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
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
64
27 reviews

29.

Adele - 25
November 20, 2015
Critic Score
73
38 reviews
To listen is to immerse and revel and emerge more alive.

28.

Ariana Grande - Sweetener
August 17, 2018
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

27.

St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION
October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
42 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
May 23, 2011
Critic Score
69
24 reviews

25.

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

24.

Christine and the Queens - Chris
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
86
32 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
October 2, 2012
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

22.

Paramore - After Laughter
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
84
19 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
March 19, 2013
Critic Score
75
34 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
November 1, 2011
Critic Score
76
31 reviews

19.

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
January 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
28 reviews

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

18.

Perfume Genius - No Shape
May 5, 2017
Critic Score
84
31 reviews

17.

Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 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
August 24, 2010
Critic Score
55
16 reviews

15.

Robyn - Honey
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
88
27 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
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
85
21 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
December 15, 2017
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

12.

Lorde - Melodrama
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
40 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
October 29, 2013
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

10.

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Critic Score
80
37 reviews

9.

FKA twigs - LP1
August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
43 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
September 30, 2013
Critic Score
78
31 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
February 22, 2011
Critic Score
77
21 reviews

6.

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

5.

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
April 27, 2018
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

4.

Rihanna - ANTI
January 27, 2016
Critic Score
71
34 reviews

3.

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
36 reviews

2.

Robyn - Body Talk
November 22, 2010
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

1.

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews
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