The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2013

Categories: Pazz & Jop

Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau.

The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugural poll led Christgau to complain of a "creeping auterism" by which "fave raves of yore... are trotted out like so many Frank Tashlins to receive a great art award for their annual wheeze."

It returned in early 1975, though, with Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark being voted the top album of 1974.

See also: The current Pazz & Jop critics' poll

This Spotify playlist includes songs that appeared on albums voted into the top ten each year. Listen while you scroll through.



1. The Who: Who's Next (Decca)

2. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones)

3. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (Mercury)

4. Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey (Warner Bros.)

5. John Lennon: Imagine (Apple)

6. Joy of Cooking: Joy of Cooking (Capitol)

7. Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead (Warner Bros.)

8. The Concert for Bangladesh: The Concert for Bangladesh (Apple)

9. Joni Mitchell: Blue (Reprise)

10. Carole King: Tapestry (Ode)


1. Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (Asylum)

2. Steely Dan: Pretzel Logic (ABC)

3. Randy Newman: Good Old Boys (Reprise)

4. Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale (Tamla)

5. Rolling Stones: It's Only Rock 'n Roll (Rolling Stones)

6. Bob Dylan and the Band: Before the Flood (Asylum)

7. Roxy Music: Stranded (Atco)

8. Jackson Browne: Late for the Sky (Asylum)

9. Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard (RSO)

10. New York Dolls: In Too Much Too Soon (Mercury)


1. Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes (Columbia)

2. Patti Smith: Horses (Arista)

3. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (Columbia)

4. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (Columbia)

5. Neil Young: Tonight's the Night (Reprise)

6. Steely Dan: Katy Lied (ABC)

7. Roxy Music: Country Life (Atco)

8. Bob Marley and the Wailers: Natty Dread (Island)

9. The Band: Northern Lights-Southern Cross (Capitol)

10. The Who: The Who by Numbers (MCA)

See also: The current Pazz & Jop critics' poll

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