Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2013

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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50. Beck - Song Reader

Beck - Song Reader
December 11, 2012
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
NR

49. The Flaming Lips - The Terror

The Flaming Lips - The Terror
April 1, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
34 reviews
User Score
76
152 reviews

48. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
July 23, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
80
36 reviews
User Score
80
175 reviews
Still, the duo brings more art to blockbusters than most of rap and Hollywood.
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47. M.I.A. - Matangi

M.I.A. - Matangi
November 5, 2013
Electropop
Critic Score
75
33 reviews
User Score
78
225 reviews

46. Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
August 27, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
32 reviews
User Score
73
112 reviews

45. Avicii - True

Avicii - True
September 16, 2013
House
Critic Score
60
7 reviews
User Score
64
42 reviews

44. Valerie June - Pushin' Against a Stone

Valerie June - Pushin' Against a Stone
August 13, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
84
10 reviews

43. Savages - Silence Yourself

Savages - Silence Yourself
May 6, 2013
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
User Score
80
299 reviews

42. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
August 20, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
79
289 reviews

41. J. Cole - Born Sinner

J. Cole - Born Sinner
June 18, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
68
14 reviews
User Score
69
114 reviews

40. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
October 15, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
64
20 reviews
User Score
62
67 reviews

39. Keith Urban - Fuse

Keith Urban - Fuse
September 10, 2013
Country
Critic Score
64
4 reviews
User Score
63
3 reviews

38. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
April 9, 2013
Folk Rock
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
User Score
81
322 reviews

37. The So So Glos - Blowout

The So So Glos - Blowout
April 23, 2013
Punk Rock
Critic Score
74
7 reviews
User Score
70
1 review

36. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
March 5, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
79
124 reviews

35. Best Coast - Fade Away

Best Coast - Fade Away
October 22, 2013
Indie Pop
Critic Score
64
14 reviews
User Score
72
27 reviews

34. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get ...

Neko Case - The Worse Things Get ...
September 3, 2013
Alt-Country
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
User Score
79
60 reviews

33. Pusha T - My Name Is My Name

Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
October 8, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
21 reviews
User Score
77
139 reviews

32. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
September 24, 2013
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
33 reviews
User Score
80
429 reviews
Even when Chvrches are just competently mopey, their neon-Eighties visions are far from retro pose-striking.
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31. HAIM - Days Are Gone

HAIM - Days Are Gone
September 30, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
30 reviews
User Score
78
404 reviews

30. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
January 29, 2013
Electropop
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
72
122 reviews

29. Bombino - Nomad

Bombino - Nomad
April 2, 2013
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
72
4 reviews

28. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park

Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
March 19, 2013
Country
Critic Score
85
8 reviews
User Score
82
74 reviews

27. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz

Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
October 8, 2013
Pop
Critic Score
57
18 reviews
User Score
57
226 reviews

Bangerz is the sound of Hannah Montana gone Miami Vice.

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26. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
April 30, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
83
418 reviews

25. Elton John - The Diving Board

Elton John - The Diving Board
September 16, 2013
Rock
Critic Score
68
14 reviews
User Score
66
9 reviews

24. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
November 5, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
69
25 reviews
User Score
66
186 reviews

23. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

My Bloody Valentine - m b v
February 3, 2013
Shoegaze
Critic Score
88
34 reviews
User Score
81
451 reviews

22. Phoenix - Bankrupt!

Phoenix - Bankrupt!
April 22, 2013
Indie Pop
Critic Score
74
31 reviews
User Score
75
223 reviews

21. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
October 29, 2013
Synthpop
Critic Score
75
24 reviews
User Score
79
247 reviews

20. Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle

Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
May 27, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
85
32 reviews
User Score
82
186 reviews

19. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
September 3, 2013
Industrial Rock
Critic Score
79
28 reviews
User Score
74
88 reviews

18. Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose

Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose
March 5, 2013
Country
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
75
22 reviews

17. Danny Brown - OLD

Danny Brown - OLD
October 8, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
81
307 reviews

16. David Bowie - The Next Day

David Bowie - The Next Day
March 12, 2013
Art Rock
Critic Score
81
35 reviews
User Score
78
256 reviews

15. Atoms for Peace - AMOK

Atoms for Peace - AMOK
February 26, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
74
36 reviews
User Score
76
197 reviews

14. Drake - Nothing Was the Same

Drake - Nothing Was the Same
September 24, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
27 reviews
User Score
76
362 reviews

13. Disclosure - Settle

Disclosure - Settle
June 3, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
79
448 reviews

12. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
October 15, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
74
105 reviews

11. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
August 18, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
User Score
82
131 reviews

10. John Fogerty - Wrote a Song For Everyone

John Fogerty - Wrote a Song For Everyone
May 28, 2013
Country
Critic Score
72
7 reviews
User Score
43
2 reviews

9. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys - AM
September 9, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
33 reviews
User Score
78
621 reviews

The Monkeys keep on evolving ... their fifth LP is this quintessentially English retro-rock band's most American-sounding record, especially rhythmically.

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8. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

The National - Trouble Will Find Me
May 21, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
36 reviews
User Score
82
571 reviews

On much of Trouble Will Find Me as well, the terse phrases and single-tone exclamations of guitarists Bryce and Aaron Dessner hang around Berninger's baritone gravity like clouded starlight.

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7. Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lorde - Pure Heroine
September 30, 2013
Pop
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
80
473 reviews
On her debut, she's a tiny-life teenager and a throne-watching pop comer with a sound that recalls the Internet hip-hop of Kitty Pryde, the cold-storage torch pop of Lana Del Rey and the primal self-dredging of Florence Welch, while still sounding strangely sui generis.
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6. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
June 4, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
User Score
83
370 reviews

Make no mistakes, though: . . . Like Clockwork still runs on Homme's grizzled-dude-against-the-world intensity

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5. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Arcade Fire - Reflektor
October 29, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
41 reviews
User Score
82
793 reviews

Reflektor is closer to turning-point classics such as U2's Achtung Baby and Radiohead's Kid A – a thrilling act of risk and renewal by a band with established commercial appeal and a greater fear of the average, of merely being liked.

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4. Paul McCartney - New

Paul McCartney - New
October 15, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
User Score
75
55 reviews

3. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
May 21, 2013
Nu-Disco
Critic Score
83
37 reviews
User Score
80
723 reviews

This is Daft Punk conjuring the musical era that first inspired them, when disco conquered the world with handcrafted grooves and prog-rock excess magnified emotions in black-lit bedrooms.

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2. Kanye West - Yeezus

Kanye West - Yeezus
June 18, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
38 reviews
User Score
81
1054 reviews

Yeezus is the darkest, most extreme music Kanye has ever cooked up, an extravagantly abrasive album full of grinding electro, pummeling minimalist hip-hop, drone-y wooz and industrial gear-grind.

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1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
May 14, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
36 reviews
User Score
85
868 reviews

Vampire Weekend have gotten better at just about everything they do.

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Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2013-20131202

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