It’s that time of year again: when your entire internet experience is taken over by everyone and their mother’s opinion on what the best albums and tracks were this year. Most of them look the same, some of them are straight circle-jerking, but regardless, this year I just didn’t really give a fuck about anything new. Most of the releases that I enjoyed this year didn’t make those lists (except Drake because DUH, and if the site was alt enough, Kelela.)
Seriously though, if I hear another Lorde track, I might kill myself. I haven’t listened to the new Burial yet…and wait, the Arcade Fire is still around? Am I late? Am I getting old? Am I becoming simp? These are all questions that have plagued me but the only answer I can come up with is that this year, I really enjoyed listening to music that came out a literal decade ago.
Sure, plenty of enjoyable things came out this year but for the most part, I just. Didn’t. Care. I don’t even think I can name 20 memorable albums this year. But go back a decade, and it’s all fucking AWESOME. So here’s to you, 2003. Ten years later life is great but these albums make me feel like nothing was the same. Keep in mind I was 13 at this time and rediscovered some of these throughout adolescence, therefore most of the following won’t come up if you Google “Best Albums of 2003″ but like, who was writing them back then anyway?
20. Kelis – Tasty
Damn right, it’s better than yours.
19. T.I. – Trap Muzik
Before every song had hi-hats and ominous sounding melodies, there was Trap Muzik and everyone only kind of liked it.
18. Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism
For when you’re sad or driving around in the summer. I can’t decide which makes more sense.
17. Saosin — Translating The Name
Circa Survive sucks. Saosin without Anthony Green sucks. This EP ruled. Someone clearly fucked this whole thing up.
16. Missy Elliot – This Is Not A Test!
I spent several minutes this year wondering what Missy Elliot was doing with her time now and why I hadn’t heard anything about her and it made me sad so I just listened to a lot of her older stuff. I also have a fascination with weaves, so the track “Let Me Fix My Weave” is key. We all love this track tho.
15. Give Up The Ghost – We’re Down Til We’re Underground
I SAW THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE REUNION SHOW THIS YEAR AND YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T HA HA HA.
14. Cursive – The Ugly Organ
Anytime anyone tries to describe this album, they end up sounding like a douchebag. “Art is Hard” is somewhat relative to how I felt about 2013 music. So now I’m a douchebag too.
13. Alkaline Trio – Good Mourning
If “Blue In The Face” doesn’t make you feel some type of way, you have no heart.
12. The Appleseed Cast – Two Conversations
Songs from this are on all three of the breakup playlists I made this year. Don’t ask why there are three, just accept that this album is sad and beautiful.
11. Outkast – Speakerboxx/The Love Below
Tbh I didn’t really listen to “Speakerboxx” much but “The Love Below” is great and people should really sneak it into their DJ sets more. And by people I mean those other than myself, because that is definitely something I have done/will do.
10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell
How many times can you listen to “Y Control” in a day? Don’t ask.
9. Jay Z – The Black Album
THIS ALBUM IS SO MUCH MORE RELEVANT THAN MAGNA CARTA HOLY FUCK I DON’T CARE ABOUT IT
8. Explosions in The Sky – The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Best music to sleep to or like, whatever.
7. Marilyn Manson – The Golden Age of Grotesque
A unanimous favorite of our marketing department, YungGoth and I have had this on heavy rotation lately. Also, I have made a point to tell anyone who will listen, if I ever fail in life and pursue my secondary dream as an alt-go go dancer, it will only be to this album, that is all. Also the aesthetic of this video is so amazing to me I want to give it 72 awards.
6. blink 182 – blink 182
It grew on you after the initial “not as good as their old stuff” bullshit was over. Although I never thought that because once again when this came out, I was prime acceptable age to love everything this band did unconditionally. Also, I met Travis Barker this year at Agenda and he is really nice and still kind of hot so THERE.
5. Fall Out Boy – Take This to Your Grave
There is nothing wrong with embracing a good pop-punk record, even if you hated the band when you were in high school to show how “punk” you really were. It’s a classic. Deal with it. Also, the top 5 albums are getting two videos because now I’m having a hard time choosing one.
Don’t even pretend you don’t know the words.
“The songs you grow to like never stick at first” was exactly how I felt about FOB so, very appropriate.
4. Beyonce – Dangerously in Love
I was too busy sleeping to hear the publicity stunt release from last week, but no matter what anyone says or how good the following albums have been, nothing will top the album that put Queen B on the map as a solo artist. The fact that her future husband was featured on her breakout single, I simply cannot deal (was it planned? Are they gypsies? Oh, I don’t know.)
Before the “twerk” there was this: see 1:08
Wait, what is Sean Paul doing these days anyway? Do we care?
3. 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Trying
There were like, 7 singles from this album. All of them, so good. 50 pulled a Rihanna even before Rihanna was Rihanna. Getting this album title tattooed across my back to confirm it as my life mantra.
Introducing the world to the magic stick.
2. AFI — Sing the Sorrow
I’m tired of justifying how much I love this band and this album. Yeah, it’s way different than their older stuff. Stop crying about it and accept that artists take a new direction and sometimes, they’re still really good. I saw AFI for the 5th time on my 23rd birthday this year and I was in tears. Also I saw Davey Havok sitting outside a coffee shop in LA a few weeks ago and was also nearly in tears. Name one artist from 2013 who made you feel that many feelings (aside from anything NWTS related cause like, obviously.)
See? You can still mosh.
I was the girl with the blue hair in this video for halloween once. Only one person understood the reference.
1. Brand New – Deja Entendu
STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM, NOW MY TOP ALBUM FUCKIN’ HERE. And it’s a masterpiece.
I cry every time I watch this, tbh.
Don’t die young and save yourself from this year’s disappointment of a music scene, just hope that next year will be better. Lots of great EPs came out in 2013, but where’s that list? WHERE IS THAT LIST!? Should I make it? No, I have better things to do, and so do you. Happy New Year, everyone.
**Honorable Mention: Pantera- Best Of
For the times when I took over the office Airplay and wanted to shock everyone after an hour or two of, oh I don’t know. DJ Something-or-other’s latest mixtape. \m/