Thursday, January 09, 2014

Top Albums of 2013 Survey (Part 2)

Carrying on with my analysis of Top Album polls for 2013, if I assign a value of 50 to a 1st place finish, 49 for a 2nd, etc, here are the Top 54 albums of 2013 (all were mentioned in at least 3 of the  polls):
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Kanye West Yeezus
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Arcade Fire Reflecktor
Disclosure Settle
My Bloody Valentine mbv
Haim Days Are Gone
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Savages Silence Yourself
The National Trouble Will Find Me
Chvrches The Bones of What You Believe
The Knife Shaking the Habitual
Chance the Rapper Acid Rap
Danny Brown Old
Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
Deerhunter Monomania
Arctic Monkeys AM
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels
Phosphorescent Muchacho
Deafheaven Sunbather
Bill Callahan Dream River
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away
David Bowie The Next Day
Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle
Tegan & Sara Heartthrob
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Mikal Cronin MCII
Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park
Drake Nothing Was The Same
Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight
M.I.A. Matangi
Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
Parquet Courts Light Up Gold
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Jason Isbell Southeastern
Okkervil River The Silver Gymnasium
Tim Hecker Virgins
Autre Ne Veut Anxiety
The Haxan Cloak Excavation
Ashley Monroe Like A Rose
Volcano Choir Repave
James Blake Overgrown
Darkside Psychic
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Pusha T My Name is My Name
Rhye Woman
Lorde Pure Heroine
Speedy Ortiz Major Arcana
Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe
Majical Cloudz Impersonator

Looking at individual polls, I suppose it's no surprise that the Rolling Stone poll was the only one to include Beck, Sir Elton, Franz Ferdinand, John Fogerty (!), Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus (!!) and Pearl Jam.  And while 2 polls included The Cute Beatle's latest, Rolling Stone had it as the number 4 album of the year.  They really are all in their 70s, aren't they?  (Not that there's anything wrong with that, Mom.)

All polls had a number of entries that were unique to their poll, with Mojo leading the way at 20 performers that showed up only in their poll.  However, there were only 4 acts that showed up only in the two major British polls and nowhere else (Cate le Bon, Factory Floor, Primal Scream and These New Puritans).

There were two acts that managed to get a Top 5 mention in one poll but were totally left out of all the others - The Foals' Holy Fire was 4 in NME's poll and John Grant's Pale Green Ghost was number 5 in Mojo's but neither showed at all anywhere else.

Fun exercise!  While I'd have gotten around to buying the Bowie and Neko Case albums eventually, there are a lot of people here I've never heard of.  And certainly there's a hell of a lot of terrific music that didn't show up on any of these lists, because of lack of promotion or distribution or whatever, but it's a good place to start - time to get sampling!



At 8:52 AM, Blogger Lex Alexander said...

I'm so old.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

Right there witcha, bubba. I realized I had no clue even how to go find current good stuff so this seemed a good way to start.


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