List season : : My Top 20 Albums of 2010

20. Gil Scott-Heron : : I’m New Here
Standout tracks: “Me and the Devil” and “New York is Killing Me”

19. Four Tet : : There is Love In You
Standout tracks: “Angel Echoes” and “She Just Likes to Fight”

18. Panthu Du Prince : : Black Noise
Standout tracks: “A Nomads Retreat” and “Stick to My Side”

17. Massive Attack : : Heligoland
Standout tracks: “Paradise Circus” and “Saturday Come Slow”

16. Das Racist : : Sit Down, Man
Standout tracks: “Return to Innocence” and “Rapping 2 U”

15. Crystal Castles : : Crystal Castles [2010]
Standout tracks: “Empathy” and “Not In Love”

14. Jonsi : : Go
Standout tracks: “Hengilas” and “Animal Arithmetic”

13. Foals : : Total Life Forever
Standout tracks: “Spanish Sahara” and “Blue Blood”

12. Nicki Minaj : : Pink Friday
Standout tracks: “Superbass” and “I’m the Best”

11. The National : : High Violet
Standout tracks: “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” “Lemonworld” and “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”

10. Sufjan Stevens : : The Age of Adz
Standout tracks: “Vesuvius,” “All For Myself” and “Impossible Soul”

9. Beach House : : Teen Dream
Standout tracks: “Walk In The Park” and “Silver Soul”

8. Sleigh Bells : : Treats
Standout tracks: this whole album, for real (my absolute favorite track, if I had to pick one, is probably “Crown on the Ground”)

7. Robyn : : Body Talk Pt. 1
Standout tracks: “Cry When You Get Older” and “Hang With Me (acoustic)”

6. The Black Keys : : Brothers
Standout tracks: These boys can basically do no wrong in my eyes, I unconditionally love them and every sound they produce, so I’d say just listen to the whole darn thing and everything else they’ve made for that matter.

5. The-Dream : : Love King
Standout tracks: LISTEN TO THIS ENTIRE ALBUM. NOWWW! The-Dream rocks my world in ways that few modern day hit-makers can and you know what, he has probably rocked your world too and you didn’t even realize it (see ‘Single Ladies’…composed by Terius Nash AKA The-Dream).

4. Big Boi : : Sir Lucious Left Foot
Standout tracks: LISTEN TO THIS ENTIRE ALBUM. NOWWWWW!

3. Deerhunter : : Halcyon Digest
Standout tracks: LISTEN TO THIS ENTIRE ALBUM. NOWWWWWWWWW!

2. The Arcade Fire : : The Suburbs
Standout tracks: LISTEN TO THIS ENTIRE ALBUM. NOWWWWWWWWWWWW!

1. Kanye West : : My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Standout tracks: If you haven’t listened to this album in its entirety on repeat then we probably aren’t friends and shouldn’t waste time trying to be. Basically everyone is voting it number one and for me, to be honest, any of my top 10 could have been my number one and definitely was at some point during the past year. With that said, MBDTF is an incredible piece of music that was clearly obsessively executed and is an absolute pleasure to listen to. This album really did hit me heavy and I’m sure I’ll continue to be excited about it in the years to come.

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