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2013 Music Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013  

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Check Out the Full List on Complex.com. Every year, towards the end of the year, we look back on all the albums we've listened to over the past twelve months. Only then do we start to form an opinion about the overall strength of the musical bounty: whether is been a "good year" or a "bad year." (And, of course, such assessment can change over time. Ask us again in twenty years, and things might look very different.) During the year, it never feels like things are going well. You hear some records and think, "Well, that was pretty cool." And then there's plenty of that you don't care much about, so many songs that don't grab you. There's always a ton of new music out. (Too much, it seems like, trying to keep up with it all.) But there's never a ton of great music out. But that's the thing about greatness, it builds over time.

So with 2013 coming to a close, we're starting to realize what a really great year for music it's been. There've been a been a lot of particularly strong albums this year. There were highly anticipated albums by artists like DrakeKanye West, and J. Cole that lived up to the hype, there were the unexpected delights of Haim and Young Thug and A$AP Ferg, and worthy entries into established catalogs by acts like Eminem and Queens of the Stone Age. All that and oh so much more. Take a look back with us with The 50 Best Albums of 2013.

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Yeezus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Kanye West

2
1,138 821
Acid Rap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Acid Rap

3
1,152 834
My Name Is My Name is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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1,061 768
Long.Live.A$AP is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
ASAP Rocky

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1,177 895
Nothing Was the Same is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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1,056 813
Born Sinner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
J. Cole

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993 759
Because the Internet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Donald Glover

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980 773
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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851 659
Old is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Old Danny Brown

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698 527
Section.80 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
PaulCastillo added Kendrick Lamar

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Doris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Earl Sweatshirt

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757 668
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
stewUfoo added Tyler, the Creator

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766 744
Watching Movies with the Sound... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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728 724
Trap Lord is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
ASAP Ferg

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703 700
Random Access Memories is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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694 737
Indicud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Kid Cudi

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607 638
Blue Chips 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Action Bronson, Party Supplies

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734 871
Magna Carta... Holy Grail is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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514 579
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Run the Jewels

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503 579
Overgrown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
James Blake

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473 562
Innanetape is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Vic Mensa

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339 432
BetterOffDEAD is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
stewUfoo added BetterOffDEAD

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557 780
Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Hall of Fame Big Sean

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381 553
Get Home Safely is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Dom Kennedy

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453 686
Stay Trippy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Juicy J

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337 494
Indigoism is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Indigoism The Underachievers

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120 124
Summer Knights is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
stewUfoo added Joey Badass

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475 744
The Gifted Wale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
findxparty added The Gifted Wale

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324 496
Modern Vampires of the City is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Vampire Weekend

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334 516
Matangi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
M.I.A.

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341 531
Yours Truly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Ariana Grande

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305 481
Days Are Gone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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295 467
Anything in Return is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Chaz Bundick

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181 262
Kiss Land is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
AJSeaman987 added The Weeknd

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137 192
Owl Pharoah is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
AJSeaman987 added Owl Pharoah

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115 168
King Remembered in Time is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
AJSeaman987 added Big K.R.I.T.

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359 682
B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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257 484
Reflektor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Arcade Fire

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247 464
Settle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Disclosure

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155 344
Young Sinatra: Welcome to Fore... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
PaulCastillo added Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever

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54 103
MellowHigh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
stewUfoo added Mellowhigh

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259 623
Yrn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Yrn Migos

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184 442
6 Feet Beneath the Moon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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74 163
Delusional Thomas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
AJSeaman987 added Delusional Thomas

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RamiIsmailAbdalla added Tech N9ne

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Cupid Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Dev Hynes

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53 138
Nostalgic 64 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
jayswag813 added Denzel Curry

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31 81
Knock Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
AbdoulayeDia added Knock Madness

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Body Music is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
Complex added AlunaGeorge

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34 99
Thee Way Eye See It is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2013
stewUfoo added Thee Way Eye See It CJ Fly