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Top 40 Electropop Albums of 2013

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2013 was an incredible year for music, especially if you’re a fan of electro stuff. I’d argue there was more great albums in 2013 than all of the 00’s combined.

Yes.

2013 was the year electropop artists became household names. CHVRCHES, Charli XCX, Lorde and Sky Ferreira can be found on local radio. Even my mom knows that Lorde is 16 and “from New Zealand or something”.

2013 saw the rise of “Electro R&B” like Alunageorge, Dungeonesse, DIANA and Autre Ne Veut. 20 years later, hipster kids are giving their own take on 90’s rhythm & blues.

2013 was the year I started using the term “Electro Hip Hop” thanks to Kanye West’s minimal, analog masterpiece.

2013 marks the year that a four-on-the-floor beat makes me cringe like fingernails down a chalkboard. Producers need to create interesting, rhythmic basslines instead of getting lazy with the BOOM-CHEE-BOOM-CHEE.

You no longer have to feel guilty for listening to “pop music” in 2013. Fans and bands are proud to use the word ‘pop’. Yet, the genre is attacked once more, even being ignorantly labeled “The Monogenre” by those who simply don’t like it.

I hope you discover something new in the list below – not everything is electropop – you’ll find some dreampop, retropop and indierock.

Though Spotify is now under attack in 2013, mostly by grumpy old white guys who haven’t enjoyed a new album since the 70′, here’s a Spotify playlist for your convenience. And be sure to check out my Best Electropop Albums of 2012 and Best Electropop Albums of 2011 playlists, as well as my Top 100 Electropop Tracks of 2013.

 

40. Ejecta – Dominae
Happy and hazy electronic sounds.

 

39. MIA – Matangi
Dancehall reggae.

 

38. Keep Shelly in Athens – At Home
Yummy analog synths.

 

37. Austra – Olympia
Haunting sounds.

 

36. Phantogram – Phantogram
A preview of their upcoming 2014 album.

 

35. Small Black – Limits of Desire
Chillwave.

 

34. The 1975 – The 1975
Indierock.

 

33. Frankie Rose – Herein Wild
Dreampop.

 

32. Shannon & The Clams – Dreams in the Rat House
The sound of the 50’s.

 

31. Goldroom – Embrace
An EP of chill house beats and dreamy female vocals.

 

30. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
Not as solid as their previous two albums, but definitely some killer tracks on here.

 

29. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
A solid part of the 2013 R&B craze.

 

28. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
People who hate “Get Lucky” should get bent.

 

27. Disclosure – Settle
House music meets pop music.

 

26. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
Prince changed his name to that symbol thingy, so Blood Orange can change his name to Prince.

 

25. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Some great tracks on here.

 

24. Tennis – Small Sound
Retro sounds of the 60’s.

 

23. OMD – English Electric
If something isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

 

22. Kitten – Like a Stranger
Kinda sounds like Madonna in the 80’s.

 

21. Diana – Perpetual Surrender
Kinda sounds like if Depeche Mode had a female singer.

 

20. Tegan And Sara – Hearthrob
They’re sisters! They’re lesbians! They make catchy pop songs!

 

19. Polica – Shulamith
Two live drummers, distorted vocals, electro sounds with a hiphop vibe.

 

18. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
An album ignored by the critics at best, Sleigh Bells turns down their guitar thrashing and turns up their pop sounds.

 

17. Still Corners – Strange Pleasures
Lush, dreamy sounds for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

 

16. Shout Out Louds – Optica
Scandinavian indie pop music.

 

15. Classixx – Hanging Gardens
On the border of house music and pop music, Classixx will make your fists pump the air.

 

14. Xylos – Body is Open EP
An EP of dancey synth sounds that went below everyone’s radar.

 

13. Kanye West – Yeezus
Electro hiphop. Kanye stripped out all the noise and made a cutting, raw album.

 

12. Haim – Days Are Gone
These three California sisters make some catchy indie tunes.

 

11. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
A collection of 80s-driven pop songs.

 

10. Postiljonen – Skyer
Fans of The Cocteau Twins and Beach House will love their dreamy sounds.

 

9. CHVRCHES – The Bones of what you Believe
Bright synths, dark beats and a childlike voice, CHVRCHES defines what “electropop” means in 2013.

 

8. AlunaGeorge – Body Music
Modern electro sounds with an oldskool R&B beat, AlunaGeorge will shake dat ass.

 

7. Lorde – Pure Heroine
So happy to see Lorde go mainstream, her minimal, bass-driven sounds and clever lyrics make for a solid album from start to finish.

 

6. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
Smokey and sexy rhythm and blues guaranteed to have you and your partner’s panties off by the end of the album.

 

5. Charlie XCX – True Romance
A collection of dance-friendly electropop hits.

 

4. Dungeonesse – Dungeonesse
The most underrated album of 2013. What would happen if a couple hipster white kids from Baltimore tackled 90’s R&B?

 

3. St. Lucia – When the Night
Saxophones are back! Another underrated album, St. Lucia strips away all the crap you hated about 80’s soft rock and new wave, and keeps what you love.

 

2. Young Galaxy – Ultramarine (Deluxe edition)
Labeled as “space rock”, Young Galaxy released a smooth album full of hits. Then dropped a deluxe edition with enough great tracks to be considered a killer album on its own. Unreal.

 

1. Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides
808 beats, analog synths, an angelic vocalist and a whole lotta reverb, it’s the sound I imagine is playing at the pearly gates of heaven. Often compared to Fleetwood Mac, Pure Bathing Culture has created a breezy sound like no other. Put on “Moon Tides, grab a glass of wine and feel the saltwater and sand between your toes.

 

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