Best Albums of 2013...So Far

Kanye West - Yeezus
Mikal Cronin - MCII Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

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?


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.

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!

Alela Diane - About Farewell.

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.

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

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