JudyJams’ Top 10 albums of 2010
Top 10 of the ’10! I have wanted to say that for years. Picking my top 10 of the year is always a fun challenge, but this year it was especially hard because there was a lot to choose from. Plus, I try to wait it out until mid-December to give myself the most amount of time with everything that comes out later in the year. Here are my top choices, in no particular order:
10. Glasser– Ring
I’ve praised this album on the blog before, so no need to go on and on. The album artwork is fantastic and check out her site for music and fun videos.
9. The Black Keys– Brothers
I know that I am late in the game, but this is the album that convinced that I should be in love with The Black Keys. If you haven’t heard yet, you are missing out.
8. Future Islands–In the Evening Air
I’ve been psyched on this album since it came out, and it hasn’t died down for me. This wasn’t a huge hit for everyone, but I find their particular style quite appealing. Check out their blog for some funny photos, and click here to hear music.
7. Big Boi– Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty
This album blew my mind: Big Boi still has it. Was there actually any doubt? This album makes me forget that OutKast doesn’t exist.
6. The Drums– The Drums
These guys rocked my world at CMJ, and if I wasn’t hooked on their album before I saw them live, I certainly was afterwards. It was a close call with Surfer Blood’s Astrocoast, but these guys stole my heart.
5. Beach House– Teen Dream
Aside from their bizarre music videos, Beach House is a stellar example of modern, fresh indie rock. It took me awhile, as with The Black Keys, to fall in love, but when I did, I fell hard. This whole record is fantastic.
4. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
There is probably nothing left to say about this album that hasn’t been said. Just watch the video (feature film!!!) and enjoy the madness.
3. TOBACCO– Maniac Meat
Another great album, with wonderfully weird music videos. But then again, we wouldn’t love Tobacco if they weren’t totally absurd. This album makes me happy. I can’t explain why. It’s just that good.
2. Das Racist–Sit Down, Man
I’ve been a champion of this album since the beginning, and you’ve heard me blab about it here before. One of the most interesting records of the year, hands down. I couldn’t find any actual videos, but this song is so good perhaps it doesn’t even need a video? You decide.
1. The Thermals– Personal Life
Definitely one of my favorite music videos from the year, but that might just be because I’m a serious Sleater-Kinney lover. This was yet another album that made me reconsider the artist’s back catalogue; turns out I’ve always loved them but just never knew. This album is intelligent and intensely catchy.
In no particular order, because I just can’t make up my mind about which I like the best. Check after the jump for my honorable mentions.
These were more of my favorite records, but they just didn’t make it to the top ten:
Cee Lo Green– The Ladykiller
Toro Y Moi– Causers of This
Four Tet– There is Love in You
LCD Soundsystem– This is Happening
Janelle Monae– The ArchAndroid
Entry filed under: Bands We Like, Jams, JudyJams. Tags: Beach House, Big Boi, Cee Lo Green, Das Racist, Four Tet, Future Islands, Glasser, Janelle Monae, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, The Black Keys, The Drums, The Thermals, TOBACCO, Toro Y Moi.