'All Songs' Listeners Pick The Best Albums Of 2010 Arcade Fire's The Suburbs was the overwhelming listener favorite, with The Black Keys, The National, Mumford and Sons and Broken Bells rounding out the Top 5. See and hear the full list.

'All Songs' Listeners Pick The Best Albums 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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Listener Picks For Best Music Of 2010

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1. The Suburbs

  • Song: Ready To Start
  • by Arcade Fire
Cover for Brothers

Everlasting Light

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2. Brothers

  • Song: Everlasting Light
  • by Black Keys
Cover for High Violet

Bloodbuzz Ohio

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3. High Violet

  • Song: Bloodbuzz Ohio
  • by National
Cover for Sigh No More

The Cave

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4. Sigh No More

  • Song: The Cave
  • by Mumford & Sons
Cover for Broken Bells

The High Road

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5. Broken Bells

  • Song: The High Road
  • by Broken Bells
Cover for This Is Happening

All I Want

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6. This Is Happening

  • Song: All I Want
  • by
Cover for Contra

Taxi Cab

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7. Contra

  • Song: Taxi Cab
  • by Vampire Weekend
Cover for The Age of Adz

Vesuvius

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8. The Age of Adz

  • Song: Vesuvius
  • by Sufjan Stevens
Cover for Teen Dream

Zebra

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9. Teen Dream

  • Song: Zebra
  • by Beach House
Cover for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

10. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  • Song: Monster [Explicit]
  • by Kanye West
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Cover for Plastic Beach

On Melancholy Hill

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11. Plastic Beach

  • Song: On Melancholy Hill
  • by Gorillaz
Cover for Treats

Rill Rill

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12. Treats

  • Song: Rill Rill
  • by Sleigh Bells
Cover for Go

Go Do

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13. Go

  • Song: Go Do
  • by Jónsi
Cover for Gorilla Manor

World News

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14. Gorilla Manor

  • Song: World News
  • by Local Natives
Cover for Infinite Arms

Laredo

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15. Infinite Arms

  • Song: Laredo
  • by Band of Horses
Cover for Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt

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16. Wild Hunt

  • Song: The Wild Hunt
  • by The Tallest Man on Earth
Cover for Halcyon Digest

Memory Boy

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17. Halcyon Digest

  • Song: Memory Boy
  • by Deerhunter
Cover for Transference

Written In Reverse

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18. Transference

  • Song: Written In Reverse
  • by Spoon
Cover for The ArchAndroid

Tightrope

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19. The ArchAndroid

  • Song: Tightrope
  • by Janelle Monáe
Cover for Odd Blood

Ambling Alp

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20. Odd Blood

  • Song: Ambling Alp
  • by Yeasayer
Cover for God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise

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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Crash Years

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22. Together

  • Song: Crash Years
  • by The New Pornographers
Cover for Forgiveness Rock Record

World Sick

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23. Forgiveness Rock Record

  • Song: World Sick
  • by Broken Social Scene
Cover for Have One on Me

Does Not Suffice

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24. Have One on Me

  • Song: Does Not Suffice
  • by Joanna Newsom
Cover for The Lady Killer

F--- You [Explicit]

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25. The Lady Killer

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