Making "Best Of" lists is never an easy task, especially for our editors who cover all kinds of releases. An album can pass you by for most of the year and then click just right on a long drive, hearing it in a new context, or when you least expect it. Other albums hit right away, and you carry them around in your mind, anxiously awaiting the end of the year when you can drop them into your list with pride.

Random Access Memories The Electric Lady Like Clockwork Say That to Say This
Quadron Same Trailer, Different Park No Beginning No End Meir
12 Stories The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You Walkin' On a Pretty Daze Silence Yourself

Below is the list of our editors' top 50 albums in alphabetical order. Many of these achieved critical acclaim from multiple sources, others flew under the radar and may be a completely new discovery. Dig into our Best of 2013 list, and feel free to vote in our 2013 Readers' Poll by signing in and rating your favorite albums on AllMusic.

AlunaGeorge - Body Music
Arctic Monkeys - AM
Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
Bibio - Silver Wilkinson
Bilal - A Love Surreal
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
David Bowie - The Next Day
Danny Brown - Old
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Brandy Clark - 12 Stories
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Disclosure - Settle
El-P/Killer Mike - Run the Jewels
Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
The Foreign Exchange - Love in Flying Colors
Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
The Flaming Lips - The Terror
Ghostface Killah/Adrian Younge - Twelve Reasons to Die
Goldfrapp - Tales of Us
Haim - Days Are Gone
Julia Holter - Loud City Song
José James - No Beginning No End
The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
Kvelertak - Meir
Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose
Mudhoney - Vanishing Point
Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
Nails - Abandon All Life
The Obits - Bed & Bugs
Paramore - Paramore
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit
Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
Quadron - Avalanche
Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
Savages - Silence Yourself
Alice Smith - She
Suede - Bloodsports
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Thundercat - Apocalypse
Toro y Moi - Anything in Return
Trombone Shorty - Say That to Say This
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Kanye West - Yeezus
Zomby - With Love

Listen to the best tracks from our all-around favorite albums of 2013 in this playlist: