Best Albums of 2010

I love this time of the year. No, not because of all the snow, or Christmas, or gifts. (Although who doesn’t like gifts?) I like this time of the year because many different sources come out with their own “Best of” whatever list of the year. And since this year is 2010, I am also looking forward to “Best of the Decade” lists. Here is a list of Best Albums of 2010 that Rolling Stone magazine published.

In my opinion there are a quite a few albums that did not make the list. So make sure to check any of these out, and feel free to post the albums that you think should have made the list.

  1. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  2. The Black KeysBrothers
  3. Elton John and Leon RussellThe Union
  4. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  5. Jamey JohnsonThe Guitar Song
  6. Vampire WeekendContra
  7. DrakeThank Me Later
  8. Robert PlantBand of Joy
  9. EminemRecovery
  10. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
  11. The Dead WeatherSea Of Cowards
  12. John MellencampNo Better Than This
  13. Taylor SwiftSpeak Now
  14. RobynBody Talk
  15. The NationalHigh Violet
  16. Kid RockBorn Free
  17. Beach HouseTeen Dream
  18. Kings Of LeonCome Around Sundown
  19. M.I.A.Maya
  20. Neil YoungLe Noise
  21. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
  22. Spoon - Transference
  23. Elizabeth CookWelder
  24. Maximum BalloonMaximum Balloon
  25. Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
  26. YeasayerOdd Blood
  27. Peter Wolf – Midnight Souvenirs
  28. My Chemical RomanceDanger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
  29. The RootsHow I Got Over
  30. Rick RossTeflon Don


  1. Grinderman 2 by, uh, Grinderman. (Bad Seeds’ Nick Cave, as well as Warren Ellis, etc.) We have their first album and it is awesome, too.

  2. There are at least 3 albums that have no business being on that list:

    Kid Rock – Metacritic score on the album is 68 (
    MIA – Metacritic score on the album is 67 (
    Kings of Leon – Metacritic score on the album is 64 (

  3. Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” is definitely #1 on my list. I also think Deerhunter’s “Halcyon Digest” and Sufjan Stevens’s “Age of Adz” deserve a mention. Luckily, SJCPL has all three of these albums!

  4. I like quite a few of the discs on the list but it is missing anything from the Gregory Brothers and I’m really enjoying the new Richard Thompson CD Dream Attic. Best album title: an EP of Robert Johnson covers from Todd Rundgren = Todd Rundgren’s (short) Johnson.


  5. Definitely agree with the Mellencamp and Peter Wolf selections. “Midnight Souvenirs” is some of Wolf’s best work in a long time.