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Rolling Stone's Best of 2013

From music's best newcomers to the worst of Hollywood, everything you need to know about the past year

December 1, 2013 8:00 AM ET

The year may be drawing to a close, but Rolling Stone's editors have been hard at work taking measure of the past 12 months in music, movies, television, politics and pop culture. Here's our look back at 2013 in lists, photos, essays and more:

The 50 Best Albums of 2013
Vampire Weekend cut the cute and raised the stakes, Kanye assaulted our ears, Bowie shocked the world and Miley tossed a dance-pop party grenade.
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The 100 Best Songs of 2013
Daft Punk went disco, Kendrick Lamar murdered the competition, and a 16-year-old New Zealander dissed bling and made the whole world sing
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The 20 Best TV Moments of 2013
Red Weddings, Sex ed. in the 1950s, bitchy veeps, Russian sleeper agents and Bret Michaels' RV makeovers ruled the small screen
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The 50 Dumbest Things Right-Wingers Said in 2013
Over the past 12 months, Republicans from all corners of the conservative landscape have taken everyday derp and ratcheted it up to 11. We counted 50 of the most jaw-dropping
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The 5 Worst TV Shows of 2013
Rob Sheffield looks back at the lowest of the low points in television this year.

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The 10 Best Mixtapes of 2013
Mixtapes are now where hit singles and real careers are birthed, and where established rappers return to prove they still have it. Here are our 10 favorites from this year.

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The 10 Best Movies of 2013
Peter Travers ranks the 10 best movies of the most potent and provocative year at the multiplex in recent memory.

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The 10 Best Country Albums of 2013
2013 was decidedly a year in which the ladies put a collective boot in country's ass.

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The 20 Best Debuts of 2013
The past 12 months exploded with exciting new artists, both on the charts and throughout underground. Here are 20 of the best.

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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2013
Are these the most extremely extreme metal albums of the year? No, they're more interesting and exciting than that.

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Noel Gallagher's Epic Year-End Gripe Session
The Britpop vet praises Kanye, slams Arcade Fire and hints at new solo material in the works.

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The Worst Song of This Or Any Other Year
Rob Sheffield on why after "Blurred Lines" everything next year will just have to suck a little harder.

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The Year in Random Notes
The year's most intimate rock photos, featuring Bono, Taylor, Macklemore and many more.

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65 Signs That 2013 Wasn't The Worst
See our look back at 65 signs that 2013 was a year worth living through - from a growing acceptance of gay Americans and ganja smokers to a rad new pope and enduring human accomplishments.

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2013: The Year of the Album Release Stunt
Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Jay Z and more used unusual methods to get the word out about their new LPs.

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Eight Oddball Movies From 2013
See our collection of 2013's most off-beat, pig-filled, bikini-laden, Keanu Reeves-driven movies.

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10 Best Music Videos of 2013
This year was loaded with excellent, innovative and groundbreaking reasons to go through the inconvenience of hitting "FULL SCREEN" on your laptop.

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20 Best Lists of 2013
We praise the rankers, from important dunks to Mariah's fashionable slings.

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10 Best Reissues of 2013
David Fricke ranks the year's best reissues, from Bob Dylan to Nirvana.

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20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013
2013 was a huge year for hip-hop, with high-profile releases from some of the biggest names in rap. See our 20 favorite.

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20 Best Live Photos of 2013
The past 12 months have set a high bar for live performances — and even even higher one for awesome concert photography.

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20 Best Dance Albums of 2013
From Daft Punk to Fuck Buttons, see our top dance albums of 2013.

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2013's Hottest Sex Symbols
From the queen of "Blurred Lines" to 'Hunger Games' hunks, the men and women who turned up the heat.

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2013's Most Mind-Blowing Selfies
In a banner year for the act of taking a million photos of your own face, here are the most memorable selfies..

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Wayne Coyne on the Best and Worst of 2013
Wayne Coyne mouthed off about Miley, Gaga, EDM and Bob Dylan in a big Q&A about 2013's best and worst music.

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2013's Most NSFW Videos and Album Covers
Our highlights of all things that probably shouldn't have showed up on your office computer in 2013.

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ChemTales: 'Breaking Bad' and the Year in Drugs
Our highlights of all things that probably shouldn't have showed up on your office computer in 2013.

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2013's Best Reissues From Under the Radar
As rock & roll gets older, there is more history to examine, re-evaluate and (of course) reissue. See David Fricke's best under the radar picks.

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Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2013
Rob Sheffield's 25 favorite songs of 2013, including but not limited to: hits, obscurities, disco infernos, guitar monsters, rap anthems, slow jams and karaoke room-clearers.

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The 20 Best Music Books of 2013
Morrissey's Wildean memoir, an exhaustive Beatles tome, Questlove's meta-level writing and more of the year's top reads.

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Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2013
From Miley's Bloody Valentine to Kanye's goth-industrial statement to Perfect Pussy's next-school noise.

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Kanye West's 15 Best Quotes of 2013
This year Kanye West broke what had been a prolonged, and mostly strict, media embargo, and he did it in a big way. Here are Ye's most memorable quotes from a wild year.

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The 10 Best Video Games of 2013
2013 featured sequels, reboots and stand-alones that set the bar high for the coming console war.

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The 27 Best Albums You Didn't Hear In 2013
The deeper you dug for new music this year, the more treasures you found. Check out 27 examples of under-the-radar brilliance.

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The 10 Best Cover Songs of 2013
Surprising homages, old-school funk jams and a touching Lou Reed tribute. Watch our favorite covers of the year.

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The 20 Most Unforgettable Viral Videos of 2013
From Norwegian lunacy to out of this world (literally) musicianship, brilliant parodies to mind-bending stunts, 2013 offered a treasury of viral videos — and a whole lot of twerking.

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The 20 Biggest Feuds and Meltdowns of 2013
The year in outrage, hissyfits, Twitter rants and beefs.

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The 20 Best DJ Mixes of 2013
The genius of DJs is best displayed in live mixes. Here are 20 of the year's best.

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The 10 Best Cassettes of 2013
The greatest scrappy releases, oddities and half-baked side projects that logged quality time in Rob Sheffield's Walkman.

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2013 In Memoriam
The music world said goodbye to Lou Reed, JJ Cale, George Jones and many other legends.

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The 22 Biggest Sports Controversies of 2013
Murder, bullying, cheating, and a fake dead girlfriend are just some of the biggest scandals to rock the sports world this year.

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The Year in Twitter
See who ruled the world of 140-characters in 2013 in handy infographics.

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2013's Top Artists Name the Year's Best Music
Macklemore, Lorde, Tegan and Sara and more pick their favorite albums and songs.

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2013 in Style: The Divas, Dons and Times We Couldn't Look Away
The year's best and worst fashion moments, from Miley's bear onesie to Rihanna's ghetto goth to Justin's suit and tie.

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The 10 Worst Movies of 2013
In order to properly and completely dispose of 2013's worst films, Peter Travers has brought out his sacred scum bucket for one last boo-riddled bonanza.

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David Fricke's Year in Rock With Springsteen, Lou Reed and Lots of Guitars
David Fricke waited after the end of the year to write this and wisely so – one of his best nights out was the last.

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