Q's 50 Albums of the Year 2010



LIST SUMMARY

List Rating: 77
Based on 383 album 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
88
22 reviews
USER SCORE
87

2. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

Robert Plant - Band of Joy
September 14, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
7 reviews
USER SCORE
82

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

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

5. Vampire Weekend - Contra

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

6. John Grant - Queen of Denmark

John Grant - Queen of Denmark
April 19, 2010
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
79
5 reviews
USER SCORE
88

7. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
March 9, 2010
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
81
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79

8. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
19 reviews
USER SCORE
87

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

10. MGMT - Congratulations

MGMT - Congratulations
April 13, 2010
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
69
15 reviews
USER SCORE
76

11. The Black Keys - Brothers

The Black Keys - Brothers
May 18, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
13 reviews
USER SCORE
83

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

Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
February 9, 2010
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
78
14 reviews
USER SCORE
83

13. Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House - Teen Dream
January 26, 2010
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
86
14 reviews
USER SCORE
87

14. Hot Chip - One Life Stand

Hot Chip - One Life Stand
February 9, 2010
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
77
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80

15. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer - Odd Blood
February 9, 2010
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
76
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79

16. Foals - Total Life Forever

Foals - Total Life Forever
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
13 reviews
USER SCORE
80

17. John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up!

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

18. Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From a Young Man

Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From a Young Man
September 21, 2010
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
8 reviews
USER SCORE
75

19. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

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

20. Take That - Progress

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

21. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
May 18, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
16 reviews
USER SCORE
76

22. Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
January 26, 2010
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
78
7 reviews
USER SCORE
73

23. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

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

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
56
12 reviews
USER SCORE
64

26. Klaxons - Surfing the Void

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

27. Midlake - The Courage of Others

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

28. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
April 27, 2010
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
80
8 reviews
USER SCORE
75

29. Interpol - Interpol

Interpol - Interpol
September 7, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
62
16 reviews
USER SCORE
66

30. Brandon Flowers - Flamingo

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

31. The Chemical Brothers - Further

The Chemical Brothers - Further
June 22, 2010
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
72
8 reviews
USER SCORE
73

32. The Drums - The Drums

The Drums - The Drums
June 8, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
8 reviews
USER SCORE
76

33. Tricky - Mixed Race

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

34. The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards

The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
May 11, 2010
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
9 reviews
USER SCORE
78

35. Everything Everything - Man Alive

Everything Everything - Man Alive
August 30, 2010
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
70
9 reviews
USER SCORE
74

36. The Roots - How I Got Over

The Roots - How I Got Over
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
84
8 reviews
USER SCORE
85

37. The Coral - Butterfly House

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

38. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
May 18, 2010
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
87
18 reviews
USER SCORE
84

39. I Am Kloot - Sky At Night

I Am Kloot - Sky At Night
July 13, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
4 reviews
USER SCORE
79

40. Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back

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

41. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love

Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
October 12, 2010
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
16 reviews
USER SCORE
75

42. Tom Jones - Praise & Blame

Tom Jones - Praise & Blame
July 27, 2010
Blues
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
75

43. Skream - Outside the Box

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

44. Villagers - Becoming a Jackal

Villagers - Becoming a Jackal
June 8, 2010
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
76
12 reviews
USER SCORE
82

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
87
18 reviews
USER SCORE
85

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

48. Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep

Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep
September 13, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
8 reviews
USER SCORE
63

49. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
22 reviews
USER SCORE
87

50. Steve Mason - Boys Outside

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


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