Posted in music on December 10, 2013

NPR

NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.

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NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2013
Bill Callahan - Dream River
Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
Bombino - Nomad
Brandy Clark - 12 Stories
Bryan Ferry Orchestra - The Jazz Age
Buika - La Noche Mas Larga
Caleb Burhans - Evensong
Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - Brooklyn Babylon
Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Owen Pallett & Shara Worden - David Lang: Death Speaks
Dawn of Midi - Dysnomia
Dawn Upshaw & Maria Schneider - Maria Schneider: Winter Morning Walks
Deafheaven - Sunbather
DJ Koze - Amygdala
The Flaming Lips - The Terror
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit
Haim - Days Are Gone
In Solitude - Sister
Isabelle Faust & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding, Conductor - Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
James Blake - Overgrown
Jason Isbell - Southeastern
John Legend - Love In The Future
John Luther Adams - Inuksuit
Juana Molina - Wed 21
Ka - The Night's Gambit
Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
Kanye West - Yeezus
La Santa - Cecilia - Treinta Dias
La Vida Boheme - Sera
Latvian Radio Choir/Sigvards Klava - Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil
Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
Livity Sound - Livity Sound
Lucius - Wildewoman
Mala Rodruguez - Bruja
Pedrito Martinez Group - Pedrito Martinez Group
Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
Rhye - Woman
Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
San Fermin - San Fermin
Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
Starlito & Don Trip - Step Brothers 2
Tim Hecker - Virgins
Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Van-Anh Vanessa Vo - Three-Mountain Pass
Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
Wayne Shorter - Without A Net
William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor?

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Comments (44)

I remain shocked at how not a single one of these lists include Cass McCombs' wonderful record.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 10:57 AM

Seriously who the fuck is Bill Callahan and why is he on every list.

I don't get it .

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 10:57 AM

No Phosphorescent? Really?

Also noticed they left out Arcade Fire, but that's not a huge surprise.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 10:58 AM

Nice to see DJ Koze get the nod on one of these lists.

Loving that the publications that matter are leaving off Daft Punk's piece of crap of a new album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:00 AM

John Legend?

Posted by Ryan | December 10, 2013 11:00 AM

no Grimes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:04 AM

CHVRCHES, Bastille, Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Nine Inch Nails, Savages, Atlas Genius, Grouplove, Foxygen, New Politics, Disclosure...and on and on...

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:05 AM

Bill Callahan is one of the finest songwriters of his or any other generation. Dispel your ignorance and listen to Doctor Came At Dawn, Knock Knock, Sometimes I Wish We An Eagle, etc.

Frankly, though, most of this list is terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:05 AM

Best list yet. Compared to Spin, Rolling Stone, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:06 AM

^
I agree

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:09 AM

This list includes The Terror, people. The fact that it has The Terror and left off several other deserving albums (seriously, I don't understand how the Phosphorescent album didn't make it) all but invalidates the entire list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:20 AM

Bryan Ferry, Jazz Age??? Awful.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:34 AM

Too much rap!!!!!
No Phosphorescent, The National, Junip, Portugal. The Man, Avett Bros, Yo La Tengo, or Arcade Fire? This list is a joke.

Posted by Stephen | December 10, 2013 11:38 AM

Any list that omits Phopsphorescent this year is total BS. You don't have to say it's #1, but to think there are 50 better albums is just absurd.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:45 AM

Wayne Shorter, yes.

Posted by Sneeky Pete | December 10, 2013 11:46 AM

William Onyeabor???????

Yes it is great but I have a BIG problem with putting reissues on any year end list. Just because you never heard of something until this year doesn't mean it deserves to garnish the equal praise of a new release.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:51 AM

Bill Callahan is not on spotify, I will therefore never hear his music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:53 AM

Bill Callahan is great. His last record was deservedly on a lot of year end lists, but I found Dream River underwhelming.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:58 AM

not everyone has to like that phospho album, chill out, alrite?

shout out dj koze on this list.

that is all.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 12:07 PM

I recommend "Monomania," "Light Up Gold," and "Floating Coffin" if you aren't trying to be a wiener.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 12:14 PM

Josh Ritter had a pretty great one this year. NPR usually likes his stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 1:04 PM

No Fidlar?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 1:09 PM

First list w 'Run the Jewels' - ie - first legitimate list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 1:42 PM

No Lee Ranaldo?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 2:41 PM

11:00 - I agree about the DJ Koze nod and I'm happy to see Run the Jewels, Rhye and Blood Orange there too, but there is absolutely nothing that justifies leaving off Random Access Memories off and including Haim.

"Too much rap!!!!!
No Phosphorescent, The National, Junip, Portugal. The Man, Avett Bros, Yo La Tengo, or Arcade Fire? This list is a joke."

Lolz. If there was a Whitest Commenters of 2013, you would definitely be near the top. Avett Brothers and Portugal. The Man??? Why are you even here? Didn't know they had the internet in the dust bowl.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 2:42 PM

"Too much rap!!!!"

What is this, 1985?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 3:09 PM

Nick Cave?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 3:15 PM

Srsly Hiam again? Just don't get it. Such junk.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 3:43 PM

no love for Jucifer?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 3:49 PM

Isn't the National the official band of NPR?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 5:11 PM

I like The National, but their 3rd album was far from their other albums. But, I have somehow listened to it the most on itunes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 5:40 PM

The National? Stephen, you are the joke.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 5:44 PM

Grimes took dumps this year that where better than any of these records.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 6:21 PM

No Ty Segall?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 7:09 PM

That Starlito & Don Trip is nasty, and that Stephen guy is dumb as rocks

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 7:49 PM

Buika

Posted by Only Bill Is Real | December 10, 2013 8:07 PM

california x got no love this year. that album was fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 8:33 PM

Juana Molina - Wed 21
Yup. That is correct.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 9:00 PM

"Too much rap" Best joke of 2013

Was hoping Kurt Vile and A$AP Rocky would've made the list

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 9:26 PM

Missing Paramore, Silverstein, among others..

Posted by Anklebiters | December 10, 2013 9:39 PM

This is Bill Callahan? Sounds kinda boring?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96xpXS3hbec

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 10:41 PM

why is sky ferreira on any of these lists

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:42 PM

11:42 agreed- one song was good that was it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:00 AM

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