My personal picks are included below. If the lead photo isn't some sort of a giveaway, then I'll give you a hint: These women are not in Vampire Weekend.
Here are my chosen few for 2013. You'll notice that there's no crossover between the albums chosen and the singles. That's because it would be really boring for me to have the top five singles of my list taken over by Haim, who polled 7th among critics on the album tally. Most of the stuff in my singles area came from exceptional albums too. Somehow Vampire Weekend didn't make it onto either list. What was I thinking?
1.Haim - Days Are Gone
2. Low - The Invisible Way
3. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
4. Mikal Cronin - MCII
5. Still Corners - Strange Pleasures
6. Danny Brown - Old
7. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
8. Fidlar - Fidlar
9. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
10. Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
1. Phantogram, "Black Out Days"
2. Tegan and Sara, "Closer"
3. Kanye West, "Blood on the Leaves"
4. Beyoncé, "XO"
5. The Preatures, "Is This How You Feel?"
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Sacrilege"
7. Death Grips, "Birds"
8. Daft Punk (ft. Julian Casablancas), "Instant Crush"
9. Hollow Boys, "Hater"
10. Kacey Musgraves, "Follow Your Arrow"
Of the hundreds of music critics who have spoken, there are other Minnesota locals involved. Check out picks from Star Tribune's Jon Bream, Pioneer Press's Ross Raihala, Electric Fetus's Jon Jon Scott, and some local City Pages-associated ballots from Erik Thompson, Jeff Gage, Mike Madden, Jack Spencer, and Lindsey Thomas.
And you should feast upon the buffet of essays about the P&J winners at the main 2014 Pazz & Jop microsite. Kudos to the team in New York.