The Experts’ Best Albums Of 2010

January 14, 2011 Best Of, Music Reviews

The consensus #1 album of 2010

I’ve collected every year-end “best album” list published by reputable sources that I could get my hands on. The finalized tally below records the albums most frequently mentioned by music experts in their year-end lists. 115 lists have been compiled. With this many sources I consider the ranking below to be the definitive list of 2010. Much like the aggregate system Rotten Tomatoes employs, concensus is the key. In combining the lists I awarded albums points based on where they ranked on each year-end list. My points system works as follows:

20 points for each 1st place ranking

15 points for each 2nd place ranking

10 points for each 3rd place ranking

8 points for being ranked 4th – 10th

5 points for being ranked 11th-25th

2 points for being ranked 26th-50th, or for being included on an unranked list

1 point for being ranked 51st – 100th

To view the complete list in spreadsheet form visit this link. Or if you’re a glutton for punishment and nerd out on Excel you can download a copy and re-sort the list by source to your heart’s content here. And for Mac users a Numbers version here.

 ARTIST     ALBUM
#1 –Kanye West     My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
#2 –Arcade Fire     The Suburbs
#3 –LCD Soundsystem     This Is Happening
#4 –Janelle Monae       The ArchAndroid
#5 –The National     High Violet
#6 –Beach House     Teen Dream
#7 –Big Boi     Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son Of Chico Dusty
#8 –The Black Keys     Brothers
#9 –Deerhunter     Halcyon Digest
#10 –Vampire Weekend     Contra
 
#11 –Joanna Newsom     Have One On Me
#12 –Titus Andronicus     The Monitor
#13 –Caribou     Swim
#14 –Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti     Before Today
#15 –Sleigh Bells     Treats
#16 –Gorillaz     Plastic Beach
#17 –Robyn     Body Talk
#18 –Sufjan Stevens     The Age Of Adz
#19 –Flying Lotus     Cosmogramma
#20 –   Drake     Thank Me Later
 

#21 –Yeasayer     Odd Blood
#22 –Four Tet     There Is Love In You
#23 –Best Coast     Crazy For You
#24 –Jamey Johnson       The Guitar Song
#25 –The Roots     How I Got Over You
#26 –Superchunk     Majesty Shredding
#27 –Grinderman     Grinderman 2
#28 –Gil Scott-Heron     I’m New Here
#29 –Laura Marling     I Speak Because I Can
#30 –Deftones     Diamond Eyes
#31 –Owen Pallett     Heartland
#32 –Mumford & Sons     Sigh No More
#33 –Warpaint     The Fool
#34 –Cee Lo Green     The Lady Killer
#35 –These New Puritans     Hidden
#36 –Emeralds     Does It Look Like I’m Here?
#37 –Neil Young     Le Noise
#38 –The Walkmen     Lisbon
#39 –Rick Ross     Teflon Don
#40 –Broken Bells     Broken Bells
#41 –Sharon Van Etten     Epic
#42 –Oneohtrix Point Never     Returnal
#43 –No Age       Everything In Between
#44 –Liars     Sisterworld
#45 –The Tallest Man On Earth     The Wild Hunt
#46 –Foals     Total Life Forever
#47 –MGMT     Congratulations
#48 –Spoon     Transference
#49 –Jónsi     Go
#50 –   Surfer Blood     Astro Coast