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Listeners Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

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Listeners Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

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Listeners Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

Listeners Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

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NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music to date and kept the race tight. In the end, Gorillaz edged out every other artist with the sprawling and inspired album Plastic Beach to take the No. 1 spot. The National, The Black Keys, Broken Bells and LCD Soundsystem rounded out the Top 5.

Regardless of how the votes fell, it was an exciting chance to pause and look back on what an incredible year it's been for music so far, to rediscover a few of our favorites, and to spend time with some of the albums and artists we may have missed.

NPR Listener's Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

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On Melancholy Hill

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1. Plastic Beach

  • Song: On Melancholy Hill
  • from Plastic Beach [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]
  • by Gorillaz

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Album
Plastic Beach [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]
Artist
Gorillaz
Label
Virgin
Released
2010

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Bloodbuzz Ohio

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2. High Violet

  • Song: Bloodbuzz Ohio
  • from High Violet
  • by The National

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High Violet
Album
High Violet
Artist
The National
Label
4AD
Released
2010

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Everlasting Light

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3. Brothers

  • Song: Everlasting Light
  • from Brothers
  • by The Black Keys

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Brothers
Album
Brothers
Artist
The Black Keys
Label
Nonesuch Records
Released
2010

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The High Road

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4. Broken Bells

  • Song: The High Road
  • from Broken Bells
  • by Broken Bells

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Broken Bells
Album
Broken Bells
Artist
Broken Bells
Released
2010

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All I Want

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5. This Is Happening

  • Song: All I Want
  • from This Is Happening
  • by LCD Soundsystem

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This Is Happening
Album
This Is Happening
Artist
LCD Soundsystem
Label
Virgin
Released
2010

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Taxi Cab

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6. Contra

  • Song: Taxi Cab
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Contra
Album
Contra
Artist
Vampire Weekend
Label
XL
Released
2010

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Zebra

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7. Teen Dream

  • Song: Zebra
  • from Teen Dream
  • by Beach House

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Teen Dream
Album
Teen Dream
Artist
Beach House
Label
Sub Pop Records
Released
2010

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I Saw the Light

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9. Transference

  • Song: I Saw the Light
  • from Transference
  • by Spoon

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Transference
Album
Transference
Artist
Spoon
Label
Merge Records
Released
2010

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Rill Rill

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10. Treats

  • Song: Rill Rill
  • from Treats
  • by Sleigh Bells

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Treats
Album
Treats
Artist
Sleigh Bells
Label
Mom & Pop Music
Released
2010

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Camera Talk

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11. Gorilla Manor

  • Song: Camera Talk
  • from Gorilla Manor
  • by Local Natives

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Album
Gorilla Manor
Artist
Local Natives
Label
Frenchkiss Records
Released
2010

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Ambling Alp

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12. Odd Blood

  • Song: Ambling Alp
  • from Odd Blood
  • by Yeasayer

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Album
Odd Blood
Artist
Yeasayer
Label
Secretly Canadian
Released
2010

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Moves

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13. Together

  • Song: Moves
  • from Together
  • by The New Pornographers

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Together
Album
Together
Artist
The New Pornographers
Label
Matador
Released
2010

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Do The Astral Plane

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14. Cosmogramma

  • Song: Do the Astral Plane
  • from Cosmogramma
  • by Flying Lotus

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Album
Cosmogramma
Artist
Flying Lotus
Label
Warp
Released
2010

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Ridin' In My Car

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15. Volume Two

  • Song: Ridin' In My Car
  • from Volume Two
  • by She & Him

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Volume Two
Album
Volume Two
Artist
She & Him
Label
Merge Records
Released
2010

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Older

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16. Infinite Arms

  • Song: Older
  • from Infinite Arms
  • by Band of Horses

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Album
Infinite Arms
Artist
Band of Horses
Label
Sony Music
Released
2010

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Animal Arithmetic

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17. Go

  • Song: Animal Arithmetic
  • from Go
  • by Jónsi

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Album
Go
Artist
Jónsi
Label
XL
Released
2010

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Annie's Box (Alt. Vocal)

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18. Tomorrow, In A Year

  • Song: Annie's Box (Alt. Vocal)
  • from Tomorrow, In A Year
  • by The Knife

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Tomorrow, In A Year
Album
Tomorrow, In A Year
Artist
The Knife
Label
Mute
Released
2010

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World Sick

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19. Forgiveness Rock Record

  • Song: World Sick
  • from Forgiveness Rock Record
  • by Broken Social Scene

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Album
Forgiveness Rock Record
Artist
Broken Social Scene
Label
Arts & Crafts
Released
2010

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Money

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20. I Learned the Hard Way

  • Song: Money
  • from I Learned the Hard Way
  • by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

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I Learned the Hard Way
Artist
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Label
Daptone Records
Released
2010

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