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Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

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100. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
76
36 reviews

Leader Adam Granduciel achieves full-on sonic rapture with his band's latest LP, an abstract-expressionist mural of synth-pop and heartland rock colored by bruised optimism and some of his most generous, incandescent guitar ever.

99. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
32 reviews

Ultraviolence is a melancholy crawl through doomed romance, incorrigible addictions, blown American dreams.

98. John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness

John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness
April 13, 2018
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

97. Rich Gang - Tha Tour Part 1

September 29, 2014
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

96. Low Cut Connie - Call Me Sylvia

Low Cut Connie - Call Me Sylvia
September 25, 2012
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

95. Future - Monster

Future - Monster
October 28, 2014
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

93. U2 - Songs of Innocence

U2 - Songs of Innocence
September 9, 2014
Critic Score
61
21 reviews

Songs of Innocence is a triumph of dynamic, focused renaissance: 11 tracks of straightforward rapture about the life-saving joys of music, drawing on U2's long palette of influences and investigations of post-punk rock, industrial electronics and contemporary dance music.

92. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

Father of the Bride is so zealously detailed and meticulously contoured that you easily sink into its inventions.

91. Tierra Whack - Whack World

May 30, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

90. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
October 30, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

89. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

88. Arctic Monkeys - AM

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
36 reviews

The Monkeys keep on evolving ... their fifth LP is this quintessentially English retro-rock band's most American-sounding record, especially rhythmically.

87. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

His latest ... seems like a broader, and altogether more stunning reaction to losing his son.

86. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

85. Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct

Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
November 18, 2016
Critic Score
69
23 reviews

The mostly epic-length tracks – almost entirely written by drummer Lars Ulrich and singer-guitarist James Hetfield – are melodically assured furies of serial riffing and tempo shocks.

84. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
83
36 reviews
What Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" was to the hippie era, Jamie xx's solo debut is to British club culture: a wistful valentine conjuring a more innocent time.

83. Eric Church - Chief

Eric Church - Chief
July 26, 2011
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

82. Kamasi Washington - The Epic

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
81
6 reviews
To be sure, it's a jazz album, as much about tradition as expanding it, informed by Coltranes (John and Alice), Miles Davis fusions, bebop and more; yet it's clearly shaped by crate-digger funk and film scores, hip-hop collage and gospel.

81. Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
Cozy up to the year's early standout: On her sixth LP, veteran songwriter Brandi Carlile teams up with co-producers Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb for a moving and righteous piece of Americana-infused pop.

79. Kesha - Rainbow

August 11, 2017
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

Kesha channels that drama into the best music of her career – finding common ground between the honky-tonks she loves and the dance clubs she ruled with hits like "Tik Tok" and "Die Young," between glossy beats, epic ballads and grimy guitar riffs.

78. Soccer Mommy - Clean

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

77. The Highwomen - The Highwomen

The Highwomen - The Highwomen
September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

What’s most impressive about The Highwomen... is how artfully, and matter-of-factly, it engages social issues.

76. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

February 18, 2011
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

75. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

Upping the spectacle from Fear Fun, his 2012 debut, I Love You, Honeybear is an autobiographical set about love, marriage and derangement that's both ironic and empathic.

74. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

In many ways, Daytona replicates Jay-Z and No I.D.'s 2017 rap highlight 4:44: two older men who simply practice their craft, their legacies already secure.

73. Jenny Lewis - On the Line

Jenny Lewis - On the Line
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

As glorious as the sound of this thing is, glinting with letter-perfect ‘70s-’80s rock sonics and touches of 21st-century psychedelic irony, the songs are the show, written by a woman of a particular age from a perspective well past jaded.

72. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

71. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
The big news on her fourth album is how much she's upped her game as a writer and a singer, giving her music new polish and resonance.

70. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

February 12, 2015
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
For the first time in his career, Drake doesn't sound like he wants to be remembered as one of the greats. This time, he just is.

69. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Cuz I Love You follows through on the legend she’s been steadily building over the past few years.

68. Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
77
30 reviews
Finally, Welch is leaning hard into the classic rock and soul sounds her vocals always flirted with, like Ophelia in a Mondrian miniskirt.

67. Bad Bunny - X 100PRE

December 24, 2018
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

X100PRE is everything you could possibly want from a debut album: Plenty of the stuff that initially brought Bad Bunny fame along with some impressively executed forays into new styles — no small feat, considering how many genres he has already infiltrated.

66. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
90
28 reviews

Lamar is an unlikely star: a storyteller, not a braggart or punch-line rapper, setting spiritual yearnings and moral dilemmas against a backdrop of gang violence and police brutality.

65. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 reviews

St. Vincent is her tightest, tensest, best set of songs to date, with wry, twisty beats pushing her lovably ornery melodies toward grueling revelations.

64. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

... her magnificent fourth LP, which grows her trademark examinations of romantic decay to cathedral-like scale.

63. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

In its own way, its as artful, ambitious, determined, joyous and inspiring, as Lemonade or To Pimp a Butterfly. It's a sexy MF-ing masterpiece.

62. Paul McCartney - Egypt Station

Paul McCartney - Egypt Station
September 7, 2018
Critic Score
71
23 reviews

His first LP in five years is structured like a ride on the cosmic train, complete with silly sex songs and a plea for peace. The result is classic Paul.

60. Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
68
21 reviews

Riding diabolically hot beats from producers like Mike Will Made It and Hit-Boy, she breathes fire and oozes soul every time she touches the mic. This is a rap royal in full flex.

59. Harry Styles - Harry Styles

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
65
23 reviews

On his superb solo debut, the One Direction heartthrob claims his turf as a true rock & roll prince, a sunshine superman, a cosmic dancer in touch with his introspective acoustic side as well as his glam flash.

58. Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings

November 18, 2016
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

The Nashville star's most ambitious LP, a range-y two-disc set ditching country's mainstream playbook for the sort of Great Album rock acts used to spit out regularly back in the day.

55. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
39 reviews

This is Daft Punk conjuring the musical era that first inspired them, when disco conquered the world with handcrafted grooves and prog-rock excess magnified emotions in black-lit bedrooms.

52. Khalid - American Teen

Khalid - American Teen
March 3, 2017
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

51. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
36 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.
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