The year in music was a frenetic one, with lots of surprises (see all our 2013 year in review posts for the most exciting moments over the past year). Some of our contenders for 2013's top albums were artists who stayed the course over decades, some were newcomers who blew us away with their debut efforts. 

Click the photo gallery above to read about our top picks from each genre (in no particular order), selected by experts from each genre. The top album for each genre will stream for free on CBC Music for your listening pleasure.

You can also see our top 5 albums per genre below.

Top 5 rock albums of 2013

Top 5 pop albums of 2013

Top 5 electronic albums of 2013

Top 5 hip-hop albums of 2013

Top 5 jazz albums of 2013

Top 5 classical albums of 2013

Top 5 R&B/soul albums of 2013

Top 5 country albums of 2013

Top 5 Aboriginal albums of 2013

Top 5 singer-songwriter albums of 2013

Top 5 world albums of 2013

Top 5 blues albums of 2013

posted by CBC Music on Dec 19, 2013