Listeners Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far) : All Songs Considered NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music and regardless of how the votes fell, it was an exciting chance to pause and look back on what an incredible year it's been for music.

Listeners Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

Listeners Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

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NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music to date and kept the race tight. In the end, Gorillaz edged out every other artist with the sprawling and inspired album Plastic Beach to take the No. 1 spot. The National, The Black Keys, Broken Bells and LCD Soundsystem rounded out the Top 5.

Regardless of how the votes fell, it was an exciting chance to pause and look back on what an incredible year it's been for music so far, to rediscover a few of our favorites, and to spend time with some of the albums and artists we may have missed.

NPR Listener's Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

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On Melancholy Hill

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1. Plastic Beach

  • Song: On Melancholy Hill
  • from Plastic Beach [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]
  • by Gorillaz
national cover

Bloodbuzz Ohio

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2. High Violet

  • Song: Bloodbuzz Ohio
  • from High Violet
  • by The National
black keys cover

Everlasting Light

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3. Brothers

  • Song: Everlasting Light
  • from Brothers
  • by The Black Keys
broken bells cover

The High Road

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4. Broken Bells

  • Song: The High Road
  • from Broken Bells
  • by Broken Bells
lcd soundsystem cover

All I Want

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5. This Is Happening

  • Song: All I Want
  • from
  • by
vampire weekend cover

Taxi Cab

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6. Contra

  • Song: Taxi Cab
  • from
  • by
beach house cover

Zebra

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7. Teen Dream

  • Song: Zebra
  • from Teen Dream
  • by Beach House
spoon cover

I Saw the Light

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9. Transference

  • Song: I Saw the Light
  • from Transference
  • by Spoon
sleigh bells cover

Rill Rill

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10. Treats

  • Song: Rill Rill
  • from Treats
  • by Sleigh Bells
local natives cover

Camera Talk

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11. Gorilla Manor

  • Song: Camera Talk
  • from Gorilla Manor
  • by Local Natives
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Ambling Alp

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12. Odd Blood

  • Song: Ambling Alp
  • from Odd Blood
  • by Yeasayer
new pornographers cover

Moves

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13. Together

  • Song: Moves
  • from Together
  • by The New Pornographers
flying lotus cover

Do The Astral Plane

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14. Cosmogramma

  • Song: Do the Astral Plane
  • from Cosmogramma
  • by Flying Lotus
she and him cover

Ridin' In My Car

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15. Volume Two

  • Song: Ridin' In My Car
  • from Volume Two
  • by She & Him
band of horses cover

Older

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16. Infinite Arms

  • Song: Older
  • from Infinite Arms
  • by Band of Horses
jonsi cover

Animal Arithmetic

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17. Go

  • Song: Animal Arithmetic
  • from Go
  • by J√≥nsi
the knife cover

Annie's Box (Alt. Vocal)

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18. Tomorrow, In A Year

  • Song: Annie's Box (Alt. Vocal)
  • from Tomorrow, In A Year
  • by The Knife
broken social scene

World Sick

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19. Forgiveness Rock Record

  • Song: World Sick
  • from Forgiveness Rock Record
  • by Broken Social Scene
sharon jones and the dap kings cover

Money

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20. I Learned the Hard Way

  • Song: Money
  • from I Learned the Hard Way
  • by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

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Below are the Top 20 albums of 2010 (so far), as selected by NPR listeners.

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