Best Albums of 2013...So Far

2013 is half over and music pundits have been hard at work identifying their favorite albums of year so far.

Here's a sampling of the "Best Albums of 2013...So Far" lists that I've happened upon:

  • NPR Music - More of a variety than a lot of other lists; Everything from metal to classical selections.
  • Paste - Heavily leans toward alt-country, folk, and indie rock.
  • MTV - Mix of big time bands and under the radar types.
  • NME - Britain's taste-making music mag with obvious bias.
  • Rolling Stone - The only list I've seen with John Fogerty on it.
  • Spin - 40 albums!
  • Stereogum - Mostly indie bands, but a few big names thrown in.

Steven Hyden at Grantland goes as far as to make a Best Albums of 2013 list.  Yes, the list includes albums not yet released (or even titled) based on his almost-scientific calculations of the predictability of music critics.  Snarky, but fun.

Here are a few of my personal favorites (some of which made these lists):

What's your favorite album of 2013 so far?  Anything yet to be released that you're looking forward to?

Written by Bobby on July 3, 2013


FrankW on July 5, 2013


Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Anonymous on July 5, 2013


Foxygen album is fantastic. I liked Youth Lagoon's first album but the new one is a bit arty for my taste. Black Angels - Indigo Meadow is my favorite album of the year so far, with Savages - Silence Yourself as close second.

CathyJ on July 5, 2013


Alela Diane - About Farewell.

Laurie. on July 5, 2013


Excited about Janelle Monáe's new album (Library has her first, The ArchAndroid) - Just got on the hold list for Solange Knowles' True - Never heard of Chance the Rapper until neighbor shared his new album Acid Rap - I hope the Library can get this!

james on July 9, 2013


I also like the Foxygen and Kurt Vile albums! Pitchfork doesn't quite have a "best of 2013 so far" list - it's more of a list of the best new albums as they are reviewed. Metacritic also has a decent Top Albums list to browse.

Leave a comment