Rolling Stone's 30 Best Albums of 2010

30. Rick Ross - Teflon Don

July 20, 2010
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

29. The Roots - How I Got Over

June 22, 2010
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

27. Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs

Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs
April 6, 2010
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

26. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

25. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

24. Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon

Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon
September 21, 2010
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

23. Elizabeth Cook - Welder

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

22. Spoon - Transference

January 19, 2010
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

20. Neil Young - Le Noise

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
72
17 reviews

19. M.I.A. - /\/\/\Y/\

July 7, 2010
Critic Score
70
33 reviews

17. Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

They're more radiant than ever on their third disc, particularly on songs like "Zebra," with background chorales swooping over stately guitar plucking.

16. Kid Rock - Born Free

Kid Rock - Born Free
November 16, 2010
Critic Score
54
6 reviews

15. The National - High Violet

May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
30 reviews

Singer Matt Berninger's gorgeous baritone is still the band's main selling point ... Yet the tension comes mainly from composers Aaron and Bryce Dessner: The music is some of their lushest and darkest.

14. Robyn - Body Talk

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

13. Taylor Swift - Speak Now

October 26, 2010
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

10. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

On This Is Happening, Murphy, now 40, remains a hipster, often expressing his emotions through quips, asides and allusions ... But Happening also includes Murphy's most earnest, lovelorn songs.

9. Eminem - Recovery

June 22, 2010
Critic Score
65
23 reviews

8. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

7. Drake - Thank Me Later

June 15, 2010
Critic Score
72
22 reviews

6. Vampire Weekend - Contra

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
79
33 reviews

5. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
91
6 reviews

That Lonesome Song, established him as an heir to "outlaws" like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. The Guitar Song aims even higher, with 25 tracks that take the pulse of a country hitting the skids and a country singer hitting the big time.

4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
35 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.

3. Elton John & Leon Russell - The Union

Elton John & Leon Russell - The Union
October 19, 2010
Critic Score
75
13 reviews

2. The Black Keys - Brothers

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
38 reviews

It’s his best album, but it’s more than that — it’s also a rock-star manifesto for a downsizing world.

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