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Albums Of 2010 - The Aggregated List Of Lists

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Posted on 20 Dec 10

 
 

We've already revealed our own albums of the year, but given the vast range of album run-downs out there - and in the Christmas spirit of spreading the love - we decided to compile a comprehensive overview of this year's critical lists.

The scoring system was as follows; twenty points for a Number One placing, one point for coming in at twenty in a list.



The outcome? Well, Arcade Fire didn't really give anyone else a look in, their album 'The Suburbs' proving to be the runaway winner, while also being the only album to feature in every single individual album run-down.

Kanye West also did well in the super-list, coming second - despite not featuring in our own top 20 at all.

The 20 Best Albums Of 2010 - Aggregated

20. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, ‘Before Today’
19. Sleigh Bells, ‘Treats’
18. Drake, ‘Thank Me Later’
17. Janelle Monae, ‘The ArchAndroid’
14. Sufjan Stevens, ‘The Age Of Adz’
14. Joanna Newsom, ‘Have One On Me’
14. John Grant, ‘Queen of Denmark’
13. Caribou, ‘Swim’
12. Yeasayer, ‘Odd Blood’
11. Robyn, ‘Body Talk’
10. The Black Keys, ‘Brothers’
9. Big Boi, ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty’
8. Deerhunter, ‘Halcyon Digest’
7. These New Puritans, ‘Hidden’
6. Vampire Weekend, ‘Contra’
5. Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
4. The National, ‘High Violet’
3. LCD Soundsytem, ‘This Is Happening’
2. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
1. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’


To show our workings, here are the original lists in full:


NME
1. These New Puritans, ‘Hidden’
2. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
3. Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
4. LCD Soundsytem, ‘This Is Happening’
5. Laura Marling, ‘I Speak Because I Can’
6. Foals, ‘Total Life Forever’
7. Zola Jesus, ‘Stridulum II’
8. Salem, ‘King Night’
9. Liars, ‘Sisterworld’
10.The Drums, ‘The Drums’
11.The National, ‘High Violet’
12.Caribou, ‘Swim’
13.Gayngs, ‘Relayted’
14.The Fall, ‘Your Future, Our Clutter’
15.Yeasayer, ‘Odd Blood’
16.Grinderman, ‘Grinderman 2’
17.Factory Floor, ‘Untitled’
18.Warpaint, ‘The Fool’
19.MGMT, ‘Congratulations’
20.Deerhunter, ‘Halcyon Digest’
Read on NME

The most under-rated albums of 2010

Pitchfork
1. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
2. LCD Soundsystem, ‘This is Happening’
3. Deerhunter, ‘Halcyon Digest’
4. Big Boi, ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’
5. Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
6. Vampire Weekend, ‘Contra’
7. Joanna Newsom, ‘Have One on Me'
8. James Blake, ‘The Bells Sketch EP/ CMYK EP/ Klavierwerke EP’
9. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, ‘Before Today’
10. Titus Andronicus, ‘The Monitor’
11. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
12. Janelle Monae, ‘The ArchAndroid’
13. No Age, ‘Everything in Between’
14. Flying Lotus, ‘Cosmogramma’
15. Robyn, ‘Body Talk’
16. Sleigh Bells, ‘Treats’
17. Caribou, ‘Swim’
18. Erykah Badu, ‘New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh’
19. How to Dress Well, ‘Love Remains’
20. Oneohtrix Point Never, ‘Returnal’
Read on Pitchfork



Q
1. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
2. Robert Plant, ‘Band Of Joy’
3. Plan B, ‘The Defamation Of The Strickland Banks’
4. Laura Marling, ‘I Speak Because I Can’
5. Vampire Weekend, ‘Contra’
6. John Grant, ‘Queen Of Denmark’
7. Gorillaz, ‘Plastic Beach’
8. The National, ‘High Violet’
9. Paul Weller, ‘Wake Up The Nation’
10.MGMT, ‘Congratulations’
11.The Black Keys, ‘Brothers’
12.Gil Scott-Heron, ‘I'm New Here’
13.Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
14.Hot Chip, ‘One Life Stand’
15.Yeasayer, ‘Odd Blood’
16.Foals, ‘Total Life Forever’
17.John Legend & The Roots, ‘Wake Up!’
18.Manic Street Preachers, ‘Postcards From A Young Man’
19.Grinderman, ‘Grinderman 2’
20.Take That, ‘Progress’
Read on Q

The most disappointing albums of the year

Mojo
1. John Grant, ‘Queen of Denmark’
2. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
3. MGMT, ‘Congratulations’
4. Edwyn Collins, ‘Losing Sleep’
5. The Black Keys, ‘Brothers’
6. Paul Weller, ‘Wakes Up The Nation’
7. Midlake, ‘The Courage of Others’
8. Phosphorescent, ‘Here’s To Taking It Easy’
9. The Coral, ‘Butterfly House’
10.Doug Paisley, ‘Constant Companion’
11.Deerhunter, ‘Halcyon Digest’
12.Mavis Staples, ‘You Are Not Alone’
13.Joanna Newsom, ‘Have One On Me’
14.Manic Street Preachers, ‘Postcards From A Young Man’
15.Avi Buffalo, ‘Avi Buffalo’
16.Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, ‘Before Today’
17.Roots Manuva meets Wrongtom, ‘Duppy Writer’
18.Caribou, ‘Swim’
19.Rumer, ‘Seasons Of My Soul’
20.Grinderman, ‘Grinderman 2’

