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Best Albums of 2010

Here it is… one of my favorite times of the year, a look back at the past year’s releases.  And while I have been pretty behind these past couple of months with keeping up on my music, I’m feeling pretty confident about this one.  PLEASE post your list or individual favorites in the comments, as I love reading those as well.

10. Ruby Suns (Fight Softly)
Ruby Suns- Sun Lake Rinsed

9. Arcade Fire (The Suburbs)
Arcade Fire- Rococo

8. Beach Fossils (Beach Fossils)
Beach Fossils- Youth

7. Local Natives (Gorilla Manor)
Local Natives- Sun Hands

6. Band of Horses (Infinite Arms)
Band of Horses- Way Back Home

5. Yukon Blonde (Yukon Blonde)
Yukon Blonde- Wind Blows

4. Blackbird Blackbird (Summer Heart)
Blackbird Blackbird- Happy High

3. Yeasayer (Odd Blood)
Yeasayer- Madder Red

2. Plants & Animals (La La Land)
Plants & Animals- Kon Tiki

1. Beach House (Teen Dream)
Beach House- Norway

Honorable Mentions:
Wild Nothing (Gemini)
Capybara (Try Brother)
Caribou (Swim)

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Music’s Best of the Decade

It’s that time of year again in the music world when magazines and websites become flooded with their “Best of” lists.  This, of course, would include the best albums of the year, and, this year, the best albums of the decade.  While it’s entertaining to read what the “big guys” come up with, I’m way more interested in hearing what albums other people like me keep going back to over time.  Music has a way of evoking feelings like nothing else can, able to take you back to those good and not-so-good times of your life almost as if you are reliving those exact moments.  Memories and experiences are what make these personal connections to music so strong and unique, making each person’s list fascinatingly different from the next.

What’s been your soundtrack this past year… or ten?

My top 25:

25. Modest Mouse: Good News For People Who Love Bad News

24. Grandaddy: The Sophtware Slump

23. Brand New: The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me

22.  Iron & Wine: The Creek Drank The Cradle

21. Arcade Fire: Funeral

20. Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca

19. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

18. MGMT: Oracular Spectacular

17. Dinosaur Jr.: Farm

16. Dashboard Confessional: A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar

15. The xx: xx

14. Au Revoir Simone: Still Night, Still Light

13. The Antlers: Hospice

12. Ra Ra Riot: The Rhumb Line

11. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

10. The Radio Dept.: Pet Grief

9. Sufjan Stevens: Come On Feel The Illinoise

8. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

7. Death Cab For Cutie: Plans

6. Band Of Horses: Cease To Begin

5.  Wye Oak: The Knot

4. Patrick Watson: Closer To Paradise

3. Radiohead: In Rainbows

2. My Morning Jacket: At Dawn

1. Coldplay: Parachutes

Number 1s:

  • Paste– Sufjan Stevens: Illinoise
  • Uncut– The White Stripes: White Blood Cells
  • eMusic– The Strokes: Is This It
  • Gorilla vs. Bear– Raekwon: Only Built For Cuban Link Pt. II
  • Pitchfork– Radiohead: Kid A
  • Q Magazine– Kasabian: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

UPDATE: Tons more listener lists here