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Paste's 30 Best Pop Albums of the 2010s

Paste's 30 Best Pop Albums of the 2010s

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30. Justin Bieber - Purpose

Justin Bieber - Purpose
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
64
25 reviews

29. Adele - 25

Adele - 25
November 20, 2015
Critic Score
71
35 reviews
To listen is to immerse and revel and emerge more alive.

28. Ariana Grande - Sweetener

Ariana Grande - Sweetener
August 17, 2018
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

27. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION
October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
37 reviews

On MASSEDUCTION, Clark remains as unpredictable as ever, though there’s one thing fans will have gotten right: so far, at least, Annie Clark has proven incapable of writing anything less than a knockout pop song.

26. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
May 23, 2011
Critic Score
69
24 reviews

25. Empress Of - Me

Empress Of - Me
September 11, 2015
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

24. Christine and the Queens - Chris

Christine and the Queens - Chris
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
86
29 reviews
Timeliness of her lyrics aside, these are compelling, danceable pop songs with flickers of R&B and bass lines that any pop group would be jealous of.

23. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

22. Paramore - After Laughter

Paramore - After Laughter
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
84
18 reviews

An undeniably hooky record that strays from its grunge-rock roots and finds the band in a place where they’ve found the fun in their craft once again.

21. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
March 19, 2013
Critic Score
73
31 reviews

Just like FutureSex before it, this innovative, sonically dazzling album sounds like it was beamed in from several years in the future—2020 sounds about right.

20. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
November 1, 2011
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

19. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
January 29, 2013
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

What a concept, expanding their musical universality and emotional relatability at the same time.

18. Perfume Genius - No Shape

Perfume Genius - No Shape
May 5, 2017
Critic Score
83
28 reviews

17. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
The pop star has graduated from queen of bygone California beach vibes to a new title: President of Our American Feelings

16. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
August 24, 2010
Critic Score
54
14 reviews

15. Robyn - Honey

Robyn - Honey
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
87
24 reviews

Honey is a near-flawless dance pop album. It doesn’t need political or cultural commentary to assert relevancy; in Robyn’s deep understanding of human emotion and what moves us, Honey feels dire all the same.

14. Kali Uchis - Isolation

Kali Uchis - Isolation
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
85
20 reviews
For an album that’s 15 tracks to be this consistently good is a rarity, an anomaly, and an artistic triumph that should place it on every Best Of list at the end of the year. For Uchis to accomplish this while still holding on to seemingly all the cards, is even more rare, perhaps signaling a legend in the making.

13. Charli XCX - Pop 2

Charli XCX - Pop 2
December 15, 2017
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

12. Lorde - Melodrama

Lorde - Melodrama
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
36 reviews

Where Pure Heroine was her global, future-forward debut, Melodrama is the red-eyed, no-rules afterparty, where the lost and loveless go for comfort.

11. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
October 29, 2013
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

10. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

9. FKA twigs - LP1

FKA twigs - LP1
August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

With both immediate appeal and density that demands long-term digestion, it’s one of those rare debuts that manifests a fully-grown, deeply engaging sound.

8. Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lorde - Pure Heroine
September 30, 2013
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

To know so much, to feel so little and to embrace what is, she illuminates being young, gifted and bored with a luminescence that suggests life beyond Louis Vuitton.

7. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

6. Taylor Swift - 1989

Taylor Swift - 1989
October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

5. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
April 27, 2018
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

4. Rihanna - ANTI

Rihanna - ANTI
January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
30 reviews

3. Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
Critic Score
91
32 reviews

2. Robyn - Body Talk

Robyn - Body Talk
November 22, 2010
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

1. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
Original Source: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/11/best-pop-albums-2010s.html
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