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The Results Are In: Listeners Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

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Irina Bolshakova

The people have spoken! After tallying thousands of votes, we discovered that a solid majority of listeners who participated picked the Gorillaz album Plastic Beach as 2010's best album of the year so far. The National took the second spot for High Violet, followed by The Black Keys' album Brothers in third and Broken Bells in fourth. LCD Soundsystem rounded out the Top 5 with This Is Happening.

Some of the results were surprising. Neither Bob nor I would have predicted the Gorillaz album coming out on top. But Plastic Beach has been a wildly popular record this year, with lots of love from fans.

Just 10 votes separated The Black Keys and Broken Bells. Spoon and Sleigh Bells were also only 10 votes apart, while an album we predicted would have a strong showing, MGMT's Congratulations, didn't crack the Top 20.

You can hear cuts from the Top 20 albums on the latest episode of All Songs Considered. Below is a complete list of the Top 50. Be sure to let us know what you think of the results in the comments section.

Download a PDF of the top 50 albums.

  1. Gorillaz: Plastic Beach
  2. The National: High Violet
  3. The Black Keys: Brothers
  4. Broken Bells: Broken Bells
  5. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening
  6. Vampire Weekend: Contra
  7. Beach House: Teen Dream
  8. Mumford and Sons: Sigh No More
  9. Spoon: Transference
  10. Sleigh Bells: Treats
  11. Local Natives: Gorilla Manor
  12. Yeasayer: Odd Blood
  13. The New Pornographers: Together
  14. Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma
  15. She & Him: Volume Two
  16. Band of Horses: Infinite Arms
  17. Jonsi: Go
  18. The Knife: Tomorrow, In A Year
  19. Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record
  20. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: I Learned The Hard Way
  21. MGMT: Congratulations
  22. Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me
  23. Josh Ritter: So Runs The World Away
  24. Janelle Monae: The ArchAndroid
  25. Frightened Rabbit: The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
  26. Surfer Blood: Astro Coast
  27. Dr. Dog: Shame, Shame
  28. Caribou: Swim
  29. Dead Weather: Sea Of Cowards
  30. Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles (II)
  31. Gaslight Anthem: American Slang
  32. Hold Steady: Heaven Is Whenever
  33. Massive Attack: Heligoland
  34. Freelance Whales: Weathervanes
  35. Charlotte Gainsbourg: IRM
  36. Jakob Dylan: Women And Country
  37. Laura Veirs: July Flame
  38. Four Tet: There Is Love In You
  39. Blitzen Trapper: Destroyer Of The Void
  40. The Flaming Lips: Dark Side Of The Moon
  41. Ratatat: LP4
  42. Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Pt. 2, Return Of The Ankh
  43. Owen Pallett: Heartland
  44. Quasi: American Gong
  45. Kings Go Forth: Outsiders Are Back
  46. Corinne Bailey Rae: The Sea
  47. Sade: Soldier Of Love
  48. Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can
  49. Bettye LaVette: Interpretations: The British Songbook
  50. David Byrne: Here Lies Love