Year Candy: Guerrilla Candy’s 2013 Pazz & Jop ballot

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The results of Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop poll were released today and, surprise, the more than 1,100 critics polled really like Kanye West. Wait, let me rephrase that. Kanye West came out on top of the 2013 Pazz & Jop poll with “Yeezus.” That sounds better and it’s a bit more accurate.

If you aren’t familiar with Pazz & Jop, it’s the Voice’s annual year-end polling of more than 1,000 music critics/bloggers/people-who-are-generally-knowledgeable-when-it-comes-to-popular-music, and it typically shows which albums and songs are the most critically acclaimed of the year. Voters are given 100 points to distribute between up to 10 of their favorite albums in any manner they choose and those numbers are tallied up to determine the final results.  Voters are also asked to list up to 10 of their songs of the year, but unlike albums the songs are not given point values.

I’ve been casting  a Pazz & Jop ballot for the past few years and I figured I would share mine this year, so here’s my ballot. You can see more details of other ballots from critics around the country over here.

Albums

1 Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Columbia
Points: 15
2 Chelsea Light Moving, Chelsea Light Moving
Matador
Points: 14
3 Franz Ferdinand, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Domino
Points: 13
4 Savages, Silence Yourself
Matador
Points: 12
5 Arctic Monkeys, AM
Domino
Points: 11
6 Lorde, Pure Heroine
Universal
Points: 9
7 Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
XL
Points: 8
8 John Grant, Pale Green Ghosts
Bella Union
Points: 7
9 Ghost B.C., Infestissumam
Universal Republic
Points: 6
10 Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt
Monkeywrench/Republic
Points: 5

Singles

1 Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell Williams), “Get Lucky”
Columbia
2 Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”
XL
3 Pearl Jam, “Sirens”
Monkeywrench/Republic
4 Robin Thicke (ft. T.I. and Pharrell), “Blurred Lines”
Interscope
5 Lorde, “Royals”
Universal
6 Nine Inch Nails, “Came Back Haunted”
Null/Columbia
7 AlunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It”
Vagrant
8 Fitz & the Tantrums, “The Walker”
Warner Brothers
9 Haim, “The Wire”
Columbia
10 Janelle Monáe (ft. Erykah Badu), “Q.U.E.E.N.”
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About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 13 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com and others and was the founder and former editor of the defunct music site Ear Candy.