Metacritic Users Pick the Best of 2013

  • Publish Date: January 7, 2014
  • Comments: ↓ 33 user comments

The results of our fourth annual user poll are in ...

ImageFor the fourth straight year, we asked our users to rank their favorite TV shows, movies, games, albums, and songs of the past 12 months. We received over 2,300 responses (the most yet), and the results are listed below.

Note that participants listed their five favorite titles of 2013 in each category, and we assigned a value of 5 points to each first-place vote, 4 points for second place, and so on down to 1 point for each fifth-place vote. We also asked our users to name the single most "overrated" release of the year in each category, and those "winners"—determined solely by the number of votes received, rather than points—are also listed below in each section.


Though their order was reversed, the year's two highest-scoring films with critics were also the top two vote-getters with Metacritic users. Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity was the runaway winner, collecting more than twice as many points as the next highest movie, which was 12 Years a Slave (2013's highest-scoring film with critics). In fact, the five highest-scoring wide releases finished within the top seven with users, including Spike Jonze's Her, which placed seventh despite screening in just a handful of theaters so far; that film opens nationwide on Friday.

A look at film critics' year-end top 10 lists reveals that critics and Metacritic users were on the same page with many of 2013's best films, with seven common films in each group's cumulative top 10. Users liked The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Machete Kills more than critics did; none of the three finished in the critics' top 30, and the latter film received poor reviews when it originally opened. Critic favorites that failed to rank as highly with users include the documentary The Act of Killing, French import Blue Is the Warmest Color (#9 with critics, #15 with users), and Alexander Payne's Nebraska.

Best Movie of 2013 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Movie Points
1 96 Gravity 3,724 bar
2 97 12 Years a Slave 1,733 bar
3 75 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 1,108 bar
4 90 American Hustle 975 bar
5 94 Before Midnight 864 bar
6 41 Machete Kills 705 bar
7 91 Her 697 bar
8 66 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug  688 bar
9 75 The Wolf of Wall Street 590 bar
10 92 Inside Llewyn Davis 528 bar
11 83 Captain Phillips 520 bar
12 74 Prisoners 488 bar
13 72 Star Trek Into Darkness 435 bar
14 64 Pacific Rim 425 bar
15 88 Blue is the Warmest Color 413 bar
16 81 The World's End 408 bar
17 55 Man of Steel 380 bar
18 82 Frances Ha 359 bar
19 74 Frozen 312 bar
20 62 Iron Man 3 303 bar
Most Overrated Movie of 2013 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Movie Mentions
1 96 Gravity 205 bar
2 62 Iron Man 3 109 bar
3 55 Man of Steel 73 bar
4 75 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 71 bar
5 97 12 Years a Slave 53 bar


Grand Theft Auto V, Metacritic's official game of the year for 2013 and the #8 highest-scoring game of all time, was a hit with users as well, though not as much as the PlayStation 3 exclusive title The Last of Us, a new IP from Uncharted studio Naughty Dog. Nintendo 3DS owners seemed to have voted with regularity, as three exclusive titles for that handheld platform landed in the overall top 10. PC gamers also showed love for a variety of indie releases, including The Stanley Parable, Gone Home, and Papers, Please.

And, while the fourth Assassin's Creed title placed higher with users than the previous installment did in last year's poll (at #5 compared to #8 last year), other franchises lost some support this year. Batman: Arkham Origins finished at #13 with users while its predecessor (Arkham City) place second in 2011. And this year's Call of Duty title, Ghosts, barely charted at all; the three previous CoD games each finished in the top 10 in our year-end user survey.

Best Video Game of 2013 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Game Points
1 The Last of Us
PS3 95
3,007 bar
2 Grand Theft Auto V
360 97 / PS3 97
2,654 bar
3 BioShock Infinite
360 93 / PC 94 / PS3 94
2,203 bar
4 Tomb Raider
360 86 / PC 86 / PS3 87
675 bar
5 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
360 86 / PC 85 / PS3 88 / PS4 83
546 bar
6 Super Mario 3D World
Wii U 93
527 bar
7 Pokemon X/Y
3DS 87 (X) / 3DS 88 (Y)
377 bar
8 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
3DS 91
344 bar
9 Battlefield 4
360 79 / PC 81 / PS3 80 / PS4 86
255 bar
10 Fire Emblem: Awakening
3DS 92
224 bar
11 The Stanley Parable
PC 88
221 bar
12 Gone Home
PC 86
177 bar
13 Batman: Arkham Origins
360 74 / PC 74 / PS3 76
174 bar
14 Rayman Legends
360 90 / PC 89 / PS3 91 / Wii U 92
157 bar
15 FIFA 14
360 84 / PC 87 / PS3 86 / PS4 87 / XB1 89
155 bar
16 Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
PS3 85
152 bar
17 Metro: Last Light
360 80 / PC 82 / PS3 80
129 bar
18 Call Of Duty: Ghosts
360 73 / PC 68 / PS3 71 / PS4 78 / XB1 78
128 bar
19 Papers, Please
PC 85
123 bar
20 The Wolf Among Us [Ep. 1]
360 82 / PC 85 / PS3 86
118 bar
Most Overrated Game of 2013 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Game Mentions
1 Grand Theft Auto V 290 bar
2 Call of Duty: Ghosts 141 bar
3 Bioshock Infinite 84 bar
4 The Last of Us 72 bar
5 Battlefield 4 36 bar

