Albums Of The Year 2013 – One List To Rule Them All

It’s that time of the year again… Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and music magazines the world over are herding truculent albums into carefully-determined formation. Needless to say, the only 100% true and accurate reflection of the year’s musical output was published by this very magazine, and can be found in full here.

We know that other (less accurate) lists are available. Last year, we rounded up all the lists and Frank Ocean came out comfortably on top. This year, we’ve aggregated 12 lists: our own NME list plus lists from Rolling Stone, Spin, Paste, Uncut, The Quietus, Drowned In Sound, Stereogum, Q, Mojo, Popmatters and The AV Club. The methodology is simple: 20 points for first place, one point for 20th. You can work out all the numbers in between.

The winner is a little less clear cut than last year’s romp home by Frank Ocean. While the likes of Daft Punk, Kanye West, David Bowie, Haim and Arctic Monkeys have split opinions, one band from New York City have had a strong showing across the board and come out on top in 2013’s list of lists:

=20. Bill Callahan – ‘Dream River’ (34 points)
=20. Janelle Monae – ‘The Electric Lady’ (34 points)
19. Deafheaven – ‘Sunbather’ (37 points)
18. Foals – ‘Holy Fire’ (41 points)
17. Chvrches – ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ (43 points)
16. Jon Hopkins – ‘Immunity’ (44 points)
15. Queens of the Stone Age – ‘…Like Clockwork’ (46 points)
14. Kurt Vile – ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’ (47 points)
13. John Grant – ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ (57 points)
=11. Savages – ‘Silence Yourself’ (60 points)
=11. Disclosure – ‘Settle’ (60 points)
10. The National – ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ (61 points)
9. Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’ (65 points)
8. My Bloody Valentine – ‘mbv’ (68 points)
7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘Push The Sky Away’ (77 points)
6. Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’ (81 points)
5. Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’ (83 points)
4. David Bowie – ‘The Next Day’ (100 points)
3. Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’ (121 points)
2. Kanye West – ‘Yeezus’ (130 points)
1. Vampire Weekend – ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ (162 points)