Pulling Rank is a column in which Kelly Stitzel ranks a variety of pop culture-related things with little to no commentary, but sometimes with audio or visual accompaniment. There’s no scientific method to the rankings; these are just Kelly’s opinions. You’ll probably disagree with her — just don’t be a dick about it.

Well, it’s that time of year again, when everyone and their hipster brother puts out a list of what they consider the best music of the year. Since all the cool kids are doing it — and since I’ve done so the past few years — I figured I would, put a list together, too. The difference this year, though, is that I’m presenting my list in the Pulling Rank format. So, instead of writing paragraph after paragraph about why I loved this music so much (that, frankly, you probably wouldn’t read anyway), I’m just going to let the music speak for itself.

(P.S. this post has three pages, so make sure you click on through to the other side.)

Top 20 Albums

1. Bat for Lashes, The Haunted Man

Favorite song: “Rest Your Head”

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2. David Byrne & St. Vincent, Love This Giant

Favorite song: “Lazarus”

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3. Santigold, Master of My Make-Believe

Favorite song: “Disparate Youth”

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4. Aimee Mann, Charmer

Favorite song: “Soon Enough”

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5. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Favorite song: “Werewolf”

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6. Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game

Favorite song: “Jericho”

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7. Lavender Diamond, Incorruptible Heart

Favorite song: “I Don’t Recall”

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8. Baby Teeth, White Tonight

Favorite song: “Paul”

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9.  Yeasayer, Fragrant World

Favorite song: “Blue Paper”

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10. Chiddy Bang, Breakfast

Favorite song: “Mind Your Manners”

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