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'All Songs' Listeners Pick The Best Albums Of 2010

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'All Songs' Listeners Pick The Best Albums Of 2010

The Best Music Of 2010

'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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1. The Suburbs

  • Song: Ready To Start
  • by Arcade Fire

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Artist
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Label
Merge
Released
2010

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2. Brothers

  • Song: Everlasting Light
  • by Black Keys

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Brothers
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Brothers
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Black Keys
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2010

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Bloodbuzz Ohio

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3. High Violet

  • Song: Bloodbuzz Ohio
  • by National

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High Violet
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National
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4AD
Released
2010

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The Cave

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4. Sigh No More

  • Song: The Cave
  • by Mumford & Sons

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Sigh No More
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Label
Cooperative
Released
2009

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The High Road

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5. Broken Bells

  • Song: The High Road
  • by Broken Bells

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Broken Bells
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Broken Bells
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Sony
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2010

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All I Want

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6. This Is Happening

  • Song: All I Want
  • by LCD Soundsystem

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Virgin
Released
2010

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Taxi Cab

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7. Contra

  • Song: Taxi Cab
  • by Vampire Weekend

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XL Recordings
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2009

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Vesuvius

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8. The Age of Adz

  • Song: Vesuvius
  • by Sufjan Stevens

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The Age of Adz
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Sufjan Stevens
Label
Asthmatic Kitty
Released
2010

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Zebra

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9. Teen Dream

  • Song: Zebra
  • by Beach House

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Teen Dream
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Beach House
Label
Sub Pop Records
Released
2010

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10. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  • Song: Monster [Explicit]
  • by Kanye West
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Def Jam
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2010

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On Melancholy Hill

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11. Plastic Beach

  • Song: On Melancholy Hill
  • by Gorillaz

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Virgin
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2010

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Rill Rill

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12. Treats

  • Song: Rill Rill
  • by Sleigh Bells

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Treats
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Mom & Pop Music
Released
2010

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Go Do

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13. Go

  • Song: Go Do
  • by Jónsi

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World News

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14. Gorilla Manor

  • Song: World News
  • by Local Natives

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Local Natives
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Frenchkiss Records
Released
2010

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Laredo

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15. Infinite Arms

  • Song: Laredo
  • by Band of Horses

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Sony Music
Released
2010

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The Wild Hunt

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16. Wild Hunt

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

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Wild Hunt
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Dead Oceans Records
Released
2010

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Memory Boy

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17. Halcyon Digest

  • Song: Memory Boy
  • by Deerhunter

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Written In Reverse

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18. Transference

  • Song: Written In Reverse
  • by Spoon

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Merge Records
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2010

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Tightrope

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19. The ArchAndroid

  • Song: Tightrope
  • by Janelle Monáe

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Bad Boy
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2010

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Ambling Alp

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20. Odd Blood

  • Song: Ambling Alp
  • by Yeasayer

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Secretly Canadian
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2010

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Beg Steal Or Borrow

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

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

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God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
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Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs
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Red Ink
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2010

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Crash Years

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22. Together

  • Song: Crash Years
  • by The New Pornographers

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Together
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The New Pornographers
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Matador
Released
2010

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World Sick

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23. Forgiveness Rock Record

  • Song: World Sick
  • by Broken Social Scene

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Forgiveness Rock Record
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Broken Social Scene
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Arts & Crafts
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2010

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Does Not Suffice

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24. Have One on Me

  • Song: Does Not Suffice
  • by Joanna Newsom

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Have One on Me
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Have One on Me
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Joanna Newsom
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Drag City
Released
2010

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F--- You [Explicit]

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25. The Lady Killer

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

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Elektra/Asylum
Released
2010

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