Ask any music fan and you'd likely come to a consensus that 2013 has been a fantastic year for music. It has seen the rise of promising, fresh acts and the unveiling of long awaited albums alike, so naturally, trying to narrow down the year's best to only a select few (or even 30) has been a challenge. Below, our lists can be found, along with a Spotify mix of songs spanning the year.

Brooks Ginnan (Editor, Photographer): 

10. Surfer Blood - Pythons
9. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
8. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
7. Twenty One Pilots - Vessel
6. Balance and Composure - The Things We Think We're Missing
5. Superhumanoids - Exhibitionists
4. The 1975 - The 1975
3. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
2. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
1. Local Natives - Hummingbird


On Hummingbird: This album has been on repeat since day one of its release. It's gotten me through restless hours, long drives, rainy days and many late nights. As the year has progressed, Local Natives have become a favorite of mine and it's hard to even imagine what they'll do next, but whatever it may be, it is already destined for greatness.

Honorable Mentions:
  • King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  • Into It. Over It. - Intersections
  • Daughter - If You Leave
  • Snowden - No One In Control
  • Keaton Henson - Birthdays
  • Their / They're / There - Their / They're / There
  • Wild Nothing - Empty Estate 
  • Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
  • Volcano Choir - Repave

Tabor Brown (Writer):

30. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
29. Paramore - Paramore
28. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll
27. The Swellers - Light Under Closed Doors
26. Moving Mountains - Moving Mountains
25. A Wilhelm Scream - Partycrasher
24. Caravels - Lacuna
23. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
22. Drake - Nothing Was The Same
21. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience Pt. 1
20. HRVRD - From The Bird's Cage
19. Incendiary - Cost of Living 
18. Everything In Slow Motion - Phoenix
17. My Epic - Behold
16. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
15. Defeater - Letters Home
14. The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, If Ever
13. O'Brother - Disillusion
12. letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful 
11. Modern Life Is War - Fever Hunting
10. Captain, We're Sinking - The Future Is Cancelled
9. Citizen - Youth
8. Daylight - Jar
7. Dustin Kensrue - The Blood and The Water
6. Have Mercy - The Earth Pushed Back
5. Sainthood Reps - Headswell 
4. The Story So Far - What You Don't See
3. Touche Amore - Is Survived By
2. Deafheaven - Sunbather
1. Balance and Composure - The Things We Think We're Missing

Is Survived By

On Is Survived By: Ever since I first heard Touche Amore, I knew that whatever they might reease was going to appeal to me.  Is Survived By is a huge move forward for the band, and the growth is getting me even more excited for these guys. This was easily my favorite hardcore album of the year.


On Sunbather: Deafheaven's Sunbather might be the most intense and beautiful piece of music this year. Their sound is huge and I honestly can't get enough of it. Deathwish (their label) was on point when they released this album, and I can see Deafheaven being their staple band in years to come.

The Things We Think We're Missing

On The Things We Think We're Missing: I wrote a review about how much I loved this album and even predicted that it would be my favorite of the year. Well, what do you know. The Things We Think We're Missing doesn't skip a beat and expands on 2011's Separation perfectly. If you only listen to one album this year, make it this one.

Best EPs/Splits:
5. Dad Punchers - The Times We Weren't Mad
4. Dads - Pretty Good
3. Title Fight/Touche Amore - Split
2. Pianos Become The Teeth/Touche Amore - Split
1. Rebuker - Demo EP

Caleb Bestvater (Writer): 

5. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
4. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
3. The 1975 - The 1975
2. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Tamala Aown (Writer): 

5. Trentemoller - Lost
4. Hey Marseilles - Lines We Trace
3. Disclosure - Settle
2. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
1. James Blake - Overgrown

EMP Best of the Year Mix

About the Author

Brooks Ginnan
Brooks Ginnan is the editor of Exiled Music Press. He is usually crying over the fact that we will never see a reunion of The Smiths or Cocteau Twins.

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