Posted in music on January 15, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Pazz & Jopp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.

You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.

Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..

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Pazz & Jop - Top 20 Albums of 2013
1 Kanye West, Yeezus
2 Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
3 Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
4 Beyoncé, Beyoncé
5 Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap
6 My Bloody Valentine, m b v
7 Haim, Days Are Gone
8 Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
9 Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Daze
10 Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
11 Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
12 Savages, Silence Yourself
13 Disclosure, Settle
14 Arcade Fire, Reflektor
15 David Bowie, The Next Day
16 Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time
17 Jason Isbell, Southeastern
18 Drake, Nothing Was the Same
19 Deafheaven, Sunbather
20 The National, Trouble Will Find Me

Pazz & Jop - Top 20 Singles of 2013
1 Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell), "Get Lucky"
3 Haim, "The Wire"
4 Kanye West, "New Slaves"
4 Robin Thicke (ft. T.I. and Pharrell), "Blurred Lines"
6 Drake (ft. Majid Jordan), "Hold On, We're Going Home"
7 Kanye West, "Black Skinhead"
8 Icona Pop (ft. Charli XCX), "I Love It"
9 Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
10 Kanye West, "Bound 2"
11 Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"
11 Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
13 Tegan and Sara, "Closer"
14 Ciara, "Body Party"
15 Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
15 Phosphorescent, "Song for Zula"
17 Kacey Musgraves, "Follow Your Arrow"
18 Vampire Weekend, "Diane Young"
19 Janelle Monáe (ft. Erykah Badu), "Q.U.E.E.N."
20 James Blake, "Retrograde"

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Comments (38)

this might as well be a best of list from a 15 year old girl in Indiana.

Wow, are critics really that fucking lame now??

pathetic

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 3:51 PM

I don't understand the singles list - is that just a list of what was most popular on the radio this year?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 3:52 PM

should be 2013. and you have albums where singles should be.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 3:52 PM

No Outkast, No List

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 3:53 PM

The Village Voice has no relevance since the new ownership came in in 2005.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 3:53 PM

Two singles by Miley fucking Cyrus and nothing by Lorde. Uh, ok.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 3:55 PM

9 Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"

This is Village Voice, right? I thought I might have clicked on Teen Beat by mistake

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 3:56 PM

say "peruse" one more time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:02 PM

what a total waste of time.Daft Punk lp is an embarrasment.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:04 PM

One of these days somebody will explain to me why so many critics like Kanye West. I like all types of music (except most country music and gangsta rap if I am being honest) and think Kanye is unlistenable garbage. His voice is terrible, his diction is atrocious, and the lyrics range from nothing special to completely stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:08 PM

I'd rather see a list of shows/concerts/events with photographic proof they went to really get a true barometer on what is actually "liked"

Seeing Kanye on top is like being told they're scientologists.
Or that they think Santa is real, still.

There's zero redeeming qualities from Kanye other than him being a human TMZ blurb. And I guess he's cannon fodder for South Park still

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:15 PM

you like kanye or you don't

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:19 PM

Reading between the lines, is this their way of saying music really sucked last year?

Posted by RomanHans | January 15, 2014 4:20 PM

Village Voice music writers and the various know-nothings that submit ballots are basically like Rolling Stones writers, except instead of being old and out-of-touch they're young and stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:21 PM

if you do not agree with kanye and he finds out, he will beat you senseless.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:21 PM

They really need to stop calling that rag the Village Voice.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:25 PM

we need a new scene

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:28 PM

singles list is pathetic. songs may have been relevant but far from the best.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:29 PM

@4:08 Are 'The Chronic' and 'Doggystyle' included in your broad "gangsta rap" generalization? If so, you're missing out.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:32 PM

Lou reed just shit his coffin.

Seriously, are music journalists getting that lazy? It's as if music critics don't even listen to music anymore. As if they're on a deadline and ask their co workers, "Did Kanye put out a record this year? Fuck it, stick that one at #1."

And the rest is gathered from TMZ/Rolling Stone I suppose.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:36 PM

so many brave choices! how do you stay so cutting edge VV?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:44 PM

When did the culture of music and art in general become all garbage?

Take for example the writing on a show like SNL - previous years to be a cast member and a writer you had to be exceptionally smart and a brilliant performer.

In 2014, they hire someone with a youtube clip doing a gawdaful impression of Adam Sandler.

I feel the same about music and what is accepted as 'good'. These songs and artists are just bad. Period. Much like watching the Parquet Courts clip on Fallon (who himself has no right to call himself a comedian). It is just shit. Has the culture dumbed down so much in this generation, that shit is now considered great?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 4:58 PM

Music sucks. Play computer games.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 5:06 PM

By far the best albums list, as it is every year. I hope VV doesn't fold just because of this annual list.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 5:57 PM

Has anyone pointed out that Wrecking Ball beat Song For Zula? Embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 6:13 PM

Now thats what i call music !

Posted by MorgellonBeast | January 15, 2014 7:06 PM

Greg R. is also in one of the USA's #1 punk bands VIDEO.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 7:22 PM

Love the know-nothing rockists in here. Do people that dumb really read this blog?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 8:31 PM

VV is loving all these comments. It probably hasn't had this much attention/controversy since... ever?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 9:05 PM

4:58 thinks Adam Sandler is a comedic genius. Does that answer your question 8:31?

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Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 9:18 PM

What's a Village Voice?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 10:31 PM

"Lou reed just shit his coffin."

http://thetalkhouse.com/reviews/view/lou-reed

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 3:34 AM

Kanye truly sucks. I have read so many articles that start with "There is no denying Kanye's brilliance..." What the fuck? Yes, yes there is plenty to deny. He is not brilliant, he only thinks he is and idiots blindly follow. He is a no-talent ass clown and it continues to amaze me that people continue to listen to his dumb ass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 11:05 AM

Not sure why everyone is complaining.
This is pretty much no different than all of the other crappy hipster-oriented year-end lists. Shuffle the order around a bit, but it's all pretty much the same from one list to another, with Kanye being on top on most of them.
It really just scares me that so many people connect with Kanye's music. The album has a few clever rhymes and unique beats/production, but overall the lyrics are narcissistic, hateful towards women, angry at the world. People relate to this?

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 12:10 PM

village voice is trying to appeal to a new generation of illiterate teenage girls and homosexuals

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 7:15 PM

I have nothing to say about the song, I just wanna say how I fucking despise all these smug assholes defending any song I come across. The comment section isn't there for a circlejerk of people who approve of a song or any other YouTube video, it's there so anyone can share their thoughts about the video. Here's how it goes: 1. You hear about a song 2. You go to YouTube to check it out 3. Sometimes, you don't like the song 4. You share your thoughts in the comments section if you want to because that's what it's there for. So stop fucking telling people to stop commenting just because they don't share your opinion. Not everyone is here for the 10th time listening to the same song over and over, some of us have just discovered it. If VW or VEVO didn't want everyone's opinion to be heard, the comment section would be closed.

Posted by Klide | November 1, 2014 3:57 PM

This is the shit, love it

Posted by Mariam Melik | November 21, 2014 4:58 AM

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