The Village Voice's 2013 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll

The <i>Village Voice</i>'s 2013 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll

We did it! We, the music writers and critics of the world, have confirmed for Kanye what he's been telling us all along. He is a god. His album, Yeezus, dominated our 2013 Pazz & Jop critic's poll, taking the top spot for Albums and several in the Singles category (though Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" won the latter). For anyone who's paid attention to the music press over the previous year, the results of the poll aren't quite that shocking.

About that poll: Each year we send ballots out to music writers across the globe, seeking consensus from the minds of the men and women who live and breathe this stuff, about what the best musical works of the previous year were. In this year's Pazz & Jop poll, 457 critics voted, 160 of whom voted for Yeezus. In the Albums category, the critics are also asked to dish out points, those weighting the poll. Each voter is given 100 points to spread around in their top ten, with the strict instruction that no one album can receive more than 30 points or less than five. Singles are not awarded points, only votes.

From there, our stats guru Glenn McDonald can break down the poll using several different and fascinating criteria. You can drill down through the numbers and votes for hours at the poll, and McDonald does a great job parsing a lot of the broad stroke info gleaned from the poll in his tabulation notes, which you can find in the essay section.

Happy hunting.

-- Brian McManus, music editor

See full coverage of the Village Voice's 41st Annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll Here.


2013 Pazz & Jop Albums Winners

2013 Pazz & Jop Singles Winners


ESSAYS

Yeezy Does It
For the fourth time in six albums, Kanye West takes the Pazz & Jop prize.
By Brian McManus

The Apostate Kacey Musgraves makes country music you can use. By Alan Scherstuhl

Piss and Jop Why are people finally paying attention to R. Kelly's many crimes? By Jim Derogatis

The Return of the Backpacker Many of the year's most acclaimed hip-hop artists transcended a backpack past to make great music. By Jeff Weiss

We Can't Stop Our year with Miley. By Jessica Hopper

Bow Down Beyoncé finally lets us in. By Devon Maloney

Emo Is Back! Maybe. Probably Not. No, Totally. Ignored by critics, the genre carries on. By Luke O'Neil

The Guitar Will Never Die Says Henry Rollins. By Henry Rollins

The Dream of the '90s My Bloody Valentine, Mazzy Star, and the year in '90s indie rock revivals By Max Blau


HISTORY

Robert Christgau's Five Favorite Pazz & Jop Essays

The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2013

The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Singles By Year, 1979-2013


PAZZ & JOP GALLERIES

Pazz & Jop: 2013's Best Albums
Covers from the best albums of the year.

Pazz & Jop: Best Singles of 2013
A visual tour of the critics' favorite songs.

Selected Pazz & Jop Covers
Charting music history, cover by cover.


COMMENTS

Pazz & Jop 2013: The Comments
The who, the what, and the why, why why.
By Village Voice

Tabulation Notes
This is how critics voted in this year's poll.
By Glenn McDonald



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MisterG
MisterG

The concise, pithy comments section has ALWAYS been the best part of PNJ. To have it only online is a terrible shame. And even then, it's so skimpy! This is often some of the best music writing of the year. Please, bring it back and return PNJ to the mighty glory of yesteryear!

Thanks

MG

 
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