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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
T-11. J. Cole – Born Sinner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
T-17. Crocodiles – Crimes of Passion
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.
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.
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.
T-21. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
T-29. Masai – Alm0st Home
T- 29. Oddisee – Tangible Dream
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.
T-32. DarkThrone – The Underground Resistance
T-32. Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister
T-32. Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob
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.
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.
T-37. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – The Speed of Things
T-37. The Front Bottoms – Talon of the Hawk
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.
T-40. Jai Paul- Jai Paul
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.
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.
T-43. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
T-43. Generationals – Heza
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.
T-46. Capital Cities – In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
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.
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.
T-49. Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk
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.