Spin's Top 40 Albums of 2010



LIST SUMMARY
List Rating
81
382 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Rock (10), Hip Hop (8), Electronic (3), Rock (3), Electropop (3), Experimental (2), Soul (2), Indie Pop (2), Alternative Rock (2), Lo-Fi (1), Country (1), Psychedelic (1), Dream Pop (1), Punk (1), Dance Punk (1), Indietronica (1), Garage Rock (1), Noise Pop (1), Singer-Songwriter (1)

1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
94
25 reviews
USER SCORE
88
236 ratings

2. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

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

3. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
88
23 reviews
USER SCORE
87
220 ratings

4. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
May 18, 2010
Dance Punk
CRITIC SCORE
86
21 reviews
USER SCORE
88
132 ratings

5. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
September 14, 2010
Country
CRITIC SCORE
89
5 reviews
USER SCORE
86
4 ratings

6. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

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

7. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

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

8. M.I.A. - /\/\/\Y/\

M.I.A. - /\/\/\Y/\
July 7, 2010
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
72
15 reviews
USER SCORE
68
27 ratings

9. Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
November 9, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
67
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81
15 ratings

10. Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1

Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1
June 15, 2010
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
81
10 reviews
USER SCORE
77
10 ratings

11. Vampire Weekend - Contra

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

12. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

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

13. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
July 6, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
88
17 reviews
USER SCORE
85
35 ratings

14. Best Coast - Crazy for You

Best Coast - Crazy for You
July 27, 2010
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
13 reviews
USER SCORE
76
35 ratings

15. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
March 9, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
15 reviews
USER SCORE
85
36 ratings

16. Drake - Thank Me Later

Drake - Thank Me Later
June 15, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
71
10 reviews
USER SCORE
76
27 ratings

17. Beach House - Teen Dream

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

18. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
13 reviews
USER SCORE
77
3 ratings

19. No Age - Everything in Between

No Age - Everything in Between
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
15 reviews
USER SCORE
83
24 ratings

20. MGMT - Congratulations

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

21. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
May 25, 2010
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
85
75 ratings

22. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer

Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer
November 9, 2010
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
72
10 ratings

23. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
March 9, 2010
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
79
62 ratings

24. Wavves - King of the Beach

Wavves - King of the Beach
August 3, 2010
Lo-Fi
CRITIC SCORE
79
11 reviews
USER SCORE
81
37 ratings

25. of Montreal - False Priest

of Montreal - False Priest
September 14, 2010
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
72
13 reviews
USER SCORE
75
10 ratings

26. The National - High Violet

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

27. Glasser - Ring

Glasser - Ring
September 28, 2010
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
79
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81
11 ratings

28. Neil Young - Le Noise

Neil Young - Le Noise
September 28, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
12 reviews
USER SCORE
78
6 ratings

29. Sleigh Bells - Treats

Sleigh Bells - Treats
May 11, 2010
Noise Pop
CRITIC SCORE
85
21 reviews
USER SCORE
81
58 ratings

30. The Black Keys - Brothers

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

31. Spoon - Transference

Spoon - Transference
January 19, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
13 reviews
USER SCORE
77
14 ratings

32. Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
July 27, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
78
3 reviews
USER SCORE
80
3 ratings

33. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
March 9, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
7 reviews
USER SCORE
75
6 ratings

34. Against Me! - White Crosses

Against Me! - White Crosses
June 8, 2010
Punk
CRITIC SCORE
74
7 reviews
USER SCORE
68
5 ratings

35. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

Robert Plant - Band of Joy
September 14, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
8 reviews
USER SCORE
82
1 rating

36. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
June 15, 2010
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
14 reviews
USER SCORE
74
10 ratings

37. The Walkmen - Lisbon

The Walkmen - Lisbon
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
18 reviews
USER SCORE
84
23 ratings

38. Eminem - Recovery

Eminem - Recovery
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
63
15 reviews
USER SCORE
60
31 ratings

39. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
83
18 reviews
USER SCORE
83
70 ratings

40. Teenage Fanclub - Shadows

Teenage Fanclub - Shadows
June 8, 2010
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
13 reviews
USER SCORE
75
1 rating

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