Top Ten of ‘Ten, Then

This is the first year in the severals of years I’ve been in the business of making best-o-year music lists that it wasn’t a total fucking chore. Because I’ve grown as a person, and also been actively better at making my way through the piles of music land in my cubicle. Billboard’s Critics’ Picks list is an aggregate of all our staff votes, and overlapped with my personal list by only two albums (which is actually a record high). So, because I actually think this was a killer year for some new music, and because I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOU, here are my favorite albums of 2010 and an associated word (songs are still up in the air; those will be done for the Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop ballot, at the last second before it’s due on Friday).

*Special kudos to Merge Records, who knocked it out of the park this year–four of my top ten came out of the label, and are not even Arcade Fire or Spoon.

1. Grinderman, “Grinderman 2” — Sex
2. Superchunk, “Majesty Shredding” — Endorphins
3. Versus, “On the Ones and Threes” — Melt
4. Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” — Bananas
5. Screaming Females, “Castle Talk” — Primordial
6. LCD Soundsystem, “This is Happening” – Carbonated
7. Devo, “Something for Everybody” — Corporate
8. Tracey Thorn, “Love and Its Opposite” — Creme Brulee
9. The Extra Lens, “Undercard” — Bromance
10. Mavis Staples, “You Are Not Alone” — Ecumenical

Runners up (in no particular order):
The Apples In Stereo, “Travellers in Space and Time” — Futurama
Yeasayer, “Odd Blood” — Globalist
Hot Chip, “One Life Stand” — Sparklekitty
Gogol Bordello, “Trans-Continental Hustle” — Aerobic
Editors, “In This Light and On This Evening” — Butterfly
Janelle Monae, “The ArchAndroid” — Animatronic
The Dead Weather, “Sea of Cowards” — Indigo
Big Boi, “Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty” — Shazam

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  1. Librariandrew

     /  December 22, 2010

    First list I’ve seen with Grinderman at #1. Excellent choices all around.

  2. Andrew

     /  December 22, 2010

    I loved Titus Andronicus, Caribou, The National, Deerhunter, Freddie Gibbs as well as a bunch on your list. Just sayin’ it felt like a rich year.

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