Posted in music on December 18, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?

Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...

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Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2013
50. Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
49. Julia Holter - Loud City Song
48. Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
47. The Range - Nonfiction
46. M.I.A. - Matangi
45. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
44. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
43. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
42. Rhye - Woman
41. Mutual Benefit - Love's Crushing Diamond
40. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
39. A$AP Rocky - LongLiveA$AP
38. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
37. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
36. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
35. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
34. Forest Swords - Engravings
33. Burial - Truant / Rough Sleeper
32. DJ Koze - Amygdala
31. Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
30. Deerhunter - Monomania
29. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
29. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
27. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight...
26. James Blake - Overgrown
25. Drake - Nothing Was the Same
24. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
23. DJ Rashad - Double Cup
22. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
21. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
20. Jai Paul - Jai Paul
19. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
18. Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady
17. Haim - Days Are Gone
16. Bill Callahan - Dream River
15. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
14. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
13. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
12. Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
11. Darkside - Psychic
10. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
9. Savages - SIlence Yourself
8. Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
7. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
6. Deafheaven - Sunbather
5. Danny Brown - Old
4. My Bloody Valentine - mbv
3. Disclosure - Settle
2. Kanye West - Yeezus
1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

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Comments (97)

HA

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:16 AM

"Much-anticipated"? By whom?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:24 AM

at least mbv got its recognition

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:25 AM

This is going to be fun.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:28 AM

Yes to Vampire Weekend. I listened to it non-stop all summer long.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:28 AM

I've seen Disclosure. It's the one where Michael Douglas accuses Demi Moore of rape.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:35 AM

The MBV album sucked

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:36 AM

Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold came out in 2012.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:40 AM

Compared to past lists of theirs, this one really goes to show you that they don't even believe in their own rating system. Why have a Best New Music tag if it doesn't make a difference at the end of the year? I know the reviews are one person's opinions, but there's been enough behind the scenes curtain pullbacks by past writers who've said scores and Best New Musics are collectively determined.

It's most surprising to me how hard they went on Iceage, and didn't even put them on their Honorable Mentions list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:40 AM

That's because when the hype wore off, they realized that Iceage does in fact completely suck.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:42 AM

How'd the Burial EP from last year end up on this year's list, and yet the EP from this year released on the exact same date end up on their Honorable Mentions? Shouldn't Rival Dealers be held off for a 2014 inclusion under that train of thought?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:43 AM

mbv album is a big grower. the more you listen the duller it grows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:44 AM

no arctic monkeys...no credibility.

pitchfork....ha ha ha.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:50 AM

yeezus not #1? what a joke of a list. what is a vampire weekend anyways?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:51 AM

Again, I am baffled to see this Jai Paul "Demo" show up and rank higher than some of these huge records like Immunity and Amygdala.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:54 AM

Surprised at no Arctic Monkeys.

I'm sorry, but that MBV album is horrendous.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:57 AM

No toro y moi And no ryan hemsworth makes a list invalid.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:03 AM

Also, I don't understand this: "As the hippest of the hip in indie-rock circles tripped over themselves to pay homage to Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake,"

The writer says this as if Pitchfork hasn't been posting every day about Beyonce, Drake beefs, and Justin Timberlake.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:05 AM

Wow, I actually agree with one of the top 5. Congrats to MBV!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:10 AM

VW deserved to be #1. Incredible album

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:11 AM

9:57 - the fact that you like Arctic Monkeys is probably why you don't think the My Bloody Valentine record is good.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:12 AM

Phosphorescent not high enough on the list. No Arctic Monkeys. No John Grant. No Franz Ferdinand. Vampire Weekend and Kanye West #1 and #2? Danny Brown#5? This is an awful list. At least MBV made the Top 5.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:14 AM

What about Nick Cave? David Bowie? Dirty Beaches? MGMT? Arctic Monkeys? Franz Ferdinand?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:16 AM

LOL Vampire Weekend LOL

that's all

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:25 AM

Guys, you should totally check out this band Radiosomething (Radioface?) anyway my friend played me this song about a zombie or a robot or something - totally amaze. I don't know have the MP3 yet but that should be somewhere on here too I think.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:28 AM

i'm glad nick cave isn't on the list. the less i have in common with the "tastemakers" at richdork, the better...

