The best music of 2013

Here are the 15 albums I enjoyed most this year, in no particular order of quality, with two or three standout songs listed below if you want to get a feel for what they sound like and why I liked them.

Action Bronson – Blue Chips 2

Essential tracks: Silverado, Contemporary Man, Flip Ya

Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip – The Abstract And The Dragon

Essential tracks: Thank You, Come On Down, Vivrant Thing

Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe

Essential tracks: The Mother We Share, Gun, Night Sky

Danny Brown – Old

Essential tracks: Side A, Clean Up, Smokin and Drinkin

David Bowie – The Next Day

Essential tracks: Valentine’s Day, I’d Rather Be High, You Will Set The World On Fire

Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost

Essential tracks: Refuse To Be Saved, Come The Meantimes, Viceroy’s Row

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – 12 Reasons to Die

Essential tracks: Beware Of The Stare, I Declare War, The Rise of the Ghostface Killah

Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

Essential tracks: Givin Em What They Love, Electric Lady, We Were Rock & Roll

Marnie Stern – The Chronicles of Marnia

Essential tracks: Year Of The Glad, Immortals, Proof Of Life

Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Essential tracks: I’m From Nowhere, City Swan, Local Girl

Pusha T – My Name Is My Name

Essential tracks: Numbers on the Board, Nosetalgia, Pain

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels

Essential tracks: Banana Clipper, Sea Legs, A Christmas Fuckin’ Miracle

Suede – Bloodsports

Essential tracks: Barriers, Snowblind, It Starts And Ends With You

Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob

Essential tracks: Closer, I Was A Fool, I Couldn’t Be Your Friend

!!! – Thr!!!er

Essential tracks: Even When The Water’s Cold, One Boy/One Girl, Meet Me At The Station


And here’s link to my top 50 tracks of this year, with streaming links for your listening pleasure.


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