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Default The Top 50 Albums of the 2010s - The Listening

Inspired by Adam's bingeing of the top 100 films of the decade, I have decided to binge-listen to AV Club's top albums of the decade. I've heard several of these at some point in the 10 years, but I haven't heard most of them in quite a while. It looks like there's enough variety on this list to make it interesting.

As I progress through the list, I'll reply to the thread with my brief thoughts on each one, and edit this post with my rating (out of 10).

AV Club's Top 50 Albums of the Decade

1. Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. Beyoncé — Lemonade
3. Kendrick Lamar — To Pimp A Butterfly
4. Taylor Swift — 1989
5. Solange — A Seat at the Table
6. Robyn — Body Talk
7. FKA twigs — LP1
8. St. Vincent — Strange Mercy
9. Angel Olsen — Burn Your Fire For No Witness
10. Fiona Apple — The Idler Wheel…
11. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN.
12. Grimes — Visions
13. Beach House — Teen Dream
14. Danny Brown — XXX
15. Sufjan Stevens — Carrie & Lowell
16. Shabazz Palaces — Black Up
17. David Bowie — Blackstar
18. Future — Dirty Sprite 2
19. Deafheaven — Sunbather (9/10)
20. Frank Ocean — Blond
21. Tame Impala — Lonerism
22. James Blake — Overgrown
23. Hop Along — Get Disowned
24. Mitski — Puberty 2 (7/10)
25. Chance The Rapper — Acid Rap (5.5/10)
26. Jon Hopkins — Singularity (7.5/10)
27. Kacey Musgraves — Golden Hour (8/10)
28. SZA — Ctrl
29. Titus Andronicus — The Monitor (5.5/10)
30. Janelle Monáe — The ArchAndroid (6.5/10)
31. Jamie xx — In Colour (7.5/10)
32. Courtney Barnett — Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (8/10)
33. Flying Lotus — Cosmogramma (7.5/10)
34. Sharon Van Etten — Tramp (8/10)
35. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib — Bandana (6/10)
36. Converge — All We Love We Leave Behind (6.5/10)
37. Weyes Blood — Titanic Rising (7/10)
38. Drake — Take Care (6/10)
39. Parquet Courts — Light Up Gold (7/10)
40. Arcade Fire — The Suburbs (6.5/10)
41. Chance The Rapper — Coloring Book (8/10)
42. Vampire Weekend — Modern Vampires of the City (8/10)
43. Panopticon — Kentucky (7/10)
44. Kali Uchis — Isolation (7/10)
45. Paramore — After Laughter (6.5/10)
46. Four Tet — There Is Love in You (7.5/10)
47. Pile — Dripping (6/10)
48. Rihanna — Anti (7.5/10)
49. Sylvan Esso — What Now (6/10)
50. Joanna Newsom — Have One On Me

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not enough k pop boy bands imo
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Sylvan Esso - What Now (2014)

This was nice enough, a cut above your average dance-pop album. Kind of feels like it's going more for a certain vibe, rather than trying to be experimental or interesting. It mostly just sounds like Chainsmokers for girls who wear those flower headbands.

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The term "top" is used generously here
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Blackstar is good
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In a positive note, I've heard of some of the musicians listed here, and I may have actually listened to a couple of songs on this list of albums.

What was the sampling frame? It seems like the genres of music covered is quite limited.
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Idk, I just stole AVClub's list. I thought about doing Pitchfork's but they do 200 albums and I don't have time for that many. I think they go for high-quality albums and give preference to ones that were more popular/had a wide-reaching impact on the music industry as a whole.
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Pick literally any other decade in the last 80 years and you'll get a better list.

I'd include the 1920's and 30's but the recording quality is was so low as to make much of it unbearable. Late 30's Big Band can be pretty good though.
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Pick literally any other decade in the last 80 years and you'll get a better list.

I'd include the 1920's and 30's but the recording quality is was so low as to make much of it unbearable. Late 30's Big Band can be pretty good though.
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Sorry, but any list that excludes You Want It Darker is deficient imo.
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