We’re Back, In A Big Way: 2010 In Retrospect

In Canada, Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, Features, London and the UK, Montréal, New England, New Jersey, Worldwide on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 am

We’re nostalgic already. Remember Kanye’s album? That was dope. Seriously though, we had a great year and we hope you did too. Here’s a little something we put together to put all our love for 2010 in one place.

The list was made by averaging Matt, Steve, and Ethan‘s 25 favorite albums of 2010 (Arnold‘s opinion, though very highly regarded, was not included because he doesn’t like to confine music to lists…or he just didn’t make one). Click on the artist to see what we’ve had to say about them previously, and click the album art on a select few albums for a little surprise.


25t. Beach FossilsBeach Fossils

25t. How To Dress WellLove Remains

24. Delorean – Subiza

22t. Mos Dub – Mos Dub

22t. Tyler, The Creator – Bastard

20t. Long Long Long – Shorts EP

20t. The Fugitives – Eccentrically We Love

18t. Four Eyes – Debut 7”

18t. Curren$y – Pilot Talk

17. Caribou – Swim

16. Yeasayer – Odd Blood

14t. Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt

14t. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record

13. Julian Lynch – Mare [#]

12. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

11. Gold PandaLucky Shiner

10. Vampire Weekend – Contra

9. Grimes Geidi Primes [*]

8. Beach House – Teen Dream

7. Liam The Younger – Revel Hidden Worlds [#]

6. Four Tet – There Is Love In You

5. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

4. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

3. The National – High Violet

2. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor [#]

1. Arcade FireThe Suburbs [*]



Honorable Mentions

27. No AgeEverything In Between

28. WavvesKing Of The Beach

29t. Male BondingNothing Hurts

29t. Das RacistSit Down, Man

More Great Montreal-Based Music

Blue HawaiiBlooming Summer



Homosexual CopsEP

Le ChevalierSongs From This Room

Pop WindsThe Turquoise

Sean Nicholas SavageMovin Up In Society

More Great Music From Ridgewood and Glen Rock, New Jersey

Andrew CedermarkMoon Deluxe

Big TroublesWorry

DucktailsLive on WFMU

Fluffy LumbersHarry Dolland’s EP

SirsVas Deferens EP

Spook HousesReal Ghosts // Pretend Ghosts

2011’s Gonna Rule

Akron/FamilyS/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (February 8th)

Asobi SeksuFlourescence (February 15th)

The BabiesThe Babies (February 8th)

Beach FossilsCalyer 7” (January 11th)

Beach FossilsWhat A Pleasure EP (February 22nd)

The BeetsStay Home (January 11th)

BraidsNative Speaker (January 20th)

David LynchGood Day Today / I Know remixes 7”

The Death SetMichel Poiccard (March 15th)

DeerhoofDeerhoof Vs. Evil (January 25th)

DestroyerKaputt (January 25th)

DucktailsDucktails III: Arcade Dynamics (January 18th)

Fergus & GeronimoUnlearn (January 18th)

The Go! TeamRolling Blackouts (February 1st)

James BlakeJames Blake (February 8th)

Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo (March 8th)

La SeraLa Sera (February 15th)

Le ChevalierDancer (January 6th)

The LuyasToo Beautiful to Work (February 22nd)

Parts & LaborConstant Future (March 8th)

RadioheadTBA (TBA)

Smith WesternsDye It Blonde (January 18th)

Talib KweliGutter Rainbows (January 25th)

TennisCape Dory (January 18th)

many many more


  1. While my submitted list was ignored (no hard feelings) I want to point out Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty by Big Boi which I thought was the best rap album released by anyone not named Kanye.

    I also really enjoyed Girls who Smoke Cigarettes by Ground Up, though it is a mixtape so it is technically not an album.

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