TV shows

For the second straight year, Breaking Bad is the runaway winner in our user balloting, much as it was in our survey of TV critic top 10 lists. Last year, the show was named on 63% of all ballots cast by users; this year, that percentage was up to 67%. (Yes, somehow one in every three users didn't vote for Breaking Bad at all, which helps explain how the show also finished second in the "most overrated" category).

The overlap between users' cumulative top 10 and critics' 10 favorite programs of 2013 was six shows. The Americans, Enlightened, Masters of Sex, and The Good Wife all scored higher with critics than users, while users favored The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Parks and Rec, and Homeland. (Of those last four, all but Homeland landed in the critics' top 20, however).

Best Television Show of 2013 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Show Points
1 Breaking Bad (AMC) 5,609 bar
2 Game of Thrones (HBO) 2,493 bar
3 The Walking Dead (AMC) 960 bar
4 Mad Men (AMC) 813 bar
5 Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) 742 bar
6 House of Cards (Netflix) 648 bar
7 American Horror Story (FX) 557 bar
8 Parks and Recreation (NBC) 515 bar
9 Homeland (Showtime) 403 bar
10 Justified (FX) 400 bar
11 The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 341 bar
12 Masters of Sex (Showtime) 334 bar
13 Arrested Development (Netflix) 326 bar
14 Boardwalk Empire (HBO) 324 bar
15 Orphan Black (BBC America) 278 bar
16 The Returned (Sundance) 276 bar
17 Hannibal (NBC) 270 bar
18 Arrow (CW) 269 bar
19 Enlightened (HBO) 258 bar
20 The Good Wife (CBS) 254 bar
Most Overrated TV Show of 2013 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Show Mentions
1 The Walking Dead (AMC) 154 bar
2 Breaking Bad (AMC) 109 bar
3 Homeland (Showtime) 89 bar
4 Game of Thrones (HBO) 59 bar
5 The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 55 bar


Lady Gaga fans voted enthusiastically in this year's user survey, not only placing the pop star's ARTPOP in the #1 position in the album rankings, but also landing three tracks from the album among the top six in the best song rankings. Kanye West's Yeezus, the favorite among music critics making year-end lists, was second with users, and also landed three tracks on the top songs chart. Meanwhile, Metacritic's highest-scoring album of 2013Sunbather by Deafheaven—finished at #12 in user balloting.

Best Album of 2013 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Album/Artist Listen Points
by Lady Gaga
Spotify 5,532 bar
2 84 Yeezus
by Kanye West
Spotify 1,901 bar
3 84 Modern Vampires of the City
by Vampire Weekend
Spotify 1,405 bar
4 80 Reflektor
by Arcade Fire
Spotify 1,038 bar
5 87 Random Access Memories
by Daft Punk
Spotify 1,037 bar
6 86 Beyoncé
by Beyoncé
  834 bar
7 81 AM
by Arctic Monkeys
Spotify 643 bar
8 84 Trouble Will Find Me
by The National
Spotify 561 bar
9 78 Pure Heroine
by Lorde
Spotify 462 bar
10 82 ...Like Clockwork
by Queens of the Stone Age
Spotify 437 bar
11 61 Prism
by Katy Perry
Spotify 415 bar
12 92 Sunbather
by Deafheaven
Spotify 407 bar
13 61 Bangerz
by Miley Cyrus
Spotify 319 bar
14 86 Acid Rap
by Chance the Rapper
Download 319 bar
15 72 The Marshall Mathers LP 2
by Eminem
Spotify 317 bar
16 75 The 20/20 Experience
by Justin Timberlake
Spotify 315 bar
17 79 Days Are Gone
Spotify 280 bar
18 87 m b v
by My Bloody Valentine
  271 bar
19 81 Settle
by Disclosure
Spotify 253 bar
20 80 The Bones of What You Believe
Spotify 251 bar
Most Overrated Album of 2013 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Album/Artist Mentions
1 84 Yeezus by Kanye West 276 bar
2 86 Beyoncé by Beyoncé 75 bar
3 61 Prism by Katy Perry 71 bar
4 87 Random Access Memories by Daft Punk 63 bar
5 61 Bangerz by Miley Cyrus 57 bar
Best Song of 2013 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Song/Artist Listen Points
1 "Applause" by Lady Gaga
from the album ARTPOP
Spotify 4,079 bar
2 "Do What U Want" by Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly
from the album ARTPOP
Spotify 3,532 bar
3 "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
from the album Random Access Memories
Spotify 759 bar
4 "New Slaves" by Kanye West
from the album Yeezus
Spotify 542 bar
5 "Black Skinhead" by Kanye West
from the album Yeezus
Spotify 524 bar
6 "Venus" by Lady Gaga
from the album ARTPOP
Spotify 454 bar
7 "Royals" by Lorde
from the album Pure Heroine
Spotify 410 bar
8 "Reflektor" by Arcade Fire
from the album Reflektor
Spotify 359 bar
9 "Blood on the Leaves" by Kanye West
from the album Yeezus
Spotify 326 bar
10 "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake
from the album The 20/20 Experience
Spotify 220 bar

