The Best Albums of the 2010s

Let’s face it.

A lot of shit went down in the past decade, and, if you’re anything like me, you needed a soundtrack to get through the toughest times.

What follows is a list of 30 albums that resonated more deeply than everything else I’ve heard since the ball dropped on 2010. I considered writing a capsule review for each selection, but the best way to absorb the impact of these works is to just listen for yourself.

The Black Keys – “Brothers” (2010)

Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs” (2010)

Son of the Sun – “The Happy Loss” (2010)

The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow” (2011)

Beastie Boys – “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two” (2011)

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers – “Teenage and Torture” (2011)

Foo Fighters – “Wasting Light” (2011)

Rush – “Clockwork Angels” (2012)

Bob Dylan – “Tempest” (2012)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – “Psychedelic Pill” (2012)

Steven Wilson – “The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)” (2013)

Savages – “Silence Yourself” (2013)

Queens of the Stone Age – “…Like Clockwork” (2013)

David Bowie – “The Next Day” (2013)

The War on Drugs –  “Lost in the Dream” (2014)

Lana Del Rey – “Ultraviolence” (2014)

You + Me – “Rose Ave.” (2014)

Jackson Browne – “Standing in the Breach” (2014)

The Black Keys – “Turn Blue” (2014)

Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp a Butterfly” (2015)

Iron Maiden – “The Book of Souls” (2015)

Sleater Kinney – “No Cities to Love” (2015)

Radiohead – “A Moon Shaped Pool” (2016)

David Bowie – “Blackstar” (2016)

Kendrick Lamar – “Damn.” (2017)

Spoon – “Hot Thoughts” (2017)

Beck – “Colors” (2017)

Judas Priest – “Firepower” (2018)

3.2 – “The Rules Have Changed” (2018)

Tool – “Fear Inoculum” (2019)






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