Rolling Stone's 30 Best Albums of 2010

1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
91
32 reviews
User Score
89
434 reviews

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
19 reviews
User Score
81
155 reviews

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
81
2 reviews

4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
87
29 reviews
User Score
86
389 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.

5. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
September 14, 2010
Country
Critic Score
90
6 reviews
User Score
85
7 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.

6. Vampire Weekend - Contra

Vampire Weekend - Contra
January 12, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
82
199 reviews

7. Drake - Thank Me Later

Drake - Thank Me Later
June 15, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
User Score
76
49 reviews

8. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

Robert Plant - Band of Joy
September 14, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
User Score
79
3 reviews

9. Eminem - Recovery

Eminem - Recovery
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
61
18 reviews
User Score
56
60 reviews

10. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

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

11. The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards

The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
May 11, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
77
36 reviews

12. John Mellencamp - No Better Than This

John Mellencamp - No Better Than This
August 17, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
User Score
85
2 reviews

13. Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Taylor Swift - Speak Now
October 26, 2010
Country
Critic Score
74
12 reviews
User Score
79
37 reviews

14. Robyn - Body Talk

Robyn - Body Talk
November 22, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
User Score
83
50 reviews

15. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
28 reviews
User Score
87
234 reviews

16. Kid Rock - Born Free

Kid Rock - Born Free
November 16, 2010
Hard Rock
Critic Score
53
6 reviews
User Score
32
5 reviews

17. Beach House - Teen Dream

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

18. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown

Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
October 19, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
58
16 reviews
User Score
64
43 reviews

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

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

20. Neil Young - Le Noise

Neil Young - Le Noise
September 28, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
71
14 reviews
User Score
81
7 reviews

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
87
21 reviews
User Score
83
59 reviews

22. Spoon - Transference

Spoon - Transference
January 19, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
User Score
78
32 reviews

23. Elizabeth Cook - Welder

Elizabeth Cook - Welder
May 11, 2010
Country
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
NR

24. Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon

Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon
September 21, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
76
2 reviews

25. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

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

26. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer - Odd Blood
February 9, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
76
26 reviews
User Score
78
45 reviews

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
67
18 reviews
User Score
68
20 reviews

29. The Roots - How I Got Over

The Roots - How I Got Over
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
User Score
83
27 reviews

30. Rick Ross - Teflon Don

Rick Ross - Teflon Don
July 20, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
12 reviews
User Score
75
15 reviews

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