"I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth"

- The Who
 

Top 100 Music Albums of the 2010s by JamesMowbray (2019)

« View previous chartView next chart »

Sorry I'm inconsistent with adding notes, I'll add the rest when i get time.

Chart updated: 04/08/2019 13:15 (Created: 11/26/2016 01:17). Chart size: 100 albums.

There are 2 comments for this chart from BestEverAlbums.com members and Top 100 Music Albums of the 2010s has an average rating of 86 out of 100 (from 3 votes). Please log in or register to leave a comment or assign a rating.

View the complete list of 38,000 charts on BestEverAlbums.com from The Charts page.

Share this chart
Share | |
| RSS feed: |Download CSV file: Log in / register
URL to this chart: |
Collector's summaryLog in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort byOverall Rank | Number of Charts | Average Rating | Number of Ratings | Release Date | Title | ArtistDate Added
RankAlbumArtist
1. (=)

To Pimp A ButterflyUnited States Kendrick Lamar
With To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick made one of the great rap albums ranking with the top tier releases of the genre. Whilst individual songs on the album are strong individually it comes into its own when viewed as a collective work. For example to album version of 'i' has a far more bittersweet feel to it because of the previous hour of often very dark music. On top of this the jazz influence across the album makes it one of the best sounding rap albums of recent years. There's also lots of variation in the mood of the songs ranging from combative ('hood politics'), to playful ('for free'), to contemplative ('mortal man'). It is a vital album in terms of both music as a whole, and its impact on society.
Best track: Alright
(First added to chart: 11/25/2016)
Year of Release:2015Appears in:1,292 charts
Rank in 2015:1Rank Score:42,578
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:46
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,628 votes)
Comments: 305 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
2. (=)

To Be KindUnited States Swans
The highlight of Swans' incredible trilogy of massive albums trades some of the atmosphere of The Seer for heavier songs. This gives almost every track a huge amount of energy equalling that of earlier albums such as Filth, but without going for a completely brutal sound. The album also manages to perfect a balance of eerie songs such as 'some things we do' and enormously powerful songs such as the album's centrepiece 'bring the sun/ Toussaint L'Ouvateure'. With most songs going beyond ten minutes Swans give themselves the time in most songs to have them go through various phases whilst still including their very effective use of repetition.
Best track: Bring the sun/ Toussaint L'ouvateure
(First added to chart: 11/25/2016)
Year of Release:2014Appears in:445 charts
Rank in 2014:2Rank Score:7,513
Rank in 2010s35Overall Rank:370
Average Rating:  82/100 (687 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
3. (=)


Safe Mode: On
  Certain images on this site may contain adult content and are flagged as 'unsafe'. BestEverAlbums.com does not display these images by default, but you may choose to show or hide these images from your profile page. If you choose to hide these images, you'll see an image with a warning message instead of the actual image. If you choose to show them, you'll see these images no differently than regular (safe) images.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyUnited States Kanye West
Kanye West's masterpiece was a revolution in hip hop coming just after the end of the genre's worst decade. This album finally made mainstream rap relevant again and was vital in incorporating emotions into hip hop, building on Drake's So Far Gone and West's own 808s And Heartbreaks. The first few songs all cover various aspects of the drawbacks of fame and injustice in America. These are followed by a breather from the darker content with 2 fantastic posse cuts where just about every verse feels new and inventive, and after this the emotional side of the album really kicks in with songs like 'runaway' and 'blame game'. The variation and strength of the performances in this album are what makes it so widely popular both inside and outside of the hip hop community.
Best track: Gorgeous
(First added to chart: 11/25/2016)
Year of Release:2010Appears in:1,349 charts
Rank in 2010:2Rank Score:43,735
Rank in 2010s2Overall Rank:43
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,794 votes)
Comments: 227 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
4. (=)

DiversUnited States Joanna Newsom
On Divers Joannna Newsom moved away from the medieval sounds of Ys whilst still maintaining her original style on the more electronic sound of this album. On the mainly downbeat selection of songs on Divers Newsom touches on subjects of war and heartbreak. This mood is kept across the album despite significant variation in some of the tracks.
Best track: Leaving the city
(First added to chart: 11/25/2016)
Year of Release:2015Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 2015:13Rank Score:2,436
Rank in 2010s113Overall Rank:1,028
Average Rating:  81/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
5. (=)

The SeerUnited States Swans
Even though My Father Will Guide Me... was a great album it was with the Seer that Swans 2.0 really came into their own and became at least as essential as the original lineup of the band. The songs on this album range from unsettling to completely apocalyptic with 'a piece of the sky' being the only break from this, but this is soon followed by the crushing closer 'apostate'. Although some of the shorter tracks in the middle of the album aren't amazing the soundscapes formed in the longer tracks make the Seer a compelling 2 hour listen.
Best track: A piece of the sky
(First added to chart: 11/25/2016)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:330 charts
Rank in 2012:8Rank Score:5,116
Rank in 2010s48Overall Rank:522
Average Rating:  81/100 (532 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
6. (=)

