Having revealed our writers’ picks last week, we opened the floor to you for NME readers’ favourite albums of 2013 in a NME.com poll. Kicking us off at number 20 is Kanye West whose ‘Yeezus’ needed neither artwork nor a promo campaign. Find out NME’s 50 top albums of 2013 here.
Hookworms’ psychedelic sonics won over plenty of you in 2013, with ‘Mystic Pearl’ in at number 19 in your picks of the year. With work underway on a new album due in 2014, we could well see the racket-makers in this list next year too.
Jon Hopkins’ Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Immunity’ was a dark, juddering electronic wasteland with chinks of melancholy piano, making it not just one of our albums of the year, but one of yours too.
MIA made an emphatic return to form on ‘Matangi’, her most out-there album to date. Part cross-culture experiment, part dancefloor banger, its release sent shockwaves rippling through pop music.
Not many of us thought we’d ever get another My Bloody Valentine album, but just as we began to give up hope came ‘MBV’, picking up where ‘Loveless’ left off with its brutal-but-beautiful shoegaze sound.
An ambitious double album, ‘Reflektor’ saw Arcade Fire – a band often derided as too serious – loosen up and have some fun, embracing a new disco-imbibed sound shaped by producer James Murphy of LCD Soundystem fame.
A sci-fi pop classic, ‘Random Access Memories’ was like drunk dancing at a disco in deep space. Don’t leave it so long till the next album please, Daft Punk.
In at number 13, the death-obsessed ‘Trouble Will Find Me’, indie brooders The National’s sixth studio album. “Everything you love about the National but bigger and better,” wrote Aidan Chastock on Twitter.
A fizzing garage throwback, Disclosure’s highly anticipated debut album ‘Settle’ didn’t disappoint in the slightest, living up to the formidable hype created by hit single ‘White Noise’, featuring AlunaGeorge. NME readers liked it enough to vote it number 13 in your albums of 2013.
An explosion of high octane riffs, Drenge’s self-titled debut established themselves as one of Britain’s hottest new bands. Their number 11 placing in NME readers’ best albums of the year list suggests it wasn’t just former Labour MP Tom Watson getting excited about them in 2013.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds returned in February with the menacing, magnificent ‘Push The Sky Away’. “It’s classic Cave,” NME reader Gary Cousins wrote.
A moody post-punk gem, Savages more than delivered with their debut album, the brilliant ‘Silence Yourself’. “The noisy guitars, the vocals, it’s all blinding,” Kate Wright told us via Twitter.
Jagwar Ma are Noel Gallagher’s favourite new band – and if the results of this poll are anything to go by, a lot of your’s too. ‘Howlin’ was a big-hitting 48 minutes of psych grooves.
“Band of the year!” wrote Jason Stanfield on Facebook about Peace, whose ‘In Love’ also figured in NME writers’ albums of the year picks. “They’re only gonna get better too.”
Number 6 in NME readers’ records of the year is ‘Once I Was An Eagle’, the latest chapter in Laura Marling’s impressive story – aged just 23, she’s now released four acclaimed full lengths. This was her most stirring to date.
Bowie’s return this year, releasing new album ‘The Next Day’ without warning, was a shock. The record’s stellar quality however was no surprise, full of the incomparable evocative songwriting he’s spent decades perfecting.
Number 4 is Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’. “A real grower,” said Lucas Martin on Facebook. “Didn’t like it at first, then it grew into not just my album of the year but one of my favourites of all time.”
“Josh Homme’s no nonsense songwriting just gets better and better and better and better,” said NME reader Tyler Grant of Queens of the Stone Age’s brilliant ‘…Like Clockwork,’ officially NME readers’ third favourite album of 2013.
Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ romped to victory in NME writers’ albums of the year list after winning a 10/10 perfect review upon release. The Sheffield boys will have to make do with second place in NME readers’ list, however. Which leaves only one winner…
It’s official – NME readers’ album of 2013 is Foals’ acclaimed ‘Holy Fire’. “It’ll go down in history,” wrote NME reader Kris McDonald. “The best band in Britain right now’s coming of age. ‘Inhaler’ is the heaviest thing they’ve ever done and ‘My Number’ is the catchiest. Loads of variety, a worthy winner!” We’re not gonna argue with you, Kris.