December 14, 2010
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ARCADE FIRE'S 'THE SUBURBS' VOTED 'BEST ALBUM OF 2010'
BY NPR MUSIC'S ALL SONGS CONSIDERED LISTENERS

THE BLACK KEYS, THE NATIONAL, MUMFORD & SONS, AND BROKEN BELLS
COMPLETE THE TOP 5; FULL LIST AT NPR.ORG/ALLSONGS



Popular rock acts dominate NPR Music's sixth annual All Songs Considered "Listener Picks for Best Albums of 2010," announced today. Thousands of All Songs Considered listeners voted in the highly anticipated year-end list, naming The Suburbs by Canadian band Arcade Fire their favorite record. Blues-inspired duo The Black Keys capture second place, with The National, Mumford & Sons, and Broken Bells rounding out the audiences’ Top 5 albums of the year. In addition to familiar favorites, some notable newcomers caught the attention of All Songs Considered's listeners, including noise-pop twosome Sleigh Bells, indie-folk band Local Natives and Janelle Monae’s inventive mix of hip-hop and pop.

The entire "Listener Picks for Best Albums of 2010" list is available at NPR Music (www.npr.org/2010/12/14/132050241/-all-songs-listeners-pick-the-best-music-of-2010), where users can listen to selections from all 25 records of the year, below:

1. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
2. The Black Keys, Brothers
3. The National, High Violet
4. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
5. Broken Bells, Broken Bells
6. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
7. Vampire Weekend, Contra
8. Sufjan Stevens, The Age Of Adz
9. Beach House, Teen Dream
10. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
11. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach
12. Sleigh Bells, Treats
13. Jonsi, Go
14. Local Natives, Gorilla Manor
15. Band Of Horses, Infinite Arms
16. The Tallest Man On Earth, The Wild Hunt
17. Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
18. Spoon, Transference
19. Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid
20. Yeasayer, Odd Blood
21. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, God Willin' And The Creek Don't Rise
22. New Pornographers, Together
23. Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record
24. Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me
25. Cee Lo, The Ladykiller


All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton count down the audiences' choices and share some thoughts on the year in music in the latest show, which can be streamed or downloaded at NPR Music: www.npr.org/2010/12/14/132050241/-all-songs-listeners-pick-the-best-music-of-2010 Boilen and Hilton also offer a downloadable list of the Top 100 listener picks at the show’s blog: www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2010/12/14/132057730/drum-roll-please-all-songs-considered-listeners-pick-the-year-s-best-music

The All Songs Considered listener vote is part of NPR Music's coverage of 2010's outstanding music in all genres. The “Best Music of 2010” stories kicked off with "NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2010" and continues to feature "best of” lists from critics, public radio tastemakers and NPR Member stations until the end of the year, including Alt.Latino’s Top 10 Latin Alternative Albums Of 2010, Carrie Brownstein's Top 10 (Plus One) For 2010, A Blog Supreme's Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2010 and NPR Member station WGBH’s Best J.S. Bach Releases Of 2010.

NPR Music celebrates great music in every genre and is an industry leader in music discovery. The multimedia site offers more than 300 new features monthly and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, 12 public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community. NPR Music creates and distributes inventive music coverage across multiple platforms – from web, to radio, to podcast, to mobile, to social media, to live events – with first listens to new albums, live performances, concerts at the Tiny Desk, interviews, reviews and blogs. Its newest addition: All Songs 24/7, a non-stop stream of every song ever played in 10 years of the show.