Call yourself a music lover? Then you should have already been salivating over this year's Pazz & Jop critic's poll unleashed by the Village Voice today. Kanye West's Yeezus was chosen best album, while Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" was best single. Try not to be too surprised. But click through the rest of the music highlighted in this hallowed list and get caught up on the artists that made 2013 listenable. Not much love for OC artists to be found, unfortunately, though a few L.A. bands are sprinkled in, including sisterly power trio Haim, who snagged the number seven album of the year, Days Are Gone, and the number three single, "The Wire."
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For the uninitiated: Each year the Voice send ballots out to music writers across the globe, seeking consensus from the minds of the men and women who live and breathe this stuff, about what the best musical works of the previous year were. In this year's Pazz & Jop poll, 457 critics voted, 160 of whom voted for Yeezus. In the Albums category, the critics are also asked to dish out points, weighting the poll. Each voter is given 100 points to spread around in their top ten, with the strict instruction that no one album can receive more than 30 points or less than five. Singles are not awarded points, only votes.
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From there, stats guru Glenn McDonald can break down the poll using several different and fascinating criteria.