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The Definitive SoundsXP Writers Poll - Best Albums, Songs and Live Acts for 2013

Article written by Paul M - Dec 14, 2013

Ok, well 2013 now approaches its final curtain and the SoundsXP hacks have spent some of its final days collectively stroking chins, scoffing savoury snacks and consuming oodles of pints of frothing brown stuff before collapsing in a steaming heap behind a skip in Deptford. Upon recovering we found a soiled sheet with the supposed highlights of the year scrawled in either brown crayon or something far worse...

Anyway, enough of the guff, here's the final part of a desperate attempt to drag this out over a couple of days, where we finally reveal who actually won.

The album award proved to be something of a romp for Ohio miserabilists, The National, while in the song category, Daft Punk proved that we can also pull some shapes, even if those shapes are badly deformed.

And sorry, despite the picture, the lovely Ms Perry doesn't feature anywhere in these lists...

Albums of the year 2013:

1. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
2. Future Of The Left - How to Lose Your Brain in an Accident
3. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
4. Deerhunter - Monomania
5. Mikal Cronin - MCII
6. Sleaford Mods - Austerity Dogs
7. La Luz - It’s Alive
8. Dan Michaelson – Blindspot
9. Fat White Family - Champagne Holocaust
10. Bill Callahan - Dream River
11. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
12. Mogwai – Les Revenants Soundtrack
13. Savages - Silence Yourself
14. Beaulieu Porch – We Are Beautiful
15. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
16. Grumbling Fur - Glynnaestra
17. Aedi - Ha Ta Ka Pa
18. Elephant Stone – Elephant Stone
19. Splashh - Comfort
20. Áine O'Dwyer - Anything Bright or Startling

Last year's winner: Fresh & Onlys - Long Slow Dance

Tracks of the year 2013:

1. Daft Punk - Get Lucky
2. Of Montreal - She Ain't Speakin Now
3. Sleaford Mods - Jobseeker
4. Teleman - Christina
5. Veronica Falls – Broken Toy
6. Parquet Courts - Borrowed Time
7. Girl One & The Grease Gun – Jessica 6
8. The Wolfhounds - Cheer Up
9. Low - Stay
10. Fuzz - Sunderberry Dream
11. Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain - WWPRD
12. Future of the Left – Singing of the Bonesaws
13. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
14. Hospital Ships – Come Back To Life
15. Grumbling Fur - The Ballad of Roy Batty
16. Future of the Left – Hey Precious
17. David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
18. Azure Blue – The Road I Know
19. Mikal Cronin - Weight
20. Sauna Youth - False Jesii Pt II

Last year's winner: Tyvek - Wayne County Roads

Live acts of the year 2013:

1. King Khan & the Shrines
2. Fresh & Onlys
3. Nobunny
4. The National
5. Future of the Left
6. Bo Ningen
7. Parquet Courts
8. Stats
9. Áine O'Dwyer
10. Fat White Family
11. Public Service Broadcast
12. Unknown Mortal Orchestra
13. British Sea Power
14. The Saints
15. Atomic Suplex
16. Eccentronic Research Council
17. Luke Younger
18. Wilko Johnson
19. Hooded Fang
20. Savages

Last year's winner: Driver Drive Faster

Comps/Re-issues of the year 2013:

In Utero
1. Nirvana - In Utero Re-issue
2. Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies Re-issue
3. Smoke Fairies - Ghosts
4. Various - Oh Carolina! Jamaican Chart Hits of 61
5. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico
6. Ruth White – Flowers of Evil
7. Various - The Outer Church
8. British Sea Power – From The Sea To The Land Beyond
9. Various - Reason to Believe – Songs of Tim Hardin
10. Various - Forward March Jamaican Chart Hits of 62

Last year's winner: Various Artists - Trojan Presents: Boss Reggae

And just because it helps us sleep at night here's that Miley photo again:


CREDIT: Photoshopping spoofs produced by the cheeky cockney chappie himself, Mike Renny.


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