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'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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