Gummy Awards 2010

By / January 6, 2011

The list of our top LPs and EPs of last year came with the sad news that our shift in blogger software earlier in 2010 had the unintended side-effect of swallowing the code we used to generate our annual readers’ choice Gummy Awards. We realized the gaffe too late in the game to recreate the template, but rest assured the template is recreateable — so while 2011 will see the return of the Gummys in their fully fleshed, flippant glory, today we reveal the results of 2010’s pared down vote that keyed in on only one, albeit essential, category: Album Of The Year.

This Top 10 presents the opportunity to see which records you hold most dear, and also gives us a chance to compare our likes with yours. Guess what Our Top 10s are strikingly similar (good job everybody, we should probably go out sometime?), with a healthy 70% overlap. Some notes on our respective Top 10s’ similarities and differences, via superlative:

MOST NOTABLE SWAP: Vampire Weekend (us) for The National (you)

BIGGEST JUMP: Titus Andronicus
The Monitor landed at #34 on our list, but you guys (and perhaps some zealous, coordinated portion of Titus’s fanbase) joined forces to place the Jersey band’s wonderful LP at an impressive #9.

MOST NOTABLE AGREEMENT ON A NEW “MAINSTAY”: Beach House
As mentioned after their year-capping stop off at Conan’s show, Beach House seems to have used 2010, and their excellent Teen Dream, to secure a spot as a new indie powerhouse. Coming in at #3 on our list and #2 on yours would be enough, but those facts are given heightened significance by the company the band is keeping on our respective Top 5s: Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, The National, i.e. all bands you would expect to top year-end lists and polls before even hearing a note of their records. Beach House apparently is that club’s newest member.

MOST NOTABLE AGREEMENT ON THE EXCELLENCE OF AN ALBUM THAT MAYBE OTHER OUTLETS AREN’T QUITE AS HOT ON: Sufjan Stevens
Don’t get us wrong, The Age Of Adz is clearly a wonderful album, which is why it made both our and your Top 5s. But also don’t get us wrong, clearly Sufjan’s got some fans around here.

Without further ado, your Top 10 of the Gummys ’10:

Sleigh Bells - Treats10 Sleigh BellsTreats

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor09 Titus AndronicusThe Monitor

Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me08 Joanna NewsomHave One On Me

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest07 DeerhunterHalcyon Digest

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening06 LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening

Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz05 Sufjan StevensThe Age Of Adz

The National - High Violet04 The NationalHigh Violet

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy03 Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Beach House - Teen Dream02 Beach HouseTeen Dream

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs01 Arcade FireThe Suburbs

Thanks for voting, guys. This December we promise a return to a more fully realized Gummys experience. For now, for ease of position-by-position comparison, here’s the Stereogum editorial staff’s Top 50:

50 EmeraldsDoes It Look Like I Am Here?
49 Small BlackNew Chain
48 Sharon Van EttenEpic
47 BathsCerulean
46 Frank (Just Frank)The Brutal Wave
45 Perfume GeniusLearning
44 Field MusicField Music (Measure)
43 Big BoiSir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
42 Lower DensTwin-Hand Movement
41 Oneohtrix Point NeverReturnal
40 GlasserRing
39 Gold PandaLucky Shiner
38 Avey TareDown There
37 jjjj nº3
36 the morning bendersBig Echo
35 SwansMy Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
34 Titus AndronicusThe Monitor
33 MGMTCongratulations
32 Twin ShadowForget
31 WarpaintThe Fool
30 Das RacistShut Up, Dude
29 Matthew DearBlack City
28 DeloreanSubiza
27 Janelle MonaeThe ArchAndroid
26 Tame ImpalaInnerspeaker
25 ceoWhite Magic
24 TamarynThe Waves
23 SALEMKing Night
22 Marnie SternMarnie Stern
21 LiarsSisterworld
20 Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today
19 Flying LotusCosmogramma
18 Abe VigodaCrush
17 Owen PallettHeartland
16 The NationalHigh Violet
15 The-DreamLove King
14 YeasayerOdd Blood
13 LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
12 Crystal CastlesII
11 Joanna NewsomHave One On Me
10 DeerhunterHalcyon Digest
09 Wild NothingGemini
08 Antony & The JohnsonsSwanlights
07 Vampire WeekendContra
06 Sleigh BellsTreats
05 RobynBody Talk
04 Sufjan StevensThe Age Of Adz
03 Beach HouseTeen Dream
02 Arcade FireThe Suburbs
01 Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy