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Village Voice Pazz & Jop Top 50 Albums Of 2010

Just when you thought we were done with 2010 lists, the Village Voice went and published the results of their 38th annual Pazz & Jop poll. This year it combined the votes of 708 music critics, did some complex mathematics, and arrived at the same No. 1 as everyone else. That said, the list features plenty of albums not often spotted on other year-enders, a nice example of the individual vs. the editorial board.

50 Emeralds – Does It Look LIke I’m Here?”
49 Jónsi – Go
48 Agalloch – Marrow Of The Spirit
47 Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
46 Hot Chip – One Life Stand
45 Yeasayer – Odd Blood
44 Women – Public Strain
43 Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
42 Sharon Van Etten – Epic
41 Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
40 Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
39 Sharon Van Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
38 Neil Young – Le Noise
37 Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz
36 No Age – Everything In Between
35 Four Tet – There Is Love In You
34 Rick Ross – Teflon Don
33 The-Dream – Love King
32 Das Racist – Sit Down, Man
31 M.I.A. – MAYA
30 Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
29 Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope
28 Spoon – Transference
27 Caribou – Swim
26 Taylor Swift – Speak Now
25 Bruce Springsteen – The Promise
24 Drake – Thank Me Later
23 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: The Return Of The Ankh
22 Best Coast – Crazy For You
21 Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
20 Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song
19 Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
18 The Roots – How I Got Over
17 Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
16 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
15 Grinderman – Grinderman 2
14 Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
13 Robyn – Body Talk
12 Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
11 Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
10 Black Keys – Brothers
09 Sleigh Bells – Treats
08 The National – High Violet
07 Beach House – Teen Dream
06 Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty
05 Vampire Weekend – Contra
04 Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid
03 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
02 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
01 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

In addition to this list, a top singles list, and individual contributor ballots — me, Amrit, Jessica — there are fine Pazz & Jop-related essays at VillageVoice.com. Start with Zach Baron’s “Rise Of The Douchebags” then never say the words “Kanye West” again.