Top Ten 2010: Albums – Daily Athenaeum

Kanye Web

Kanye West performs. West’s comeback has been heralded as the best release of the year.

“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

Kanye West

It doesn’t matter what Kanye does – all that really matters is no one else is doing it. This album serves more as an artwork, each piece representing pop culture and a different genre of music.


The Black Keys

Combining blues and psychedelic rock genres, this duo is able to make something messy and dirty seem like just enough instead of too much, with a sexy, grimy sound led by lead singer Dan Auerbach’s lovelorn voice.

“Grace Potter…”

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

This album is for those who appreciate and miss music with legitimate soul and rock ‘n’ roll. The amazingly powerful vocals of Potter seem effortless, combining old school soul, jazz, rock, folk and even gospel influences to create a timeless sound.

“Thank Me Later”


This album showcases the versatility of Drake as one of the few in the industry who can pull off being a heartthrob singer and a well respected rapper at the same time.

The witty lyrical content is unmatched.

“Sigh No More”

Mumford & Sons

This English folk band is a breath of fresh air on the underground scene and brings the vibes from your favorite local music venue through the speakers with perfect mellow tones and the spontaneity of its energetic instrumentals.



One word: comeback. This unique rapper beat the odds once again, proving that the sharp-witted, quick free-style type raps he stole the country’s attention with a decade prior have only gotten better with age.

“Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager”

Kid Cudi

When you can’t decide which genre an artist belongs in, they’re going places.

This album encompasses Cudi’s ability to tap into his rhythmic talents and pave the way for a brand new style of psychedelic hip-hop.

“Come Around Sundown”

Kings of Leon

When it comes to KoL, you either love it or hate it. Regardless, it means they’re unique enough to grab your attention.

To have such an one-of-a-kind sound, it’s hard to continue pushing out successful albums. They did it again.

“Odd Blood”


The futuristic, wacky sounds of this band are comparable to bands like MGMT and combine global rhythms to create something totally out of the ordinary that works.

“The Suburbs”

Arcade Fire

This group re-defines what our generation has labeled as “emo music.”

It takes modern problems and merges them with vintage influences.

It’s the perfect album to always have in your car incase of a long drive.

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