'Rolling Stone's Best Albums of the Year is a Black and White List. Literally.

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Rolling Stone has just released its 50 Best Albums of 2013 and it's everything you’d expect from the press giant: loads of indie, nods to rock’s forefathers, the “artsy” hip-hop, and a few nagging personas (Miley and Eminem). Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City landed at the top spot — horchatas for everyone!

I did notice a fascinating trend of this year’s top 10 —nearly all of the album covers were in black and white. Aside from Sir Paul McCartney, Kanye West, and Queens of the Stone Age, who used pops of color against an monochromatic scheme — all of this year’s best albums went old school with the artwork. And I think that says quite a lot about the artists who landed in those top spots. The music they created is complex, evolved, and eclectic, and the music really does speak for itself. It doesn't need a shocking image to start a conversation. Heck, just look at Beyoncé's cover. Just one word in pink across a black background and we were all SOLD.

Let’s take a look at the album art of this year’s 10 best album to see what it said about the year in music.

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