You’ve seen the rest of the year-end lists. You know their story: compiled more from group-think than a list of purely amazing albums. So, as one of the final lists to go online, we’ve saved the best for last.
Presented in chronological order of release, the following 11 albums pull from the acclaimed and the unsung — some of the best as well as most boundary-pushing releases from rock and beyond.
Want to see even more favorites? Head here for our 51 favorite albums of 2013.