My Bloody Valentine Edges David Bowie For Best Album of 2013 by a Veteran Artist

It was a very tight race but My Bloody Valentine has edged  David Bowie for the top album of the year by a veteran artists.

VVN Music took the results of 21 "Best Album" lisst and assigned points based on the position of each album with 5 points for number 1, 4 points for 2 through 5, 3 points for 6 through 10 and 1 point for any position lower.  The totals were then used to rank the albums.

Bowie's The Next Day actually tied My Bloody Valentine's mbv with 27 points but Valentine appeared on 14 lists while Bowie was only on 10.

Neko Case's The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love came in third with 20 points and was the only other album to land on 10 or more of the 21 lists.

Surveys included were from A.V. Club, ABC, Amazon, Gigwise, Guitar World, Idolator, LA Times, Mojo, NME, NPR, Paste, PopMatters, Q, Quietus, Pitchfork, Revolver, Rolling Stone, Spin, Stereogum, Time and Ultimate Classic Rock.

The Top Albums By Veteran Artists For 2013:
  • 01. mbv - My Bloody Valentine (27 points, 14 lists)
  • 02. The Next Day - David Bowie (27 points, 10 lists)
  • 03. The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love - Neko Case (20 points, 10 lists)
  • 04. New - Paul McCartney (14 points, 5 lists)
  • 05. Dream River - Bill Callahan (12 points, 8 lists)
  • 06. 13 - Black Sabbath (12 points, 4 lists)
  • 07. Push Away the Sky - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (11 points, 5 lists)
  • 08. Surgical Steel - Carcass (8 points, 4 lists)
  • 09. Electric - Pet Shop Boys (7 points, 4 lists)
  • 09. Hesitation Marks - Nine Inch Nails (7 points, 4 lists)
  • 11. Wise Up Ghost - Elvis Costello & the Roots (6 points, 3 lists)
  • 12. Wrote a Song For Everyone - John Fogerty (6 points, 2 lists)
  • 13. Rewind the Film - Manic Street Preachers (5 points, 3 lists)
  • 14. The Diving Board - Elton John (5 points, 2 lists)
  • 15. Bloodsports - Suede (4 points, 4 lists)
  • 15. I Hate Music - Superchunk (4 points, 4 lists)
  • 15. The Terror - Flaming Lips (4 points, 4 lists)
  • 18. Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) - Bob Dylan (4 points, 1 list)
  • 18. Dream Theater - Dream Theater (4 points, 1 list)
  • 18. Who Is William Onyeabor?William Onyeabor (4 points, 1 list)
After the cut are the last of the lists (top 5 plus all other albums by artists who have been recording for 20 years or more) along with links to our other stories. Note that we only included surveys that covered a wide variety of genres in our overall survey.

Gigwise Top 50 Albums of 2013
  • 01. The Bones of What You Believe - Chvrches
  • 02. Flume - Flume
  • 03. Trouble Will Find Me - The National
  • 04. Settle - Disclosure
  • 05. The 1975 - The 1975
  • 12. The Next Day - David Bowie
  • 14. Push Away the Sky - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • 28. Rewind the Film - Manic Street Preachers
  • 31. Amok - Atoms For Peace
  • 01. Modern Vampires in the City - Vampire Weekend
  • 02. Yeesus - Kanye West
  • 03. Settle - Disclosure
  • 04. mbv - My Bloody Valentine
  • 05. Old - Danny Brown
  • 16. Dream River - Bill Callahan
  • 27. The Worse Things Are, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You - Neko Case
  • 01. Night Time, My Time - Sky Ferreira
  • 02. Days Are Gone - Haim
  • 03. Pure Heroine - Lorde
  • 04. Yeesus - Kanye West
  • 05. Electric - Pet Shop Boys
  • Dream River - Bill Callahan
  • The Jazz Age - Bryan Ferry Orchestra
  • The Terror - Flaming Lips
  • Without a Net - Wayne Shorter
  • 01. Beyonce - Beyonce
  • 02. Yeesus - Kanye West
  • 03. Acid Rap - Chance the Rapper
  • 04. Days Are Gone - Haim
  • 05. Settle - Disclosure
  • 10. The Worse Things Are, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You - Neko Case
  • 01. Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend
  • 02. The Worse Things Are, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You - Neko Case
  • 03. Shaking the Habitual - The Knife
  • 04. Settle - Disclosure
  • 05. Southeastern - Jason Isbell
  • 10. mbv - My Bloody Valentie
  • 21. Push Away the Sky - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • 29. English Electric - OMD
  • 47. The Next Day - David Bowie
  • 57. Bloodsports - Suede
  • 66. I Hate Music - Superchunk
  • 70. The Terror - Flaming Lips
  • 01. Cerulean Salt - Waxahatchee
  • 02. Hesitation Marks (Deluxe Edition) / How to Destroy Angels - Nine Inch Nails
  • 03. Pure Heroine / The Love Club EP - Lorde
  • 04. New - Paul McCartney
  • 05. Night Time, My Time / Night Time, My Time B Sides Part One - Sky Ferreira
  • 10. mbv - My Bloody Valentine
  • 13. Wise Up Ghost - Elvis Costello and the Roots
  • 14. The Messenger - Johnny Marr
  • 15. I Hate Music - Superchunk
  • 17. The Worse Things Are, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You - Neko Case
  • 26. Amok - Atoms For Peace
  • 29. Bloodsports - Suede
  • 36. Sound the Alarm - Booker T.
  • 41. 13 - Black Sabbath
  • 50. The Next Day - David Bowie
  • 01. Muchacho - Phosphorescent
  • 02. MCII - Mikal Cronin
  • 03. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic - Foxygen
  • 04. The Electric Lady - Janelle Monae
  • 05. Monomania - Deerhunter
  • 26. mbv - My Bloody Valentine
  • 27. Dream River - Bill Callahan
  • 28. The Worse Things Are, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You - Neko Case
  • 01. 13 - Black Sabbath
  • 02. Dream Theater - Dream Theater
  • 03. ...Like Clockwork - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 04. The Dream Calls For Blood - Death Angel
  • 05. The Winery Dogs - The Winery Dogs
  • 08. Shout! - Gov't Mule
  • 09. Unstoppable Momentum - Joe Satriani
  • 10. Surgical Steel - Carcass
  • 12. Rhythm and Blues - Buddy Guy
  • 13. mbv - My Bloody Valentine
  • 18. Aftershock -  Motorhead
  • 24. New - Paul McCartney
  • 26. The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) - Steven Wilson
  • 28. Super Collider - Megadeth
  • 29. Colored Sands - Gorguts
  • 01. Yeesus - Kanye West
  • 02. Days Are Gone - Haim
  • 03. Sunbather - Deafhaven
  • 04. Trouble Will Find Me - The National
  • 05. The Bones Of What You Believe - Chvrches
  • 08. The Worse Things Are, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You - Neko Case
  • 10. The Next Day - David Bowie
  • 17. mbv - My Bloody Valentine
It's That Time of Year! First Lists of the Best Music of 2013 - Ultimate Classic Rock, Amazon, Revolver, The Boot

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Best of 2013: Rolling Stone, Spin, Q, Decibel

Best of 2013: NME, Stereogum, The Quietus

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