Best Music of 2013

I collected 20 lists of “Best Music of 2013” and combined them into one meta-list.  Here are the results.  The numbers in bold indicate the number of original source lists the recording was on.  I have included every recording on two or more of the original 20 lists. An asterisk means I own it.  The genres are courtesy of Wikipedia.

18
Kanye West
Yeezus (hip hop)

17
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (electronica/house/disco)
The National – Trouble Will Find Me (indie rock/chamber pop/post-punk revival)*

15
HAIM
Days Are Gone (indie pop/nu folk/r&b)
Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City (indie rock/baroque pop/Afrobeat)*

14
David Bowie
The Next Day (rock/pop/art rock)

13
Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle (folk/folk rock)*

12
Lorde Pure Heroine (art pop/indie pop/electronica)

10
Chance The RapperAcid Rap (hip hop)
DeafheavenSunbather (metal)
SavagesSilence Yourself (post-punk revival/noise rock)

9
Arctic MonkeysAM (indie rock/garage rock/post-punk revival)*
Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (alt-country/indie rock/indie folk/Americana)*

8
Arcade Fire – Reflektor (indie rock/baroque pop/art rock)*
Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsPush The Sky Away (alternative rock)
Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady (soul/r&b)*
My Bloody Valentine – m b v (alternative rock/shoegaze/noise pop)
ParamoreParamore (emo/pop punk/alternative/indie rock)
Run the Jewels (Killer Mike And El-P) – Run The Jewels (hip hop)

7
Boards of Canada  Tomorrow’s Harvest (electronica/IDM/downtempo/trip hop)
Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe (electronica/synthpop)
Tim HeckerVirgins (drone/microsound/ambient)
Phosphorescent Muchacho (indie rock/indie pop/indie folk/alternative)*

6
James BlakeOvergrown (electronica/dubstep/downtempo/experimental)
Danny Brown – Old (hip hop)
Disclosure – Settle (deep house/synthpop/future garage)
Drake – Nothing Was The Same (hip hop)
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus (electronica/drone/post rock)
Jon Hopkins Immunity (electronica/dance)
Jason IsbellSoutheastern (rock/alt-country)
Paul McCartneyNew (rock/pop)
Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park (country)
Queens Of The Stone Age…Like Clockwork (hard rock/alternative metal/stoner rock)
Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time (synthpop/dance/indie pop)
Earl SweatshirtDoris (hip hop)
Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt (alternative/folk)

5
Bill CallahanDream River (alt-country/low-fi/underground rock)
Brandy Clark12 Stories (country)
Mikal CroninMCII (alternative/indie rock/punk rock)
DeerhunterMonomania (indie rock)
John GrantPale Green Ghosts (folk/alternative rock)
King Krule6 Feet Beneath The Moon (darkwave/indie rock/hip hop/blues)
M.I.A.Matangi (hip hop/world/electronica/new rave)
Laura MvulaSing To The Moon (soul/jazz)
Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks (industrial rock)
RhyeWoman (soul/r&b)
Superchunk – I Hate Music (indie rock)
Thundercat – Apocalypse (r&b/jazz fusion/electronica/funk)*

4
Patty GriffinAmerican Kid (folk/alt-country/Americana)*
The Haxan Cloak – Excavation (electronica)
Julia HolterLoud City Song (experimental/electronica/ambient/indie rock)*
In SolitudeSister (metal)
Kelela – Cut 4 Me (soul/r&b)
Charles Lloyd & Jason MoranHagar’s Song (jazz)
Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer Child Ballads (folk)
Ashley Monroe – Like A Rose (country)
Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold (punk rock)
Pusha TMy Name Is My Name (hip hop)
Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana (indie rock)
Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit (jazz)
Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob (indie rock/folk)

3
John Luther AdamsInuksuit (contemporary classical)*
Atoms for PeaceAmok (experimental rock/alternative/electronica)
Autre Ne VeutAnxiety (alternative r&b)
Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe (new wave/indie pop/funk/jazz)
Bombino Nomad (rock/blues/world)
Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture of You (country/folk)*
Elvis Costello and the RootsWise Up Ghost (pop/rock/funk)
Darcy James Argue’s Secret SocietyBrooklyn Babylon (jazz/big band/steampunk)
Dawn of Midi Dysnomia (jazz/contemporary classical/indie rock)
The Devil Makes ThreeI’m A Stranger Here (Americana/bluegrass)*
Fall Out Boy – Save Rock And Roll (pop/punk/rock)
The Flaming LipsThe Terror (alternative/dream pop/neo-psychedelia/space rock)
Foals – Holy Fire (indie rock/dance punk)
Four TetBeautiful Rewind (folktronica/post-dubstep/jazz/IDM)*
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse (indie rock/indie folk)*
The Head And The HeartLet’s Be Still (indie folk/folk rock/indie rock)
HookwormsPearl Mystic (noise rock/alternative/indie rock)
Into It. Over It.Intersections (pop-punk)
Sarah Jarosz – Build Me Up from Bones (bluegrass/folk)
Valerie JunePushin’ Against A Stone (folk/blues/soul/gospel/bluegrass)*
Sergei RachmaninovAll-Night Vigil (Latvian Radio Choir/Sigvards Klava) (classical)
Lee Harvey Osmond – The Folk Sinner (psychedelic folk)
The Lone BellowThe Lone Bellow (alt-country/blues/indie folk/roots rock/soul)
Los Campesinos!No Blues (indie pop/indie rock/noise pop/twee pop)*
The Milk Carton KidsThe Ash & Clay (indie folk/Americana)
Juana MolinaWed 21 (ambient/electrofolk/singer-songwriter)
John MurryThe Graceless Age (indie rock)
Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven (electronica/ambient/experimental)
San FerminSan Fermin (chamber pop/contemporary classical)
Cécile McLorin SalvantWomanchild (jazz)
Alice Smith – She (rock/soul/r&b/blues/jazz)
Subrosa – More Constant Than The Gods (doom rock)
Craig Taborn Trio – Chants (jazz)*
Rokia Traoré – Beautiful Africa (world)*
Dawn Upshaw & Maria SchneiderWinter Morning Walks (jazz/classical/big band)*
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze (indie rock/indie folk/low-fi)
Volcano Choir – Repave (ambient/experimental/indie folk)
Chelsea WolfePain Is Beauty (neofolk/gothic rock/experimental/ethereal wave)
The Wonder YearsThe Greatest Generation (pop punk/melodic hardcore)

