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, 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, 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 comments section.

Happy hunting.

-- Brian McManus, music editor




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Poll tabulated by Glenn McDonald - http://furia.com/pjs/
Thanks to all 457 voters, commenters, and essayists


Yeezus, Kanye West

Def Jam

1,991 Points & 160 Mentions
Get Lucky


Get Lucky, Daft Punk

Def Jam

117 Votes


Pazz N Jop issue

This year, 457 Pazz & Jop voters submitted their top ten albums and singles. With albums, they have 100 points to divide among their top ten picks, with each entry receiving no more than 30 points or less than five. There's no point-ranking system for the singles category, which remains amorphous, comprising individual songs, remixes, downloads, viral sensations, etc. Literal release dates aren't binding, but a record or single's "impact" should have occurred primarily in 2013; in most cases, if it got votes in 2012 and 2013, we combined the two two totals. It's not as complicated as it sounds. Thanks especially to all voters, commenters, and essayists.