The Stories Behind The Albums Of 2010

By now you might have seen our albums of 2010 list. You may even have voted for your own albums of the year, and listened to the whole lot as a Spotify playlist.

We thought we’d look back at our video archive to bring you some of the album interviews and track-by-tracks we did when these records were first released.

These New Puritans’ ‘Hidden’ topped our list. Here’s a brand new interview in which they discuss the painstaking recording process.


Arcade Fire were runners-up with ‘The Suburbs’. They discuss some of the record’s themes here.

LCD Soundsystem was at number four with ‘This Is Happening’, which James Murphy vows will be the last under that name. Here’s his guide to the album.

Foals were at number six with ‘Total Life Forever’.

The Drums’ self-titled debut album was our tenth favourite record of the year. Here’s a two-part track-by-track guide.


Grinderman’s second album made number sixteen in our list. Here’s Nick Cave and co in laid-back mode talking about the record.

Magnetic Man’s self-titled debut just scraped the top forty.

Just a few places lower, at forty-three, was Everything Everything’s debut album ‘Man Alive’. Here’s a two-part, track-by-track interview.

Manic Street Preachers made the top fifty, though only just – their ‘Postcards From A Young Man’ was at number forty-four. Here’s Nicky Wire’s two-part track-by-track guide.

NME’s albums of 2010 in full

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Our albums of 2010 as a Spotify playlist

Read about all these albums in more depth in NME’s end-of-year special, on sale Wednesday 1 December

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