Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My Top 90 Albums of 2013

Christopher Owens
It was a robust year for music (as always). There is barely enough time to listen to all these albums, let alone many of the all-time great discs. 

There is lots to choose from here. But if you are a fan of hook-laden pop/rock music, don't hesitate to start with dropping everything you're doing right now and go buy the top 10 on this list. Then you can make your way to discovering 11 through 90.

Yuck, when they still had Daniel Blumberg
Much like my list of 2011's Top 70 Albums, Girls beats out Yuck for the top spot. This time, it's Girls' lead singer Christopher Owens' underrated solo album at #1 (made even more personally amazing after being blown away by his intimate show at the 9:30 Club). But Yuck gets some laughs too, because their album is at #2, which is incredible considering former leader Daniel Blumberg's breakway solo debut by his new band Hebronix clocks in at #3.

To listen to lots of highlights from this list, check out my free Spotify Best of 2013 list.

90. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
89. Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – Take Me to the Land of Hell
88. Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark – English Electric
87. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell – Love Has Come For You
86. Adam Ant – Wonderful
85. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2
84. Kanye West - Yeezus
83. Deerhunter - Monomania
82. Fonda – Sell Your Memories
81. 18th Dye – Amorine Queen
80. Tennis – Small Sound
79. MGMT - MGMT
78. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust – Last Night on Earth
77. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
76. Johnny Marr – The Messenger
75. British Sea Power – Machineries of Joy
74. Empire Of the Sun – Ice On the Dune
73. Rogue Wave – Nightingale Floors
72. The Olms – The Olms
71. The Little Ones – The Dawn Sang Along
70. Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts
69. Jack Johnson – From Here to Now to You
68. Elf Power – Sunlight on the Moon
67. The Boy Least Likely To – The Great Perhaps
66. Treetop Flyers – The Mountain Moves
65. Mandolin Orange – This Side of Jordan
64. The Paranoid Style – The Purposes of Music In General
63. Pop Levi – Never Never Love
62. Big Dipper – Crashes on the Platinum Planet
61. Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels
60. Dent May – Warm Blanket
59. Ducktails – The Flower Lane
58. Ra Ra Riot – Beta Love
57. Thao – Know Better Learn Faster
56. Robyn Hitchcock – Love From London
55. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
54. Islands – Ski Mask
53. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound
52. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
51. Taken By Trees – Other Worlds
50. Grouplove – Spreading Rumours
49. Lorde – Pure Heroine
48. Darlings – Perfect Trip/Warma
47. The Strokes – Comedown Machine
46. Minor Alps – Get There
45. Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull
44. Belle & Sebastian – The Third Eye Centre
43. Snoop Lion - Reincarnated
42. Free Energy – Love Sign
41. Kurt Vile – Wakin On a Pretty Daze
40. David Bowie – The Next Day Extra
39. Yo La Tengo – Fade
38. Eternal Summers – Correct Behavior
37. Tegan & Sara – Closer
36. Haim – Days Are Gone
35. The Coup – Pick a Bigger Weapon
34. Sebadoh – Defend Yourself
33. Weinland – Los Processaur
32. Mikal Cronin – MCII
31. Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record
30. Surfer Blood – Pythons
29. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Split/Fly By Wire
28. Robert Pollard – Honey Locust Honky Tonk
27. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines
26. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
25. Iron & Wine – Ghost On Ghost
24. Jacobites – Old Scarlett
23. The Polyphonic Spree – Yes, It’s True.
22. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
21. Superchunk – I Hate Music
20. Of Montreal – Lousy With Sylvianbriar
19. Mazes – Ores & Minerals
18. Palmyra Delran – You Are What You Absorb
17. Jamaica – No Problem
16. Dead Stars – High Gain
15. Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion – Wassaic Way
14. Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium
13. The Blank Tapes – Vacation
12. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
11. The Postelles - … And It Shook Me
10. San Cisco – The Awkward EP
09. The Babies – Our House on the Hill
08. The Virgins – Strike Gently
07. The Replacements – Songs For Slim
06. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
05. Paul McCartney - NEW
04. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
03. Hebronix – Unreal
02. Yuck – Glow and Behold
01. Christopher Owens - Lysandre

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