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2013: Radicool To The Maxtreme

Somehow ended up listening to around 70 albums that came out this year, here's my top 50 or so. This is purely ranked based on my level of enjoyment because I think to try and be objective about music misses the point of music entirely.
1James Blake

soul/dubstep I liked his first album alright, but holy shit this is an incredible album. I've essentially been listening to it at least once a week all year and it's hardly worn off on me.
2The Black Heart Rebellion
Har Nevo

post-hardcore/ambient/tribal/psychedelic/post-rock I listed way too many genres for this, but it has such a unique sound that that's the best way for me to describe it. People have definitely been sleeping on this one, I highly recommend it.

math rock A band I love releases what is possibly their best album yet, what else can I say?
4Dance Gavin Dance
Acceptance Speech

post-hardcore I understand a lot of the criticism this album has received, but at the same time it's just so fun I can't bring myself to give a shit about any of that. New vocalist is great, band is as tight as ever, the songs are well written. I can't really ask for much more than that from one of my favorite bands.
5Chance the Rapper
Acid Rap

hip-hop If you've heard this, you know why it's here. If you haven't, then I can't stress it enough that you check it out. Immaculate production, insane flow, extremely witty lyrics, lots of squawking.
6Nam Le
Nam Le

post-hardcore Why the fuck has no one on here except Adam Downer heard of these guys? Incredibly underrated post-hardcore, these guys are going to do great things (and have already done so with this EP).
7State Faults

screamo A breath of fresh air in a scene that seems to be becoming increasingly stagnant and over-saturated.
8Parent Guardian

math rock/indie/post-hardcore Been seeing most of the guys in this band play in various bands throughout my time in high school and I feel privileged to be friends with such talented musicians. This isn't just me plugging my friends' band, if I was this would be far lower on the list. No, this is the culmination of all the hard work these guys have put in over the years: all those fucking loud shows, the drastic changes in style over the years, their progression as musicians. Parent Guardian have always had a pretty distinct sound, but they've really come into their own with this album, and while I was expecting to enjoy it, Specific vastly exceeded my expectations. It's also free so you've got nothing to lose by checking it out http://parentguardian.bandcamp.com/album/specific
9Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

10Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience

pop/r&b I was extremely skeptical when a friend recommended this to me, but I ended up having one of those wonderful experiences where you go in expecting to hate something and it ends up completely proving you wrong.
Though I'm Alone

screamo/post-rock Tied with Har Nevo for the darkest album of 2013. It's not often that I'm in the right mood to listen to this, but when I am, it delivers.
12Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels

hip-hop "Killer Mike and El-P, fuck boys, think about it."
13Childish Gambino
Because The Internet

hip-hop fuck all the hate this album's been getting. I can hardly stand any of his other work, but this album is fucking awesome.
Songs to Break Up To

electronic It's so nice when a concept album fits its concept perfectly, especially one that's mostly instrumental.
15August Burns Red
Rescue and Restore

metalcore I enjoyed this more than the new Misery Signals, sue me.
16Loading Data
Double Disco Animal Style

rock If you like Quuens of the Stone Age, you'll like this. Only QOTSA album I like more than this is ...Like Clockwork.
17Streetlight Manifesto
The Hands That Thieve

ska-punk This album is pretty much the reason I didn't go insane working at the most mind- numbingly boring job I've ever had.

black metal/shoegaze still not sure if I like this more than Roads to Judah, but it's really been growing on me lately. Black metal purism is stupid.
19The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us is the Killer

mathcore Not for the faint of heart.

jazz fusion/post-rock Really interesting Japanese band, they got a bit of hype on this site earlier this year, but they deserve a little more.
21The Story So Far
What You Don't See

pop-punk one of the only good pop-punk bands in today's scene. They were really freaking intense when I saw them over the summer.
22Coheed and Cambria
The Afterman: Descension

post-hardcore/faux-prog (jk what a dumb term)
23The Wonder Years
The Greatest Generation

pop-punk No idea why this band needs 3 guitarists, but they make some pretty solid pop- punk so I guess I'm not complaining.
Nightmare Ending

ambient/solo piano
25Senses Fail

post-hardcore They were starting to get kind of stale so the new sound they've developed with this latest album was extremely refreshing.
Spiral Power

27Old Gray
An Autobiography

This is How the Wind Shifts

post-hardcore Enjoyed this way more than I thought I would
29Strawberry Girls
French Ghetto

math rock
30Protest the Hero


32Touche Amore
Is Survived By

33Misery Signals
Absent Light

metalcore Haven't jammed this as much as I should have
34Sigur Ros

post-rock best album they've put out in a while. That bass tone in Brennisteinn...
35Russian Circles

36My Bloody Valentine
m b v

37Kanye West

hip-hop I was way more into this when it came out. It didn't really hold up that well, but I got a lot of enjoyment out of it and it's insanely quotable.
38Bring Me The Horizon

metalcore Most of this album blows, but Can You Feel My Heart, Sleepwalking, and Hospital For Souls and one or two other songs are so good I had to put this on the list.
The Blackest Beautiful

post-hardcore So many awesome songs on here, but before this album I'd never had such a negative reaction to an album's production that it actively detracted from my enjoyment of the album.
40A Lot Like Birds
No Place

progressive/post-hardcore Should have jammed this more than I did, I really liked what I heard, but I haven't listened to it enough to warrant it being much higher than this on the list.
41Modern Life Is War
Fever Hunting

hardcore Honestly wasn't as enthralled by this as many people seemed to be, but it's a good album.
How to Find Light

screamo thanks for the rec Mister Tornado

post-rock/math rock
44Lotte Kestner
The Bluebird of Happiness

45Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires of the City

indie pop
46Kayo Dot

avant-garde/progressive metal
Rival Dealer

dubstep Underwhelming by Burial's standards, which still means it's a pretty solid EP.
48The Dodos

49 Boris

metal yeah that's right I bet you forgot that Boris released something this year
50Arcade Fire

51Submotion Orchestra

Wild Light

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