I know it’s a bit of a faux pas to put this list out before the year is out, but I did it last year and still stand by those picks so I’m putting my list out there world (or just my 2 readers).
This year in music has been so fun. Albums like Laura Marling’s I Speak Because I Can and Beach House’s Teen Dream felt like classics the first time I listened to them, and I suspect they will become so. In fact I suspect several years from now we will still be talking about many of these albums and reflecting on how they’ve changed music for the better.
I got a lot of flak last year for including an EP in my Best of 2009 list, so this year, I have included two! Ha! A compilation is a compilation and if it’s good it deserves to be on someone’s list. So there.
I love feedback. Do you hate my list? Love it? What were your favorite albums of the year.
- Arcade Fire- The Suburbs
- Laura Marling- I Speak Because I Can
- Beach House- Teen Dream
- Mumford & Sons- Sigh No More
- The National- High Violet
- Sufjan Stevens- The Age of Adz/ All Delighted People EP
- Local Natives- Gorilla Manor
- Vampire Weekend- Contra
- Zola Jesus- Stridulum II
- Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- Girls- Broken Dreams Club EP
- Broken Bells- Broken Bells
- Frightened Rabbits- The Winter of Mixed Drinks
- Suckers- Wild Smile
- The Black Keys-Brothers
- Joanna Newsom- Have One on Me
- First Aid Kit – The Big Black and The Blue
- Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
- Gayngs – Relayted
- Band of Horses- Infinite Arms
- The Walkmen- Lisbon
- Jonsi- Go
- Sleigh Bells-Treats
- Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
- Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
UPDATE**** I totally forgot to give EXTRA props to Mumford and Sons and Sufjan Stevens who both have double the presence on my list this year. M&S did back up vocals and instrumentals on Laura Marling’s I Speak Because I Can, and Sufjan Stevens did back up vocals and instrumentals on The National’s High Violet.