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December 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM

7 wildly different top 10 album lists of 2013

Whether you’re into the Seattle scene, hip-hop, jazz, dance, pop, country, Americana, punk or world music, it’s been a great year for music. Below is a collection, in alphabetical order (by writer) of The Seattle Times’ 2013 Top 10 lists.

It’s remarkable how few artists made more than one writer’s list — Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam, The Head and the Heart, King Krule, Shelby Earl, Migos (warning: language), Young Thug, Earl Sweatshirt and ILLFIGHTYOU — and none made more than two. That speaks to the wide reach of our contributors, but also to the fragmented taste pockets in music these days.

We hope you see something here you loved but also something you haven’t heard yet. Because that’s what it’s all about. Finding the best new stuff, every year.

Happy New Year!

THATH61GWhfvALPL__AA160_Charles R. Cross

1. Arctic Monkeys, “AM” (Domino)
2. Jason Isbell, “Southeastern” (Southeastern)
3. The Head and the Heart, “Let’s Be Still” (Sub Pop)
4. Natalie Maynes, “Mother” (Columbia)
5. Pearl Jam, “Lightning Bolt” (Monkeywrench/Republic)
6. Mudhoney, “Vanishing Point” (Sub Pop)
7. Waxahatchee, “Cerulean Salt” (Don Giovanni)
8. Trombone Shorty, “Say That to Say This” (Verve)
9. Sidi Toure, “Alafia” (Thrill Jockey)
10. Neko Case, “The Worse Things Get … ” (ANTI)

Pat Metheny41k-ZuynkML__AA160_Paul de Barros

1. Mostly Other People Do the Killing, “Slippery Rock” (Hot Cup)
2. Keith Jarrett, “Rio” (ECM)
3. Pat Metheny, “John Zorn’s Book of Angels” (Nonesuch)
4. Miles Davis, “Live in Europe 1969 The Bootleg Series Vol. 2” (Legacy)
5. Wayne Shorter Quartet, “Without a Net” (Blue Note)
6. Frank Wess, “Magic 101” (IPO)
7. Bill Frisell, “Big Sur” (Sony Masterworks)
8. Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers, “Border Free” (Jazz Village)
9. Dave Van Ronk, “Down in Washington Square” (Smithsonian/Folkways)
10. Tomasz Stanko, “Wislawa” (ECM)

Drake41XRlCXmOKL__AA160_Andrew Matson

1. Jai Paul, “Jai Paul” (self-released)
2. Young Thug, “1017 Thug” (Brick Squad Monopoly)
3. Chance the Rapper “Acid Rap” (self-released)
4. ILLFIGHTYOU, “ILLFIGHTYOU” (self-released)
5. Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires of the City” (XL)
6. Arca, “&&&&&” (self-released mixtape)
7. Drake, “Nothing Was the Same” (with “Pound Cake” instrumental) (Cash Money)
8. Migos, “YRN” (Quality Control Music)
9. Earl Sweatshirt, “Doris” (Columbia)
10. King Krule, “6 Feet Below the Moon” (True Panther Sounds)

Earl Sweatshirt519nEK1tZJL__AA160_Mike Ramos

1. Young Thug, “1017 Thug” (Brick Squad Monopoly)
2. Lil B, The BasedGod, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thug)” (self-released)
3. Migos, “YRN” (Quality Control Music)
4. ILLFIGHTYOU, “ILLFIGHTYOU” (self-released)
5. M.I.A., “Matangi” (Interscope)
6. OJ da Juiceman, “Juice World 2” & “6 Ringz 2” (self-released mixtapes)
7. Thundercat, “Apocalypse” (Brainfeeder)
8. Earl Sweatshirt, “Doris” (Columbia)
9. King Krule, “6 Feet Beneath the Moon” (True Panther Sounds)
10. DJ Koze, “Amygdala” (Pampa)

Lorde41-XZqzC8IL__AA160_Owen R. Smith

1. Lorde, “Pure Heroine,” (Motown/Universal)
2. Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks” (Columbia)
3. The Band Perry, “Pioneer” (Republic Nashville)
4. Chvrches, “The Bones of What You Believe” (Glassnote)
5. Shelby Earl, “Swift Arrows” (CD Baby)
6. Kacey Musgraves, “Same Trailer Different Park” (Mercury Nashville)
7. Bastille, “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal)
8. Crash Kings, “Dark of the Daylight” (Motown)
9. Brad Paisley, “Wheelhouse” (Arista Nashville)
10. Aoife O’Donovan, “Fossils” (Yep Roc)

Arctic Monkeys41I1vwgqsXL__AA160_Gene Stout

1. Pearl Jam, “Lightning Bolt” (Monkeywrench/Republic)
2. Janelle Monáe, “The Electric Lady” (Bad Boy)
3. Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox” (Atlantic)
4. Lissie, “Back to Forever” (Fat Possum).
5. Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, “Untamed Beast” (Partisan)
6. Beyoncé Knowles, “Beyoncé” (iTunes)
7. Phosphorescent, “Muchacho” (Dead Oceans)
8. Arctic Monkeys, “AM” (Domino Records)
9. Shelby Earl, “Swift Arrows” (CD Baby)
10. The Head and The Heart, “Let’s Be Still” (Sub Pop)

Roomrunner51pzLCxqDBL__AA160_Charlie Zaillian

1. Roomrunner, “Ideal Cities” (Fan Death)
2. Weed, “Deserve” (Couple Skate)
3. Tony Molina, “Dissed and Dismissed” (Melters)
4. Gun Outfit, “Hard Coming Down” (Post Present Medium)
5. Viet Cong, “Viet Cong” (self-released)
6. Darto, “In Difference” (Echolalic)
7. Ovlov, “AM” (Exploding in Sound)
8. Speedy Ortiz, “Major Arcana” (Carpark)
9. Stephen Steinbrink, “Arranged Waves” (Holy Page)
10. Dustin Wong, “Mediation of Ecstatic Energy” (Thrill Jockey)

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