SPIN's 101 Best Albums of the 2010s

SPIN's 101 Best Albums of the 2010s

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101.

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

With Take Care, Drake has his accelerated Kanye West moment — when a little too much ambition and all the asshole feelings he's got inside coalesce into an insular, indulgent, sad-sack hip-hop epic.

100.

Best Coast - Crazy for You
July 27, 2010
Critic Score
75
26 reviews

99.

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

His paranoia is as thick as Drake's on the similarly inward If You're Reading This It's Too Late, from earlier this year. However, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside is a much leaner, less showy effort (Drake is an actor, Earl decidedly is not), and Earl turns his pen on himself, too, not just everybody else.

98.

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

97.

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
81
17 reviews
Songs weave together, spilling the details of his tumultuous upbringing and forging his prospective future path with scintillating soul jams.

96.

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

On Coloring Book, he displays the most joyful part of his universe, and invites listeners across the globe to share in the festivities.

94.

November 20, 2015
Critic Score
77
21 reviews

Mutant, even as it threatens to filibuster itself at over an hour long, feels like the album that Xen was meant to grow into, with every lesson that Vulnicura taught integrated at a molecular level.

93.

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
38 reviews
It doesn't excite with sonic innovation and lyrical reinvention, it excites by just sounding really, really, really good, and coming from a voice that, in more ways than one, we've never quite heard before. And that in itself should make it one of the most thrilling albums you hear this year.

91.

December 15, 2017
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

90.

Superchunk - I Hate Music
August 20, 2013
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Now, less shy about their place in the world and shot through with adult resignation, the band's anthems play as a sort of mortality blues. But with I Hate Music, Superchunk prove that we were weren't wrong to believe.

88.

Homeboy Sandman - Kindness for Weakness
May 6, 2016
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

Weakness has more guests than a typical Sand joint; no problem when they keep the pace of Shad announcing himself as the “teacher at the school of hard knocks.”

87.

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

m b v seems like both the "logical next step" after Loveless (as if bands were subject to teleological pressures) and utterly contemporary.

86.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Jama Ko
April 2, 2013
Critic Score
86
5 reviews

85.

Gary Clark Jr. - This Land
February 22, 2019
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

84.

Diaphragmatic - Fear Biters
December 28, 2013

83.

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

82.

Counterparts - You're Not You Anymore
September 22, 2017
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

81.

January 1, 2017
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

80.

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

79.

May 4, 2010
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

78.

Zeal and Ardor - Devil Is Fine
April 15, 2016
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

77.

Charly Bliss - Young Enough
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

76.

Eric Prydz - Opus
February 5, 2016
Critic Score
71
5 reviews

By the time Prydz is ready to release his sophomore album sometime around 2026, new fans with no memory of this massive moment in progressive house’s history will be grateful to have a text this authoritative to refer back to.

73.

February 24, 2015
Critic Score
66
10 reviews
It's like her 4-track recorder was a psychiatrist and she wanted to squeeze as much into this 37-minute session as possible.

72.

May 23, 2011
Critic Score
69
24 reviews
While most 21st-century pop stars pulverize their imperfections into an Auto-Tuned slurry, she boldly wears her audacity like a meat dress. Lady Gaga certainly wasn't born this way, but she's making a convincing case that she's evolving into our most surreally brilliant pop star.

70.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
68
4 reviews

69.

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

68.

Britney Spears - Femme Fatale
March 29, 2011
Critic Score
69
19 reviews

67.

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

Hop Along’s thrilling sophomore effort plays out like sonic arrhythmia — it seems impossible that Frances Quinlan could successfully quaver through such a variety of highs and lows without being sent into cardiac arrest.

64.

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
36 reviews
Not since MJ have we gotten to witness a former teen star evolve into a grown-ass one with so much state-of-the-art pop currency, pantheonic ambition, and craft of song.

63.

Javiera Mena - Mena
September 1, 2010
Critic Score
80
1 review

61.

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
85
30 reviews

It’s a high-watermark of post-irony indie, a cracked safe of perspectives previously unheard in lump-throated punk. It plays like a sketchbook, but you’ll grow to hum every Sharpie stroke.

60.

100 gecs - 1000 gecs
May 31, 2019
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

59.

June 3, 2014
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

58.

VHÖL - Deeper Than Sky
October 23, 2015
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

57.

January 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
28 reviews

Bright, busy, and unapologetically direct, Heartthrob nonetheless makes everything Tegan and Sara did before seem perversely obscure.

56.

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

55.

Against Me! - White Crosses
June 8, 2010
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

54.

DAWN - Blackheart
January 15, 2015
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

On the second album of her “Heart” trilogy she improves on the Linndrum sonics of her debut.

53.

May 27, 2016
Critic Score
77
16 reviews
The meat of the album is about relationships gone awry, but the edges of that are where PUP really flourish.
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