2
Geri Allen – Grand River Crossings (jazz/funk/gospel)
Patricia Barber – Smash (jazz)
Baths – Obsidian (futurepop/glitch/electronica/experimental/IDM)
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love (funk/soul/r&b)
Braids – Flourish // Perish (indie rock/art rock/shoegaze/experimental)
Caleb Burhans – Evensong (contemporary classical/ambient/post-rock)
Camera Obscura – Desire Lines (indie pop)
James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man (blues)
Miley Cyrus – Bangerz (pop/hip hop/country)
Darkside – Psychic (electronica)
Alela DianeAbout Farewell (indie folk/Americana/psychedelic folk)
Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is The Devil (lo-fi/no wave/rockabilly)
DJ Rashad 
– Double Cup (footwork/juke/electronica)
Henri Dutilleux – Correspondences and Other Works (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor) (classical)
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2 (hip hop)
Factory Floor – Factory Floor (post-industrial/minimal techno/electronica)
Football Etc. – Audible (emo)
Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (indie rock/psychedelic rock)*
Bill Frisell – Big Sur (jazz)
The Garifuna Collective – Ayó (world/punta/Garifuna)
Buddy Guy – Rhythm & Blues (blues/soul/r&b)
Fred Hersch & Julian Lage – Free Flying (jazz)
James Holden – The Inheritors (trance/electronica/IDM/minimal techno)
Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd – Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project (jazz/spoken word)*
Jagwar Ma – Howlin’ (house/techno/trip-hop/psychedelic/alternative dance)
José JamesNo Beginning No End (jazz/hip hop/neo-soul)
The James Hunter Six – Minute by Minute (soul/r&b)
The Joy FormidableWolf’s Law (indie rock/alternative/shoegaze)
The Julie Ruin – Run Fast (punk rock)
Ka – The Night’s Gambit (hip hop)
The Knife – Shaking The Habitual (synthpop/indietronica/dark ambient/trance)
David LangDeath Speaks (Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Owen Pallett & Shara Worden) (contemporary classical)*
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back (synthpop/electro r&b)
La Vida Bohème – Será (post-punk/indie rock/alternative)
Letlive – The Blackest Beautiful (post-hardcore/alt-metal/prog rock)
Locrian – Return To Annihilation (drone/noise/black metal)
London GrammarIf You Wait (electronica/trip-hop/pop)
Low – The Invisible Way (indie rock/slowcore)
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Gamak (jazz)
Harry Manx – Om Suite Ohm (blues/folk/Hindustani classical)
Johnny Marr – The Messenger (alternative/indie pop/indie rock)
The Mavericks – In Time (Americana/Tex-Mex/neotraditional country)
Christian McBride + Inside Straight – People Music (jazz/fusion)
MS MR – Secondhand Rapture (indie pop/dream pop/dark wave/alternative)
Nails – Abandon All Life (hardcore/grindcore/death metal)
The Naked and Famous – In Rolling Waves (indie pop/indietronica/nu gaze/post-punk)
Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium (indie rock/folk rock/alt-country)
William Onyeabor – Who Is William Onyeabor? (funk/world)*
Panic! At The Disco – Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! (pop punk)
Jai Paul – Jai Paul (pop/r&b/hip hop/funk/chillwave)
The Pedrito Martinez Group – The Pedrito Martinez Group (jazz/Afro-Cuban/funk/rumba)
Pet Shop BoysElectric (house/synthpop)
Josh Ritter – The Beast In Its Tracks (folk/alt-country/rock)
Bobby Rush – Down in Louisiana (soul/blues)*
Boz Scaggs – MEMPHIS (pop/rock/blues/r&b)
Wayne Shorter – Without A Net (jazz)
Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartets Nos. 13-15; Alfred Schnittke – String Quartet No. 3 (Pacifica Quartet) (classical)
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby – Cluck Ol’ Hen (bluegrass)
Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu (world/dabke/folk/electronica)
Mavis Staples – One True Vine (soul/r&b/gospel)
Marnie Stern – The Chronicles Of Marnia (math rock/indie rock/noise rock/experimental)
Suede Bloodsports (indie rock/alternative/Britpop)
Tal National – Kaani (world/African rock)
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin (garage rock/alternative/post-punk/art rock/noise rock)
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (pop/r&b)
Touché AmoréIs Survived By (hardcore punk/screamo)
Washed Out – Paracosm (chillwave/dream pop/trip hop/low fi/indie pop)
White DenimCorsicana Lemonade (southern rock/prog rock/art rock/psychedelic rock)*
Holly Williams – The Highway (Americana/country/folk)
The Wood Brothers – The Muse (folk/Americana)*
Yo La TengoFade (indie rock/noise pop/shoegaze)*

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