Music Monday: Top Albums of 2010

It’s finally time for me to unveil my list for the Top 20 albums of the year. Mumford and Sons just blew me away this year. How was the best Americana album of the year made by 23-year-old Brits? I was tempted to write in-depth about each of these albums, but instead I opted to make a mix so you can experience each artist for yourself.

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Policy Potluck Top Albums of 2010

1. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
2. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
3. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
5. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
6. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
7. Chemical Brothers – Further
8. Anais Mitchell – Hadestown
9. Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
10. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
11. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
12. Jonsi – Go
13. Kid Cudi – Man On the Moon, Vol. II; The Legend of Mr. Rager
14. Beach House – Teen Dream
15. Angus and Julia Stone – Down the Way
16. She & Him – Volume Two
17. Vampire Weekend – Contra
18. Los Campesinos – Romance is Boring
19. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
20. Hot Chip – One Life Stand

Best EPs:
1. Cold War Kids – Behave Yourself
2. Girls – Broken Dreams Club

Best Non-Album Single:
Japandroids – “Younger Us”

Best Mixtape:
Das Racist – Sit Down, Man

Best Cover:
Crystal Castles – “Not in Love” (featuring Robert Smith of The Cure)

Best Compilation:
Pavement – Quarantine the Past

Album Honorable Mentions:
Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
Crystal Castles – II
David Dondero – # Zero with a Bullet
Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do
The Drums – Drums
Frightened Rabbit – The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
Robyn – Body Talk I
Sleigh Bells – Treats
Warpaint – The Fool
Yeasayer – Odd Blood


2 responses to “Music Monday: Top Albums of 2010

  1. I have been relishing these last several posts but also feeling like an idiot because I know basically none of the music or the TV shows… but that is just more incentive to get caught up on America. Thanks Nick, now instead of asking around I can just refer back to your blog. Very helpful. 🙂

  2. I’m waiting for another post, Nick. Come on.

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