TIME, Entertainment Weekly, & Rolling Stone Name Best Music of 2013

  /  12.10.2013


Kanye West declared his godliness, Lorde ruled the charts, and Miley Cyrus twerked her way into living rooms in 2013. As the year comes to a close, the critics once again reveal their choices for the best in pop music. TIME, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone comb through their playlists and pick the top albums and singles of the year.

Kanye West’s Yeezus may not have been nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys, but it was ranked No. 1 by TIME and EW. “Has there ever been another great album this bitter, this entitled, this abrasively unsatisfied—or this self-aware about it?” asked TIME‘s Douglas Wolk.

On the singles front, Daft Punk and Pharrell’s “Get Lucky” topped all three singles lists, while Big Sean’s “Control” scored TIME‘s No. 3 spot thanks to Kendrick Lamar’s explosive verse.

From Doris to Yeezus, see the critics’ selections below.

TIME Top 10 Albums of 2013

1. Yeezus – Kanye West
2. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
3. mbv – My Bloody Valentine
4. Who Is William Onyeabor? – William Onyeabor
5. The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You – Neko Case
6. Electricity by Candlelight – Alex Chilton
7. Cut 4 Me – Kelela
8. The Electric Lady – Janelle Monáe
9. Mole City – Quasi
10. Matangi – M.I.A.

TIME Top 10 Songs of 2013

1. “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk
2. “The Wire” – Haim
3. “Control” – Big Sean feat. Jay Electronica & Kendrick Lamar
4. “Ohm” – Yo La Tengo
5. “I Got a Boy” – Girls’ Generation
6. “Cut Copy Me” – Petula Clark
7. “We Can’t Stop” – Miley Cyrus
8. “Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy)” – David Bowie
9. “Cups” – Anna Kendrick
10. “Royals” – Lorde

Rolling Stone Top 10 Albums of 2013

1. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
2. Yeezus – Kanye West
3. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
4. New – Paul McCartney
5. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
6. …Like Clockwork – Queens of the Stone Age
7. Pure Heroine – Lorde
8. Trouble Will Find Me – The National
9. AM – Arctic Monkeys
10. Wrote a Song For Everyone – John Fogerty

Rolling Stone Top 10 Singles of 2013

1. “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell and Nile Rodgers
2. “Royals” – Lorde
3. “Black Skinhead” – Kanye West
4. “Hannah Hunt” – Vampire Weekend
5. “When a Fire Starts to Burn” – Disclosure
6. “Stoned and Starving” – Parquet Courts
7. “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
8. “Retrograde” – James Blake
9. “Started From the Bottom” – Drake
10. “Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys

Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Albums of 2013

1. Yeezus – Kanye West
2. Nothing Was the Same – Drake
3. Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
4. Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
5. Kiss Land – The Weeknd
6. Paramore – Paramore
7. Hummingbird – Local Natives
8. My Name Is My Name – Pusha T
9. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
10. Doris – Earl Sweatshirt

Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Singles of 2013

1. “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
2. “Royals” – Lorde
3. “The Wire” – Haim
4. “Backseat Freestyle” – Kendrick Lamar
5. “Roar” – Katy Perry
6. “Best of Friends” – Palma Violets
7. “Stay” – Rihanna
8. “Cruise (Remix)” – Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly
9. “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – David Bowie
10. “When a Fire Starts To Burn” – Disclosure

Do you agree with their choices? Sound off below.


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