100 Greatest Albums of 2013

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2013 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
2. The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake
3. Yeezus
Kanye West
4. Modern Vampires of the City
Vampire Weekend
5. AM
Arctic Monkeys
6. The Next Day
David Bowie
7. mbv
My Bloody Valentine
8. Beyoncé
9. Paramore
10. Nothing Was the Same
11. Hesitation Marks
Nine Inch Nails
12. Pure Heroine
13. Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels
14. Settle
15. The Electric Lady
Janelle Monae
16. Old
Danny Brown
17. The Marshall Mathers LP 2
18. Like Clockwork
Queens of the Stone Age
19. Ciara
20. Reflektor
Arcade Fire
21. The Blessed Unrest
Sara Bareilles
22. 13
Black Sabbath
23. Artpop
Lady Gaga
24. The Bones of What You Believe
25. My Name is My Name
Pusha T
26. Bangerz
Miley Cyrus
27. Overgrown
James Blake
28. Wise Up Ghost
Elvis Costello & The Roots
29. Matangi
30. Trouble Will Find Me
The National
31. Days Are Gone
32. Seasons of Your Day
Mazzy Star
33. Lightning Bolt
Pearl Jam
34. Prism
Katy Perry
35. Tomorrow’s Harvest
Boards of Canada
36. Twelve Reasons to Die
Ghostface Killah
37. The 1975
The 1975
38. Love and War
Tamar Braxton
39. Save Rock & Roll
Fall Out Boy
40. Once I Was An Eagle
Laura Marling
41. Shaking the Habitual
The Knife
42. Heartthrob
Tegan & Sara
43. Native
44. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Alice in Chains
45. Holy Fire
46. Wolf
Tyler, the Creator
47. Sunbather
48. Wakin' on a Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile
49. New
Paul McCartney
50. The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Neko Case

51. Because the Internet
Childish Gambino
52. True
53. The Diving Board
Elton John
54. Bad Blood
55. The Terror
The Flaming Lips
56. Kveikur
Sigur Rós
57. The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars
58. Long. Live. A$AP.
A$AP Rocky
59. Night Time, My Time
Sky Ferreira
60. Silence Yourself
61. Bloodsports
62. Doris
Earl Sweatshirt
63. Love in the Future
John Legend
64. Mechanical Bull
Kings of Leon
65. Side Effects of You
65. Midnight Memories
One Direction
66. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Franz Ferdinand
67. Indicud
Kid Cudi
68. Electric
Pet Shop Boys
69. Where Does This Door Go
Mayer Hawthorne
70. Amok
Atoms for Peace
71. Czarface
Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric
72. Opposites
Biffy Clyro
73. Fade
Yo La Tengo
74. Desire Lines
Camera Obscura
75. True Romance
Charli XCX
76. Love Lust Faith + Dreams
30 Seconds to Mars
77. Blurred Lines
Robin Thicke
78. Kiss Land
The Weeknd
79. Delta Machine
Depeche Mode
80. Impersonator
Majical Cloudz
81. Demi
Demi Lovato
82. Monomania
83. Dream Rivier
Bill Callahan
84. Wolf's Law
The Joy Formidable
85. Bankrupt!
86. This Is...Icona Pop
Icona Pop
87. Change Becomes Us
88. I Hate Music
89. Pedestrian Verse
Frightened Rabbit
90. Welcome Oblivion
How to Destroy Angels
91. Southeastern
Jason Isbell
92. Hummingbird
Local Natives
93. Government Plates
Death Grips
94. No Blues
Los Campesinos!
95. Mosquito
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
96. Cupid Deluxe
Blood Orange
97. Psychic
98. Cerulean Salt
99. Prison of Conscious
Talib Kweli
100. More Than Just a Dream
Fitz and the Tantrums
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2013
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great album from 2013
* Major Arcana
Speedy Ortiz

Lew's choice:
Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways
The White Buffalo
2012   |   2014