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Pazz & Jop: Liz Tracy's Picks for Best Music of 2013

Surprisingly, as a music editor, I don't get to listen to full albums all that often. I'm too busy doing the editing part to get caught up fully in that music bit. I did, though, spend December listening to album after album that came out in 2013 so I could contribute, along with 457 other music nerds critics, in The Village Voice's annual 2013 Pazz & Jop Critic's Poll. I felt it was important to counter the Yeezus votes with Juicy J and Pharmakon. It just mattered to me. It's also a good idea to remind yourself what music makes your ass itch and which makes your titties tingle.

Click on to read which ten albums and which ten singles of last year I deemed awesome. I also added a brief explanation of my adoration on a few.

A link to my ballot.


1. Deerhunter, Monomania

I would hand the world over to Bradford Cox if I could. Missing the point isn't his strong suit. The guitar is alive and well in this one.

2. Juicy J, Stay Trippy

Juicy J is just so badass. I'd probably vote yes on one of his farts.

3. Pharmakon, Abandon

Everyone thinks Yeezus was like an experiment in music or something. Someone please give Kanye this fucking album. From the second I pressed play on Abandon, I felt things. Like real things. I loved it; you may hate it. Either way, feelings.

4. Disclosure, Settle

Because this is so yes when so much electronic music is very no.

5. Thee Oh Sees, Floating Coffin

6. White Fence, Cyclops Reap

7. 2 Chainz, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time

8. A$AP Rocky, Long.Live.A$AP

9. The Knife, Shaking the Habitual

10. Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You


Disclaimer: 99 JAMZ is the shit. Also, these were mostly the songs I listened to on repeat all year.

1. Jay Z (ft. Rick Ross), "Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit"

This song is dance music.

2. Kendrick Lamar, "Poetic Justice"

At first, I couldn't get a grip on this song. I'm too all about the true Janet tune, but then, my inner millennial got into it in a real way. Keep on, Kendrick.

3. Rihanna (ft. Mikky Ekko), "Stay"

This is a beautiful song. Straight up.

4. Chris Brown, "Fine China"

R&B pop deliciousness complete with a tragically embarrassing video.

5. Wale (ft. Tiara Thomas), "Bad"

The squeaking bed on this track is nuts. I love the sorta gender-role switchoff here.

6. Rocko (ft. Future and Rick Ross), "U.O.E.N.O."

If you don't get it, I cannot help you.

7. Drake (ft. Majid Jordan), "Hold On, We're Going Home"

Drake really made a lovely love song you can groove to here.

8. Ace Hood, "We Outchea"

Fort Lauderdale! I want more Ace Hood hits!

9. Rich Homie Quan, "Type of Way"

This song should encompass your entire being when it plays on the radio. It's got the stuff of '90s dancehall hits.

10. Ellie Goulding, "Lights"

Because it puts a decent house sound on mainstream radio.

There ya go!

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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