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The AnyDecentMusic Readers’ All Time Poll

When it comes to divisions between music critics and music fans, it would appear from a quick analysis of the upper echelons of our readers' poll that one thing is clear: music fans lean more towards indie rock at the expense of any other style.
Hip hop, neo soul and R&B in the shape of Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo and Frank Ocean rule the roost at Nos 1,2,3 in our critics' all-time ratings. In your poll, they slip a fair way down the rankings, as indeed do folk specialist Anaïs Mitchell, post-metallists Deafheaven, veteran shoegazers My Bloody Valentine and punk trio Sleater-Kinney. Rising to fill their places are alt and indie rock favourites such as The National, PJ Harvey, Arcade Fire and The War On Drugs and alt pop artists such as St Vincent and Vampire Weekend. The most striking deviation between the two sets of ratings is at the very top: your clear winner, The National's High Violet, is a relatively lowly 53rd in the critics' chart. Unlikely bedfellows Kanye West and Sufjan Stevens are the two artists who have maintained lofty positions across both whereas Ry Cooder and Mbongwana Star have disappeared from view.


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  1. The National High Violet
  2. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  3. St Vincent St Vincent
  4. PJ Harvey Let England Shake
  5. Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
  6. Frank Ocean Channel Orange
  7. Arcade Fire The Suburbs
  8. The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream
  9. Bon Iver Bon Iver
  10. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly

  11. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City
  12. Tame Impala Lonerism
  13. Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
  14. Burial Kindred
  15. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
  16. D'Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah
  17. Joanna Newsom Have One On Me
  18. The National Trouble Will Find Me
  19. Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid
  20. Flying Lotus Cosmogramma

  21. Deafheaven Sunbather
  22. Kanye West Yeezus
  23. Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2
  24. Anaïs Mitchell Hadestown
  25. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Push the Sky Away
  26. Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...
  27. Swans To Be Kind
  28. Deerhunter Microcastle
  29. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
  30. John Grant Pale Green Ghosts

  31. Wild Beasts Smother
  32. Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle
  33. FKA Twigs Lp1
  34. Tom Waits Bad As Me
  35. My Bloody Valentine mbv
  36. Jamie xx In Colour
  37. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
  38. Sharon Van Etten Are We There
  39. Nils Frahm Spaces
  40. Chance The Rapper Acid Rap

  41. Chromatics Kill For Love
  42. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think...
  43. Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love
  44. The Horrors Skying
  45. Kate Bush 50 Words for Snow
  46. Björk Vulnicura
  47. Julia Holter Loud City Song
  48. Swans The Seer
  49. Perfume Genius Too Bright
  50. Jason Isbell Something More Than Free
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