Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Pop Albums of the 2010s

Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Pop Albums of the 2010s

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25. Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death

Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death
June 3, 2016
Critic Score
26 reviews
These are tight pop cuts that pack a swift punch before disappearing in a cloud of glitter confetti, showcasing ’90s keyboard sounds and drum machine beats.

24. Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
November 21, 2011
Critic Score
30 reviews

While looking for 50 Words For Snow, she has found 50 other original ways to express herself effortlessly, creating another intriguing piece of work.

23. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
29 reviews

While still dreamlike, Have You in My Wilderness, Holter’s fourth album, is something clearly felt — the ocean spray on the warm breeze, the sun baking exposed limbs, a hand glancing across your skin before drifting away.

22. Kali Uchis - Isolation

Kali Uchis - Isolation
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
21 reviews

Uchis builds off a classic foundation of soul, R&B, funk, and blues, bursting outward in dozens of innovative contemporary directions. On Isolation, she never sounds trapped in another era; she sounds free and inventive.

21. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

Perfume Genius - Too Bright
September 23, 2014
Critic Score
31 reviews

Despite its heightened complexity, Too Bright still fosters an intelligible world where Hadreas can bridge the distance between his vulnerability and self-assuredness.

20. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz

Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
October 8, 2013
Critic Score
23 reviews

Don’t be shocked that this album is mid-level pop, be surprised that even at 20, Miley can open her scope to encompass country, hip-hop, ballads, and even the electronic impulses of today’s pop. 

19. Lykke Li - I Never Learn

Lykke Li - I Never Learn
May 5, 2014
Critic Score
26 reviews

Much like Angel Olsen’s also excellent album from this year, Li isn’t exactly blazing new territory in terms of emotional revelation but is in uncomfortable territory, realizing that her voice is her own and using it for what feels true to her.

18. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

Ariana Grande - thank u, next
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
26 reviews

Of course, the album is a highly polished product and not some diary page. But it feels lived in, truthful, authentic. thank u, next is a personal statement from a generational talent who is still only 25 years old.

17. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

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

Emotion rolls out banger after banger, all while sustaining a remarkable level of complexity and compassion for everyone in Jepsen’s solar system.

16. Rihanna - ANTI

Rihanna - ANTI
January 27, 2016
Critic Score
33 reviews

Anti takes risks and disregards convention in a way that only a true superstar like Rihanna could pull off.

15. Christine and the Queens - Chris

Christine and the Queens - Chris
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
31 reviews

It’s groovy and funky and sultry, and it takes things seriously while still being joyful. It encourages freedom of form, in the sense of both body and art.

14. HAIM - Days Are Gone

HAIM - Days Are Gone
September 30, 2013
Critic Score
34 reviews

What separates the coven of sisters from their UK contemporaries, however, is that their debut doesn’t define them explicitly. It balances expectations with mystery, aligning their identity with a roulette of vantage points.

13. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

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

12. Paramore - After Laughter

Paramore - After Laughter
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
19 reviews

Williams boasts undeniable talent, but her gusto requires the sharp songwriting and clever instrumentation of her bandmates, and After Laughter testifies to what happens when a singer like Williams is met with a group of quality instrumentalists.

11. Lady Gaga - Joanne

Lady Gaga - Joanne
October 21, 2016
Critic Score
26 reviews

Gaga isn’t naked on Joanne, but she has stripped off the flank steaks and AutoTune. The result is a work that may not close any circles, but instead start the pattern of a new shape: something weird, but compelling, and largely authentic.

10. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
40 reviews

Yes, MASSEDUCTION is worthy of being treated like an event, but whether or not it tops her previous two excellent efforts is a little tougher to support.

9. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

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

8. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
June 17, 2014
Critic Score
32 reviews

Del Rey’s voice flourishes. Inside the album’s big, vintage swing, she sings herself into places that Born to Die, with its pop veneer, couldn’t touch.

7. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
34 reviews

After Visions, the only thing Grimes could do was to grow as big as the landscape around her. Here’s her mountain.

6. Taylor Swift - 1989

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

Her metropolitan butterflies aside, Swift’s songwriting is as consistently razor-sharp as it’s ever been. 

5. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Critic Score
21 reviews

21 is a good album that shows the world Adele’s talent, but one that is just a precursor to bigger and better things.


March 29, 2019
Critic Score
24 reviews

Whatever missteps there may be, Eilish’s commanding, yet vulnerable, performances easily overcome them to create one of the best debut albums of the young year.

3. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

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

Monáe is, as always, a true master of melding genres, influences, and styles. Her central themes of identity and internal conflict are as tangible on Dirty Computer as they ever have been.

2. Robyn - Body Talk

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

1. Lorde - Melodrama

Lorde - Melodrama
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
40 reviews
The 11-song album is more “drama” in the screenplay sense than anything else, probably because as Frank Ocean is for R&B, Lorde aspires to be pop’s poet laureate more than anything else.
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