SPIN’s Top 40 Albums Of 2010

One thing I like about SPIN’s yearly lists: The writing that goes along with them is usually pretty great, even when I don’t care too much about the record(s). They’re also pretty resistant to the lemming effect, hence the inclusion of albums by Robert Plant, Neil Young, and Teenage Fanclub alongside Crystal Castles, Glasser, and Wavves. It’s like Rolling Stone’s hipper younger sibling who still takes some tips from big bro. They also showed respect to M.I.A.’s /\/\/\Y/\, something I predict more people will ultimately be doing more of over the next few years (call it The Liars Effect). You should be pretty familiar with the guy at No. 1.

20 MGMT – Congratulations
19 No Age – Everything In Between
18 Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
17 Beach House – Team Dream
16 Drake – Thank Me Later
15 Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
14 Best Coast – Crazy For You
13 Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Song Of Chico Dusty
12 Yeasayer – Odd Blood
11 Vampire Weekend – Contra
10 Robyn – Body Talk Pt. 1
09 Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager
08 M.I.A. – Maya
07 Grinderman – Grinderman 2
06 Janelle Monae – The Archandroid
05 Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song
04 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
03 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
02 Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
01 Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

We were asked not to publish the entire list here — Read 21-40 and all accompanying blurbs at SPIN.