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Editors Top 10 albums of 2010

posted December 22, 2010, 7:57 am by dscanland | Filed Under Editorial | comment 2 Comments

Top Albums of 2010

2010 was definitely an interesting year in music. I’ve seen Kanye West’s latest album on almost all lists but it is absent from our editors. There are many on our lists that have never seen another yet this year. 

Mark Morton (mark_morton)

  1. Atheist – Jupiter (Season of Mist)
  2. Swashbuckle – Crime Always Pays (Nuclear Blast)
  3. Finntroll – Nifelvind (Century Media)
  4. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone)
  5. Harold Faltermeyer – Cop Out [movie soundtrack] (WaterTower Music)
  6. Ratt – Infestation (Roadrunner)
  7. Nonpoint – Miracle (954 Records)
  8. Cradle of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa (Peaceville)
  9. Oceansize – Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up (Superball Music)
  10. Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon – Wu-Massacre (Def Jam)


  1. The Morning Benders – Big Echo
  2. Mini Mansions [self-titled]
  3. Tokyo Police Club Champ
  4. The Black KeysBrothers
  5. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  6. Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
  7. Angus and Julia Stone – Down the Way
  8. The Roots – How I Got Over
  9. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosUp From Below
  10. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot..The Son of Chico Dusty

Dennis Scanland (dscanland)

  • Michael Franti & Spearhead – Sound of Sunshine
  • Yukon BlondeYukon Blonde
  • Tokyo Police Club – Champ
  • Posies – Blood/Candy
  • Horse Feathers – Thistled Spring
  • Kylesa – Spiral Shadow
  • Caribou – Swim
  • Against Me! – White Crosses
  • Angels & AirwavesLove
  • Gayngs – Relayted
  • Vampire Weekend Contra


  • Spoon – Transference
  • National – High Violet
  • Fistful of Mercy – As I Call You Down

Catchiest Single:

Mike Wood (patchen)

  • Moon Pearl – “Pearl Jams” (
  • Neil Young“Le Noise” (Reprise)
  • Earth – “A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra Capsular Extraction” (Southern Lord)
  • Terry Ohms – “what-do-you-mean-what-do-I-mean” (Skybucket)
  • Nels Cline“Dirty Baby” (Cryptogramophone)
  • The Sailplanes – “Mild Peril” EP (
  • Tindersticks – “Falling Down the Mountain” (Constellation)
  • Black River “Black N Roll” (Armoury)
  • Various Artists – “Wonder Wheel Presents” (Wonder Wheel)
  • Henry Grimes/Rashid Ali – “Spirits Aloft” (Porter)

Brian Rutherford (hstisgod)

Was a short and mild year for me, but nonetheless some good stuff picked up for good. Also notable, best year I’ve had for album covers in a decade.

  • Cactus’s – New Bones – The Cactus’s are not new to this site, but they are still making raw and desirable rhythms. This is their first actual release, and should be coveted.
  • The Black Keys – Brothers – Another raw stoppage in the history of music, this album features a great understanding of blues rock.
  • Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown – Kings Of Leon has always felt a pressure, but none like CAS, and quite frankly they met that pressure.
  • Tame Impala – Innerspeaker – more than just psychadelic rock, a music purity that must be experienced.
  • Shuteye Unison – Our Future Selves– Also a blank stare into the god’s of pure music invention, these guys are the future of rock
  • Musab- Sab The Artist {EP} -nothing spectacular from Sab this year, but a progression towards total unique quality and recording abilities came into focus. Two-thousand eleven will be the year Sab breaks either way!
  • Zack Brown Band- You Get What You Give – More clangy and southern than ever before, ZBB has several songs go phenomenal on this album.
  • Atmosphere– To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy (Two EPS) working on nearly fifteen years of hip-hop artistry, it’s difficult to make top tens, but Slug has just as much confidence and beat as day one.
  • Unnamed pile of music I would like to finally listen to- Tired of feeling out of touch the next year cause I missed something.
  • The Bright Light Social Hour – Talented, raw music ability without a mind to shell. Something will transition, but will it sell?

The b-list: Downslave, The Gaslight Anthem, Aaron Lewis, Cake, John Legend, Shearwater, Nick Tolford, A Day To Remember, Robert Plant, Sleigh Bells, Of Montreal, LCD Soundsystem, Deerhunter.