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1. Joanna Newsom, ‘Have One On Me’
2. Neil Young, ‘Le Noise’
3. Paul Weller, ‘Wake Up The Nation’
4. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
5. Robert Plant, ‘Band Of Joy’
6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, ‘Before Today’
7. John Grant, ‘Queen of Denmark’
8. Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, ‘Ali and Toumani’
9. LCD Soundsytem, ‘This Is Happening’
10.Grinderman, ‘Grinderman 2’
11.Drive-By Truckers, ‘The Big To-Do’
12.These New Puritans, ‘Hidden’
13.Vampire Weekend, ‘Contra’
14.The National, ‘High Violet’
15.Field Music, ‘Field Music (Measure)’
16.Gil Scott-Heron, ‘I'm New Here’
17.The Fall, ‘Your Future, Our Clutter’
18.Gorillaz, ‘Plastic Beach’
19.Manic Street Preachers, ‘Postcards From A Young Man’
20.Oneohtrix Point Never, ‘Returnal’

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Rolling Stone
1. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
2. The Black Keys, ‘Brothers’
3. Elton John and Leon Russell, ‘The Union’
4. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
5. Jamey Johnson, ‘The Guitar Song’
6. Vampire Weekend, ‘Contra’
7. Drake, ‘Thank Me Later’
8. Robert Plant, ‘Band Of Joy’
9. Eminem, ‘Recovery’
10.LCD Soundsytem, ‘This Is Happening’
11.The Dead Weather, ‘Sea Of Cowards’
12.John Mellencamp, ‘No Better Than This’
13.Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’
14.Robyn, ‘Body Talk’
15.The National, ‘High Violet’
16.Kid Rock, ‘Born Free’
17.Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
18.Kings of Leon, ‘Come Around Sundown’
19.M.I.A., ‘///Y/’
20.Neil Young, ‘Le Noise’
Read on Rolling Stone



Stereogum
1. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
2. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
3. Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
4. Sufjan Stevens, ‘The Age of Adz’
5. Robyn, ‘Body Talk’
6. Sleigh Bells, ‘Treats’
7. Vampire Weekend, ‘Contra’
8. Anthony and The Johnsons, ‘Swanlights’
9. Wild Nothing, ‘Gemini’
10.Deerhunter, ‘Halcyon Digest’
11.Joanna Newsom, ‘Have One On Me’
12.Crystal Castles, ‘Crystal Castles’
13.LCD Soundsytem, ‘This Is Happening’
14.Yeasayer, ‘Odd Blood’
15.The-Dream, ‘Love King’
16.The National, ‘High Violet’
17.Owen Pallett, ‘Heartland’
18.Abe Vigoda, ‘Crush’
19.Flying Lotus, ‘Cosmogramma’
20.Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, ‘Before Today’
Read on Stereogum

Spin
1. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
2. Deerhunter, ‘Halcyon Digest’
3. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
4. LCD Soundsytem, ‘This Is Happening’
5. Jamey Johnson, ‘The Guitar Song’
6. Janelle Monae, ‘The ArchAndroid’
7. Grinderman, ‘Grinderman 2’
8. M.I.A., ‘///Y/’
9. Kid Cudi, ‘Man on the Moon II: The Legen of Mr. Rager’
10.Robyn, ‘Body Talk’
11.Vampire Weekend, ‘Contra’
12.Yeasayer, ‘Odd Blood’
13.Big Boi, ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’
14.Best Coast, ‘Crazy For You’
15.Titus Androndicus, ‘The Monitor’
16.Drake, ‘Thank Me Later’
17.Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
18.Superchunk, ‘Majesty Shredding’
19.No Age, ‘Everything in Between’
20.MGMT, ‘Congratulations’
Read on Spin

2010 - the year in lists

Drowned In Sound
1. Emeralds, ‘Does It Look Like I’m Here?’
2. The National, ‘High Violet’
3. Deftones, ‘Diamond Eyes’
4. Perfume Genius, ‘Learning’
5. The Knife, ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’
6. These New Puritans, ‘Hidden’
7. Shearwater, ‘The Golden Archipelago’
8. Yeasayer, ‘Odd Blood’
9. LCD Soundsytem, ‘This Is Happening’
10.Sufjan Stevens, ‘The Age of Adz’
11.Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
12.Big Boi, ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’
13.Weezer, ‘Hurley’
14.Rufus Wainwright, ‘All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu’
15.Panther Du Prince, ‘Black Noise’
16.Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
17.Mount Kimbie, ‘Crooks and Lovers’
18.Crystal Castles, ‘Crystal Castles’
19.Caribou, ‘Swim’
20.Kelis, ‘Flesh Tone’
Read on Drowned In Sound

