Favorite Albums of 2010


I didn’t think 2010 was as strong a year as 2009 in terms of albums. Tons of great individual songs (Truth by Alexander Ebert, Not in Love by Crystal Castles & Robert Smith, and Rill Rill by Sleigh Bells off the top of my head) but albums as a whole felt slightly weaker and less refined than last years crop (more Phoenix please). Still, I think the twenty I picked here are fairly strong. And as always I’m probably tougher on some of my favorite bands who aren’t on the list that put out decent releases. In fact, as I was putting together this list I realized I could have kept going, so the first sentence of this paragraph might be completely out of line.

Anyhow, these are the albums I came back to the most in 2010.

  1. The SuburbsArcade Fire
  2. GoJonsi
  3. WeathervanesFreelance Whales
  4. Forgiveness Rock RecordBroken Social Scene
  5. BrothersBlack Keys
  6. A Balloon Called MoaningJoy Formidable
  7. High VioletThe National
  8. Light ChasersCloud Cult
  9. Grace Potter & The NocturnalsGrace Potter & The Nocturnals
  10. ContraVampire Weekend
  11. Broken Side of TimeAlberta Cross
  12. SubizaDelorian
  13. Yukon BlondeYukon Blonde
  14. All DayGirl Talk
  15. Catching the TigerLissie
  16. Birds and CagesDeas Vail
  17. Have One On Me – Joanna Newsom
  18. Tiger SuitKT Tunstall
  19. Broken BellsBroken Bells
  20. Come Around SundownKings of Leon

And because it would be irresponsible for me not to list them, here are my five favorite movie scores of last year:


  1. Tron Legacy – Daft Punk
  2. The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  3. The Karate Kid – James Horner
  4. Inception – Hans Zimmer
  5. How to Train your Dragon – John Powell

Really excited about what 2011 will bring! Will we get a new Radiohead? Fleet Foxes? Maybe an entire album by Alexander? I’ve already liked what I’ve heard from the upcoming Decemberists release, a band I’ve never been too excited about before.


  1. Claudia’s avatar

    Love this list. I need to fill out the rest of my playlist, but I have many of these albums already.

    Thanks :)

    1. ANdy’s avatar

      There’s definitely some good stuff on here, but I’d like to recommend checking out Tokyo Police Club’s “Champ” and Menomena’s “Mines”. Think you’d dig them.

      I’m still digging through that Joanna Newsome album, its good, but there’s so much that its hard for me to get a grasp on.

      1. mike’s avatar

        yeah- Joanna’s one of those artists i think you have to be in the right mindset for. but i really love that harp!

        i took a listen of Champ when it came out. i remember thinking it was alright. really dug “Breakneck Speed.” i’ll have to revisit it. I’ll check out Menomena!

      2. Claudia’s avatar

        Just bought Broken Bells. Dig it.

        Have you heard of Trampled by Turtles?

        1. mike’s avatar

          i have! in fact i wrote them down to give more of a listen to and then completely forgot about them. i’ll definitely be going back that album soon. thanks for the reminder. :)

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