'All Songs' Listeners Pick The Best Albums Of 2010

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Back in June, when we asked All Songs Considered listeners to pick the year's best music (so far), the Gorillaz album Plastic Beach was the overwhelming favorite. But that was still a couple of months before Arcade Fire released its third full-length, The Suburbs. With it in the year-end mix, no other album or artist could compete. All Songs Considered listeners cast tens of thousands of votes, and The Suburbs was light years ahead of everything else to become the year's top vote-getter.

This is our favorite time of year at NPR Music. We love to look back at all the great music that came out and debate which albums and songs are better than others.  But more than the debate, all of this year-end coverage gives us a chance to rediscover albums we'd forgotten about, or find new songs and artists we may have missed altogether.

On this edition of the program, host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton count down the Top 25 listener picks for 2010 and share some thoughts on the year in music. You can find a downloadable list of the Top 100 listener picks on the All Songs Considered blog.

As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below.  And be sure to check out all the other extensive coverage of the best albums, songs and artists of 2010 on NPR Music.

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Listener Picks For Best Music Of 2010

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1. The Suburbs

  • Artist: Arcade Fire
  • Song: Ready To Start

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Ready To Start
Album
The Suburbs
Artist
Arcade Fire
Label
Merge
Released
2010

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2. Brothers

  • Artist: Black Keys
  • Song: Everlasting Light

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Everlasting Light
Album
Brothers
Artist
Black Keys
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2010

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3. High Violet

  • Artist: National
  • Song: Bloodbuzz Ohio

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Bloodbuzz Ohio
Album
High Violet
Artist
National
Label
4AD
Released
2010

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4. Sigh No More

  • Artist: Mumford & Sons
  • Song: The Cave

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The Cave
Album
Sigh No More
Artist
Mumford & Sons
Label
Cooperative
Released
2009

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5. Broken Bells

  • Artist: Broken Bells
  • Song: The High Road

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The High Road
Album
Broken Bells
Artist
Broken Bells
Label
Sony
Released
2010

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6. This Is Happening

  • Artist: LCD Soundsystem
  • Song: All I Want

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All I Want
Album
This Is Happening
Artist
LCD Soundsystem
Label
Virgin
Released
2010

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7. Contra

  • Artist: Vampire Weekend
  • Song: Taxi Cab

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Taxi Cab
Album
Contra
Artist
Vampire Weekend
Label
XL Recordings
Released
2009

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8. The Age of Adz

  • Artist: Sufjan Stevens
  • Song: Vesuvius

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Vesuvius
Album
The Age of Adz
Artist
Sufjan Stevens
Label
Asthmatic Kitty
Released
2010

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9. Teen Dream

  • Artist: Beach House
  • Song: Zebra

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

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10. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  • Artist: Kanye West
  • Song: Monster [Explicit]

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Monster [Explicit]
Album
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Artist
Kanye West
Label
Def Jam
Released
2010

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11. Plastic Beach

  • Artist: Gorillaz
  • Song: On Melancholy Hill

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On Melancholy Hill
Album
Plastic Beach
Artist
Gorillaz
Label
Virgin
Released
2010

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12. Treats

  • Artist: Sleigh Bells
  • Song: Rill Rill

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

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13. Go

  • Artist: Jónsi
  • Song: Go Do

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Go Do
Album
Go
Artist
Jónsi
Label
XL
Released
2010

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14. Gorilla Manor

  • Artist: Local Natives
  • Song: World News

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World News
Album
Gorilla Manor
Artist
Local Natives
Label
Frenchkiss Records
Released
2010

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15. Infinite Arms

  • Artist: Band of Horses
  • Song: Laredo

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

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16. Wild Hunt

  • Artist: The Tallest Man on Earth
  • Song: The Wild Hunt

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The Wild Hunt
Album
Wild Hunt
Artist
The Tallest Man on Earth
Label
Dead Oceans Records
Released
2010

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17. Halcyon Digest

  • Artist: Deerhunter
  • Song: Memory Boy

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Memory Boy
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Halcyon Digest
Artist
Deerhunter
Label
4AD
Released
2010

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18. Transference

  • Artist: Spoon
  • Song: Written In Reverse

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Written In Reverse
Album
Transference
Artist
Spoon
Label
Merge Records
Released
2010

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19. The ArchAndroid

  • Artist: Janelle Monáe
  • Song: Tightrope

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Tightrope
Album
The ArchAndroid
Artist
Janelle Monáe
Label
Bad Boy
Released
2010

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20. Odd Blood

  • Artist: Yeasayer
  • Song: Ambling Alp

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Ambling Alp
Album
Odd Blood
Artist
Yeasayer
Label
Secretly Canadian
Released
2010

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21. God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise

  • Artist: Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs
  • Song: Beg Steal Or Borrow

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Beg Steal Or Borrow
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God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
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Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs
Label
Red Ink
Released
2010

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22. Together

  • Artist: The New Pornographers
  • Song: Crash Years

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Crash Years
Album
Together
Artist
The New Pornographers
Label
Matador
Released
2010

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23. Forgiveness Rock Record

  • Artist: Broken Social Scene
  • Song: World Sick

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

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24. Have One on Me

  • Artist: Joanna Newsom
  • Song: Does Not Suffice

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Does Not Suffice
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Have One on Me
Artist
Joanna Newsom
Label
Drag City
Released
2010

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25. The Lady Killer

  • Artist: Cee Lo Green
  • Song: F--- You [Explicit]

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The Lady Killer
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Cee Lo Green
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Elektra/Asylum
Released
2010

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