50 best tracks of 2010

Clash
1. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
2. Gonjasufi, ‘A Sufi and a Killer’
3. Caribou, ‘Swim’
4. Panther Du Prince, ‘Black Noise’
5. Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
6. Band Of Horses, ‘Infinite Arms’
7. Foals, ‘Total Life Forever’
8. Matthew Dear, ‘Black City’
9. LCD Soundsytem, ‘This Is Happening’
10.These New Puritans, ‘Hidden’
11.M.I.A., ‘///Y/’
12.Efterklang, ‘Magic Chairs’
13.The Black Keys, ‘Brothers’
14.No Age, ‘Everything in Between’
15.Kings Of Leon, ‘Come Around Sundown’
16.Villagers, ‘Becoming a Jackal’
17.Maps and Atlases, ‘Perch Patchwork’
18.Aloe Blacc, ‘Good Things’
19.The Phantom Band, ‘The Wants’
20.Sufjan Stevens, ‘The Age of Adz’

50 best music videos of 2010

Gigwise
1. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
2. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
3. The National, ‘High Violet’
4. Drake, ‘Thank Me Later’
5. Everything Everything, ‘Man Alive’
6. Foals, ‘Total Life Forever’
7. Caribou, 'Swim'
8. These New Puritans, 'Hidden'
9. Warpaint, 'The Fool'
10.My Chemical Romance, 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'
11.Gorillaz, 'Plastic Beach'
12.Yeasayer, 'Odd Blood'
13.LCD Soundsystem, 'This Is Happening'
14.Laura Marling, 'I Speak Because I Can'
15.Tinie Tempah, 'Disc-Overy'
16.Black Keys, 'Brothers'
17.Interpol, 'Interpol'
18.Salem, 'King Night'
19.Gil Scot-Heron, 'I'm New Here'
20.Four Tet, 'There Is Love In You'
Read on Gigwise

The 10 best films of 2010

MTV
1. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
2. Titus Andronicus, ‘The Monitor’
3. Robyn, ‘Body Talk’
4. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
5. Vampire Weekend, ‘Contra’
6. The National, ‘High Violet’
7. LCD Soundsystem, ‘This Is Happening’
8. Janelle Monáe, ‘The ArchAndroid’
9. Big Boi, ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot, Son of Chico Dusty’
10.Sufjan Stevens, ‘The Age of Adz’
11.Jamey Johnson, ‘The Guitar Song’
12.Sleigh Bells, ‘Treats’
13.Rick Ross, ‘Teflon Don’
14.Deerhunter, ‘Halcyon Digest’
15.Eminem, ‘Recovery’
16.Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
17.My Chemical Romance, ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’
18.The Black Keys, ‘Brothers’
19.Villagers, ‘Becoming a Jackal’
20.Linkin Park, ‘A Thousand Suns’
Read on MTV

Best cult/experimental albums of 2010

Prefix
1. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
2. Big Boi, ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot, Son of Chico Dusty’
3. The National, ‘High Violet’
4. Sleigh Bells, ‘Treats’
5. Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
6. Deer hunter, ‘Halcyon Digest’
7. LCD Soundsystem, ‘This Is Happening’
8. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
9. Titus Andronicus, ‘The Monitor’
10.Flying Lotus, ‘Cosmogramma’
11.Twin Shadow, ‘Forget’
12.Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, ‘Before Today’
13.Joanna Newsom, ‘Have One On Me’
14.Best Coast, ‘Crazy For You’
15.Das Racist, ‘Sit Down, Man’
16.Sufjan Stevens, ‘The Age of Adz’
17.Surfer Blood, ‘Astro Coast’
18.The Walkmen, ‘Lisbon’
19.Janelle Monáe, ‘The ArchAndroid’
20.The Roots, ‘How I Got Over’
Read on Prefix

The Guardian
1. Janelle Monae, ‘The ArchAndroid’
2. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
3. Hot Chip, ‘One Life Stand’
4. Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
5. These New Puritans, ‘Hidden’
6. Robyn, ‘Body Talk’
7. Caribou, ‘Swim’
8. Laura Marling, ‘I Speak Because I can’
9. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, ‘Before Today’
10.John Grant, ‘Queen of Denmark’
11.Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
12.Sleigh Bells, ‘Treats’
13.Gil Scott-Heron, ‘I’m New Here’
14.Yeasayer, ‘Odd Blood’
15.Warpaint, ‘The Fool’
16.The-Dream, ‘Love King’
17.Anais Mitchell, ‘Hadestown’
17.Drake, ‘Thank Me Later’
19.Kelis, ‘Fleshtone’
20.The National, ‘High Violet’
Read on The Guardian

Time
1.Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
2.Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
3.LCD Soundsystem, ‘This Is Happening’
4.The National, ‘High Violet’
5.Drake, ‘Thank Me Later’
6.Sufjan Stevens, ‘The Age of Adz’
7.The Black Keys, ‘Brothers’
8.Yeasayer, ‘Odd Blood’
9.Big Boi, ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot, Son of Chico Dusty’
10.Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’

 
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