ND Year-End Readers' Poll: What Are Your Ten Favorite Albums of 2013?

With the end of the year upon us now in a matter of weeks, the time has come to cast your vote for the best albums of 2013. 

Each year, we turn the spotlight to you folks, to come up with a Top 50 list of the No Depression Community's favorite releases. While most folks in this community are likely to focus on Americana/roots music, in the past we've received and counted votes for artists as varied as Lady Gaga, Patti Smith, and Adele. If you're interested in pitching in for this year's Top 50, be honest and share the ten albums (in numbered order, please) which most blew your mind.

In the interest of my sanity (your fearless Community Manager Kim), we will not accept Top 20 (or longer) lists, but feel free to add honorable mentions in addition to your top 10, if only for the sake of conversation. Just know those honorable mentions will not be counted toward the final tally. Also, please keep your votes to albums released during the calendar year of 2013. Reissues don't count, nor do box sets. If you're in Europe and inclined to include an album which was released in your part of the world in 2013, but which hasn't yet dropped in the States (or did way back in 2012), you're welcome to include it because it's current to you. Ballott stuffing is seriously discouraged (i.e. if you're only voting because an artist publicized that you should vote for them), and we reserve the right to adjust for that as necessary. The final list will be comprised of albums which have received the most votes. See details on how the votes will be tallied below.

To contribute to our final tally, please post your list in the comments on this post. You're welcome to blog about your favorite albums of the year, but if you don't also include your list in the comments here, it will not be counted. To comment on this post, scroll to the bottom of this page and leave your list in the comments section.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Mon., Dec. 16 to submit your top ten list via this blog post. I and a small team of volunteers will then convene in an underground bunker somewhere in the desert, where we will employ a complicated mathematical formula to combine all your lists into one master list.

This master list will be published on this site on Thursday Dec. 26, 2013 as the final official No Depression Community Poll. Also published that day will be a masterlist of the favorites from our most frequently featured bloggers - the closest we'll get on this site to your standard critics' poll.

Votes cast in this ND Readers' Poll will be tallied as such: Ranked lists will be scored using "reverse 10" scoring: 10 points for #1; 9 points for #2, 8 points for #3, etc down to 1 point for #10. Unranked lists get 5.5 points per choice (10+9+8...+2+1=55 total points, divided by 10 choices equals 5.5 points per choice). Non-numbered lists will be counted as ranked lists unless otherwise noted, so if you don't number your list and want each of your choices to count as 5.5 points per album please specify that.

Now, give it some thought and cast your votes.

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Comment by Jack on November 29, 2013 at 8:18am

1. Cheaters Game - Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison

2. Hell and Half of Georgia - Mike Stinson

3. For A While - Dolly Varden

4. Mystery Drug - I See Hawks In LA

5. Say That To This - Trombone Shorty

6. Warren Hood Band - Warren Hood Band

7. Come Out Swingin' - Candye Kane

8. Truth Serum - Garland Jeffreys

9. Seeds and Stems - Bill Kirchen

10. Sweet Bernadine - Rick Shea

Comment by Michael Biggins on December 1, 2013 at 9:34am

In a year that , for me, took some time to hit its stride there was still plenty to choose from...

1. Patty Griffin - American Kid

2. Jason Isbell - Southeastern

3. Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle

4- Amanda Shires - Down Fell The Doves

5- Mavis Staples - One True Vine

6- Alela Diane - About Farewell

7- Aoife O'Donovan - Fossils

8 - Valerie June - Pushing Against The Stone

9 - The Wynntown Marshalls- The Long Haul

10- Willie Sugarcapps - self-titled

the last two out...

Robbie Fulks - Gone Away Backward

Richard Thompson - Electric

and a nod to other fine efforts from...

Guy Clark, Cave Singers, Shannon Whitworth, Sarah Jarosz, The Greencards, Milk Carton Kids, Mando Saenz, Garland Jeffreys, Charles Walker & The Dynamites, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Rose Windows and Tift Merritt & Simone Dinnerstein.

In fact it was this last work, the classical/folk/americana mashup by Merritt/Dinnerstein that really set the stage for 2013.  Not to start any arguments but to my ears women were making the most interesting records....at least based on the 60-70 that i considered for my list.   Thanks ND for the exposure to so many great artists.  Back in the days of the magazine i used to flip first to the "Town & Country" section to see what was new to explore.  Now I can do that every day.

Comment by norm tandberg on December 1, 2013 at 3:22pm

1. holly williams-  the highway

2. courtney patton- triggering a flood

3 .john moreland- in the throes

4. pharis and jason romero- long gone out west blues

5. the del-lords- elvis club

6. mando saenz- studebaker

7. kelly willis and bruce robison- cheaters game

8. bill davis- my money's on you

9. michael rank and stag- mermaids

10. phil lee- the fall and further decline of the mighty king of love

missed it by that much: jason isbell, amanda shires, richard thompson, patty griffin, slaid cleaves, houndmouth,

lloyd cole, david ramirez, love over gold, nicki bluhm, david francey, lori mckenna, josh halverson, caitlin rose,

carrie rodriguez, jimbo mathus, maddy prior, israel nash gripka, smoking flowers, stephen kellogg, star folk,

willie sugarcapps, escondido, courtney barnett, zachary cale, scott miller, tim easton, go jane go, wild ponies.

it was a very good year and i am sure there are more i forgot to mention.

