Rolling Stone's 30 Best Albums of 2010

30. Rick Ross - Teflon Don

July 20, 2010
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

27. Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs

Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs
April 6, 2010
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

26. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
29 reviews

24. Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon

Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon
September 21, 2010
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

22. Spoon - Transference

January 19, 2010
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

20. Neil Young - Le Noise

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
71
16 reviews

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

July 7, 2010
Critic Score
70
31 reviews

17. Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

16. Kid Rock - Born Free

Kid Rock - Born Free
November 16, 2010
Critic Score
53
6 reviews

15. The National - High Violet

May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

Singer Matt Berninger's gorgeous baritone is still the band's main selling point ... Yet the tension comes mainly from composers Aaron and Bryce Dessner: The music is some of their lushest and darkest.

14. Robyn - Body Talk

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

13. Taylor Swift - Speak Now

October 26, 2010
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

10. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

On This Is Happening, Murphy, now 40, remains a hipster, often expressing his emotions through quips, asides and allusions ... But Happening also includes Murphy's most earnest, lovelorn songs.

9. Eminem - Recovery

June 22, 2010
Critic Score
62
20 reviews

8. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

7. Drake - Thank Me Later

June 15, 2010
Critic Score
73
21 reviews

5. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
90
6 reviews

That Lonesome Song, established him as an heir to "outlaws" like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. The Guitar Song aims even higher, with 25 tracks that take the pulse of a country hitting the skids and a country singer hitting the big time.

4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
34 reviews
The strange thing about Arcade Fire is how they instinctively scale their most intimate confessions to arena-rock levels, rolling out big drums and glossy keyboards.

1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
36 reviews

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

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