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The 10 Worst ‘Best of 2013 (So Far)’ Lists of 2013 (So Far)

10. Time, “The Best TV Shows of 2013 (So Far)

Literally just a list of show titles with photographs. No critical analysis at all. The epitome of lazy listmaking.

9. Stereogum, “Stereogum’s Top 25 Albums of 2013 So Far

The Strokes over Yo La Tengo? Yeah, right. Call me when you’re ready to get serious, Stereogum.

8. Spin, “The 40 Best Albums of 2013 So Far


7. MTV, “Best Albums of 2013 (So Far)

Stopped reading when the writer described Phosphorescent as “Redneck-tronica.”

6. MSN Money, “10 Best Stocks of 2013 (So Far)

The entry on GameStop stock is full of shit-talking about GameStop stock. I don’t get it.

5. Time Out Music, “The 20 Best Albums of 2013 So Far

What a boring list. This year in music has not been as boring as Time Out would like you to think.

4. FanSided, “Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails and the Best Songs of 2013 (So Far)

The National entry speaks for its horrible self: “Stalwart bearded indie hep cats still making us feel lousy about ourselves. Is it just me or does that whole album have a TV on the Radio vibe?”

3. Paste, “The 25 Best Movies of 2013 (So Far)

Frances Ha is not number one, and so this list is patently false.

2. Pepsi Pulse, “The Best Music Collaborations of 2013 So Far

I still don’t know how to feel about the fact that the only way music writers get paid (relatively) big bucks these days is by creating pointless listicles for sites like Pepsi Pulse. Wait, yes I do. It sucks.

1. Pitchfork, “Overlooked Records 2013

Not explicitly a “so far” list, but might as well be. Should be called “Albums We Weren’t Paid Enough to Heavily Promote Upon Release.” AMIRITE?