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Favourite 50 Albums of 2013

William Wallace. Ewan McGregor. Shrek. Kilts. Bagpipes. A yearning for independence. What do all these things have in common? That’s right, they are all Scottish. Scotland was a fairly prevalent theme in my music preferences in 2013. It was an amazing year for Scottish musicians across the spectrum, with new albums from Biffy Clyro, Roddy Woomble (formerly of Idlewild), Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, and newcomers CHVRCHES.
It was also a succesful year for hip-hop, as new albums from Jay-Z, Drake, Eminem, and Kanye West all garnered considerable critical acclaim. But I’m not really a fan of hip-hop. I have tried time and again to get into it, but I can’t manage to accept it. There are a few exceptions, of course, but in general I find it unenjoyable because I’ve realized that as a genre, I just don’t understand it. I’m saying this because while a lot of people love these albums (Kanye West’s Yeezus, in particular, seems to be the consensus “Best Album of 2013,”) they do not have a place on this list.
Nor do many critically adored albums. David Bowie, Laura Marling, and Atlas Genius were just some of the big names I left out because they simply didn’t appeal to me. This may all change in a year from now, or maybe ten years from now. I could revisit a record and enjoy it when previously I hadn’t. The opposite is also true. But this list is about what I like right now. Maybe I’ll look back at it one day and ask myself what I was thinking, but for now, here are my favourite albums of 2013, along with a handful of great EPs.

Clicking an album cover takes you to Spotify, clicking a song takes you to Youtube


American Authors- American Authors
"Best Day of My Life"

Chemistry Club- Danger
"In All Directions"

Dean Miller- 'Til You Stop Getting Up
"This Is Where It All Goes Right"

Hot Bodies In Motion- Principle A
"That Darkness"

Phantogram- Phantogram
"Black Out Days"

Saints of Valory- Possibilities

The Shouting Matches- Mouthoil
"I Had A Real Good Lover"

Walk the Moon- Tightrope

Special Releases

Minus the Bear- Acoustics II
"The Game Needed Me"

Rilo Kiley- rkives
"Runnin’ Around"

Top 50

50. Kings of Leon- Mechanical Bull
"On The Chin"

49. Cloud Control- Dream Cave
"The Smoke, The Feeling"

48. The Neighbourhood- I Love You.
"Everybody’s Watching Me (Uh Oh)"

47. Roddy Woomble- Listen to Keep
"Trouble Your Door"
"Making Myths"

46. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Mosquito

45. Pyyramids- Brightest Darkest Day
"That Ain’t Right"
"Paper Doll"

44. She & Him- Vol. 3
"I’ve Got Your Number, Son"
"Something’s Haunting You"

43. The Features- The Features
"This Disorder"
"The New Romantic"

42. The Mowgli’s- Waiting For the Dawn
"Slowly, Slowly"

41. Bastille- Bad Blood
"Things We Lost In the Fire"

40. Placebo- Loud Like Love
"A Million Little Pieces"
"Loud Like Love"

39. Bombino- Nomad

38. Radical Face- The Family Tree: The Branches
"From the Mouth of An Injured Head"
"Summer Skeletons"

37. Arcade Fire- Reflektor
"Here Comes the Night Time II"

36. Clairy Brown and The Bangin’ Rackettes- Baby Caught the Bus
"Love Letter"
"Baby Caught the Bus"

35. Phoenix- Bankrupt!
"Drakkar Noir"

34. The Head and The Heart- Let’s Be Still

33. The Civil Wars- The Civil Wars
"Dust to Dust"
"Tell Mama"

32. Jason Isbell- Southeastern
"Songs That She Sang In the Shower"

31. Franz Ferdinand- Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
"Evil Eye"

30. Cobalt Cranes- Head In the Clouds
"Head In the Clouds"
"Devils All Around"

29. The Joy Formidable- Wolf’s Law
"This Ladder Is Ours"

28. MS MR- Secondhand Rapture
"Think of You"

27. Eels- Wonderful, Glorious
"Kinda Fuzzy"
"On the Ropes"

26. The Fratellis- We Need Medicine
"She’s Not Gone Yet But She’s Leaving"
"Whisky Saga"

25. The National- Trouble Will Find Me
"Sea of Love"

24. Fitz and The Tantrums- More Than Just A Dream
"Fool’s Gold"

23. Jake Bugg- Shangri La
"A Song About Love"
"Slumville Sunrise"

22. Portugal. The Man- Evil Friends
"Purple Yellow Red & Blue"
"Modern Jesus"

21. The Weeks- Dear Bo Jackson
"Dear Bo Jackson"
"King-Sized Death Bed"

20. Stereophonics- Graffiti On The Train
"Violins and Tambourines"

19. Blitzen Trapper- VII
"Shine On"
"Oregon Geography"

18. Woodkid- The Golden Age
"I Love You"
"Run Boy Run"

17. Jimmy Eat World- Damage
"How’d You Have Me"

16. Grouplove- Spreading Rumours
"What I Know"

15. Cage the Elephant- Melophobia

14. Black Joe Lewis- Electric Slave
"The Hipster"

13. Kopecky Family Band- Kids Raising Kids
"Are You Listening"

12. Justin Timberlake- The 20/20 Experience
"Pusher Love Girl"
"Take Back the Night"

11. The Naked and Famous- In Rolling Waves
"I Kill Giants"
"Hearts Like Ours"

10. Pickwick- Can’t Talk Medicine
"Brother Roland"
"Hacienda Motel"
"Lady Luck"

9. The Shouting Matches- Grownass Man
"Gallup, NM"
"Seven Sisters"

8. Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
"Instant Crush" ft. Julian Casablancas
"Get Lucky" ft. Pharrell Williams
"Giorgio By Moroder"

7. Lorde- Pure Heroine
"Tennis Court"
"Glory and Gore"

6. Valerie June- Pushin’ Against A Stone
"Pushin’ Against A Stone"
"Tennessee Time"
"Trials, Troubles, Tribulations"

5. Arctic Monkeys- AM
"Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?"

4. Haim- Days Are Gone
"If I Could Change Your Mind"
"The Wire"

3. Biffy Clyro- Opposites
"Different People"

2. Gregory Alan Isakov- The Weatherman
"Living Proof"
"Suitcase Full of Sparks"

1. CHVRCHES- The Bones of What You Believe
"By the Throat"

Favourite 20 Albums of… 2003

I’ve decided to switch the titles of these lists from “Top 20 Albums Of…” to “Favourite 20 Albums Of…” because, while it’s pretty obvious that I list my favourite records, I don’t want people thinking I’m a moron for leaving critically acclaimed albums of my lists. For instance, in 2003, Radiohead’s Hail to The Thief was released, as was Amy Winehouse’s Frank. Both albums were adored the world over, and while I recognize their greatness, they aren’t as appealing to me, and there were easily at least 20 albums that I enjoyed more than those.
Just be happy that I’m making this list now and not in 2003, because then it would surely include Hot Action Cop, Hoobastank, and Story of the Year. So, without further rambling, here are some albums that have been around for a decade. Yikes.

Honourable Mention: Lost In Translation soundtrack
Definitely one of my favourite soundtracks, and while My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields did compose some original music for the film, I’m keeping this list to original music by one group/ artist. Otherwise, this would certainly be in the top 10.
The Jesus And Mary Chain - “Just Like Honey”
Death In Vegas - “Girls”

20. Athlete- Vehicles & Animals
"El Salvador"

19. Cold- Year of the Spider
"Rain Song"
"Black Sunday"

18. The Stills- Logic Will Break Your Heart
"Lola Stars and Stripes"
"Changes Are No Good"

17. Evanescence- Fallen

16. Pete Yorn- Day I Forgot
"Crystal Village"
"Long Way Down"

15. Coheed & Cambria- In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
"A Favor House Atlantic"
"Three Evils (Embodied In Love and Shadow)"

14. Biffy Clyro- The Vertigo of Bliss
"A Day Of…"
"Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys"

13. Dashboard Confessional- A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
"Bend and Not Break"
"Morning Calls"

12. The Postal Service- Give Up
"We Will Become Silhouettes"
"The District Sleeps Alone Tonight"

11. The Strokes- Room On Fire
"Meet Me In the Bathroom"

10. Alkaline Trio- Good Mourning
"Every Thug Needs A Lady"
"All On Black"

9. Alien Ant Farm- truANT
"These Days"
"S.S. Recognize"

8. Placebo- Sleeping With Ghosts
"Sleeping With Ghosts"
"This Picture"

7. Stereophonics- You Gotta Go There to Come Back
"High As The Ceiling"

6. Kings of Leon- Youth & Young Manhood
"Joe’s Head"
"Molly’s Chambers"

5. The White Stripes- Elephant
"Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine"
"Black Math"

4. Brand New- Deja Entendu
"Jaws Theme Swimming"
"Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t"

3. Muse- Absolution
"Butterflies and Hurricanes"

2. The Black Keys- Thickfreakness
"Hurt Like Mine"

1. Death Cab for Cutie- Transatlanticism
"We Looked Like Giants"
"Passenger Seat"

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