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The 40 best albums of 2013

Posted at 4:15 pm, December 31, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife

This time last year we said that ‘2012 didn’t look like a classic year for albums’. Well, unless you’ve had your head stuck in a fire bucket since then, you couldn’t say the same about 2013. It’s been a spectacular year for music, full of white hot debuts and triumphant comebacks – which meant there were more than a few arguments when we asked our music team for their shortlists, tallied the votes and crunched the numbers. We won’t disclose what made it to the top slot to become Time Out Album of the Year, but rest assured that we wouldn’t settle for anything less than a future classic. You can find the full list on the Time Out website now, but here are a few bonus statistics for all you number geeks…

4 London acts made it into the top ten. Kudos, London.

35% of the albums on the list were debuts, proving that it’s been a cracking year for new music.

37.5% of the albums on the list were (more or less) rock albums, proving that guitars still aren’t dead.

29 was the position on our list of ‘Overgrown’ by James Blake, chosen as the Mercury Prize Album of the Year.

22 is the number of years since My Bloody Valentine last released an album. Their new record made our top ten.

16 is the number of months since Azealia Banks was supposed to release her debut album. Originally scheduled for 2012 and then 2013, it’s now been postponed until next year.

66 is the age of David Bowie, the oldest person to make our list.

17 is the age of Lorde, the youngest person to make our list.

168: the total number of albums nominated.

2: the number of sibling bands on the final list.

1: the number of black metal albums on the final list.

1: the number of albums on the final list that prominently feature church bells.

0: the number of Daft Punk albums on the final list.

Discover our 40 best albums of 2013 now.

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