Billboard Names The 15 Best Albums Of 2013

posted December 20, 2013 02:35:00 PM CST | 32 comments

Billboard Names The 15 Best Albums Of 2013

Beyonce's self-titled album takes the #1 spot.

Billboard has released its year-end list of the 15 best albums of 2013. 

Beyonce's self-titled visual album earned the #1 spot on Billboard's list, making it a last-minute addition with its December 13 release. 

"Swept away in the hype?" Billboard says of the album, "Maybe. But really, who isn't crazy in love with Beyonce right now? It's been less than a week since her fifth solo album parachuted, without warning, into the iTunes store in the dead of night, leaving fans and critics alike in awe of the sheer ballsiness of the move—a superstar releasing their product with zero promotion. Wow, right? That could have been one hell of a failure. It was not." 

Kanye West's Yeezus follows Beyonce as the second best album of the year, according to Billboard. 

"Yeezus is not only Kanye West’s most radical album by a long shot, but one of the sharpest left turns by a major musical artists ever recorded," Billboard says. “Yeezus transports the listener into the mind of the passionate, polarizing being that is Kanye West, who refuses to conform to expectations at a time in which most artists would rest on their laurels, or muse upon the comfort of a new relationship and impending fatherhood. Instead, West's sixth studio album found ‘Ye aggressively rhyming about his fervid beliefs on social errors, the media’s perception of him and his complex relationship with women, all of which was drenched in unflinching emotion." 

Rolling Stone recently awarded Yeezus with their Hip Hop "Album of the Year" honors as well. 

HipHopDX named Kanye West's Yeezus the year's second-best album, with Run The Jewels' self-titled release earning the top spot. 

Billboard's list also includes Drake's Nothing Was The Same, which earned a #5 slot, and Chance The Rapper's Acid Rap, which landed in list's final spot at #15. 

RELATED: The 2013 HipHopDX Year End Awards

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