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SPIN’s top 50 albums of 2013

by Andrew Sacher


It’s the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There’s not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year’s big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below…

SPIN’s Top 50 Albums of 2013
50. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
49. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
48. Body/Head – Coming Apart
47. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
46. Pusha T – My Name is My Name
45. Superchunk – I Hate Music
44. William Tyler – Impossbile Truth
43. Death Grips – Government Plates
42. James Holden – The Inheritors
41. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
40. Bill Callahan – Dream River
39. My Bloody Valentine – m b v
38. Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady
37. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
36. Kelela – Cut 4 Me
35. Ashley Monroe- Like A Rose
34. Kvelertak – Meir
33. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
32. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
31. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
30. 2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time
29. Rudimental – Home
28. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
27. Migos – Young Rich Niggas
26. Rhye – Woman
25. Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In
24. DJ Rashad – I Don’t Give a Fuck EP
23. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
22. Deafheaven – Sunbather
21. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
20. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
19. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
18. Mikal Cronin – MCII
17. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
16. Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu
15. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
14. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
13. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
12. Danny Brown – Old
11. M.I.A. – Matangi
10. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
9. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
8. Ka – The Night’s Gambit
7. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
6. Tim Hecker – Virgins
5. Disclosure – Settle
4. Haim – Days Are Gone
3. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires in the City
2. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
1. Kanye West – Yeezus

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