The year 2010 was when Facebook becomes mainstream and wildly popular, and to a lesser extent, so were Twitter and other forms of social media. The US was still mired in a bad economy, although by the end of the year, it showed signs of thawing. In the world of music, Glee, the TV dramedy-musical, proved that musicals done well can get a massive audience, and also produce smash hits. Justin Bieber was a teen sensation, and Kate Perry turned heads with over the top sexiness.
Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
The best music albums of the year are listed below:
44. Caribou - Swim
43. The Drums - The Drums
42. Liars - Sister World
41. Sleigh Bells - Treats
40. Glasser - Ring
39. Zola Jesus - Stridulum II
38. Foals - Total Life Forever
37. Neil Young - Le Noise
36. Of Montreal - False Priest
35. Taylor Swift - Speak Now
34. Wavves - King of the Beach
33. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
32. John Mellencamp - No Better Than This
31. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
30. Hidden - The New Puritans
29. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
28. The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
27. No Age - Everything in Between
26. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
25. MGMT - Congratulations
24. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
23. Best Coast - Crazy for You
22. Eminem - Recovery
21. Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon II - The Legend of Mr. Roger
The top 20 best music albums of 2010 are:
20. Robert Plant - Band of Joy
After Raising Sand, Robert Plant continues to explore new songs and sounds with his incomparable vocals. This album builds on the roots-imbued sound he achieved with Alison Krauss.
19. Salem - King Night
This group creates their own genre of music called drag (aka witch house). Their sounds, according to Amazon, “evoke certain elements of ethereal shoegaze, withdrawn Houston Screw and production qualities akin to the frenetic delivery of contemporary Southern rap and Chicago footwork.”
18. Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
The very creative singer, writer, rapper, producer creates his first solo album in more than six years. He mixes 70s soul with modern hip-hop sensibility, and sings with a distinctive, expressive soulful voice. Includes the very popular, catchy YouTube sensation 'F**k You'.
17. Yeasayer - Odd Blood
This psychedelic Folk/Pop album features “a cavalcade of disorienting pitch effects and flickering ectoplasmic wisps.” Their art-soul melodies and dance beats disguise dark lyrics about obsession and confusion.
16. Elton John and Leon Russell - The Union
From two rock giants, shining steel guitar, gospel-time choirs and Russell’s distinctive voice brings an outstanding “seventies record with a modern feel."
15. M.I.A. – Maya
Like its predecessors /\/\ /\ Y /\ deftly mixes politics, social consciousness, and inimitable genre blending. Perhaps as much a political statement as a musical one, the new album scathingly takes on our ever-increasing dependence on the digital world.
14. The National - High Violet
A nervy, melodic, explosive and beautiful set of songs that find the band at the height of their collaborative powers. The music is wide-ranging in its moods, by turns intimate and rough, expansive and spare, full of stark angles and atmosphere.
13. Grinderman - Grinderman 2
The album combines the structured invention of their live performance and the unrestrained free for all of their studio improvisation. Nick Cave goes all out with his snarl and dick jokes, as well as the regal “Palaces of Montezuma”, and provides argument against laboring too much over anything.
12. Deerhunter - Halycon Digest
This alternative-rock album from Atlanta, Georgia has expansive warmth, catchy hooks, and accessibility, with every song as standouts. Very poppy psychedelia mixes with 60’s Merseybeat garage vibe.
11. Janelle Monae - The Arch Android
The songs in this album were written all over the world and were inspired not only by the energy of these places, but by such revolutionary musicians and artistic visionaries as Salvador Dalí, Walt Disney, OutKast, Stevie Wonder, Octavia Butler, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, and John Williams. It contains space funk, finger-snap R&B, galloping rockabilly, and melodious orchestrals.
10. Beach House - Teen Dream
Very dreamy and lush music from the dream-pop Baltimore duo
9. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
OutKast’s street-savier half dishes out nimble rhymes, and funky Dirty South beats in this great rap album.
8. Drake - Thank Me Later
The Canadian actor turned rapper delivers sumptuous beats, airtight rhythms and nuanced introspection.
7. Vampire Weekend – Contra
Contra feels altogether fresh, joyous, and like nothing else but is immediately recognizable as the sound of Vampire Weekend.
6. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
The Guitar Song. is a 25-song, double album with thematically linked sets of songs dubbed the "Black Album" and the "White Album." The slewful of songs range from novelty ditties to redneck swipes at blue states.
"The original idea was always to do a double album," says Jamey. "The album is a tale. The first part of it is a very dark and sordid story. Everything after that is progressively more positive, reassuring and redemptive."
5. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
The New York punk-funk group produces cutting-edge electronic dance album that features unique instruments and catchy beats. They can also make depressive introspection sounds cool. The album is up to par with its award winning predecessors.
4. Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1
For a short album, Body Talk PT 1 has many dimensions. You hear a spooky, childlike rendition of the traditional Swedish folk song Jag Vet En Delig Rosa, which translates as I Know of a Lovely, then Hang With Me (Acoustic) and Cry When You Get Older offer a wise note to any younger listeners from an older sister who'll share her alcopop with you while she's mopping up your tears.
3. The Black Keys – Brothers
The duo turn out their best album yet – a classic, pure rock n’ roll record. Vivid tunes stripped bare feature the mighty boogie blues of singer –guitarist Dan Auerback and drummer Patrick Carney.
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
This vast, orchestral indie rock album is Arcade’s Fire’s most adventurous yet. Brimming with pop gems, the songs’ subject range from suburban sprawl to the disappearance of handwritten letters.
1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
A dense, brillant hip-hop masterpiece from the most gifted musical artist of our time. This epic album with clever rhymes and dark, twisted music is just beautiful.
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