MOJO’s Top 50 Albums Of 2013 Unveiled

From Bowie to Bragg, Cave to Callahan, Marling to the Manics, here are our album picks of the year.

MOJO's 50 Best Albums Of 2013
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As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to look back on the last 12 months in music and as tradition dictates, this involves the unveiling of our 50 Best Albums Of The Year – a list that this year includes sonic humdingers from Bill Callahan, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Laura Mvula, My Bloody Valentine, Factory Floor, Kanye West, Deerhunter, Earl Sweatshirt, Laura Marling and more.

What did we get right? What did we miss? Check out the full 50 (including each album’s standout track) via the gallery below then let us know your favourite 2013 records in the comments section at the bottom.

To read our full, star-studded Review Of The Year (featuring the Reissue, Book, Story and Band Of The Year) be sure to pick up the new issue of MOJO – on sale now.

50. Time Is A Mountain – Time Is A Mountain

50. Time Is A Mountain – Time Is A Mountain

Standout track: Clear Out Clouds

49. Tim Hecker – Virgins

49. Tim Hecker – Virgins

Standout track: Live Room

48. The Flaming Lips – The Terror

48. The Flaming Lips – The Terror

Standout track: Sun Blows Up Today

47. Julia Holter – Loud City Song

47. Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Standout track: Hello Stranger

46. Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic

46. Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic

Standout track: San Francisco

45. These New Puritans – Fields Of Reeds

45. These New Puritans – Fields Of Reeds

Standout track: Fragment Two

44. Johnny Marr – The Messenger

44. Johnny Marr – The Messenger

Standout track: Upstarts

43. Haim – Days Are Gone

43. Haim – Days Are Gone

Standout track: The Wire

42. Paul McCartney – New

42. Paul McCartney – New

Standout track: Queenie Eye

41. Goldfrapp – Tales Of Us

41. Goldfrapp – Tales Of Us

Standout track: Annabel

40. Black Sabbath – 13

40. Black Sabbath – 13

Standout track: Damaged Soul

39. Roy Harper – Man & Myth

39. Roy Harper – Man & Myth

Standout track: January Man

38. Kanye West – Yeezus

38. Kanye West – Yeezus

Standout track: Blood On The Leaves

37. Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum

37. Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum

Standout track: Are You With Me Now?

36. Low – The Invisible Way

36. Low – The Invisible Way

Standout track: Just Make It Stop

35. Midlake – Antiphon

35. Midlake – Antiphon

Standout track: Antiphon

34. Karen Gwyer – Needs Continuum

34. Karen Gwyer – Needs Continuum

Standout track: Sugar Tots

33. Billy Bragg – Tooth & Nail

33. Billy Bragg – Tooth & Nail

Standout track: Goodbye, Goodbye

32. Glenn Jones – My Garden State

32. Glenn Jones – My Garden State

Standout track: Bergen County Farewell

31. Elvis Costello And The Roots – Wise Up Ghost And Other Songs

31. Elvis Costello And The Roots – Wise Up Ghost And Other Songs

Standout track: Refuse To Be Saved

30. Primal Scream – More Light

30. Primal Scream – More Light

Standout track: 2013

29. Jon Hopkins – Immunity

29. Jon Hopkins – Immunity

Standout track: Open Eye Signal

28. Manic Street Preachers – Rewind The Film

28. Manic Street Preachers – Rewind The Film

Standout track: As Holy As The Soil (That Buries Your Skin)

27. Disclosure – Settle

27. Disclosure – Settle

Standout track: When A Fire Starts To Burn

26. Villagers – {AwayLand}

26. Villagers – {AwayLand}

Standout track: Earthly Pleasure

25. James Blake – Overgrown

25. James Blake – Overgrown

Standout track: Retrograde

24. Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record

24. Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record

Standout track: When I Knew

23. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

23. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

Standout track: Burgundy

22. Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

22. Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

Standout track: Master Hunter

21. Mavis Staples – One True Vine

21. Mavis Staples – One True Vine

Standout track: Jesus Wept

20. Pet Shop Boys – Electric

20. Pet Shop Boys – Electric

Standout track: Love Is A Bourgeois Construct

19. Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon

19. Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon

Standout track: Like The Morning Dew

18. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

18. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Standout track: Reflektor

17. Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love

17. Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love

Standout track: Victim Of Love

16. Factory Floor – Factory Floor

16. Factory Floor – Factory Floor

Standout track: Turn It Up

15. Queens Of The Stone Age – ...Like Clockwork

15. Queens Of The Stone Age – ...Like Clockwork

Standout track: I Sat By The Ocean

14. Holden – The Inheritors

14. Holden – The Inheritors

Standout track: Delabole

13. My Bloody Valentine – m b v

13. My Bloody Valentine – m b v

Standout track: Wonder 2

12. Prefab Sprout – Crimson/Red

12. Prefab Sprout – Crimson/Red

Standout track: The Best Jewel Thief In The World

11. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

11. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

Standout track: Song For Zula

10. John Murry – The Graceless Age

10. John Murry – The Graceless Age

Standout track: The Ballad Of The Pajama Kid

9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

Standout track: Mermaids

8. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle – Perils From The Sea

8. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle – Perils From The Sea

Standout track: Gustavo

8. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City

8. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City

Standout track: Step

6. Deerhunter – Monomania

6. Deerhunter – Monomania

Standout track: Monomania

5. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

5. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

Standout track: Glacier

4. Arctic Monkeys – AM

4. Arctic Monkeys – AM

Standout track: R U Mine?

3. David Bowie – The Next Day

3. David Bowie – The Next Day

Standout track: Where Are We Now?

2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Standout track: Get Lucky

1. Bill Callahan – Dream River

1. Bill Callahan – Dream River

Standout track: Small Plane

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