Top 50 Music Albums of the 2010s by Davy (2021)

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Preoccupations' - or Viet Cong, as they were formerly known as - debut album has nothing to add to the already extremely diverse musical landscape of the '10s. Fuck, it hasn't even something to add to the genre of post punk. But this unbelievably destructive musical landscape that you find yourself being thrown into with the tramping opening track Newspaper Spoons, and that continues to crunch you throughout the whole nine tracks, has really convinced me, that this has to be not only one of my favourite album of the decade, but the best post punk record ever, 30 years after the genre's decline. Yes, this is even more nihilistic than Joy Division. On some points, Viet Cong is just heavy noise, on other moments, it's almost catchy. An album like a dentist drill.

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[First added to this chart: 01/18/2017]
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2015
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My musical journey started as a fan of U2 at the age of 13. At some point, I felt the need to expand my taste and was keen to find acts that have the same vibe as my then-favourite band. Around that time, Arcade Fire released Reflektor, which was praised as "the band's Achtung Baby" - which happened to be my favourite U2-album. While I enjoyed the first disc more at that time, I would consider the second disc superior nowadays. The first disc show Arcade Fire opening up to both world, Caribbean influenced music as well as marvellous dance tracks. The second disc has them picking up a more emotional, atmospheric sound - with amazing production by none other than the LCD Soundsystem. While it isn't as opulent and warm as Funeral or The Suburbs, Reflektor still manages - in my eyes - to be an equal indie rock masterpiece.

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[First added to this chart: 12/28/2016]
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2013
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I discovered Tame Impala through Elephant - a song that has the most basic rhythm possible just to completely destroy it throughout. This is the band that should prove all "born in le wrong generation"-douchebags wrong (I couldn't care less when a certain type of music is released). Kevin Parker brings psychedelic music into the 2010s. And Lonerism is his magnum opus. While Innerspeaker is more psychedelic rock and Currents more psychedelic pop, Lonerism is the perfect symbiosis of both. What I like most about these songs is, that every sound is stretched to it's extend, so that you can savour it even longer. Parker's lyrical content is unbelievably introverted and insecure - with song titles like Why Won't They Talk To Me - which is so odd, because the music is extroverted and loud and layered and thick. Every song is a bright journey with trippy twists and turns.

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[First added to this chart: 12/28/2016]
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2012
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Although I always try to put as much attention as possible to the music when I listen to a record, I always find myself doing something else additionally. Sometimes it's like reading a passage in a book while thinking of something else, so you have to reread the whole passage. With a few exceptions, not even my favourite albums are so immersive that I can just sink into the music. I'm using the term "immersive" for a reason, because Uhrwald Orange is truly immersive. Uhrwald Orange isn't only a reference to the German title of A Clockwork Orange but also a worldplay on "Urwald". You could translate it with "jungle", which wouldn't quite fit, word by word it would be something like "ancient jungle". Urwald is a special kind of jungle, the deep, dark thicket of an undiscovered, foreign land. The kind of jungle where you get lost in, lose track of space and time and scattered sounds from all sides slowly drive you insane ... that's the kind of musical immersion that Sebastian Lee Philipp provides on this record. He only sings on three of the eight tracks, the 80 minute experience is almost instrumental. Guitar licks, organic percussions and oriental synth-snippets - over and over and over again. The monotony on this record can be mesmerizing, nerverecking, intense, even groovy - the sinsiter krautrock is definetly no everyday listen, but a listen that I recommend to everyone.

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[First added to this chart: 05/05/2018]
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2018
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The most exciting journey into any suburbs ever. The power of Arcade Fire is expressed through their ability to write down their own nostalgia, bring it to life through their music and in the end make the listener feel nostalgic as well. I never grew up in the suburbs, I never learnt to drive there and I never left only to come back and rediscover it later. But I think what this whole conceptual work really is about, is growing up, leaving childhood behind. And that is what makes The Suburbs so relatable. Also the music shows just what this Canadian band is best at - sweet indie rock that is magnified through opulent baroque instrumentation - while also extending their facets.

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[First added to this chart: 12/28/2016]
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2010
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In 2015, there was no way to escape the hype of To Pimp A Butterfly. At that time, I wasn't into hip hop at all - enjoying Eminem and Macklemore, the stuff on the radio. With the release of TPAB, I was finally forced to open my eyes to what this genre is capable of. TPAB is one monstrosity of a hip hop concept album, with Kendrick expressing himself both as selfreflecting as usual, but also politically, in a preacher-like position. Kendrick took inspiration from virtually any genre that one could consider "black" - soul, funk, jazz, R&B. As time goes by, the statement of this record only grows more important and I am confident that TPAB will go down as THE record of the decade.

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[First added to this chart: 12/28/2016]
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There is a reason this album is so highly rated on this website and considered one of the greatest records of the decade. On his major label debut, Kendrick delivers a lyrical journey into his past and gives a broad insight into the social circumstances he grew up in. GKMC is not less conceptual than TPAB and DAMN. and paved the way for Kendrick's career and the statement he gives on these later records.

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[First added to this chart: 08/07/2017]
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2012
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[First added to this chart: 03/18/2021]
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2019
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The main dish is a set of catchy alternative pop tunes that everyone can enjoy, flavoured with the basic essence of folktronica. Pouring in some serious 21-century-poetry and voila, there you have one excellent example of a perfect hipster record. Whenever I put this record on, I can be sure: Spring is here, a long, stressful winter is over and the year will start to be okay. So lovely and light.

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[First added to this chart: 12/31/2016]
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Top 50 Music Albums of the 2010s composition

Year Albums %


2010 1 2%
2011 2 4%
2012 4 8%
2013 3 6%
2014 5 10%
2015 8 16%
2016 8 16%
2017 9 18%
2018 5 10%
2019 5 10%
Country Albums %


United States 21 42%
United Kingdom 11 22%
Australia 5 10%
Canada 3 6%
Mixed Nationality 3 6%
Germany 3 6%
Switzerland 1 2%
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From 11/12/2019 16:12
Really like your comments!
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From 06/11/2018 07:48
By all means, go ahead. It's all good.
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From 01/04/2018 00:43
it's interesting that your only chart is the 2010s...i've been fascinated with the current decade in the last days
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From 01/04/2018 00:42
it's a cool list. your number 1 is great. some of the others are a little underwhelming for me...
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From 01/02/2018 17:01
Nice! Keep expanding
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From 08/18/2017 11:14
Great chart, i enjoyed reading your thoughts on each album and will definitely check out that Viet Cong album
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From 07/17/2017 15:37
big fan of this list always happy to see Everything Everything show up v underappreciated
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From 04/22/2017 13:19
Alot of new joints here, bro :)
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From 04/14/2017 17:34
I really fuck with this as a decade chart and need to check some of these out
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From 01/20/2017 06:50
Love the diversity.
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