My Top 60 Albums of the 2010s

In addition to my normal post on the top albums of the year, that will be posted this coming Wednesday, Dec. 11 as part of #AMonthofFaves, I am putting up this bonus post on “My Top 60 Albums of the 2010s”. I shortened the title in Spotify to “My 2010s Top 60 Albums” so that you wouldn’t see ellipses. Five artists, Father John Misty, FKA Twigs, Grimes, James Blake, and Vampire Weekend, have two albums each; and one, Beyoncé, has three albums on the list.

I chose one song from each album, with the playlist not being a countdown, but organized alphabetically by first name of artist or group with album title. Since on the playlist it doesn’t show the title of each album, I am including the full list here along with the year each album was released:

  1. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (2015)
  2. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (2014)
  3. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (2013)
  4. Arctic Monkeys – AM (2013)
  5. Beach House – Bloom (2012)
  6. Beyoncé – Beyoncé (2013)
  7. Beyoncé – Lemonade (2016)
  8. Beyoncé – Homecoming: The Live Album (2019)
  9. Björk – Vulnicura (2015)
  10. Bon Iver – 22, A Million (2016)
  11. Burial – Rival Dealer (2013)
  12. Caribou – Our Love (2014)
  13. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (2015)
  14. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe (2013)
  15. D’Angelo – Black Messiah (2014)
  16. Darkside – Psychic (2013)
  17. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (2012)
  18. Eric Church – The Outsiders (2014)
  19. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (2015)
  20. Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer (2018)
  21. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (2012)
  22. FKA Twigs – LP1 (2014)
  23. FKA Twigs – Magdalene (2019)
  24. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2013)
  25. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (2012)
  26. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (2011)
  27. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (2012)
  28. Grimes – Visions (2012)
  29. Grimes – Art Angels (2015)
  30. Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2015)
  31. James Blake – James Blake (2011)
  32. James Blake – The Colour in Anything (2016)
  33. Jamie XX – In Colour (2015)
  34. Jon Hopkins – Immunity (2013)
  35. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (2018)
  36. Kanye West – Yeezus (2013)
  37. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)
  38. Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo (2018)
  39. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell (2019)
  40. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (2016)
  41. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2011)
  42. Mitski – Be The Cowboy (2018)
  43. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven (2013)
  44. Parquet Courts – Wide Awake (2018)
  45. Powder – Powder in Space (2019)
  46. Real Estate – Atlas (2013)
  47. Solange – A Seat at the Table (2016)
  48. Spoon – They Want My Soul (2014)
  49. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy (2011)
  50. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (2014)
  51. Tame Impala – Lonerism (2012)
  52. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream (2014)
  53. The Weeknd – Trilogy (2012)
  54. Thundercat – Drunk (2017)
  55. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time (2014)
  56. Tierra Whack – Whack World (2018)
  57. tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L (2011)
  58. U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited (2018)
  59. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
  60. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride (2019)

At least three on the list technically aren’t albums on their own: Rival Dealer is an EP; Whack World, a mixtape, and The Weeknd’s Trilogy, remixed and remastered versions of his 2011 mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. However, I still counted them as albums for simplicity.

I also including a graphic below that has a list of all the albums and breakdown by year. If for some reason, you can’t read the graphic or link to the graphic, the breakdown is as follows: 2010, 0; 2011, 5; 2012, 8; 2013, 12; 2014, 9; 2015, 8; 2016, 5; 2017, 1; 2018, 7; and 2019, 5.

Much of the music I discovered in the 2010s was in large part thanks to Pitchfork, so a tip of the hat to the folks there for introducing me to so many great artists and bands.

What were the albums that you had on heavy rotation during the 2010s that you couldn’t live without? Share in the comments below or link to your own list on your blog or a playlist on the music service of your choice.

My Top 25 Albums of 2018

Earlier this month, I gave you a list of our favorite TV series and movies that we watched this year; tomorrow, I’ll give you a list of my favorite books read this year; and today, I give you a list of my top 25 albums (mostly) from this year:

  1. Double Negative by Low
  2. Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by Deafheaven
  3. Now Only by Mount Eerie
  4. Sundays by Tanukichan
  5. Yolk in the Fur by Wild Pink
  6. Nearer My God to Thee by Foxing
  7. Record by Tracey Thorn
  8. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  9. Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  10. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  11. Room 25 by Noname
  12. Devotion by Tirzah
  13. Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts
  14. WARM by Jeff Tweedy
  15. Way Out West by Sonny Rollins
  16. Piano & A Microphone by Prince
  17. 7 by Beach House
  18. In A Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls
  19. Historian by Lucy Dacus
  20. Be The Cowboy by Mitski
  21. Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
  22. El Mal Querer by Rosalía
  23. Whack World by Tierra Whack
  24. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  25. God’s Favorite Customer by Father John Misty

I select what I listen to usually from Pitchfork, with albums that normally are rated 8.0 or above, with a few exceptions. Surprisingly to me, Pitchfork didn’t have Father John Misty’s album in its top 50 albums of 2018! They did include in its Best Rock Albums of 2018. I also have another list of top electronic music albums from this year, but I thought most of you probably aren’t into what my wife calls “machine music.”

At the end of this post, I’ve included a Spotify playlist with excerpts from my top 25 albums of 2018. I only included from 22 albums, because the last three albums didn’t really fit for openers for the playlist. The band Low, for example, is very discordant; Deafheaven has death metal growls in it; and Mount Eerie…well, he’s just depressing (not that some of the rest in my top 25 albums aren’t depressing, but his last few albums were about the death of his first wife).

I will give a few other notes on the list:

  • Jeff Tweedy, Arctic Monkeys, and Christine and the Queens are all late entries.
  • None of the artists or groups were in my top 15 albums last year.
  • Tierra Whack’s album is 15 minutes long with each song a minute. It is better heard in its entirety. It was envisioned as a video too, but unless you’re into “wack” videos, I’d say skip.
  • The two Spanish titled albums just happened to end up beside each other on the list. I only noticed when typing out the list here.
  • I’m not into a lot of modern country but I was pleasantly surprised by Kacey Musgraves.

What was some of your favorite music from this year or that you listened to this year? What couldn’t you stop playing? That No. 1 album is one both my wife and I had on constantly, in the car, at work, and at home.