AviaryUnited States Julia Holter

(First added to chart: 01/28/2019)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 2018:14Rank Score:1,134
Rank in 2010s238Overall Rank:1,971
Average Rating:  79/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
7. (=)

The King Of LimbsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Radiohead's most divisive album, and probably one of the most divisive records of the past 20 years splits people by being so unlike their 2007 classic 'In Rainbows', but unlike 'Kid A' which similarly split listeners by subverting expectations, the reputation of 'The King of Limbs' has not grown over time because appreciating the project is much more a case of personal taste than taking the time to explore an entirely different soundscape. However if you enjoy layered rhythmic elements and open breezy tracks in the vain of Thom Yorke's solo material 'The King of Limbs' is the very best of this sound.

The record opens with a looping piano intro which suddenly becomes an eerie repetition of two notes, almost as if the previous sound has been trapped in a moment in time. When the drums and bass of the track kick in the rhythmic core of the track becomes apparent. These provide the constants of the track whilst the rest involves layering of vocals and introduction of new instruments all the while being anchored by the rhythm section. The very free sounding vocal performance of drawn out words presents a brilliant duality with the cagey nature of the powerful rhythms of the track.

In 'Morning Mr Magpie' the rhythmic elements of guitar, bass and drums kick in immediately providing a much more tense atmosphere, complimented by a harsher vocal performance from Yorke which includes vague confrontational lyrics. At the chorus drones are added to the mix building up the strength of the sound before using a brief break away from the drums to leave again, where the rhythmic sections start to return by layering over each other before launching into the second verse, replicating the paranoid atmosphere of before.

'Little by Little' has a similarly sinister sounding guitar riff that contrasts with the much faster and more energetic drumbeat of the track. The drums slow down for the chorus to give more focus to the vocals of the track which have a sinister edge similar to that of the guitars.

The album hits its weirdest moment with 'Feral' a track defined by intense rhythms and abstract vocals not seen leading a Radiohead album track since 'Pulk/ Pull Revolving Doors' off of 2001's 'Amnesiac'. One of the more interesting elements of the track is how the mix changes over time with the vocals and drumbeat fighting for dominance, only adding to the chaotic elements. The vocals are warped to the point of lyrics being impossible to pick up, and instead Yorke's voice becomes the most unpredictable instrument in the mix.

'Feral' segues perfectly into the slower growing sound of 'Lotus Flower' signalling the start of the less cagey second half of the record. Whilst the strong rhythms of the previous tracks are still present here they no longer have an oppressive nature with the bass sounding more like a drone at times, leaving most of the focus on the commanding vocal performance.

The change in atmosphere goes even further with 'Codex' maybe the most expansive and open sounding song Radiohead have created, especially fitting with the lyrics mentioning "a clear lake". Percussion is barely present giving full focus to lyrics, vocal delivery and the repeating piano melody throughout the track. The sombre tone is built up by the lyrics like "jump off the end" and "no one gets hurt". A string section closes out the track preventing any kind of abrupt end.

'Give up the Ghost' is even more bare-bones evoking 'House of Cards' of 'In Rainbows'. The slow drums, calm guitar, looped distorted vocals and echoing lead vocals create a beautifully serene atmosphere with a touch of sadness. Once again the lyrical content backs up the atmosphere of the track with a repetition of "Don't hurt me, don't haunt me' carrying across the song, whilst the lead vocals peak with "I think I should give up the ghost" before closing out the song with repetition of "into your arms".

'Separator' is a brilliant closing track, though at the very start its transition in from give up the ghost sounds very abrupt. The rhythm section is back in the foreground again building a much more positive atmosphere than on previous tracks, aided by a dreamlike guitar riff and from more positive lyrics like "finally I'm free from all the weight I've being carrying". The album ends on a positive note with the guitar being layered along with 2 vocal patterns, one saying "if you think this is over then you're wrong" and the other saying "wake me up", giving an almost euphoric ending to one of Radiohead's gloomier albums.

The main success of 'the King of Limbs' is its ability to create a mood purely through sound and more abstract lyrics. Sadness is created by piano loops with quiet and slow drums instead of having to mention "red wine and sleeping pills" or "a job that slowly kills you", whereas paranoia is created through distorted vocals and tight rhythms. I also think the record is at a perfect length, any longer in the first half may have made it too oppressive and any longer on the second may have made it easy to just zone out from it. 'The King of Limbs' sits perfectly in Radiohead's discography by providing experimental soundscapes in a time in their career when they became more associated with the more straightforward (but excellent) music of 'In Rainbows' and 'A Moon Shaped Pool'.


