WCDB’s Top Albums of 2013

Reflektor

1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Voting Points: 213

The spectacle of the album release was a wonder in itself, and Arcade Fire’s experimentation into Disco was the top voted album of the year by a wide margin in our poll.

Acid Rap

2. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap

Voting Points: 157.5

The second mix tape from Chance the Rapper caught the attention of multiple departments in our station, helping it be named the top hip-hop album of the year on our list.

Modern Vampires of the City

3. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Voting Points: 142

The sound matured for Vampire Weekend, solidifying their role as one of the premiere pop artists in today’s music scene.

Hummingbird_(local_natives_album)

4. Local Natives – Hummingbird

Voting Points: 112

An inspired and experimental album from the group garnered them a lot of attention this year from media publications, and our DJs viewed it with a similar level of admiration.

FIDLAR

5. FIDLAR – FIDLAR

Voting Points: 106

The debut album for the California Skate-Punk band brought a ton of energy with it during their screamed stories about drugs and youthful ideals.

Wakin On A Pretty Daze

6. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze

Voting Points: 102

A relaxing and pretty listen, Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze gave Kurt Vile a lot of artistic freedom to create long songs about his past experiences that have led up to this point.

II

7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

Voting Points: 92

The sophomore album by the group tended to get mixed reviews from critics, but our DJs were supporters with it finding it’s way onto numerous lists.

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8. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Voting Points: 90

One of the more consistent alternative bands out there released another very good album this year, while also having a documentary about them made by Berninger’s brother aptly named “Mistaken For Strangers” receive favorable reviews at film festivals. 

Foxygen

9. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Voting Points: 87

Foxygen found themselves getting talked about a lot this year with We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors, and they were the most played artist on our station in 2013.

Yeezus

10. Kanye West – Yeezus

Voting Points: 77.5

Probably the most polarizing man in music added a new album to his discography this year and debate ensued about where the album actually stood in his discography. Our DJs liked it enough to have it round out the top 10.

Born Sinner

T-11. J. Cole – Born Sinner

Run the Jewels

T-11 Killer Mike and El-P – Run the Jewels

Voting Points: 75

Two way hip-hip tie as both of these albums helped to define the sound of hip-hop in 2013. Killer Mike and El-P teaming up proved to be a great combination while J. Cole’s sophomore studio album showed him working with a wide array of artists and guest appearances. 

My Name Is My Name

13. Pusha T – My Name is My Name

Voting Points: 73.75

Viewed favorably almost across the board by critics, My Name Is My Name should be viewed as one of the most successful solo debut albums of the year.

Overgrown

14. James Blake – Overgrown

Voting Points: 73

Winner of the 2013 Mercury Prize, Blake found a way to flourish with a lot of expectations placed upon him after the success of his self-titled debut album.

Phoenix_-_Bankrupt!_cover

15. Phoenix – Bankrupt!

Voting Points: 70

A lot of eyes were on Phoenix to see the follow-up to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, and they delivered a fun album which multiple DJs placed onto their best-of-the-year list.

isles

16. Wild Belle – Isles

Voting Points: 69

The debut album by the group, they set out with the hope of making every song a separate isle which gets defined by it’s own unique sound.

Crimes of Passion

T-17. Crocodiles – Crimes of Passion

Ski-Lodge-Big-Heart

T-17. Ski Lodge – Big Heart

Voting Points: 68

These two shared a stage at one of our WCDB presents shows this year, and now they share the 17th spot in our top albums of the year countdown. Odd, but fitting.

amon amarth

19. Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods

Voting Points: 67.5

Our top rated Metal album of the year was rated very highly by a couple of our Metal DJs, enough to place it into the top 20.

Savages

20. Savages – Silence Yourself

Voting Points: 65

The debut studio album from the group received nearly universal critical acclaim and made some of our DJs fall in love with it, leading to anticipation for what this group will deliver in the future.

Doris

T-21. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

Dreams in the Rat House

T-21. Shannon & the Clams – Dreams in the Rat House

Voting Points: 60

The long awaited Earl Sweatshirt studio album arrived this year and received favorable reviews, while Shannon & the Clams found a group of DJs at our station that became adamant supporters of theirs to help them claim a tie for the #21 spot. 

 

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23. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

Voting Points: 59

An energetic garage-rock album which made Thee Oh Sees one of the bands of the moment in 2013, especially if you got a chance to see them live.

blu-nottz-gods-in-the-spirit

24. Blue and Nottz – Gods in the Spirit

Voting Points: 56.25

This joint EP proved to be one of our Hip-Hop department’s favorite releases of this year, as other publications seemed to meet it with mixed reviews.

