FL’s Top 50 Albums of 2013

Celebrating 2013: A remarkable year for music

More often than not there’s one particular album, artist or sound that defines a year in music. 2013 bucks this trend – and that’s what makes it so remarkable. The sheer volume of quality releases from artists, both new and old, that have emerged over the past 12 months is like nothing we have seen in recent history.

In a year that Daft Punk captured the world’s imagination with the release of their first album in eight years, the likes of David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds proved how vital they still are by releasing some of the strongest albums of their careers. It was also a year in which artists we thought we had pinned down produced records that pushed the envelope (and at times their fans’ devotion) – from Queens of The Stone Age’s doom-disco curveball …Like Clockwork to Kanye West’s dark and demented Yeezus, Arcade Fire’s dancefloor-inspired Reflektor to Arctic Monkeys’ swaggering AM. Demanding just as much attention were newcomers like Haim, Chvrches, Lorde and Chance The Rapper.

And that’s not to underplay how great a year it was for Australian releases; many of which cut through to global markets. There was The Drones’ terrifying I See Seaweed, Violent Soho’s desperate rock of Hungry Ghost and Jagwar Ma’s masterfully constructed Howlin, just to name a few. In fact, 2013 has been so impressive it’s made choosing just one single album to sit above all the others a very hard task. 2014, your move. – Sarah Smith

Compiled by FL’s editorial team. Our writers’ individual lists are included on the final page.


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