The Top 20 Of 2010

January 6, 2011

Looking back, 2010 was an exceptional year for pop music, and there’s really no better time than in the dead of winter to reflect on the flurry of incredible sounds that came our way.

Musicians we really respect made huge, and, in some cases, surprising artistic statements. Singers we’d never heard of six months ago are now at the top of our repeat list.

And for this celebration of the very best albums and songs of 2010 be ready to get a strange mix of different music:

1. Beach House—Teen Dream
2. Tame Impala—Innerspeaker
3. James Blake—CMYK/Klavierwerke EPs
4. Kanye West—My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
5. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti—Before Today
6. Big Boi—Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
7. Deerhunter—Halcyon Digest
8. The Walkman—Lisbon
9. Vampire Weekend—Contra
10. Arcade Fire—The Suburbs
11. Caribou—Swim
12. Erykah Badu—New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
13. Twin Shadow—Forget
14. Gil Scott-Heron—I’m New Here
15. ceo—White Magic
16. Drake—Thank Me Later
17. Janelle Monae—The ArchAndroid
18. Male Bonding—Nothing Hurts
19. Owen Pallet—Heartland
20. Charlotte Gainsbourg—IRM

Read the original blog post here on Refinery29.