The Year In Music, 2013

Another year, another exasperated roundup of musical such & such. Each year, I try to extend this list in some way to give myself further challenge (by way of further frustration). Beyond the challenge of this being my longest singular project to-date, I’ve also never considered writing blurbs—or any sort of shortform—to be a strong suit of mine, so this forces me to work on that a little. As a result, these lists become not only my most informal writing on record, but also my most poorly edited, and, well, all-around worst. The sheer volume of releases to sum up leads me to jot down half-formed ideas with minimal space to elaborate, but I guess that’s the fun of it? Knowing that the music mags/sites/what-have-you utilize dozens of writers to prepare their year-end lists gives me some sort of solace—at the end of the day, I feel accomplished simply for having had this much to say. Read, skim, enjoy, loathe, comment, reprimand, agree, disagree, yell at me or otherwise—let’s just talk about some fucking music. — RR


Part I: The Top 10 Songs of 2013 & Most Anticipated Albums of 2014
Part II: The Top 5 EPs & “Bottom” 10 Albums of 2013
Part III: The Top 50 Albums of 2013—Honorable Mentions & #50-31
Part IV: The Top 50 Albums of 2013—#30-11
Part V: The Top 10 Albums of 2013


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