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:35 AM

10:16 - That the only Bowie on any of thier year end lists is a remix by James Murphy shows you how much they regard David Bowie.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:45 AM

They've got what they've wanted, and the transformation to the Rolling Stone of the 90s is complete. Vampire Weekend is our Puddle of Mudd.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:46 AM

10:35 -- I had never heard it referred to as "richdork," before, but that's so perfect. Good one!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:46 AM

Superchunk?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:47 AM

Pitchfork = Millenial Rolling Stone

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:05 AM

1046 thanks for the confirmation of ur idiocy

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:06 AM

The MBV album sucked

Posted by Only Bill Is Real | December 18, 2013 11:16 AM

Arctic Monkeys and John Grant missing

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:27 AM

Underrated albums this year by:

King Krule
Dirty Beaches
Ryan Hemsworth
Toro y Moi

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:29 AM

^^ I think you mean lady lamb the bee keeper and Anna calvi

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:34 AM

No validity. No Kings of Leon (KOL). BS.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:42 AM

pitchfork used to be the place to go to get a list that wasn't filled with dj, lil, $...where will the new alternative front be?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:42 AM

The worst thing is how impossibly dull their staff lists are. They are basic as fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:52 AM

10:45 is on the money! The new Bowie album is excellent. P4k only recognizes a remix from said album by former hypester Murphy?! Get real!

ps - Nick Cave's new album rules

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:59 AM

^^ I absolutely agree.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:01 PM

Vampire Weekend has become a pretty good band in the past few years, but you holier-than-thou nerds are too busy calling them entitled trust fund kids to notice.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:01 PM

A Top 50 list without Yo La Tengo's "Fade" is pretty much a joke. Easily Top 10, but they get overlooked for being so damn consistent. It's a shame.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:07 PM

Pitchfork and Rolling Stone both named Vampire Weekend's insufferable new album as best of the year.

In a just world, this would mark the end of Pitchfork's reign as supreme leader of indie music criticism and relegate them to the same out of touch, generational onanism bin that Jann Wenner & co. have been occupying for the past 20 years or so.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:07 PM

Give me a break, 12:07. That YLT record is fucking dull.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:10 PM

It's a very telling, but also very surprising moment when Jeanne Dielman stabs her client at the end of the third day.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:15 PM

Really? Cupid's Head got snubbed after an 8.7? Fucking Christ...

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:15 PM

#1 Blog With Worst Comments in the World: BrooklynVegan

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:35 PM

Speaking of this year's pop music, they never paid attention to Lorde until she had a radio hit. She got a 7.3 according to the review, which was buried the day it came out. That qualified her for an honorable mention. Meanwhile, Charli XCX got an 8.3, Best New Music and they've been hyping her since 2011. She didn't make the cut whatsoever. Arbitrary doesn't even begin to describe Pitchfork's way of doing things because none of it matters come this time of year, and it should. It's like they don't even believe in what they're pushing onto readers at the end of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:38 PM

lots of snubbery this time around. seems the ratings are valid for only one or two days after release.

dirty beaches
the field
youth lagoon
julianna barwick

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 1:00 PM

THEY TOLD ME TO LISTEN
SO I DID
I THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY GOOD TOO
BUT THEY WERE LYING
NOW I FEEL LIKE A FOOL
MUST START OVER

WHY PITCHFORK?? WHY????

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 1:07 PM

they should really have a different list for pop music. fucking vampire weekend doesn't deserve to be on a list with albums of depth.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 1:48 PM

Why is that Vampire Weekend record making so many lists? I cringe everytime I hear one of their songs---especially the new tracks where the vocals are distorted.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 1:57 PM

Deerhunter and Phosphorescent too low. Agree that Superchunk should have made the list and White Fence as well. MBV is the most overrated band in the history of overrated bands.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 2:03 PM

I expected to see Foxygen and Local Natives on the P4K list.

Music is such a subjective thing. I really like the new MBV, but so many people think it's dreck. A lot of people like Vampire Weekend, and I cannot stand that album. Different lanes for different brains.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 2:27 PM

The YLT record is solid. Alongside the rest of their discography its not near the top, but that's only because their discography is so impressive.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 2:47 PM

Different strokes for different folks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 2:51 PM

Different stokes @ SVGH amirite

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 3:02 PM

That A$AP Rocky album is far too uneven to merit inclusion, especially in a year with this many great mixtapes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 3:09 PM

Top Whatever lists in December are ridiculous. Takes months to fully assess many albums. Should be doing the 2012 list around now.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 3:24 PM

VW!!!!! Yah!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 4:02 PM

10:35 and 10:46

Yes, "richdork" is perfect. Better than something petulant-sounding like "bitchfork." Let's spread the word.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 4:30 PM

wow this list legit sucks and its totally inconsistent with their actual reviews. there r at least like 5 albums i can think of that got bnm and deserved it but didnt make this list. and im sorry how the fuck is there no iceage or youth lagoon????? i honestly hate disclosure and daft punk and chance the rapper is hella overrated too. also cerulean salt should be higher

