PMA’s 40 Best Albums of 2013

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BEST OF 2013: ALBUMS | SONGS | EPS | MIXTAPES

Music in 2013 has been an embarrassment of riches – we really can’t stress that enough. It’s almost poetic that just hours before we published this list, Beyoncé released a surprise LP that not only fucks with the traditional album releasing strategies, but challenges pop music as a whole.

That’s just one of many examples of why it was so great to be a music fan in 2013. This year, we were seduced by comebacks and reunions we never expected to hear at all, or albums from new talents that seemed to come out of nowhere. As we do every year, we celebrated by ranking the forty albums that stuck with us the most this year – and we also threw in 25 honorable mentions that are, in their own right, unmissable. Best part? You can listen to all of them for free, thanks to Rdio. Follow that link and sign in with Facebook if you don’t have an account, so you can follow along. Thanks for listening with us this year.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS of 2013
AlunaGeorge – Body Music
A$AP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP
Bill Callahan – Dream River
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
David Bowie – The Next Day
Drake – Nothing Was The Same
FIDLAR – FIDLAR
Foals – Holy Fire
Forest Swords – Engravings
Fuck Buttons – Soft Focus
Italians Do It Better – After Dark 2
James Holden – The Inheritors
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
Julia Holter – Loud City Song
Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
Lorde – Pure Heroine
M.I.A. – Matangi
Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
Marnie Stern – The Chronicles of Marnia
Mikal Cronin – MCII
Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium
The Weeknd – Kiss Land
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse

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