The 50 Best Albums of 2013

The 50 Best Albums of 2013

danny-brown-terminal-5It seems that with every year, the idea of an album being more of an event than a listening experience seems to get stronger and stronger. It 2013, that notion was defined by comeback albums, out-of-nowhere releases, genre-defining projects, and so many great free records that it was difficult to keep track even with our weekly roundups.

Even though the promo game got even more fierce over the past 12 months, the music side of it never stopped delivering. In fact, narrowing this very list of the best albums of 2013 to a mere 50 releases wasn’t easy, especially when you consider our half-year list from this past summer. We’ve had plenty of shake-ups since then, which means you might be surprised to see where certain projects have landed. But that’s the beauty of doing these lists every six months now—you get to really see how an album sits with you by the end of the year.

With that, let’s get to it: These are the 50 Best Albums of 2013.

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  1. Chris Sarda
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 18:35:00

    Or you don’t like dance music and was pleasantly surprised that it was as good as it was but still not in your top ten…

  2. Jelisa Chatman
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 02:30:00

    Young Fathers! Yes!

  3. Truth
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 10:25:00

    Funny how loved disclosure were once by the underground scene in the UK but are now shunned for making commerical / pop / sell out dance music.

    That being said i do still think its a fun EASY album that would be in my top 10 but not first.

  4. kyle
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 01:56:00

    Forgot a couple albums like born sinner. But other than that great list.

  5. Fais
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 11:46:00

    Roc Marciano’s “The Pimpire Strikes Back” should be on here. It’s simply amazing.

  6. shampow212
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 11:34:00

    Settle is definitely album of the year. Good job guys

  7. Thomas_76
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 22:58:00

    RTJ all day for me. Don’t think anything best that this year.

  8. badger
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 21:46:00

    Dope list. Gotta check out a lot of this music. I am also extremely happy that yeezus wasn’t in the top 10

  9. Paul Baker
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 13:23:00

    I thought I’d see spark master somewhere. But then again no one knows who they are, but I’ve had the SWOUPSerengetti on repeat since PHIMB featured it. Def keep an eye on the hommie. Good list though.

  10. respek
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 21:24:00

    Serious props to you guys for this list; this is why I keep coming back. Obviously my opinion differs from this list (like any single opinion from one of your writers), but dammit this list blew all the others I’ve read out of the water.

  11. Diggin' In Crates
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 16:26:00

    ^ Make that page 5. Damn, forgot about a bunch of these albums. Goin back into the archives today

  12. Diggin' In Crates
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 02:49:00

    Agree with the majority of this list. Page 2 on lock (except yeezus; fuck yeezus)

  13. Luke Hardin
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 00:55:00

    Stop, you sound stupid.

  14. Luke Hardin
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 00:53:00

    Only glaring omissions for me would be Dour Candy and Legends Never Die. Great list, though.

  15. Yabba Kathy Griffiths
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 23:36:00

    Good list, but how could you forget Autre Ne Veut’s Anxiety? Easily greater than at least half of what you listed.

  16. mtume
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 14:42:00

    good list…cult classic should be way higher. fuck is disclosure?

  17. manny
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 14:21:00

    drake at 34 and yeezus at 20?? apparently mainstream success discredits quality? guarantee if any hipster rapper had made either they would have topped the list..

  18. Gedi D.
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 12:08:00

    I had Jose James ‘No Beginning, No End’ up there too. It made my top-10 but again it’s consensus of all the writers on the site.

  19. Gedi D.
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 11:45:00


  20. ROb
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 09:03:00

    Iman Omari!

  21. ASD
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 03:54:00

    To me, sites like last.fm are the real factor here. Nobody listents to Yeezus cuz it’s a randomly awkward album that tries too hard. Most blogs/magazine care too much about the image of the artists or the hype. Not hating PIMB but the “it has been on every blog/magazine” thing sounds stupid.

  22. TruthD
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 23:00:00


  23. Anon
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 20:06:00

    This is a great list! Definitely missed a few of these, and it is probably time for me to finally jump on the bandwagon and give Earl’s Doris a real listen. GNK is probably my album of the year; glad to see it cracked the top ten). The only albums that didn’t make the list that have had a lot of replay value for me are MMLP2 and Legends Never Die. I understand why the former didn’t make the list, but the latter I felt was criminally underrated. I thought RA the Rugged Man put out an amazing album in Legends Never Die. And I will never understand how his song Definition Of A Rap Flow didn’t crack your top 100 songs of the year.