Best Track : Bloom
(First added to chart: 09/07/2017)
Year of Release:2011Appears in:709 charts
Rank in 2011:4Rank Score:8,279
Rank in 2010s32Overall Rank:342
Average Rating:  76/100 (1,712 votes)
Comments: 213 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
8. (=)

A Moon Shaped PoolUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Best track: Daydreaming
(First added to chart: 11/25/2016)
Year of Release:2016Appears in:1,029 charts
Rank in 2016:1Rank Score:20,043
Rank in 2010s7Overall Rank:134
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,609 votes)
Comments: 239 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
9. (=)

BlondeUnited States Frank Ocean
(continued form all time chart)

'White Ferrari' continues the calmer atmosphere created by the previous tracks, drawing attention back to the now more focused and contemplative lyrics. The final verse apparently uses heavy effects but I still kind of can't believe that it's not actually Justin Vernon singing. Either way it's a brilliant way to close the track.

This segues into the wonderfully moody Seigfried, which features even more stripped back production giving further focus to the lyrics. This is the most contemplative track on the album with “Maybe I’m a fool, maybe I should move and settle, two kids and a swimming pool”. The sense of self conflict and uncertainty is also built by lines like “Been living in an idea from another man’s mind” and “I’d rather live outside, I’d rather go to jail, I’ve tried hell. What would you recommend I do”. The spoken word that enters at the end of the song seeks to resolve some of this, with the change in delivery marking a change in attitude, and the repeated lie of “I’d do anything for you” simplifies things and closes the track out.

‘Godspeed’ marks a shift from the sadder songs that preceded it. It also marks a massive growth in maturity with lines like “I let go of my claim on you, it’s a free world”. Its short length prevents it from outstaying its welcome, so it doesn’t really matter much that the track doesn’t go anywhere.

Closer ‘Futura Free’ is the only track with more focus on production than the comparatively weak lyrics. The mix of the electronic elements with the repeated piano notes gives a more upbeat atmosphere to the record. However the lyrics pick up when the electronic elements fade away giving more power to Frank’s stream of consciousness lyrics. The interview that ends the album gives a lot of extra personality and while it doesn’t end the record with a band, ‘Blonde’ is precisely the kind of album that doesn’t need to.

Overall ‘Blonde’ is a masterpiece of emotional music throughout almost all its tracks. The weaker tracks remain interesting and the strongest are completely overwhelming. Whilst the production isn’t revolutionary it fits everything that Frank is trying to get across on the record. The growth across the runtime makes for an immense experience, giving a very full picture of one of the artists we know less about on a more personal level.

Best Track: Nights
(First added to chart: 11/25/2016)
Year of Release:2016Appears in:543 charts
Rank in 2016:2Rank Score:13,435
Rank in 2010s13Overall Rank:211
Average Rating:  84/100 (724 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
10. (=)

Modern Vampires Of The CityUnited States Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend's best album is a highlight of the indie rock genre. Going for more unusual sounds than their safe second album Contra, they managed to make an album that feels more separated from their strong earlier work. Even though there are some strong songs that lean closer to rock, the band are at their best on the more tender songs such as 'step', when the reverse was often true on their other albums. Aside from the disappointing last 2 tracks Vampire Weekend manage to make a collection of very strong songs that all sound distinct.
Best track: Ya hey
(First added to chart: 11/25/2016)
Year of Release:2013Appears in:800 charts
Rank in 2013:1Rank Score:17,163
Rank in 2010s9Overall Rank:157
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,126 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.

« View previous chartView next chart »

Don't agree with this chart? Create your own from the My Charts page!

Top 100 Music Albums of the 2010s composition

Year Albums %


2010 9 9%
2011 7 7%
2012 9 9%
2013 8 8%
2014 9 9%
2015 14 14%
2016 18 18%
2017 15 15%
2018 11 11%
2019 0 0%
Artist Albums %


Beach House 3 3%
Frank Ocean 3 3%
Kendrick Lamar 3 3%
Deafheaven 3 3%
Swans 3 3%
Panda Bear 2 2%
Father John Misty 2 2%
Show all
Country Albums %


United States 73 73%
United Kingdom 14 14%
Canada 7 7%
Australia 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Ireland 1 1%

Top 100 Music Albums of the 2010s chart changes

Biggest fallers
fallers Down 1 from 13th to 14th
The Suburbs
by Arcade Fire
fallers Down 1 from 14th to 15th
Benji
by Sun Kil Moon
fallers Down 1 from 15th to 16th
You Won't Get What You Want
by Daughters
New entries
newentries Halcyon Digest
by Deerhunter
BestEverAlbums.com  Site Newsletter
Sign up to receive the latest site news.
Privacy We value your privacy

BestEverAlbums.com   Music Stores
United States  Buy from your favourite store:
eBay Amazon iTunes
Copyright © 2005-2019 BestEverAlbums.com. All rights reserved.    Terms of Use  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Us  |   Advertising  |   RSS Feeds  |   Site Map