The 25 Best Albums of 2010


The past 365 days have played host to quite the amount of amazing new music. Some of these records made the list for being satisfying follow-up efforts while some made it for being awesome new bands in general. In both of these categories, this year has turned out many treats for the ear.


Vampire Weekend – Contra

Beach House – Teen Dream

Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

Ray LaMontagne – God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise

Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions

Sleigh Bells – Treats

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

She & Him – Volume Two

First Aid Kit – The Big Black &the Blue

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

Best Coast – Crazy For You

Band of Horses – Infinite Arms

The National – High Violet

The Ruby Suns – Fight Softly

Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame

M.I.A. – Maya

The Black Keys – Brothers

Yeasayer – Odd Blood

The Weepies – Be My Thrill

Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love

Glasser – Ring

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Caribou – Swim


Who would you have included or excluded from the list? Please share!


6 thoughts on “The 25 Best Albums of 2010

  1. solid! also:
    Champ – Tokyo Police Club
    The Legend of Mr. Rager – Kid Cudi
    Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj (mwauhahaha)
    Sidewalks – Matt & Kim
    Body Talk – Robyn
    King of the Beach – Wavves

      • Oh you are missing out! “Centennial”, “Juno”, “Tessellate”, and “Your English Are Good” are my favourites, all from their previous album Elephant Shell. “Wait Up” from the new album is great too, though! See them live if you get the chance; I saw them open for Passion Pit last summer, and – while obviously nothing could compare when waiting for Michael Angelakos to get onstage – they were pretty good!

  2. Lydia’s break-up album Assailants and the debut from super-group Tired Pony (basically Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, REM, and Zooey Deschanel and M Ward and a few others all making music together) called The Place We Ran From were also quitee amazing. Just saying.

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