The 10 Best Albums Of 2013

It's that wonderful time of the year where every critic in the world lists his or her favorite television shows, movies, books, and music. But all kidding aside, this was a very good year for music. Here are the Top 10 Albums of 2013:

10. Haim, Days Are Gone
It seemed like years and years passed from the release of the "Forever" single until we were finally able to get our hands on the Days Are Gone album. But it was worth it.

9. The Uncluded, Hokey Fright
I became a fan of Kimya Dawson with the release of 2001's The Moldy Peaches. Pairing her with Aesop Rock doesn't seem like it would work on paper, but oh hell does it ever. Sorry, Kanye. This was the best rap album of the year.

8. Paramore, Paramore
Paramore was a much more mature album, both lyrically and musically, than the band's previous works. Loved it!

7. Lorde, Pure Heroine
"Royals" was on the radio nonstop in 2013, a refreshing change to the pop landscape. I cannot wait to hear what the future holds for Lorde.

6. The Julie Ruin, Run Fast
It's great to have you back, Kathleen Hanna. This album is a hell of a lot of fun and attitude.

5. Wallpaper., Ricky Reed Is Real
You're not going to find the meaning of life on this album, unless you feel it has something to do with drinking. But that's kind of the point. Ricky Reed Is Real is a fun party album, meant to be shouted along to with several hundred of your closest friends at a kickass party.

4. Fall Out Boy, Save Rock And Roll
Loved it back in April. Still do. Here was our original review: "'Are you ready for another bad poem, one more off-key anthem?' Patrick Stump asks the listener after Courtney Love finishes Jim Carrolling the beginning of 'Rat A Tat.' He's being too hard on himself: his voice is as awesome and ever and the lyrics are bombastic, a little cheesy, but a lot of fun. This is the album for the summer, something to blast through your speakers as you sing along. Fall Out Boy is not saving rock and roll with this album, but they're making you remember why you love it."

3. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires Of The City
With each release, Vampire Weekend keeps getting better and better and you can make a strong case for "Diane Young" as the best song of the year.

2. Allison Weiss, Say What You Mean
Called this my favorite album of 2013 in April. Almost ended up that way. Bonus info: Weiss just recently released Say What You Mean (Sideways Sessions), an acoustic version of the album, which is also awesome. Here was our original review:

"Say What You Mean is ten songs about heartache and pain, but you don't realize it at first because you're digging the catchy rock-infused pop songs. Then you start listening to the lyrics more intently and they're so incredible, it's like discovering a whole other album! These are emotionally deep, heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics that everyone can relate to. Heartache never sounded so good."

1. Wyldlife, The Time Has Come To Rock & Roll
Fall Out Boy might have set out to save rock 'n' roll, but no one owned rock 'n' roll in 2013 like Wyldlife. The Time Has Come To Rock & Roll is all attitude and swagger, '70s glam, and hooks that won't leave your head. I probably listened to this album more in 2013 than I did the rest of the top 10 combined.

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