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List Rules 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 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.
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Yeezus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Yeezus Kanye West

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Nothing Was the Same is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
temiram added Nothing Was the Same Drake

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Random Access Memories is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
VicLeung added Random Access Memories Daft Punk

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1,206 935
My Name Is My Name is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
kuzronk added My Name Is My Name Pusha T

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1,194 913
Acid Rap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Acid Rap Chance the Rapper

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1,104 888
Born Sinner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Born Sinner J. Cole

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1,043 822
Because the Internet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Because the Internet Donald Glover

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1,115 852
Long.Live.A$AP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Long.Live.A$AP ASAP Rocky

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Wolf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Wolf Tyler, the Creator

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Old is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Old Danny Brown

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845 768
Doris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Doris Earl Sweatshirt

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435 737
Modern Vampires of the City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
kuzronk added Modern Vampires of the City Vampire Weekend

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193 325
The 20/20 Experience is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
The 20/20 Experience Justin Timberlake

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Watching Movies with the Sound... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2013

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The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of 2013

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Magna Carta... Holy Grail is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2013

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Pure Heroine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
StevenAllanOndo added Pure Heroine Lorde

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742 579
Section.80 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Section.80 Kendrick Lamar

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544 632
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels

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532 622
Overgrown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Overgrown James Blake

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318 531
Reflektor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Reflektor Arcade Fire

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617 691
Blue Chips 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Blue Chips 2 Action Bronson, Party Supplies

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713 788
Indicud is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Indicud Kid Cudi

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69 76
The Next Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
The Next Day David Bowie

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753 772
Trap Lord is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Trap Lord ASAP Ferg

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36 47
MBV is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
MBV My Bloody Valentine

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339 531
Days Are Gone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
kuzronk added Days Are Gone HAIM

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489 611
Innanetape is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Innanetape Vic Mensa

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574 839
Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Hall of Fame Big Sean

The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013 The Best Dodgers Catchers of All Time

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179 477
...Like Clockwork is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
tyler added ...Like Clockwork Queens of the Stone Age

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469 732
Stay Trippy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Stay Trippy Juicy J

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138 172
Summer Knights is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Summer Knights Joey Badass

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54 44
Beyonce is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Beyonce Beyonce

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203 87
Es Ist Keiner Wie Du is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
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274 498
Settle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Settle Disclosure

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31 29
The Bones of What You Believe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
kuzronk added The Bones of What You Believe Chvrches

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391 597
Get Home Safely is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Get Home Safely Dom Kennedy

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356 556
Matangi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Matangi M.I.A.

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82 274
Now What?! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Native Deep Purple

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352 470
BetterOffDEAD is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
BetterOffDEAD

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196 296
Kiss Land is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Kiss Land The Weeknd

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488 786
The Gifted Wale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
The Gifted Wale

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18 32
Push the Sky Away is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Push the Sky Away Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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27 24
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Luke3 added ¡Uno! Green Day

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163 382
Young Sinatra: Welcome to Fore... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever

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22 21
Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
KaylaAnnBubbleWaffles added Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! Panic! at the Disco

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29 32
Trouble Will Find Me is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
politzer added Trouble Will Find Me The National

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102 136
Muchacho is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Muchacho Phosphorescent

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The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
kuzronk added The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Eminem

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Amok is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2013
Amok Atoms for Peace