Best Music 2013: Idolator Readers Choose The 10 Best Albums Of The Year
Last week we posted our editors’ picks for the Best Albums Of 2013, but the year-end roundups don’t end there! Between November and December, we posted two polls — one asking you to vote for the best LPs released between January and June of this year, and one with a poll for albums released between July and December. We’ve now compiled all the data, read all your comments and put together the 2013 edition of Idolator’s reader picks for the Best Albums Of The Year.
As with many things in life, it’s good to get a second opinion. Interestingly, three of the below albums — Tegan And Sara‘s Heartthrob, Pet Shop Boys‘ Electric and Selena Gomez‘s Stars Dance — where on the Idolator roundup we previously posted. Head below to see all the other albums you chose as your faves from ’13!
10. Paramore, Paramore (797 votes)
9. Tegan And Sara, Heartthrob (1,527 votes)
KW added: “These girls deserve it. They’ve worked so hard for the past decade – look at their evolution in music and writing! They make such inspirational role models – Heartthrob is the perfect example of how pop music doesn’t need to just be about sex or drugs or money or how that boy / girl doesn’t like you anymore. It is, like Sara says, intelligent pop music that catches you off-guard because you would never expect a song with that kind of beat to have such hard-hitting lyrics.”
8. Natalia Kills, Trouble (1,798 votes)
7. Pet Shop Boys, Electric (3,729 votes)
Tom added: “That IS tough, as I’ve just discovered Rhye’s album, and Cass McCombs is growing on me, but it has to be Pet Shop Boys Electric – what a marvelous set, despite the rather by-numbers Love is a bourgeois construct. Fluorescent is their finest slice of deep electro, while Thursday is old pet shop boys but new and Vocal the very definition of grower.”
A final note from Sparky: “The greatest pop act of the last thirty years returns with a stunning album of thrilling beats, melodies and rhythm and which leaves you breathless from the opening beats of the instrumental tour opener Axis, through the hymn Love Is A Bourgeois Construct and the Visage (Fade To Grey) style Flouroscent, the perfect Bruce Springsteen cover for his Magic cut Last To Die to the euphoric finale of Vocal. All this without mentioning the glorious b-sided released both for this album and their 2012 release Elysium and the wonderful Electric tour. Long may they continue to rule!”
6. Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2 (3,949 votes)
5. Selena Gomez, Stars Dance (4,213 votes)
4. Katy Perry, Prism (4,313 votes)
3. Miley Cyrus, Bangerz (4,525 votes)
2. Lady Gaga, ARTPOP (5,058 votes)
1. Britney Spears, Britney Jean (9,780 votes)
Kyle Claudill says: “Love Miley, Katy, and Lady Gaga but none of their albums were as catchy from start to finish. I don’t care what the critics say.”
Janina Grey says: “Not Britney’s best but personally I love it because it has the right balance of club bangers and midtempos… and the album is cohesive in its sound… it may have mixed reactions from critics but I love it and had been streaming it since its release.”
Toby says: “Britney Jean is in the lead. this poll has now become invalid.”
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