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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1. Plastic Beach

  • Artist: Gorillaz
  • Song: On Melancholy Hill
  • From: Plastic Beach [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]
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Album
Plastic Beach [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]
Artist
Gorillaz
Label
Virgin
Released
2010

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3. Brothers

  • Artist: The Black Keys
  • Song: Everlasting Light
  • From: Brothers
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Album
Brothers
Artist
The Black Keys
Label
Nonesuch Records
Released
2010

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4. Broken Bells

  • Artist: Broken Bells
  • Song: The High Road
  • From: Broken Bells
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Broken Bells
Artist
Broken Bells
Label
Sony
Released
2010

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16. Infinite Arms

  • Artist: Band of Horses
  • Song: Older
  • From: Infinite Arms
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Artist
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Label
Sony Music
Released
2010

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