Ben Oliver (iamparadox)

  • Maximum Balloon – Maximum Balloon – The only good reason for TV On The Radio to take a break is to work on a groove worthy side project like this.
  • Minus The BearOmni – Simply a great release by a great band. I haven’t been able to stop listening to since it came out. One of my favorite releases this group of no bullshit rockers has ever put out.
  • Broken Bells – Broken Bells – There’s only one thing better in indie music than anyone living up to their hype. And that is when an artist explodes onto the scene unexpectantly like a tornado. Almost a year ago to the date, this dynamic duo started dropping hints about their soon to be released smash debut.
  • Chromeo – Business Casual – This is the kind of record that takes an artist from one stage of their career to the next level. Innovative and inspiring, funky and fun…up and coming artists pay attention and take notes.
  • Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon 2 – I was anxiously anticipaticing this one, then became annoyed when it was delayed this summer. Luckily the Kid smoked another bowl or took another hit, and it proved to be worth the wait.
  • LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening – If you were a fan before this came out, you will still be. And if you weren’t, you probably will be now!
  • The Black Keys – Brothers – Who would have guessed that one of the worst album covers in history would sound so freaking good? Boys will be boys, and these two do what they always do best: rock out.
  • The Klaxons – Surfing the Void – This is actually one of the coolest album covers in history! The experienced and eclectic English entourage aren’t afraid to explore.
  • Matt & Kim – Sidewalks – Not sure how these two continue to put out some of the best sounding, energetic, and positive music in existance, but they have done it again.
  • Best Coast – Crazy For You – If you haven’t heard of them yet, why the hell not? Well no worries, you will without doubt. Their 21st century meets retro, lo-fi surf rock sound means this record will take this band far into the new year. Probably my favorite of the year.
  • Close runner ups: Drake Thank Me Later, M.I.A. MAYA, Kayne West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, The Gorillaz Plastic Beach, Girl Talk All Day, Crystal Castles Crystal Castles

Matthew Record (matthewrecord)

  1. Ali & Toumani – Ali Farka Toure
    No record before has ever captured the sound of death – beautiful, haunting and easily accessed, even by my ruined pop-music-loving, American ears.
  2. High Violet – The National
    More about mood than it was about great song-writing, but what a mood! The National does dark better and easier more than any band save maybe Radiohead.
  3. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
    Overwrought, over-the-top and even downright silly at times. In a lot of ways, it’s Use Your Illusion for the rap world.  I haven’t actually said anything good about yet: the work of a Beethoven-esque genius or Brian Wilson-esque madman, but we’ll still be listening to this album in 20 years.
  4. The Lady Killer – Cee-Lo Green
    Cee-lo seems to be a one man standard-bearer keeping Motown and first-wave soul alive for pop music audiences. A valuable endeavor, indeed.
  5. The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
    I’m not going to act like an expert about country but to my ears, it has all the usual heart and expressive storytelling while really minimizing the cornpone corniness that comes with your average middle-of-the-road Nashville release.
  6. Teenage Fanclub – Shadows
    Pop music, simple, pure and a delight through and through.  The Fanclub still, pound for pound writes the best love song going right now.
  7. Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids
    With all the usual Wu-Tang alums making an appearance, I’m surprised the best guest turn of the year on any record was Black Thought.  Ghost’s best and most energetic since Fishscale
  8. Spiral Shadow – Kylesa
    It’s easy to miss with Dillinger Escape Plan, Future of the Left and many others, metal is in sort of a little niche golden age right now with some of the most creative releases every year coming from that milieu
  9. Swanlights – Antony & the Johnsons
    A lot has been written about Antony and his ghoulish, vibrato-laden tenor.  You love it or you hate it and I fall squarely in the former category.
  10. Special Moves/Burning – Mogwai
    If The National does dark the best, then Mogwai does dreamy as well as anyone.

Todd Frank (ToddLevinsonFrank)


  • The Roots – How I Got Over
  • Black Keys – Brothers
  • White Stripes – Under Great Northern Lights (live)


  • Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
  • Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions
  • John Mellencamp – No Better Than This
  • Eminem – Recovery
  • Josh Ritter – So Runs the World Away
  • Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives
  • Tom Petty – Mojo
  • Spoon – Transference
  • The Roots & John Legend – Wake Up
  • Robert Plant – Band of Joy
  • Peter Wolf – Midnight Souvenirs
  • Neil Young – Le Noise
  • Frightened Rabbit – Winter of Mixed Drinks
  • Avett Brothers – Live Vol. 3 (live)
  • Jakob Dylan – Women and Country
  • Ryan Bingham – Junky Star
  • Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
  • Ray Lamontagne – God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise
  • Big Boi – Sir Luscious Leftfoot
  • Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do
  • Eels – End Times
  • Black Crowes – Croweology
  • Derek Trucks Band – Roadsongs (live)
  • Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues


2 Responses to “Editors Top 10 albums of 2010”

  1. Profile photo of dscanland dscanland on January 4th, 2011 1:45 pm

    Just added Matthew Records top 10 of 2010. Check them out!

  2. Profile photo of dscanland dscanland on February 8th, 2011 10:59 am

    Just added Todd Frank’s list. A little late but another list just the same.

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