The Best Albums Of 2010

This was a surprisingly difficult list to put together. Despite 2010 being an undeniably amazing year for music, I found that there were very few albums that I absolutely and unreservedly loved. This being said, there were some stunning records released this year, with a large percentage of these coming from already established international bands.

On the Australian scene however, it was mostly a year for debut albums, with many acts cementing their position in the music industry with very strong records that capitalised on the promise shown on their previous EPs. It is safe to say that overall, this is a year that lived up to expectations.

As with my list of top songs, the word ‘Best’ in the title is really more for search engine optimisation than anything- this is simply a list of albums that I enjoyed the most this year. This is completely personal, so obviously many of the choices made here merely reflect my own taste in music. So no Kanye. Oh and for the record, #1 was released in Australia in 2010.

Here we go, my top 50 albums of the year.

#50: Washington ‘I Believe You Liar’

#49: Woods ‘At Echo Lake’

#48: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti ‘Before Today’

#47: Broken Bells ‘Broken Bells’

#46: Darren Hanlon ‘I Will Love You At All’

#45: Caribou ‘Swim’

#44: Fang Island ‘Fang Island’

#43: The Bedroom Philosopher ‘Songs From The 86 Tram’

#42: JJ ‘Nº3’

#41: Delphic ‘Acolyte’

#40: Future Islands ‘In Evening Air’

#39: Owen Pallett ‘Heartland’

#38: The Drums ‘The Drums’

#37: The Ruby Suns ‘Fight Softly’

#36: Stars ‘Five Ghosts’

#35: The Holidays ‘Post Paradise’

#34: Midlake ‘The Courage Of Others’

#33: Liars ‘Sisterworld’

#32: The New Pornographers ‘Together’

#31: The Boat People ‘Dear Darkly’

#30: Broken Social Scene ‘Forgiveness Rock Record’

#29: Warpaint ‘The Fool’

#28: Joanna Newsom ‘Have One On Me’

#27: Shearwater ‘The Golden Archipelago’

#26: Yeasayer ‘Odd Blood’

#25: Titus Andronicus ‘The Monitor’

#24: El Guincho ‘Pop Negro’

#23 Lightspeed Champion ‘Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You’

#22: Delorean ‘Subiza’

#21: Tunng ‘…And Then We Saw Land’

#20: Tame Impala ‘Innerspeaker’

#19: Hungry Kids Of Hungary ‘Escapades’

#18: Deerhunter ‘Halcyon Digest’

#17: The John Steel Singers ‘Tangalooma’

#16: The Morning Benders ‘Big Echo’

#15: Hey Marseilles ‘To Travel And Trunks’

#14: The Radio Dept. ‘Clinging To A Scheme’

#13: Two Door Cinema Club ‘Tourist History’

#12: LCD Soundsystem ‘This Is Happening’

#11: Arcade Fire ‘The Suburbs’

#10: Bombay Bicycle Club ‘Flaws’

#9: Sufjan Stevens ‘The Age Of Adz’

#8: The Tallest Man On Earth ‘The Wild Hunt’

#7: Jónsi ‘Go’

#6: Big Scary ‘Four Seasons’

#5: Los Campesinos! ‘Romance Is Boring’

#4: Cloud Control ‘Bliss Release’

#3: Beach House ‘Teen Dream’

#2: The National ‘High Violet’

#1: Local Natives ‘Gorilla Manor’

2 Responses to “The Best Albums Of 2010”

  1. Yeasayer way back at 26… I like that you stick to your guns and not let other people’s ratings influence you too heavily. This is clearly a well thought-out list and I’m ever so glad you justified your omission of Kanye’s album, giving it the credit it so rightfully deserves. Love your posts man, keep it up.

  2. Glad to see local natives so high but no Dan Kelly? Maybe I’m just a fangirl. Great list.

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