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 5:51 PM

Dj Rashad needs to be in the top 10

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 5:56 PM

I understand people's aversion to earlier Vampire Weekend, but anyone saying that the album is shallow simply isn't listening. Its one of the most lyrically dense albums of the year. It isn't a coincidence that its #1 all over these lists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 6:39 PM

You can't like Vampire Weekend and like music at the same time. Pick one.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 6:49 PM

Vampy Weeks!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 7:38 PM

Step is song of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 7:54 PM

sky ferreira super high even without Best New Music -- sometimes even pitchfork can be wrong

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 7:54 PM

Vampire Weekend? What is this world coming to? Mediocre indie crap. I'd rather listen to Janelle Monae than anything in the top 15. Drake is on there? hahahahahahahahah! Haim? My God what a shitty year for pop/rock/hip hop.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 8:06 PM

OK, yep Pitchfork definitely sucks and their list is crap. No David Bowie, Atoms For Peace, Johnny Marr, Bosnian Rainbows, Lee Renaldo? All really great albums and not even one of them was mentioned by a single Pitchfork writer. I'll take whatever they say with a grain of salt from now on!

Posted by Steve VE | December 18, 2013 8:57 PM

857 You waited this long? They championed a few cool bands but overall they have always had lousy taste. Unless you like boring, lame indie junk...

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:16 PM

8:06, Vampire weekend, Cvrches, & Haim were all produced by the same dolt.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:16 PM

what about thr!!!er? or Holy Fire? those are on my list :)

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:11 PM

Ian Cohen is the biggest douche on the internet. I'm serious.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:22 PM

Holy shit, 11:22 is like a fucking angel falling from the sky. Finally, someone is agreeing with me. Ian Cohen is the fucking worst. I fucking hate Chris OTT too. FUCK YOU OTT. YOU BLOWHARD. FUCK YOU OTT

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:37 PM

Pitchfork used to be convenient to find new stuff, but alternative/indie music is fucking dying. Its on its last limb. I honestly feel fine listening to Beat Happening, but can't even digest haim or cvrches. If I want to listen to a shitty band, I'll listen to one that was started as an inside joke.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:41 PM

The blatant disregard for Pitchfork's own rating system is really wack, but the list itself is probably one of their best in recent years. I don't agree with the order (I never do), and certain albums (such as Random Ass Memories) have no right to be on this list. That said, every album I thought that should be in the top 50 is.

One qualm I have is P4k should have switched Rival Dealer's position from Honorable Mention to Truant/Rough Sleeper's spot on the top 50 list. Rival Dealer is the better EP, and P4K knows this. They rated it higher...

...oh, that's right. They don't believe in their own rating system anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:47 PM

11:47- I supported your argument until you said that Rival Dealer is better than Truant/Rough Sleeper. Also- I think that Truant was last December.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:57 PM

This list made me realize that I need to stop reading pitchfork so much cuz its bullshit

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 12:50 AM

Does pitchfork even have ads? Hows it make money?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 12:51 AM

11:22 i feel like Ian Cohen gets shitted on so much and he's the least of whats wrong with pitchfork

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 12:54 AM

Diverse iPods for diverse iPods.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:30 AM

What? No mention of R5? That band was on fire in 2013 www.r5rocks.com pop songs done right!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:51 AM

wax.my.stachee should be 1

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 8:00 AM

she needs to wax her stache

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 9:06 AM

i just heard vampire weekend for the first time. yikes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 10:54 AM

9:54, the sounds that came out of that "demo" sound better than the sounds that come out of your ass.
You should be proud.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 11:43 PM

Blood Orange and no Tim Hecker? Fucking stpuid, and insanely out of touch. Besides with stupid trends.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 10:45 AM

That Blood Orange album sucks

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 11:49 AM

How does an album from Youth Lagoon get an 8.7, obtain the "best new music award", but then not make into the top 50 when albums that scored under 7.9 did? I dont understand Pitchfork's system at all.

Posted by Rinshu | December 20, 2013 6:30 PM

Those MFs LOVE THEN SOME F'N Vampire Weekend. Im assuming the entire band comes around after each record release and pays the entire staff's yearly taxes after giving them each a blow job/muff diving.

Posted by iczelion74 | December 20, 2013 6:33 PM

Yeezus???? WTF

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 10:50 PM

Haxan cloak, reflector, and J Hopkins are well-deserved actually. Vampire weekend...meh. MBV I dunno. Still love about 1/2 of loveless, but the new one didn't catch the way only shallow did...

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 11:20 PM

11:20 is Phillip Sherbourne.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 11:32 PM

Reflektor wasn't good

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 11:33 PM

Superb Albums =D

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