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Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010

The list-giving season continues with Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010. The big surprise for people, I think, will be a Pitchfork year-end Top 10 without the Arcade Fire. That, maybe, and a Top 10 with Joanna Newsom via the better-than-people-gave-her-credit for Have One On Me. It’s not surprising old-time P4K favorites the Hold Steady only appear as a passing reference in another band’s blurb — Heaven Is Whenever was lackluster, to be kind — but it does point to a changing of the guard. For instance, break out the hankies Spoon and of Montreal fans. As mentioned in the introduction to our own Top 50 Of 2010 — “stranger,” or at least more abstract and largely electronic music prevailed this year via Oneohtrix Point Never, How To Dress Well, Emeralds, Forest Swords, Matthew Dear, James Blake, etc. For my two cents, nice to see the aforementioned along with some other 2010 favorites like Kylesa, Crystal Castles, Zola Jesus, Titus Andronicus, Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda. But wait, no Agalloch? No Salem? No Antony? No Burzum? (I kid.) I don’t love OFF!, but they scored BNM recently and aren’t on there either (punk is dead?). I’m not surprised by the exclusions. Just as I’m not surprised by the hip hop albums that made it. Or the fact that Wavves and Best Coast can finally hold hands on a year-ender. You should be able to guess No. 1 with your eyes and ears and mouth and, etc., closed.

50 Wavves – King of the Beach
49 Wild Nothing – Gemini
48 Forest Swords – Dagger Paths
47 Women – Public Strain
46 Matthew Dear – Black City
45 Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
44 Kylesa – Spiral Shadow
43 Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
42 Drake – Thank Me Later
41 Delorean – Subiza
40 Abe Vigoda – Crush
39 Best Coast – Crazy For You
38 Rick Ross – Teflon Don
37 Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP
36 Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
35 Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
34 Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
33 The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
32 Tyler, the Creator – Bastard
31 Woods – At Echo Lake
30 The-Dream – Love King
29 The Fresh & Onlys – Play It Strange
28 The National – High Violet
27 Four Tet – There Is Love in You
26 Twin Shadow – Forget
25 Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
24 Hot Chip – One Life Stand
23 Das Racist – Sit Down, Man
22 Girls – Broken Dreams Club EP
21 The Walkmen – Lisbon
20 Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal
19 How to Dress Well – Love Remains
18 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
17 Caribou – Swim
16 Sleigh Bells – Treats
15 Robyn – Body Talk
14 Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
13 No Age – Everything In Between
12 Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
11 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
10 Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
09 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
08 James Blake – The Bells Sketch EP / CMYK EP / Klavierwerke EP
07 Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me
06 Vampire Weekend – Contra
05 Beach House – Teen Dream
04 Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
03 Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
02 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
01 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Read the accompanying blurbs over at Pitchfork.