Pure-X-Crawling-Up-The-Stairs

25. Pure X – Crawling Up the Stairs

Voting Points 56

This album grew in popularity at our station as the year progressed, possibly peaking in interest now at #25 on our end-of-the-year list.

Bigfoot

26. Cayucas – Bigfoot

Voting Points: 55

The California-pop group dropped a fun and easy album to listen to this year, finding fans with their choruses and vocal harmonies.

Nothing was the same

27. Drake – Nothing Was the Same

Voting Points: 52.5

One of the most talked about albums of the year may not be as adored at our station as with some other publications, but it did leave enough of an impression to place as one of our higher hip-hop albums.

eminem-marshall-mathers-lp-2-tracklist

28. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP 2

Voting Points: 51.25

One of the most anticipated albums of the year, this sequel to the Marshall Mathers LP helped some fans to remember why they loved Eminem in the first place.

Almost Home

T-29. Masai – Alm0st Home

Oddissee

T- 29. Oddisee – Tangible Dream

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T-29. STRFKR – Miracle Mile

Voting Points: 50

This 3-way tie feature two hip-hop artists in Oddisee and local artist Masai as well as a semi-established indie pop group whose name is a constant adventure to try and say over the air.

Darkthrone

T-32. DarkThrone – The Underground Resistance

Weird Sister

T-32. Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister

Heartthrob

T-32. Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob

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T-32. Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return

Voting Points: 48

The Darkthrone album is the second ranked Metal album on our list, and those two are the only albums which were included on multiple lists by our metal DJs. Joanna Gruesome made headlines this year for their plethora of fun CMJ shows, while Tegan & Sara and Toro Y Moi found success this year with their own experimental versions of pop music.

marco-polo-pa-2-the-directors-cut

36. Marco Polo- PA 2: The Director’s Cut

Voting Points: 47.5

One of the most established hip-hop producers out there, Marco Polo released his second solo studio album this year and found favorable responses to it.

The Speed of Things

T-37. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – The Speed of Things

Talon of the Hawk

T-37. The Front Bottoms – Talon of the Hawk

totale night

T-37. Merchandise- Totale Nite

Voting Points: 47

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s sophomore release continued to display their fun electronic-pop sound that they debuted on It’s A Corporate World in 2011, while the New-Jersey pop punk group the Front Bottoms rewarded the loyal fan base that they have in Albany with Talon of the Hawk. Merchandise has been a favorite band by a few of our DJs for a while now, and Totale Nite gained the tampa group some extra attention and new fans this year.

Jai Paul

T-40. Jai Paul- Jai Paul

Waxahatchee

T-40. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt

Voting Points: 46

Jai Paul’s release was controversial, but it’s received a ton of attention and praise by those who have listened to it. Waxahatchee released their second album Cerulean Salt this year and is considered a great step forward for Katie Crutchfield, getting placed on most alternative music publications’ end-of-the-year list.

Dormarion

42. Telekinesis – Dormarion

Voting Points: 45

The Seattle band started to make a name for themselves this year as Domarion showed off a surprising amount of variation in sound.

Random Access Memories

T-43. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Generationals

T-43. Generationals – Heza

haim

T-43. Haim – Days Are Gone

Total Points: 44

Haim and Daft Punk were two of the largest artists of the year, though our list doesn’t reflect them quite as positively as news stories and record sales proved to. Generationals made a lot of fans a our station with their album Heza proving to be a great upbeat summer album.

Tidal Wave of Mystery

T-46. Capital Cities – In a Tidal Wave of Mystery

flower lane

T-46. Ducktails- The Flower Lane

Voting Points: 43

Capital Cities continued their rise into relevancy for pop culture with their first true studio album, while Ducktails emerged this year as the solo project of bassist from Real Estate Matt Mondanile.

I have lost all

48. Perfect Pussy – I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling

Voting Points: 42

The Syracuse group broke out this year and got themselves some rave reviews in our process, and made a few fans in our station by doing an in-studio performance for us before heading out on tour.

Tawk Tomahawk

T-49. Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk

I Love You

T-49. The Neighbourhood – I Love You

Voting Points: 41

Sneaking in to end our list, Hiatus Kaiyote defines his own sound as “Future Soul” though it can be difficult to classify alongside other releases, while The Neighbourhood’s debut album found mixed reviews but enough support at our station to tie for the final spot on our list.

About kylewcdb

Blog Editor for Airwaves, former alternative rock director of CDB and current host of "Trust the Wizard" on WCDB Sunday nights from 10pm-midnight.
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