How did you do?

What do you think of the consensus picks of your fellow users? Let us know in the comments section below, and don't forget to check out our Best of 2013 section for all of our year-end lists and reports.

Comments (33)

  • carloscastenada  

    not only is ArtPop the album of the year, it is the album of the decade. there is nobody, not anyone, who is pushing the bounds like Gaga. you can blame her work ethic for it. there is not a single second of laziness on ArtPop.

  • anomicOrgy  

    Some albums I've listened to (since polls closed) that I kind of like(d) or maybe like(d) a lot include (although currently I may only like some of these somewhat):

    13: The Infamous Havoc of Mobb Deep by Havoc

    Afraid of Heights by Wavves

    Hesitation Marks by Nine Inch Nails

    Vida by Draco Rosa

    Sempiternal by Bring Me The Horizon

    The Marshall Mathers Lp 2 by Eminem

    MBV by My Bloody Valentine

    Nothing Was The Same by Drake

    For Now I Am Winter by Olafur Arnalds

  • anomicOrgy  

    1. The Good Wife
    2. The Mentalist
    3. Days of Our Lives
    4. Revenge
    5. Under the Dome
    6. Sleepy Hollow

    1. Blue Jasmine
    2. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
    3. Friended to Death
    4. Beijing Flickers

    Most Overrated
    1. Dr. Phil (TV Show)
    2. Reflektor by Arcade Fire
    3. Side Effects [film/movie]

    The only song I kind of liked from Lady Gaga's Artpop was "Gypsy" (of course no where near as good as Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy").

  • jeremyp  

    When " Machete Kills" gets 6th place we know these votes are a sham.

  • KerimBlue  

    Everything else was great except the Gaga outbreak. I love Lady Gaga, but Artpop was a huge disappointment. The only good song on it was the David Bowie inspired Applause. I know, because it's one of my top played songs of the year. Modern Vampire of the City should have taken number 1.

  • sanyrub  

    Compared to any other users polls out there this Metacritic one is pretty great. That´s why I love this site. Yes of course there are a couple of things a little bit off. But overall it´s great stuff.
    Gravity is not the #1 film to me, but it´s quality in many aspects so I´m ok. The only non deserving in that top20 are Machete Kills and Iron Man 3. Those two choices are odd. And I´m glad Catching Fire if the highest placed blockbuster on the list, cos it really was the best of the year (I´m surprised I´m saying this but hey, they did that, people should learn to not pre judge).
    About music: Overall great list. Yes it´s obvious some Lady Gaga fans noticed this poll and voted like crazy. But to be fair it is a great pop album. In my opinion it is the best pop album of the year, I gave it a 8 out of 10 (Born This Way was better though). It´s so much better than the other pop releases this year. She takes risks and can sing.
    But if you all want to complain and talk **** about Gaga and others why is it that one of the most talented artists out there didn´t make the list? Janelle Monae anyone? Why didn´t you vote such crazy talented person? It´s the #1 album of the year to me: "The Electric Lady".

  • FleshWorld  

    2014 should be a great year for indie music. Jeff the Brotherhood, Girl in a Coma, Bella Novella, Fartbarf's "Dirty Power"' ... You people need to stop letting the idiot music execs, with no musical taste, tell you what's good. Go to some local shows. Support some up and coming bands. Gaga? Beyoncé? Still? You're missing the real quality. The choice steak is slipping through your fingers.

  • Duke_Challenger  

    WHAT!? I'm surprised that at these picks for music. I thought maybe this site was full of music snobs like me. Oh well.

  • jayydee92  

    I'm a big Gaga fan, but ArtPop is definitely not the best album of the year. I would put "Do What U Want" and "Venus" in my top ten, though. Her albums always have at least a few tracks that are flat-out awesome. I think the critics got it right, and users almost got it right, with Yeezus. Kacey Musgraves and Queens of the Stone Age were also a couple of my favorites.

  • jimmyjimone  

    Only registered users should have been allowed to vote, the results for best album and song are just sad.

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