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List Rules Only indie rock albums released in the 2013 calendar year.

This is a list of the best Indie Rock Albums of 2013. You have been waiting for this moment for--it feels like--your entire life, and finally the time has come to judge what you think is the greatest indie album of 2013!

What is the greatest indie release of 2013? Was My Bloody Valentine's comeback album worth the long wait? Is Jake Bugg all he is cracked up to be? Or was this the year of Vampire Weekend or Arcade Fire?

Well what is indie rock anyway? It's actually one of the most non-descriptive genre definer in music, possibly beaten out by the term "pop." Indie stands for Independent, and came out of the 80s and the 90s from bands and labels that were independent of major labels and subsequently had little cash to spend on recording and distributing. Luckily, this struggle made their music more real, more tangible, closer to home, raw and genuine and turned common punks into people with actual musical skills with a heart to boot. Thus, "Indie" music came about. 

Some might argue that we've come to a point where much of indie music has lost its credibility as its success and audience has broadened, some bands reaching a point to be almost categorized as pop. But honestly, who cares? All that really matters is if the music is good, or if it sucks and we can all forget about it that much easier.

This is the list of the best indie rock albums of 2013. Vote or rerank this list based on what artist you think had the best indie album. There are plenty of great choices on this list, but if you think someone is missing, feel free to add them.
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27 11
Modern Vampires of the City is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Modern Vampires of the City Vampire Weekend

2
29 13
Am is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Am Artic Monkeys

3
23 15
Reflektor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Reflektor Arcade Fire

4
15 9
Days Are Gone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013

5
16 10
M B V is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
M B V My Bloody Valentine

6
14 10
Trouble Will Find Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Trouble Will Find Me The National

7
10 6
Overgrown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Overgrown James Blake

8
10 8
Monomania is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Monomania Deerhunter

9
7 5
Cerulean Salt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Cerulean Salt Waxahatchee

10
3 1
Uncanney Valley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Uncanney Valley The Dismemberment Plan

11
3 1
“Fetch” is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added “Fetch” Melt-Banana

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11 10
Jake Bugg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Jake Bugg Jake Bugg

13
6 5
Heartthrob is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Heartthrob Tegan and Sara

14
5 4
New Moon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
New Moon The Men

The Best Rock Vocalists

15
3 2
Kveikur is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Kveikur Sigur Rós

16
2 1
California X is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added California X California X

17
2 1
Bitter Rivals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Bitter Rivals Sleigh Bells

18
2 1
Yeah Right is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Yeah Right Bleeding Rainbow

19
2 1
Ideal Cities is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Ideal Cities Roomrunner

20
2 1
Feast of Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Feast of Love Pity Sex

21
2 1
Bad Brother is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Bad Brother Two Inch Astronaut

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2 1
Honeys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Honeys Pissed Jeans

23
2 1
The Chronicles of Marnia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added The Chronicles of Marnia Marnie Stern

24
2 1
The Distance Is So Big is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added The Distance Is So Big Lemuria

25
1 0
Weird Sister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Weird Sister Joanna Gruesome

26
1 0
Chelsea Light Moving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Chelsea Light Moving Chelsea Light Moving

27
1 0
Wait to Pleasure is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Wait to Pleasure No Joy

28
8 8
Hummingbird is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Hummingbird Local Natives

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s

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8 8
Holy Fire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Holy Fire Foals

30
6 6
The 1975 - the 1975 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
mxmx added The 1975 - the 1975

31
5 5
Mala is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Mala Devendra Banhart

32
5 5
I Hate Music is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
I Hate Music Superchunk

33
4 4
Silence Yourself is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013

34
1 1
Defend Yourself is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Defend Yourself Sebadoh

35
1 1
Surfing Strange is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
muzziac added Surfing Strange Swearin'

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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6 7
Shaking the Habitual is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013

37
5 6
Specter at the Feast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Specter at the Feast Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

38
5 6
Melophobia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Melophobia Cage the Elephant

39
5 6
Woman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
The Awards Circuit added Woman Rhye

40
4 5
Les Revenants is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Les Revenants Mogwai

41
4 5
Major Arcana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Major Arcana Speedy Ortiz

42
1 3
San Fermin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
JacksonMay added San Fermin San Fermin

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43
6 9
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
carlybobarly added MGMT MGMT

44
6 9
Bankrupt! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Bankrupt! Phoenix

45
5 8
Wakin on a Pretty Daze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013

46
5 8
Sunbather is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Sunbather Deafheaven

47
4 7
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Mosquito Yeah Yeah Yeahs

48
4 7
Paracosm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Paracosm Washed Out

49
3 6
Evil Friends is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013
Evil Friends Portugal. The Man

50
3 6
Wonderful, Glorious is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums of 2013