Chela and Gent Mason making a name for themselves off the strength of their debut singles, there’s plenty to look back at fondly from August 2013.

As always, songs and albums are listed in alphabetical order by name.

top songs

1. Volcano Choir, “Acetate”

2. Lady Gaga, “Applause”

3. Earl Sweatshirt feat. Vince Staples, “Burgundy”

4. Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, & Jay Electronica, “Control (HOF)”

5. Ty Segall, “Crazy”

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