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The 75 Best Albums of 2013

From genre-busting electronic music to new highs for the polygot that is "Americana"... from R&B to metal... from hip-hop to rockin' and poppin' indie... 2013 was a great year for new music.

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The Best World Music of 2013

Deanne Sole, George de Stefano, and David Maine
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The Artists Pick the Best of 2013, Part 2

PopMatters lets the artists become the critics, giving them a chance to offer their picks from music and pop culture in 2013. Part 2 features PopMatters favorites Ha Ha Tonka, Medicine, and the Notwist.

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The Best Mixtapes of 2013

In the four years since mixtapes became anything but a mix on tape, rap listeners have grown accustomed to the idea that not only should they feel like a brand new album, but also that they should probably be better than the product you pay for.

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The Artists Pick the Best of 2013, Part 1

PopMatters lets the artists become the critics, giving them a chance to offer their picks from music and pop culture in 2013. Part 1 features PopMatters favorites Zachary Cale, Dum Dum Girls, and Robbie Fulks.

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The Best Metal Albums of 2013

Bands across metal's subgenres reached their full potential, be they acts coming into their own, making crowd-pleasing comebacks, or even bowing out at the top of their game.

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The Best Dance Singles of 2013

Spanning genres from electro/synth-pop, indie-dance, nu-disco, to house music territories, what's on the list of 2013's best dance singles isn't just a popularity contest.

Ryan Lathan
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The Best Bluegrass of 2013

In bluegrass circles, 2013 was a year that welcomed the rise of talented upstarts, the return to form of masters, and collaborations among the best in the business.

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The Top 10 Pleasant Surprise Albums of 2013

To counterbalance the set of disappointing albums, there are those that you probably barely noticed at first, or ones that you thought nothing of upon release that slowly but surely knocked your socks off.

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The Best Canadian Albums of 2013

There's a thrilling breadth of styles and approaches explored by the best albums hailing from Canada in 2013, ranging from good ol' garage rock to East-West "noh-wave", from traditionalist country to First Nations' EDM.

Stuart Henderson and Joshua Kloke
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The Best Jazz of 2013

Jazz is all over the place, and that's the glorious point of it. When you add up all its little corners and areas of enjoyment in 2013, the music remains huge.

Will Layman and John Garratt
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The Best Music Videos of 2013

When everything's said and done, 2013 will likely stand as a watershed moment for the resurgence of the music video as an art form, one that's worthy of discussion and debate.

Jon Lisi and Steven Spoerl
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The Best Electronic Music of 2013

Above all, 2013 was a year when electronic music's cream of the crop did what they do best and left no one wanting for more.

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The Top 10 Overlooked Albums of 2013

So now we go back and look at the records we maybe missed when we sped through the year, back to great dream-pop records from January, or great rock records from the spring, or great rap records we're still figuring out.

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The Best Americana of 2013

Our list for 2013 is predictably diverse, ranging from progressive newgrass to tradition-minded country to old-time acoustic to California canyon rock to psych folk to singer-songwriter and all points between.

Steve Leftridge, Taylor Coe, Chris Conaton, and Steve Horowitz
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The Best Country Music of 2013

What's going to be most often said or written about the year in country music, 2013? That it was the "year of the woman" in a Nashville that's still a man's world after all.

Dave Heaton, Jerrick Adams, and Steve Leftridge
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The Best Hip-Hop of 2013

Jewel running, megalomania, acid rap, and sasquatches -- hip-hop continues to surprise in 2013.

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The Best Indie-Pop of 2013

In 2013, the best indie-pop felt like "secret music" meant for our ears only and, at the same time, like we're being pulled into a community.

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The Best Progressive Rock (and Metal) of 2013

This year saw the release of some of the best modern progressive music from a wide array of subgenres and idiosyncratic approaches.

Jordan Blum and Brice Ezell
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The Best Indie Rock of 2013

It's a generalization, but the year in indie rock saw a turn away from harmony-focused, gentle rock and back toward something a bit noisier, a bit more idiosyncratic, a little harder to ignore.

Corey Beasley

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