The Pazz & Jop 2013 Critic's Poll Is Out

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

The results are in, and there are a few quirky choices among the bunch -- maybe even a snub or two. But regardless of who made the cut, you can be damn sure that much speculation and dissection will ensue.

So we're referring to the Oscar nominations, right? Nah. Actually, it's our sister publication the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop music critic's poll, which dropped today and heralded the choices of more than 450 scribes from around the nation, including a few of our own.

Kanye West's contentious and controversial disc Yeezus unsurprisingly won album of the year honors while Daft Punk's effusive disco-funk track "Get Lucky" nabbed single of the year.

Other artists and bands making the top 10 album-wise were Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap, My Bloody Valentine's m b v, Janelle Monáe's The Electric Lady, and Kurt Vile's Wakin on a Pretty Daze.

In the singles category, the top vote-getters include many of the songs that have been pounding you eardrums all of last year, including Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (natch) and Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home," as well as Lorde's "Royals" Haim's "The Wire," and Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop." Oh, and a few songs from Kanye to boot.

West's attention-grabbing 2013 was also the subject of Village Voice music editor Brian McManus's piece "Yeezy Does It," one of the many thought-provoking essays that accompany the Pazz & Jop poll each year and were contributed by music critics from our sister alt-weekly papers.

The Village Voice's Jeff Weiss, for instance, proclaims that hip-hop stars like Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore have surpassed their backpacker past to conquer the rap world while Jessica Hopper (of "Fan Landers" and Pitchfork fame) declares that 2013 was the year of Miley Cyrus, and the always entertaining punk icon and LA Weekly columnist Henry Rollins penned a six-string soliloquy titled "The Guitar Will Never Die."

Closer to home, a handful of New Times writers past and present also contributed their votes to the Pazz & Jop poll, each following their own music muses.

To wit: Longtime contributor Serene Dominic, for example, thought Neko Case's excellent The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You was the album of the year and "Get Lucky" was 2013's best single.

And as she explained last week, writer Melissa Fossum stepped away from the critical pack and gave female-fronted Brooklyn pop punk group Chumped and their self-titled EP the nod instead of Yeezus. Kanye's track "Black Skinhead" was her choice for the top single of the year, however.

Our copy editor Jay Bennett also went his own way by throwing his votes behind nothing but the work of Arizona bands such as Destruction Unit's outstanding and critically lauded Deep Trip, Blanche Beach's self-titled effort, the Mission Creeps' Midnight Blood, and Fervor Records recent collection never-before-released Jetzons songs.

Meanwhile, Tempe Carnivore blogger and metal stalwart Mike R. Meyer went the hard rock and indie hip-hop route with a list of doomy and gloomy acts like Lost Society and Carcass, as well as such rappers as Joey Bada$$ and Moodie Black.

The Arizona Republic's Ed Masley also participated in the poll -- naming Modern Vampires of the City as his top album and David Bowie's "Where Are We Now?" as a number one single. The vocalist/guitarist also had the distinction of being both voter and votee by virtue of his power pop band The Breakup Society and its current 12-song LP So Much Unhappiness, So Little Time being included on the list.

Be sure to peruse Pazz & Jop's complete rundown of the best in music in 2013 or add your own choices for the biggest songs and albums of the year in the comments below.

The 10 Coolest, Scariest, Freakiest Songs About Heroin 9 Metal Stars Dead Before Their Time The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All Time 9 Tips for Using A Fake ID To Get Into A Show

Like Up on the Sun on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest local music news and conversation.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.