Q's 50 Albums of the Year 2010



LIST SUMMARY
List Rating
77
383 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Rock (14), Rock (6), Soul (5), Folk (3), Electronic (3), Indie Pop (3), Hip Hop (3), Alternative Rock (3), Electropop (2), Glam Rock (1), Dance Punk (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Experimental (1), Indietronica (1), Pop (1), Psychedelic (1), Blues (1), Dream Pop (1), Garage Rock (1), Dubstep (1), Indie Folk (1), Trip Hop (1)

1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
23 reviews
USER SCORE
87
234 ratings

2. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

Robert Plant - Band of Joy
September 14, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
8 reviews
USER SCORE
79
2 ratings

3. Plan B - The Defamation of Strickland Banks

Plan B - The Defamation of Strickland Banks
April 12, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
71
7 reviews
USER SCORE
82
3 ratings

4. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
April 6, 2010
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
80
10 reviews
USER SCORE
80
21 ratings

5. Vampire Weekend - Contra

Vampire Weekend - Contra
January 12, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83
113 ratings

6. John Grant - Queen of Denmark

John Grant - Queen of Denmark
April 19, 2010
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
78
5 reviews
USER SCORE
87
7 ratings

7. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
March 9, 2010
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
80
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80
65 ratings

8. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
20 reviews
USER SCORE
87
158 ratings

9. Paul Weller - Wake Up the Nation

Paul Weller - Wake Up the Nation
April 20, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
9 reviews
USER SCORE
78
2 ratings

10. MGMT - Congratulations

MGMT - Congratulations
April 13, 2010
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
68
15 reviews
USER SCORE
77
67 ratings

11. The Black Keys - Brothers

The Black Keys - Brothers
May 18, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
14 reviews
USER SCORE
83
99 ratings

12. Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here

Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
February 9, 2010
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
77
14 reviews
USER SCORE
83
22 ratings

13. Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House - Teen Dream
January 26, 2010
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
85
14 reviews
USER SCORE
87
160 ratings

14. Hot Chip - One Life Stand

Hot Chip - One Life Stand
February 9, 2010
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
76
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80
41 ratings

15. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer - Odd Blood
February 9, 2010
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
75
14 reviews
USER SCORE
80
27 ratings

16. Foals - Total Life Forever

Foals - Total Life Forever
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
13 reviews
USER SCORE
80
55 ratings

17. John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up!

John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up!
September 21, 2010
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
77
10 reviews
USER SCORE
79
2 ratings

18. Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From a Young Man

Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From a Young Man
September 21, 2010
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
8 reviews
USER SCORE
73
9 ratings

19. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

Grinderman - Grinderman 2
September 14, 2010
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
86
20 ratings

20. Take That - Progress

Take That - Progress
November 15, 2010
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
70
3 reviews
USER SCORE
70
1 rating

21. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
May 18, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
17 reviews
USER SCORE
76
16 ratings

22. Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
January 26, 2010
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
77
7 reviews
USER SCORE
73
3 ratings

23. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
May 18, 2010
Dance Punk
CRITIC SCORE
85
21 reviews
USER SCORE
87
143 ratings

24. Bryan Ferry - Olympia

Bryan Ferry - Olympia
October 26, 2010
Glam Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
9 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

25. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown

Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
October 19, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
57
13 reviews
USER SCORE
63
26 ratings

26. Klaxons - Surfing the Void

Klaxons - Surfing the Void
August 31, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
11 reviews
USER SCORE
75
18 ratings

27. Midlake - The Courage of Others

Midlake - The Courage of Others
February 2, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84
6 ratings

28. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
April 27, 2010
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
8 reviews
USER SCORE
76
6 ratings

29. Interpol - Interpol

Interpol - Interpol
September 7, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
62
17 reviews
USER SCORE
66
24 ratings

30. Brandon Flowers - Flamingo

Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
September 14, 2010
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
56
12 reviews
USER SCORE
69
8 ratings

31. The Chemical Brothers - Further

The Chemical Brothers - Further
June 22, 2010
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
71
9 reviews
USER SCORE
75
11 ratings

32. The Drums - The Drums

The Drums - The Drums
June 8, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
12 reviews
USER SCORE
78
13 ratings

33. Tricky - Mixed Race

Tricky - Mixed Race
October 5, 2010
Trip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
61
8 reviews
USER SCORE
72
7 ratings

34. The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards

The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
May 11, 2010
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78
25 ratings

35. Everything Everything - Man Alive

Everything Everything - Man Alive
August 30, 2010
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
70
9 reviews
USER SCORE
73
10 ratings

36. The Roots - How I Got Over

The Roots - How I Got Over
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
14 reviews
USER SCORE
84
19 ratings

37. The Coral - Butterfly House

The Coral - Butterfly House
July 12, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
64
4 reviews
USER SCORE
82
1 rating

38. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
May 18, 2010
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
86
19 reviews
USER SCORE
84
52 ratings

39. I Am Kloot - Sky At Night

I Am Kloot - Sky At Night
July 13, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
5 reviews
USER SCORE
79
2 ratings

40. Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back

Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back
March 2, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
60
9 reviews
USER SCORE
63
4 ratings

41. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love

Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
October 12, 2010
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
75
16 reviews
USER SCORE
75
18 ratings

42. Tom Jones - Praise & Blame

Tom Jones - Praise & Blame
July 27, 2010
Blues
CRITIC SCORE
81
5 reviews
USER SCORE
75
1 rating

43. Skream - Outside the Box

Skream - Outside the Box
September 14, 2010
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
71
7 reviews
USER SCORE
85
4 ratings

44. Villagers - Becoming a Jackal

Villagers - Becoming a Jackal
June 8, 2010
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
75
13 reviews
USER SCORE
82
5 ratings

45. Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline

Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline
May 7, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

46. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
February 23, 2010
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
86
18 reviews
USER SCORE
85
41 ratings

47. Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
April 27, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
8 reviews
USER SCORE
76
32 ratings

48. Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep

Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep
September 13, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
63
1 rating

49. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
85
22 reviews
USER SCORE
87
132 ratings

50. Steve Mason - Boys Outside

Steve Mason - Boys Outside
June 22, 2010
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
77
10 reviews
USER SCORE
82
1 rating

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