13 Presents The List: The Top Ten Albums of 2013

Hey folks,

It’s that time of year again. The time when I take all the music that I listened to in the past year and present to you my list of the best. I know I haven’t updated in a VERY long time, and honestly, I don’t think that’s going to change. Whereas XIV still updates when he can, I have found that maintaining the blog regularly is just not something I can make work for myself. So from here on out, this will primarily be XIV’s blog. That said, I may pop up from time to time, especially when I post my yearly top ten lists, which I intend to continue making for the foreseeable future.

This year, in addition to a music list, there will also be a movie list. I published the first of my movie lists last year after watching 44 films but did not publish it to this website because at the time we were still strictly covering music here. Since we have now expanded the format to different forms of entertainment, I am happy to present them both here. I went all out this year, watching and considering 60 films before whittling the list down to 10. So that’s something else to look forward to!

I really do appreciate everyone who follows the blog and I thank you for hanging with us even when we weren’t consistent.

The 8th annual edition of “The List” will be heading your way starting tomorrow. Like last year, it will be released in four separate entries, beginning with #10 and counting down to #1. See you back here then!



13 Presents The List: The Top Ten Albums of 2012, Volume 1: 10 – 7

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for the 7th annual edition of The List, or my ranking of the top ten albums of the year. I have been doing this in some form since 2006, when all I did was post a simple list which was headed by My Chemical Romance’s classic The Black Parade. Since then my list has grown to be a full-on review with commentary, which I have posted each year* to my blog on MySpace, or more recently Facebook. This year The List will realize it’s best presentation yet, as this blog on WordPress gives me the opportunity to include pictures, video, and other formatting wonders (welcome to last decade, huh?). Actually, as excited as I am to have The List finally looking both thorough and official, the best part to me is that it’s now public, and people who don’t know me in any other way than through this blog will be able to peruse it and maybe find some great new stuff, as well as discuss why or why not the albums I pick should be here, and what might have deserved a place instead.

Yes, I love to talk about these things. If you disagree with my list, tell me! Comment below the article. Tell me why you didn’t like what I picked, or what is out there that was better. (But please, make the comments thoughtful. Don’t just tell me something sucks. No one cares to read that.) Likewise, if you like something I picked, comment about that too. I love talking about my reviews about as much as I like giving them, so bring it on.

The year 2012 was a good one for music. Unlike some years, I had no trouble filling out this list. So without further adieu, here are this year’s choices:

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Hello Ladies and Gents! I hope you had a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanzaa, or whatever it is that you celebrate! And here’s wishing that you have a happy new year too!

I just wanted to pop in briefly to tell you to be looking for my next series of posts starting January 2nd! Every year since 2006, I have posted a list of the top albums of the year on my personal MySpace/Facebook blog, and now that I have this public blog, I’ve decided to incorporate that list here. I’ll be breaking this list down into three parts, posted on consecutive days: 10-7, 6-4, 3-2, and 1. So make sure to check back here to see what albums make the list! Past albums to be honored have been:

My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade (2006 Winner) House of Heroes – Say No More, Linkin Park – Minutes to Midnight (2007 Winner), Thousand Foot Krutch – The Flame in All of Us, Paramore – Riot!, The Rocket Summer – Do You Feel?, Shinedown – Sound of Madness (2008 Winner), Fall Out Boy – Folie a Deux, Panic! at the Disco – Pretty. Odd., The Cab – Whisper War, T.I. – Paper Trail, House of Heroes – The End is Not the End (2009 Winner), Needtobreathe – The Outsiders, Florence + The Machine – Lungs, Scott Valentine – Seasons, Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More (2010 Winner), House of Heroes – Suburba, Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark and Twisted Fantasy, My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, B.o.B – The Adventures of Bobby Ray, The Secret Handshake – Night & Day, Bruno Mars – Doo Wops & Hooligans, Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials (2011 Winner), Needtobreathe – The Reckoning, Icon For Hire – Scripted, Adele – 21, Noah Gunderson – Family, and many more!

See you Wednesday for the first edition!