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Spin's Top 40 Albums of 2010

Spin's Top 40 Albums of 2010

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40. Teenage Fanclub - Shadows

Teenage Fanclub - Shadows
June 8, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
74
14 reviews
User Score
78
6 reviews

39. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
User Score
83
187 reviews

38. Eminem - Recovery

Eminem - Recovery
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
62
20 reviews
User Score
60
110 reviews

37. The Walkmen - Lisbon

The Walkmen - Lisbon
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
21 reviews
User Score
82
49 reviews

36. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
June 15, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
19 reviews
User Score
75
22 reviews

35. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

Robert Plant - Band of Joy
September 14, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
76
5 reviews

34. Against Me! - White Crosses

Against Me! - White Crosses
June 8, 2010
Punk
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
User Score
74
13 reviews

33. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
March 9, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
10 reviews
User Score
76
9 reviews

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
79
4 reviews
User Score
79
17 reviews

31. Spoon - Transference

Spoon - Transference
January 19, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
77
50 reviews

30. The Black Keys - Brothers

The Black Keys - Brothers
May 18, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
81
207 reviews

29. Sleigh Bells - Treats

Sleigh Bells - Treats
May 11, 2010
Noise Pop
Critic Score
84
29 reviews
User Score
81
142 reviews

28. Neil Young - Le Noise

Neil Young - Le Noise
September 28, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
72
15 reviews
User Score
78
11 reviews

27. Glasser - Ring

Glasser - Ring
September 28, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
81
18 reviews

26. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 10, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
28 reviews
User Score
86
330 reviews

25. of Montreal - False Priest

of Montreal - False Priest
September 14, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
72
23 reviews
User Score
76
25 reviews

24. Wavves - King of the Beach

Wavves - King of the Beach
August 3, 2010
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
80
93 reviews

23. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
March 9, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
81
26 reviews
User Score
81
207 reviews

22. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer

Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer
November 9, 2010
Soul
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
70
23 reviews

21. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
May 25, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
74
20 reviews
User Score
81
182 reviews

20. MGMT - Congratulations

MGMT - Congratulations
April 13, 2010
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
69
25 reviews
User Score
78
144 reviews

19. No Age - Everything in Between

No Age - Everything in Between
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
User Score
82
41 reviews

18. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
84
11 reviews

17. Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House - Teen Dream
January 26, 2010
Dream Pop
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
User Score
87
387 reviews

16. Drake - Thank Me Later

Drake - Thank Me Later
June 15, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
21 reviews
User Score
70
104 reviews

15. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
March 9, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
User Score
84
89 reviews

14. Best Coast - Crazy for You

Best Coast - Crazy for You
July 27, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
User Score
76
80 reviews

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
87
23 reviews
User Score
82
89 reviews

12. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer - Odd Blood
February 9, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
77
28 reviews
User Score
78
62 reviews

11. Vampire Weekend - Contra

Vampire Weekend - Contra
January 12, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
28 reviews
User Score
81
292 reviews

10. Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1

Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1
June 15, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
78
21 reviews
User Score
78
17 reviews

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
70
15 reviews
User Score
77
61 reviews

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

M.I.A. - /\/\/\Y/\
July 7, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
70
29 reviews
User Score
71
66 reviews

7. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

Grinderman - Grinderman 2
September 14, 2010
Garage Rock
Critic Score
81
17 reviews
User Score
83
29 reviews

Throughout Grinderman 2., the guitars and violins pant and howl with a visceral, veteran’s swagger. Late middle age has never sounded so thrilling.

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6. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
May 18, 2010
Soul
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
User Score
85
154 reviews

5. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
September 14, 2010
Country
Critic Score
90
6 reviews
User Score
83
8 reviews

If Johnson seems uninterested in Nashville's warm-and-cuddly act, he agrees with its insistence on crackerjack songcraft, and that keeps The Guitar Song from hardening into tough-guy drudgery.

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4. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
May 18, 2010
Dance Punk
Critic Score
85
28 reviews
User Score
87
346 reviews

3. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
88
30 reviews
User Score
85
571 reviews

The Suburbs burns on behalf of the belief that modern culture is missing its heart — and to give up the search is to send one’s soul to oblivion.

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2. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
29 reviews
User Score
87
319 reviews

1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
92
33 reviews
User Score
90
759 reviews

It's a sinister, orchestral, hugely grandiose affair that owes as much to the artist's self-aggrandizing ego as to the voracious id that would destroy it publicly. 

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