The Best Albums of 2023

It’s that time of year! Once again I’ve asked Emacs which new albums I’ve listened to most this year, and the shocking truth is revealed below. And above, too!

It’s been a really strong year for new music, I think — I’ve been wildly enthusiastic about several of these albums, which makes a change from previous years where I could barely get worked up about anything. Perhaps it’s the two years off everybody had that made people get less depressed or something.

The biggest surprise of the year was, of course, the #1 album — an Orbital album! *gasp* Yes, they made an album that was as good as any of the 90s albums, and I don’t think anybody expected that…

So here’s the list of the 15 best albums, and because a computer collated the list, these are objectively the best albums. So there.


Optical Delusion
Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)

Lost Girls


Dry Cleaning

Swampy EP
Dry Cleaning - Gary Ashby [Nourished By Time Remix](Official Audio)

Anohni and the Johnsons

My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross

Liis Ring

Liis Ring – Languages of Love (Official Video)

Water From Your Eyes

Everyone’s Crushed
Water From Your Eyes- "Barley" (Official Music Video)

Aphex Twin

Blackbox Life Recorder 21f – in a room7 F760
Blackbox Life Recorder 21f

Arthur Russell

Picture of Bunny Rabbit

David Allred

Mandatory Book Club Vol. 1

Everything But The Girl

Everything But The Girl - Nothing Left To Lose


Social Intercourse

Peter Broderick & Ensemble 0

Give It to the Sky: Arthur Russell’s Tower of Meaning Expanded
Peter Broderick & Ensemble 0 - Corky I / White Jet Set Smoke Trail I

Debby Friday

Good Luck

Ryuichi Sakamoto


Snapped Ankles

Snapped Ankles - Planet You (Official Video)

Still House Plants

Fast Edit

And I also bought a lot of older albums this year. Here’s the ten objectively best ones:


The Official Body
Shopping - The Hype [The Official Body]

Joan as Police Woman

Damned Devotion
Damned Devotion (Official Video)




Shearwater Plays Lodger (2016 AV Club Version)
Shearwater Plays Lodger - African Night Flight - David Bowie - The AV Club 2016

Mourning [A] BLKstar

Garner Poems


Chance Is Her Opera

Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider

The Blue Hour
Shara Nova: The Blue Hour: No. 1, Prologue

Ellen Arkbro & Johan Graden

I get along without you very well
Johan Graden & Ellen Arkbro - Close

Fad Gadget

Under the Flag
Fad Gadget - Love parasite

Joan as Police Woman

Cover (Album)
Joan As Police Woman - Fire

Marvin Pontiac

Greatest Hits

So there you go. Objective.

2 thoughts on “The Best Albums of 2023”

  1. > I’ve asked Emacs which new albums I’ve listened to most this year

    What package do you use to listen to music on Emacs?

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