Billboard's 20 Best Albums of the 2010s (So Far)

Billboard's 20 Best Albums of the 2010s (So Far)

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20. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
59
30 reviews
User Score
72
434 reviews

19. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
28 reviews
User Score
84
448 reviews

18. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
February 16, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
66
16 reviews
User Score
66
112 reviews

17. Jason Aldean - My Kinda Party

Jason Aldean - My Kinda Party
November 2, 2010
Critic Score
74
2 reviews
User Score
73
1 review

16. Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lorde - Pure Heroine
September 30, 2013
Pop
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
80
477 reviews
Built around producer Joel Little's deep bass rumbles, lilting loops and programmed beats, the album evokes the shadowy sonics of Massive Attack and the XX. In the center of the heaviness, however, is a 16-year-old with a dynamic voice and an even better pop sensibility.
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15. Disclosure - Settle

Disclosure - Settle
June 3, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
79
450 reviews

They're still more interested in presenting exhilarating dance music than trying to analyze its power.

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14. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
March 19, 2013
Pop
Critic Score
74
30 reviews
User Score
77
325 reviews

13. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park

Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
March 19, 2013
Country
Critic Score
85
8 reviews
User Score
82
74 reviews

12. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
Critic Score
73
15 reviews
User Score
70
225 reviews

11. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
May 14, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
36 reviews
User Score
85
872 reviews

On "Modern Vampires," there's no reaching for the elusive crossover hit, no beating listeners over the head with overdone choruses -- just quality music, which, so far, has worked out just fine.

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10. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
30 reviews
User Score
86
618 reviews

9. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
May 21, 2013
Nu-Disco
Critic Score
83
37 reviews
User Score
80
726 reviews

"Random Access Memories" is a messy album, filled with passages that can be trimmed and one or two too many plodding songs. But it's also fantastic to hear these masterminds trying again.

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8. Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
79
243 reviews

7. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
34 reviews
User Score
85
748 reviews

At 16 tracks, this dense, complicated set covers considerably more stylistic territory than either of the band's previous albums.

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6. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
79
300 reviews

5. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
89
24 reviews
User Score
90
1052 reviews

4. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
92
32 reviews
User Score
87
895 reviews

No matter what Ocean's mood is on the album, the songs sound fantastic.

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3. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
User Score
77
279 reviews

2. Beyoncé - Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Beyoncé
December 13, 2013
R&B
Critic Score
85
26 reviews
User Score
82
441 reviews
It's as impressive an accomplishment creatively as it is for shifting the industry towards a more nontraditional take on the "single-album-tour" strategy.
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1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
91
36 reviews
User Score
90
1045 reviews
Needless to say, West has proved once again that he is most on point in the face of adversity.
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