The Best Albums of 2013 Albums
Ultimate List
186  items 73,478 votes 3,715 voters 22,459 views more info

The Best Albums of 2013

List Criteria: Albums released from January 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013. No re-releases.

What are the best albums of 2013? As the new year dawned, a slew of new albums were released. Some were instantly forgettable, but others immediately got everyone's attention. That's what this list is about: The most musically sound CD releases of the year. Be sure to vote for your favorites, and of course, add to this list as you see fit.

2013 got off to a great start with several new excellent new album releases. OneRepublic's 'Native' was certainly a treat, as was 'Amok' by Atoms for Peace. Then, in March of 2013, Justin Timberlake unleashed 'The 20/20 Experience.' Critics hailed JT's new album as an instant classic, and fans snatched it up in stores and downloaded it online in record numbers. To call it a comeback is an understatement.

Justin Timberlake wasn't the only major artist to release his first album in years: Legendary rocker David Bowie put out his first album in over a decade, 'The Next Day,' in March of 2013 too. With trippy, eerie tracks like "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," the CD was classic Bowie: a great addition to the Bowie discography, and a must for fans.

How will 2013's best albums stack up? The best albums of 2012 list is pretty impressive, after all. It will be hard to top that year's stellar offerings. Will any of the 2013 releases eventually find their way on the list of the greatest albums of all time? Anything is possible where music is concerned.
  • 32 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • Expert
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 1361
    Down 1019

    the people's #1 & most listed Kanye West

    open
  2. 2
    Up 1218
    Down 950

    added by temiram Drake

    open
  3. 3
    Up 1165
    Down 873

    Acid Rap

    open
  4. 4
    Up 1178
    Down 870

    Pusha T

    open
  5. 5
    Up 763
    Down 733

    often listed & added by VicLeung Daft Punk

    open
  6. 6
    Up 1014
    Down 790

    Donald Glover

    open
  7. 7
    Up 1081
    Down 838

    J. Cole

    open
  8. 8
    Up 1097
    Down 809

    ASAP Rocky

    open
  9. 9
    Up 772
    Down 697

    Tyler, the Creator

    open
  10. 10
    Up 1014
    Down 791

    Eminem

    open
  11. 11
    Up 825
    Down 728

    Doris Earl Sweatshirt

    open
  12. 12
    Up 863
    Down 682

    Old Danny Brown

    open
  13. 13
    Up 363
    Down 529

    often listed & added by WarrenMitchell Vampire Weekend

    open
  14. 14
    Up 784
    Down 767

    Mac Miller

    open
  15. 15
    Up 153
    Down 281

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Justin Timberlake

    open
  16. 16
    Up 760
    Down 899

    Jay-Z

    open
  17. 17
    Up 716
    Down 548

    ranked low on reranks Kendrick Lamar

    open
  18. 18
    Up 617
    Down 662

    Action Bronson, Party Supplies

    open
  19. 19
    Up 325
    Down 510

    often listed & added by kuzronk HAIM

    open
  20. 20
    Up 527
    Down 609

    Run the Jewels

    open
  21. 21
    Up 513
    Down 601

    Overgrown James Blake

    open
  22. 22
    Up 292
    Down 512

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Arcade Fire

    open
  23. 23
    Up 705
    Down 760

    Kid Cudi

    open
  24. 24
    Up 745
    Down 745

    ASAP Ferg

    open
  25. 25
    Up 41
    Down 29

    added by StevenAllanOndo Lorde

    open
  26. 26
    Up 47
    Down 51

    The Next Day David Bowie

    open
  27. 27
    Up 132
    Down 150

    Joey Badass

    open
  28. 28
    Up 23
    Down 27

    often listed & ranked high on reranks My Bloody Valentine

    open
  29. 29
    Up 485
    Down 589

    Vic Mensa

    open
  30. 30
    Up 569
    Down 808

    Hall of Fame Big Sean

    open
  31. 31
    Up 35
    Down 22

    Am Arctic Monkeys

    open
  32. 32
    Up 195
    Down 69

    ranked low on reranks & added by predrag Es Ist Keiner Wie Du Peer Van Mladen

    open
  33. 33
    Up 76
    Down 259

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Native

    open
  34. 34
    Up 390
    Down 578

    Dom Kennedy

    open
  35. 35
    Up 465
    Down 710

    Juicy J

    open
  36. 36
    Up 48
    Down 56

    Amok Atoms for Peace

    open
  37. 37
    Up 350
    Down 453

    ranked low on reranks BetterOffDEAD

    open
  38. 38
    Up 160
    Down 364

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever

    open
  39. 39
    Up 162
    Down 463

    often listed & added by tyler Queens of the Stone Age

    open
  40. 40
    Up 483
    Down 769

    The Gifted Wale

    open
  41. 41
    Up 19
    Down 12

    added by gamedemon24 Pearl Jam

    open
  42. 42
    Up 351
    Down 539

    ranked low on reranks M.I.A.

    open
  43. 43
    Up 8
    Down 20

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    open
  44. 44
    Up 17
    Down 17

    Deerhunter

    open
  45. 45
    Up 94
    Down 126

    Muchacho Phosphorescent

    open
  46. 46
    Up 189
    Down 284

    The Weeknd

    open
  47. 47
    Up 24
    Down 17

    Beyonce Beyonce

    open
  48. 48
    Up 13
    Down 20

    Settle Disclosure

    open
  49. 49
    Up 16
    Down 18

    added by politzer The National

    open
  50. 50
    Up 17
    Down 19

    added by kuzronk Chvrches

    open
  51. 187 +

    Something missing? Add it!

items 1 - 50 of 186

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists