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(Rolling Stone)   Rolling Stone picks the 50 best albums of 2013. And boy are their top three choices some of the trolliest picks ever made   (rollingstone.com) divider line 148
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2013-12-03 12:29:05 AM  
Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt is only at #40, I don't have to go any further, this list blows. Then again it's a TRolling Stone top blah list.

Before Buzzfeed, there was Rolling Stone Magazine.
 
2013-12-03 12:37:40 AM  
Top X Lists are in themselves a form of trolling.
 
2013-12-03 12:40:15 AM  
Random Access Memories is definitely top three albums of the year, if just for the awesomeness that is "Georgio by Morodor."

It's a phenomenally crafted album.
 
2013-12-03 01:17:56 AM  
The Flaming Lips 'The Terror' flat-out sucks. "I got tired of farking my common-law wife and decided to chase 20-something tail, and doing so gave me so many existential revelations." Bullshiat. That motherfarker needs to see about getting his old job back at Long John Silver's.
 
2013-12-03 01:18:11 AM  
Are they all rap, hip hop and other assorted noise?  I'm not going through 50 pages of slideshow if there isn't something resembling talent in there
 
2013-12-03 01:21:33 AM  
Just in case anyone has a super uptight workplace, Sky Ferreira is showing some nipple on the version of the album cover Rolling Stone used in TFA.
 
ecl
2013-12-03 01:23:00 AM  
1: 50 Beck, 'Song Reader' [original slide here]
2: 49 The Flaming Lips, 'The Terror' [original slide here]
3: 48 fark Buttons, 'Slow Focus' [original slide here]
4: 47 M.I.A., 'Matangi' [original slide here]
5: 46 Franz Ferdinand, 'Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action' [original slide here]
6: 45 Avicii, 'True' [original slide here]
7: 44 Valerie June, 'Pushin' Against a Stone' [original slide here]
8: 43 Savages, 'Silence Yourself' [original slide here]
9: 42 Earl Sweatshirt, 'Doris' [original slide here]
10: 41 J. Cole, 'Born Sinner' [original slide here]
11: 40 Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt' [original slide here]
12: 39 Keith Urban, 'Fuse' [original slide here]
13: 38 Kurt Vile, 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze' [original slide here]
14: 37 The So So Glos, 'Blowout' [original slide here]
15: 36 Waxahatchee, 'Cerulean Salt' [original slide here]
16: 35 Best Coast, 'Fade Away EP' [original slide here]
17: 34 Neko Case, 'The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More .. [original slide here]
18: 33 Pusha T, 'My Name Is My Name' [original slide here]
19: 32 Chvrches, 'The Bones of What You Believe' [original slide here]
20: 31 Haim, 'Days Are Gone' [original slide here]
21: 30 Tegan & Sara, 'Heartthrob' [original slide here]
22: 29 Bombino, 'Nomad' [original slide here]
23: 28 Kacey Musgraves, 'Same Trailer Different Park' [original slide here]
24: 27 Miley Cyrus, 'Bangerz' [original slide here]
25: 26 Chance The Rapper, 'Acid Rap' [original slide here]
26: 25 Elton John, 'The Diving Board' [original slide here]
27: 24 Eminem, 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' [original slide here]
28: 23 My Bloody Valentine, 'MBV' [original slide here]
29: 22 Phoenix, 'Bankrupt!' [original slide here]
30: 21 Sky Ferreira, 'Night Time, My Time' [original slide here]
31: 20 Laura Marling, 'Once I Was An Eagle' [original slide here]
32: 19 Nine Inch Nails, 'Hesitation Marks' [original slide here]
33: 18 Ashley Monroe, 'Like A Rose' [original slide here]
34: 17 Danny Brown, 'Old' [original slide here]
35: 16 David Bowie, 'The Next Day' [original slide here]
36: 15 Atoms for Peace, 'Amok' [original slide here]
37: 14 Drake, 'Nothing Was The Same' [original slide here]
38: 13 Disclosure, 'Settle' [original slide here]
39: 12 Jake Bugg, 'Jake Bugg' [original slide here]
40: missingUserImagePlaceholder.jpg [original slide here]
41: 10 John Fogerty, 'Wrote A Song For Everyone' [original slide here]
42: 9 Arctic Monkeys, 'AM' [original slide here]
43: 8 The National, 'Trouble Will Find Me' [original slide here]
44: 7 Lorde, 'Pure Heroine' [original slide here]
45: 6 Queens of the Stone Age, '...Like Clockwork' [original slide here]
46: 5 Arcade Fire, 'Reflektor' [original slide here]
47: 4 Paul McCartney, 'New' [original slide here]
48: 3 Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories' [original slide here]
49: 2 Kanye West, 'Yeezus' [original slide here]
50: 1 Vampire Weekend, 'Modern Vampires of the City' [original slide here]
 
2013-12-03 01:23:30 AM  
List fails without

upload.wikimedia.org

Then again it is Rolling Stone so list fails should be expected by now.
 
ecl
2013-12-03 01:25:25 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Just in case anyone has a super uptight workplace, Sky Ferreira is showing some nipple on the version of the album cover Rolling Stone used in TFA.


i47.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-03 01:34:06 AM  
It's understandable trying to shove a square peg through a round hole in a post-modern musical existence.

Everything has been done, and is just a frame of reference. And there's more hype in music than ever. Sure Vampire Weekend is all right, but they will never be groundbreaking music to any seasoned musician.

Anyway, Rolling Stone blew it in the 80s when they decided to go cocaine-designer jeans rock anyway. Sad, really, since it was still their reader base.
 
2013-12-03 01:35:31 AM  
It's Rolling Stone. We already know they don't have a farkin' clue.
 
2013-12-03 01:38:46 AM  
There are a few particularly good albums on the list, but they're in all the wrong spots.

43. Silence Yourself by Savages is fantastic, easily in my top 10 on the year.
32. The Bones of What You Believe by CHVRCHES, almost my favorite of the year
31. Days Are Gone by Haim. Pretty...very...pretty

7, 6, 5 are all good picks, actually. I wouldn't put the Lorde album in the top ten, personally, because some of the deeper cuts really don't hold up to the singles. Reflektor is better than the press it's gotten and ...Like Clockwork is the best QOTSA album, well, ever, honestly.

The problem with Rolling Stone lists is that the editorial style of the publication is A) always going to be clinging hopelessly to the past (John Fogerty and Sir Paul in the top 10? In 2013? They were OK albums, not best of the year quality) and B) that they're perpetually chasing trendy bands, but they're only capable of acknowledging the achievements of trendy bands either after they've peaked and the publication compensates by lauding later, often unremarkable works or through revisionist history (I'd wager that roughly half of the bands/albums on the Rolling Stone top 500 list got terrible reviews at release because Rolling Stone has never had any actual editorial spark or vision when it comes to new music). When an album or an artist that isn't particularly trendy or basically a walking skeleton manages to worm their way into a year end list it's with a sort of unremarkable fanfare, which suggests that some of the people working there actually have a clue to what's going on, they're just stifled by the magazine's traditions (see something like Europe by Allo Darlin' making last years' list).
tl;dr: Rolling Stone is irrelevant and their list is kind of OK, mostly bad.
 
2013-12-03 01:43:50 AM  
The best album of the year is, for the record, Waiting for Something to Happen by Veronica Falls. Well to me anyways, because I'm easily wooed by catchy indie pop, luxurious harmonies and smart lyrics. It's like catnip.
 
2013-12-03 01:53:20 AM  
Not much of a Best-Of list when you choose all of them.
 
2013-12-03 01:53:43 AM  
Kanye West is probably furious at being number two.
 
2013-12-03 01:57:59 AM  
isnt yann wenner's annoying somn in charge over there now? id be shocked if it wasnt packed with shiatty hipster poop
 
2013-12-03 02:02:28 AM  

hinten: Not much of a Best-Of list when you choose all of them.


I was thinking, since when do that many mainstream pop albums even get released within a one-year timespan?
 
2013-12-03 02:04:29 AM  

nytmare: hinten: Not much of a Best-Of list when you choose all of them.

I was thinking, since when do that many mainstream pop albums even get released within a one-year timespan?


When you have ITunes to deliver them.
 
2013-12-03 02:20:07 AM  
Get Lucky is instantly recognizable and danceable. It's probably one of the best songs of the decade.
 
2013-12-03 02:21:44 AM  
List is surprisingly not batshiat insane. Needs more Action Bronson tho
 
2013-12-03 02:35:12 AM  
Avicii and Daft Punk should be swapped.  "True" is far superior to "Random Access Memories".

But what do I know?

/nothing
 
2013-12-03 02:36:58 AM  
How am I supposed to sleep at night when no one likes the music we like? Record rating public, we hate them
/This is Fark.com vs. Satan
 
2013-12-03 02:37:10 AM  
forums.watchuseek.com

/oblig
 
2013-12-03 02:38:59 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Just in case anyone has a super uptight workplace, Sky Ferreira is showing some nipple on the version of the album cover Rolling Stone used in TFA.


I wonder how much extra traffic you just spiked on that page.
 
2013-12-03 02:52:58 AM  

nytmare: hinten: Not much of a Best-Of list when you choose all of them.

I was thinking, since when do that many mainstream pop albums even get released within a one-year timespan?



If you're doing a list of year's best, a top 10 seems more appropriate. Top 50 seems like the critic listed every album that got a thrtee star rating or higher.
 
2013-12-03 02:53:49 AM  
I meant "three star" rating. Long day.
 
kab
2013-12-03 03:09:42 AM  
  Given that Rolling Stone really has no farking clue about what's good and what isn't (and why would they?  After all, they, like so many other supposedly established musical rags, don't give acts a second glance unless there's PR or label money pressing the issue), it doesn't surprise me in the least that an album like Wilson's "Raven" is absent, yet one of the more forgettable albums I've ever purchased sits way up at #15.
 
2013-12-03 03:34:31 AM  
Thanks ecl! I was hoping somebody would post the list. Slideshows+mobile=bad times.
 
2013-12-03 03:53:56 AM  

kab: it doesn't surprise me in the least that an album like Wilson's "Raven" is absent


That album is wonderful. I haven't been big on Wilson's solo stuff but "Raven" is the first one that didn't make me wish for more PT.
 
2013-12-03 04:22:23 AM  
The two CDs I listened to and enjoyed the most this year were Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's "Love Has Come For You" and the Spin Doctors "If The River Was Whiskey". Los Lobos' live album "Disconnected" was really good too. None made RS's list.
 
2013-12-03 05:27:54 AM  
No problem with the top ten; all decent, listenable work. After that, whatever. . .

Everything's rehash these days, anyway.
 
2013-12-03 05:51:33 AM  
The only albums I bought this year were from Pearl Jam, M.I.A., and Sleigh Bells.

Can't really judge the list, other than the fact that two of my purchases appear on it towards the bottom.

Meh.
 
2013-12-03 06:43:55 AM  
50 click slide shows are farking epic trolls.
 
2013-12-03 06:46:51 AM  
Vampire Weekend's album is f'ing brilliant. If you haven't heard it, you should.
 
2013-12-03 06:50:50 AM  
3 of my favorite albums of the year on there so I'm content.
Chvrches, Tegan and Sara, and Neko Case.
Graceless from The National is my song of the year.
 
2013-12-03 06:58:03 AM  
I'd tell you my top 10, but you've probably never heard of them.
 
2013-12-03 07:02:09 AM  

DubyaHater: I'd tell you my top 10, but you've probably never heard of them.


Try us.
 
2013-12-03 07:05:06 AM  
Some great albums peppered throughout. Happy to see McCartney so high. New was a fantastic album, perhaps his best since the 70s.
 
2013-12-03 07:07:27 AM  

Waxing_Chewbacca: Some great albums peppered throughout. Happy to see McCartney so high. New was a fantastic album, perhaps his best since the 70s.


Absolutely.
 
2013-12-03 07:09:38 AM  
2013 is the first time since about 1980 that I did not buy a complete album,  Now I need to spend the rest of the day pondering whether that's due to technology, the fact music sucks, or the fact I'm old.
 
2013-12-03 07:18:33 AM  
Willie Nelson's "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and "To All the Girls..." didn't make the list? Then the list is invalid. How 'bout Slaid Cleaves' "Still Fighting the War"? Or, y'know, any hint that Americana exists?
 
2013-12-03 07:20:47 AM  

thanksagainandagain: The Flaming Lips 'The Terror' flat-out sucks. "I got tired of farking my common-law wife and decided to chase 20-something tail, and doing so gave me so many existential revelations." Bullshiat. That motherfarker needs to see about getting his old job back at Long John Silver's.


yeah, I really don't get the love for The Terror. It started off great, but then became one giant slog where it wasn't really clear when a song ended and another began. Remove any backstory about the album and it's just a monotonous bore. Easily the biggest disappointment of the year.
 
2013-12-03 07:22:18 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: Are they all rap, hip hop and other assorted noise?  I'm not going through 50 pages of slideshow if there isn't something resembling talent in there


If you're looking for talent, you probably aren't interested in any of the music that RS writes about in any issue.
 
2013-12-03 07:24:21 AM  
ecl: [list of the albums]

I'm proud to say that I haven't listened to any of those albums.
 
2013-12-03 07:25:46 AM  
The only reason to pick up a copy of Rolling Stone:


dealbreaker.com
 
2013-12-03 07:26:08 AM  
No set of songs got stuck in my head this year quite like those from They Might Be Giants' Nanobots, so that's my number one.
 
2013-12-03 07:31:22 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Get Lucky is instantly recognizable and danceable. It's probably one of the best songs of the decade.


Disco sucked ass the first time around. Adding lyrics written by non-English speakers makes it suck even harder. We're talking at least 1 kBj of suckiness here.

/In the SI system, suckiness is measured in "Bjorks," or Bj, where one Bj = the amount of suckiness contained in one Bjork song.
//In the Imperial system, it's measured in "Yokos," or Y, where 1 Y is the amount of suckiness contained in a Yoko Ono song. 1 Y is also the amount of aural trauma inflicted by listening to a small dolphin being bludgeoned to death inside a 55-gallon drum (which sounds remarkably like a Yoko Ono song). The conversion is 1 Y = 2.54 Bj.
 
2013-12-03 07:32:49 AM  
Savages, Chvrches, Haim, Waxahatchee, Tegan and Sara, QOTSA, and Kanye would probably all be on my list as well. "...Like Clockwork" was probably the best surprise of the year. I figured it would be good, but I didn't think it would be THAT good.
 
2013-12-03 07:35:42 AM  

sadbad: The problem with Rolling Stone lists is that the editorial style of the publication is A) always going to be clinging hopelessly to the past (John Fogerty and Sir Paul in the top 10? In 2013? They were OK albums, not best of the year quality)


When probably 40% of your readership is the demographic that grew up with you (read: Baby Boomers) and thinks any band after about 1985 is Too New And Scary To Listen To, you're going to pander to their tastes. Wrong in a musical sense? Sure. But it keeps the lights on and keeps the presses running. Print media ain't exactly gangbusters these days.
 
2013-12-03 07:38:49 AM  
When RS hypes a dinosaur act like Paul McCartney or Boz Scaggs or Peter Wolf or Mick Jagger, you can dismiss it out of hand.
 
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