  24. AugzMan
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 20:04:00

    pretty good list but no love for shigeto or paul white??

  25. Kajer24
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 18:41:00


  26. Kajer24
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 18:37:00

    …………….wait what?

  27. nigelPOW
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 16:41:00

    REALLY SURPRISED to see Mac Miller so high up on your list. He really did release a great album this year.

    I gotta agree with this list on the most part although I did enjoy NWTS a lot.

  28. RBS
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 16:21:00

    You can’t be serious with this question. Yeezus has been on literally every blog/magazine’s top albums list… Regardless of you feel about it, obviously people liked it.

  29. jim jam
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 16:15:00

    RAS G???

  30. flip mcfly
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 15:40:00

    sure, i just think that dour candy is a much more polished and better finished album than race music. for me dour candy is at least a top 10. but hey art is subjective, maybe is just me. excellent site i come here everyfuckingday man

  31. flip mcfly
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 15:35:00

    wooops. my bad. shitty internet connection. move on people

  32. flip mcfly
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 15:34:00

    any reason why my previous comment was not published/censored?

  33. AndrewMartinPIMB
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 15:02:00


  34. zangkief
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 14:59:00


  35. AndrewMartinPIMB
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 14:40:00

    I mean at least we have Armand Hammer listed?

  36. flip mcfly
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 14:31:00

    nice list. I cant get over the fact that Wolf is in the top 10 and yet billy woods – dour candy is not even in the top 50… seriously, the dude is incredibly underrated. Not on the end of the year list here, neither in many many “top hip hop albums of the year” around the internet.

  37. thomas
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 14:08:00

    also i may have shed a tear of joy or two when i saw that Young Fathers was on this list

  38. thomas
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 14:07:00

    really liking this list, don’t agree with some of the voices, but i respect the fact that you guys clearly have your own opinions and don’t need to follow what other publications are doing (yeezus and modern vampires at the top) I’m sure it’ll be another outstanding year for potholes in 2014

  39. AndrewMartinPIMB
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 13:09:00

    You are very welcome. This is great.

  40. Voices of Wrestling
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 13:06:00

    No problem! Thank you guys for providing a great list and a great year in covering music. It’s missing all the mixtapes and free downloads obviously but I think at least 70% of the list is available.

  41. AndrewMartinPIMB
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 13:04:00


  42. AndrewMartinPIMB
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 13:04:00

    Thanks man!

  43. AndrewMartinPIMB
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 13:04:00

    Nope. We have writers all over the States (and the world, actually).

  44. Kevbot
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 12:57:00

    If Settle isn’t your favorite album of 2013, you didn’t listen to it.

  45. Samaway
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 12:56:00

    No Joey, but Tyler gets a top 10… You guys aren’t from LA are you?! 😛

  46. Voices of Wrestling
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 12:25:00

    Put all the albums that were available on Spotify into a playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/richkraetsch/playlist/3egwZiJBEaguq0szrbm7FB

  47. AndrewMartinPIMB
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 11:40:00

    Simple: A lot of our writers liked it. I didn’t, but it’s a consensus.

  48. Pez
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 11:36:00

    How in the hell did Yeezus get on this list?

  49. Jared M.
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 10:31:00

    glad you guys showed Denzel Curry some love, that album is pretty slept on. Same with King Krule. And while I would’ve put it number 2 behind Yeezus (imo), Settle is still an amazing record. Very respectable list overall.

  50. AndrewMartinPIMB
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 09:29:00

    Yeah, I’d definitely put Jose in my top 15 or so. Still haven’t heard that Lions joint.

  51. Ricky
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 09:06:00

    My best of 2013 would be mad different. The top 15 or so has some of my pics though. Outside of that, I was either meh on them or haven’t listened. Alice Smith’s She, George Anne Muldrow’s The Lighthouse, Jose James’ No Beginning No End, and The Lions’ This Generation for example would all be up there.

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