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Albums of the Year

By The Top 13 on December 02, 2011

With 2011 now nothing but a memory, we reveal the Top 13 Albums of the Year, as selected by our readers. For the third straight year, we received far more submissions than... more

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Albums of the Year (2010)

By The Top 13 on January 10, 2011

With 2010 now squarely in the rear-view mirror, we reveal the Top 13 Albums of the Year, as selected by our readers. We received more submissions for this Top 13 than we... more

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Mad Musical Geniuses

By Matthew for the The Top 13 on May 19, 2010

The American entertainer Oscar Levant once said, "There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have crossed that line." Such has been the case for many artists both... more

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Worst Musical Transformations

By The Top 13 on May 03, 2010

Whether it be out of sheer boredom, the need to reinvigorate one's career, or simply a desire to expand artistically, musicians are constantly transforming themselves.... more

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Essential Live Albums

By Matthew for The Top 13 on April 27, 2010

The live concert album has long been a staple of jazz music, where it captures for a home listener the improvisation and synergy between musicians that define the best jazz... more

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Favorite Song Titles | Guest List by Nick Thorburn

April 20, 2010

Songwriting can be tricky. Sometimes, it's sort of like a puzzle, and the more you pile on musically, the harder it can be to wedge words in afterwards. One approach that... more

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Canadian Indie Rock Bands

By The Top 13 on April 12, 2010

Today marks the start of Juno Week, the seven-day Canadian music industry event that culminates this weekend with the presentation of the 2010 Juno Awards. The awards are... more

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Favorite Songs of the Dallas Cowboys | Guest List by Martellus Bennett

April 08, 2010

Music is really important to us. Everyone's listening to their iPod before games, and when we come in at halftime, guys go straight back to their iPods before the coaches... more

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Female MCs

By The Top 13 on March 30, 2010

Late last year, rapper of the moment Drake called his Young Money colleague and Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj "the best female rapper alive" after watching her freestyle... more

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Posthumous Albums

By The Top 13 on March 24, 2010

After the death of singer-songwriter Mark Linkous earlier this month, many wondered whether the Sparklehorse album he had recently recorded would be released. Already, one... more

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Acting Performances by Musicians

By Matthew for The Top 13 on March 23, 2010

Historically, musicians have been best utilized in film roles by being limited to cameos (Keith Richards in Pirates of the Caribbean), having only one line (Dee Dee Ramone... more

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Worst Songs by Professional Athletes

By The Top 13 on March 22, 2010

Last week, pound-for-pound boxing champ Manny Pacquiao was forced to cancel a concert planned for Hawaii because of meager ticket sales. Pacquiao's bizarre foray into... more

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Hidden Tracks

By The Top 13 on March 16, 2010

The hidden track dates all the way back to The Beatles' Abbey Road, which includes "Her Majesty," a 23-second unlisted song at the end of the album's second side. Since... more

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SXSW Day Parties

By The Top 13 on March 15, 2010

The South by Southwest Music Festival starts on Wednesday and we know that deciding which of the hundreds of shows to check out each day can be an overwhelming task. So we... more

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Hair Metal Bands

By The Top 13 on March 09, 2010

Hair or glam metal, one of our very favorite genres of music from our youth, has seen a resurgence of sorts over the past few years. Many of the bands from that era have... more

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Guru Songs

By The Top 13 on March 03, 2010

Earlier this week, legendary emcee Guru of the pioneering New York rap group Gang Starr suffered a severe heart attack that left him in a coma. Like the entire hip hop... more

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Independent Record Labels

By The Top 13 on March 02, 2010

With the recent announcement that independent hip hop label Definitive Jux was shuttering its doors, we at the Top 13 wondered where El-P's famed New York indie fit in the... more

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Grunge Albums

By The Top 13 on February 24, 2010

Just about twenty years after the birth of grunge and the Seattle Scene, a number of the most prominent bands of that era are back with tours and/or new albums.... more

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Charity Songs

By The Top 13 on February 18, 2010

With the release last week of "We Are the World 25 for Haiti," a remake of the 1985 hit song for charity "We Are the World," we decided to take a look at the best of those... more

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One-Album Wonders

By Matthew for The Top 13 on February 17, 2010

Though the topic of one-hit wonders in pop music is frequently debated, there is far less discussion about those artists who release one amazing hit album but never again... more

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Videos from MTV's First Day

By The Top 13 on February 08, 2010

MTV debuted on a select few cable systems on August 1, 1981 with a limited roster of videos to choose from. Indeed, of the 62 videos that aired on that first day, five were... more

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Hip Hop Albums of the 1990s | Reader List

February 03, 2010

Last month, Rapper Big Pooh from acclaimed North Carolina group Little Brother ranked his Top 13 Hip Hop Albums from the 1990s, which we think was the genre's best decade... more

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Hip Hop Albums of the 1990s | Guest List by Rapper Big Pooh

January 19, 2010

Putting together these 13 albums proved to be a difficult task. I'm serious, so difficult it took me over a week to finally decide on these 13 albums. I had to go with the... more

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Songs of the Decade

By The Top 13 on January 14, 2010

The Lollapalooza Message Board is a place of constant music discussion, discovery, and debate (among other things). With that in mind, dozens of message board members spent... more

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Elvis Presley Songs

By Joe for The Top 13 on January 07, 2010

Tomorrow, Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 75th birthday. Unfortunately, he died in 1977 at the way-too-early age of 42. Still, he is the best-selling solo artist of... more

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Music Festivals of the Year

By The Top 13 on January 05, 2010

After a period of substantial growth in the music festival industry, 2009 saw the beginning of a potential market correction, as several annual festival decided to take the... more

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Albums of the Year (2009) | Reader List

January 04, 2010

Today, we present the results of our favorite reader list: The Top 13 Albums of the Year. Your Top 13 includes seven albums that made our Top 13 and six that did not. While... more

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Pop Albums of the Decade

By The Top 13 on December 28, 2009

If you've listened to the radio during the past decade, you are undoubtedly familiar with several dozen songs off the albums on today's Top 13 - Pop Albums of the Decade.... more

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Albums of the Year (2009)

By The Top 13 on December 07, 2009

It's The Top 13's favorite time of year, but that has nothing to do with the holiday season. We love the end of the year because of how much we enjoy making our year-end... more

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Debut Albums of the Year

By The Top 13 on November 30, 2009

As the year has wound down, we've been considering what albums might make our year-end list of 2009's best. We found that there were many debut albums contending for spots... more

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Hip Hop Albums of the Decade | Reader List

November 25, 2009

Earlier this month, Peter Rosenberg, one of the hosts of Hot 97's popular morning show, counted down his Top 13 Hip Hop Albums of the Decade. That day, we asked you to... more

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Concert Films

By The Top 13 on November 19, 2009

This Is It, the documentary featuring footage of Michael Jackson's rehearsals for the tour he was preparing at the time of his death, is raking it in at the box office.... more

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Hip Hop Albums of the Decade | Guest List by Peter Rosenberg

November 09, 2009

As the decade comes to a close, Peter Rosenberg counts down his Top 13 Hip Hop Albums of the Decade. While his Top 13 includes a few of the decade's most critically... more

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Albums of the Decade | Reader List

November 05, 2009

As the end of the decade neared, The Top 13's predecessor site sought submissions from music fans to see what they collectively believed were The Top 13 Albums of the... more

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Albums of the Decade

By The Top 13 on November 01, 2009

With less than two months remaining in the decade, The Top 13 takes a look at the best albums of the 2000s. While many have said that this decade saw the death of the album... more

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