Rolling Stone's 30 Best Albums of 2010



LIST SUMMARY
List Rating
80
237 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Hip Hop (7), Rock (6), Indie Rock (5), Country (3), Electropop (2), Alternative Rock (2), Indietronica (1), Classic Rock (1), Experimental (1), Hard Rock (1), Dream Pop (1), Electronic (1), Dance Punk (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
93
25 reviews
USER SCORE
89
260 ratings

It’s his best album, but it’s more than that — it’s also a rock-star manifesto for a downsizing world.

2. The Black Keys - Brothers

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

3. Elton John & Leon Russell - The Union

Elton John & Leon Russell - The Union
October 19, 2010
Classic Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
7 reviews
USER SCORE
67
1 rating

4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
23 reviews
USER SCORE
87
237 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. Vampire Weekend - Contra

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

7. Drake - Thank Me Later

Drake - Thank Me Later
June 15, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
71
16 reviews
USER SCORE
77
30 ratings

8. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

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

9. Eminem - Recovery

Eminem - Recovery
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
62
15 reviews
USER SCORE
60
31 ratings

10. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

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

11. 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
26 ratings

12. John Mellencamp - No Better Than This

John Mellencamp - No Better Than This
August 17, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
5 reviews
USER SCORE
85
2 ratings

13. Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Taylor Swift - Speak Now
October 26, 2010
Country
CRITIC SCORE
74
9 reviews
USER SCORE
70
12 ratings

14. Robyn - Body Talk

Robyn - Body Talk
November 22, 2010
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
83
33 ratings

15. The National - High Violet

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

16. Kid Rock - Born Free

Kid Rock - Born Free
November 16, 2010
Hard Rock
CRITIC SCORE
57
5 reviews
USER SCORE
46
2 ratings

17. Beach House - Teen Dream

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

18. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown

Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
October 19, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
57
13 reviews
USER SCORE
65
28 ratings

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

M.I.A. - /\/\/\Y/\
July 7, 2010
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
71
15 reviews
USER SCORE
69
28 ratings

20. Neil Young - Le Noise

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

21. 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
86
18 reviews
USER SCORE
85
36 ratings

22. Spoon - Transference

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

23. Elizabeth Cook - Welder

Elizabeth Cook - Welder
May 11, 2010
Country
CRITIC SCORE
78
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

24. Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon

Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon
September 21, 2010
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
76
10 reviews
USER SCORE
77
1 rating

25. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
13 reviews
USER SCORE
77
3 ratings

26. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer - Odd Blood
February 9, 2010
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
75
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79
28 ratings

27. Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs

Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs
April 6, 2010
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

28. My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
November 22, 2010
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
66
10 reviews
USER SCORE
66
14 ratings

29. 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

30. Rick Ross - Teflon Don

Rick Ross - Teflon Don
July 20, 2010
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
77
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73
9 ratings

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