Comment by Dave Kovner on December 2, 2013 at 6:39am

Not purely alt country (sorry!). But these were my ten faves:

1. Queens of the Stone Age- ...Like Clockwork

2. Kasey Musgraves- Same Trailer Different Park

3. John Fogerty- Wrote A Song for Everyone

4. HAIM- Days Are Gone

5. Sound City Real to Reel 

6. Over the Rhine: Meet Me at the Edge of the World

7. LeAnn Rimes- Spitfire

8. Gin Wigmore- Gravel & Wine

9. Sara Bareilles- The Blessed Unrest

10. Chvrches-The Bones of What You Believe

(followed by: Jason Isbell, Steven Wilson, Bruce Robison/Kelly Willis, Erin McKeown, Richard Thompson, and Prefab Sprout)

Comment by Ann McKinley on December 2, 2013 at 6:42am

1. Jason Isbell, Southeastern

2. Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, Cheater's Game

3. Robbie Fulks, Gone Away Backward

4. Caitlin Rose, The Stand-In

5. Brandy Clark, 12 Stories

6. David Ramirez, The Rooster

7. Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Dark and Dirty Mile

8. Valerie June, Pushin Against a Stone

9.  Shooter Jennings, The Other Life

10.  Escondido, The Ghost of Escondido

What a great year and I still haven't listened to all of it!

Comment by Mike McAfee on December 2, 2013 at 6:49am

10. Two Cow Garage – Death of the Self-Preservation Society

9. Yo La Tengo - Fade

8. Jason Isbell - Southeastern

7. Iron & Wine – Ghost On Ghost

6. Rogue Wave - Nightingale Floors

5. Deer Tick - Negativity

4. The Bremen Riot - PM Magazine

3. John Moreland – In The Throes

2. Son Volt – Honky Tonk

1. Austin Lucas – Stay Reckless

Comment by Emilien on December 2, 2013 at 6:54am

1.Jason Isbell - Southeastern 

2.Amanda Shires- Down Fell the Doves

3.Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott- Memories and Moments 

4.Robbie Fulks - Gone Away Backward

5.Caitlin Rose - The Stand In 

6.Guy Clark- My favorite Picture of You 

 7.The Black Lillies - Runaway Freeway Blues

8.Will Hoge- Never Give In

9.Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose 

10.Kacy Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park

+ Steve Earle- The Low Highway and Cold Satellite- Calvalcade 

I have some catch up to do this year. I have missed a lot of albums released this year... 

Comment by Mark Lammie on December 2, 2013 at 7:41am

1. North Mississippi Allstars - World Boogie Is Coming

2. Trixie Whitley - Fourth Corner

3. Randall Bramblett - The Bright Spots

4. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

5. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison - Cheater's Game

6. Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom - No Morphine No Lilies

7. Matthew Shipp - Greatest Hits

8. Iron & Wine - Ghost On Ghost

9. Bobby McFerrin - Spirityouall

10. Mavis Staples - One True Vine

Comment by Jersey Jack on December 2, 2013 at 7:50am

1. Holly Williams, The Highway

2.  Jason Isbell, Southeastern

3.  Son Volt, Honky Tonk

4.  Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Cheaters Game

5.  Steve Earle, The Low Highway

6.  Various, Inside Llewyn Davis (soundtrack)

7.  Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon

8.  Steel Drivers, Hammer Down

9.  Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, Bakersfield

10.  The Mavericks, In Time

Comment by Alan Harrison on December 2, 2013 at 11:03am

Personally I think it's been an amazing year for music and getting this list down to 10 has been a nightmare (I reviewed 91 albums for ND this year - with 3 more for January release).

1. Guy Clark - My Favourite Picture of You http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/guy-clark-my-favourite-p...

2. Quiet Loner - Greedy Magicians http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/greedy-magicians-quiet-l...

3. Slaid Cleaves - Still Fighting The War http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/slaid-cleaves-still-figh...

4. Bonnie Whitmore - There I go again http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/bonnie-whitmore-there-i-...

5. Danny and the Champions of the World - Stay True http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/danny-and-the-champions-...

6. Monkey Junk - Monkey Junk Blues http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/monkey-junk-blues-by-mon...

7. Elton John - Diving Board http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/elton-john-the-diving-bo...

8. Markus Rill - My Rocket Ship http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/markus-rill-the-troublem...

9. Johnny Fritz - Dad Country http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/jonny-fritz-dad-country/...

10. Audrey Auld - TONK http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/audrey-auld-tonk/edit

Honourable mentions:

Chuck Leavell - Back to the Woods http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/chuck-leavell-back-to-th...

Laura Cantrell - No way there from here http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/laura-cantrell-no-way-th...

Eric Burdon - 'Til Your River Runs Dry http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/eric-burdon-til-your-riv...

James Hunter Six - Minute by Minute http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/james-hunter-six-minute-...

Anthony Toner - Sing Under Bridges http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/anthony-toner-sing-under...

Chastity Brown - Backroads Highways http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/chastity-brown-back-road...

Bill Kirchen - Seeds and Stems http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/bill-kirchen-seeds-and-s...

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