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Vampire Weekend: A confetti shower is probably the very least you'd expect after topping both the critics' and readers' albums of the year list

The ultimate, definitive Best Albums Of 2013

The votes are in, the counting's done. Here's YOUR views on the best music released in 2013






Huge thanks to the many many hundreds of you who sent us your top five albums of the year.

Without further ado, here's the top 50. And below we offer our thoughts on what it all means.

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  1. 575 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City
  2. 395 The National Trouble Will Find Me
  3. 375 Arcade Fire Reflektor
  4. 352 Arctic Monkeys AM
  5. 310 Kanye West Yeezus
  6. 271 Daft Punk Random Access Memories
  7. 245 Burial Truant / Rough Sleeper
  8. 244 Deafheaven Sunbather
  9. 185 My Bloody Valentine m b v
  10. 173 John Grant Pale Green Ghosts

  11. 164 Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe
  12. 146 Jon Hopkins Immunity
  13. 144 Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle
  14. 138 Julia Holter Loud City Song
  15. 130 Queens Of The Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
  16. 111 Foxygen We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors
  17. 110 Kurt Vile Wakin On A Pretty Daze
  18. 107 James Blake Overgrown
  19. 86 Darkside Psychic
  20. 85 Haim Days Are Gone

  21. 81 Disclosure Settle
  22. 80 Parquet Courts Light Up Gold
  23. 78 Savages Silence Yourself
  24. 77 Mikal Cronin MCI
  25. 75 The Knife Shaking The Habitual
  26. 72 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Push Away The Sky
  27. 71 The Future Of The Left How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident
  28. 65 Boards Of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
  29. 64 Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
  30. 63 Unknown Mortal Orchestra II

  31. 61 El-P And Killer Mike Run the Jewels
  32. 59 Phosphorescent Muchacho
  33. 57 These New Puritans Field of Reeds
  34. 56 David Bowie The Next Day
  35. 55 Foals Holy Fire
  36. 55 John Murray The Graceless Age
  37. 55 Matthew E White Big Inner
  38. 54 Sigur Ros Kveikur
  39. 51 Caitlin Rose The Stand-In
  40. 50 Earl Sweatshirt Doris

  41. 50 Prefab Sprout Crimson / Red
  42. 48 Tegan and Sara Heartthrob
  43. 47 The Flaming Lips The Terror
  44. 46 Local Natives Hummingbird
  45. 45 Steve Gunn Time Off
  46. 45 Villagers {Awayland}
  47. 43 Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record
  48. 42 Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse
  49. 40 Goldfrap Tales of Us
  50. 39 Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience

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Rather neatly, our readers' choices for the best albums of 2013 correspond directly with our sources' end of year poll of polls at the two extremes: Vampire Weekend are No.1 in both and Justin Timberlake No.50 in both.

However the accord between the two lists at the very top is not exactly 100% affinity. While in the critics' rankings, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires Of The City was neck and neck with Kanye West's Yeezus right up until the last votes, in the readers' view it is streets ahead of the competition, which chiefly came from The National and Arcade Fire whereas West has merely achieved a respectable 5th spot.

Inbetween No.1 and No.50, while there are plenty of familiar names, there are also many intriguing variances.

One of the biggest surprises in the critics' ratings judging from ADM user comments was the lowly position achieved by Deafheaven's Sunbather (our all-time No.4 highest-rated album) while it attracted enough love from readers to see it finish at No.8.

Burial's Truant / Rough Sleeper is one place above Deafheaven but didn't figure at all in the critics' rankings, but this is easily explained by the fact that most review sites and publications do not include EPs.

Two of the most striking deviations occur with David Bowie and Disclosure, the former finishing at No.7 in the critics' list but only placed at No.34 by users, the latter the critics' No.10 and the users' No.21. Perennial critics' favourite Nick Cave also fared rather less spectacularly in the users' list than in the critics'.

Conversely, there is more cheer for Foxygen to be had from the readers' verdict than from reviewers' opinion: their 2nd album struggled to 41st position in the poll of polls but users put it at a relatively lofty 16.

Similarly, Future Of The Left's How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident, a very recent ADM chart topper, was probably released too late to be given any consideration at all by reviewers but is enjoyed sufficiently by readers to see it at No.27.

As a general conclusion though, with the notable exception of the Deafheaven album the overall make-up of the two top 20s shows a much greater degree of confluence than they did last year. Does this means that the "professional" music lovers have been more influential in 2013? We're sure they'd like to think so. We're sure our users would disagree.
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