Top 10 Albums of 2010

Hey everyone,

2010 has been a crazy year for us at IndieMuse. We’ve been working non-stop on another passion project of ours, called MusicFloss, and it’s made it difficult to share as much music on here as we’d like to. The good news is that great music continues to be made all the time, and we want to keep up the tradition of sharing our favorite albums from the year. We’ll be seeing you in January with a slew of new posts! Thanks for sticking with us.

David & The IndieMuse team

10. Broadcast 2000 – S/T feraltone

Broadcast 2000 – Get up and Go (mp3)

Broadcast 2000 – I Hold My Breath (mp3)

9. The National – High Violet 4ad

The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio (mp3)

8. Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz asthmatic kitty

Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz (mp3)

7. Electric President – The Violent Blue fake four

Electric President – Safe and Sound (mp3)

Electric President – Circles (mp3)

6. Young Man – Boy frenchkiss

I don’t have a separate EP list, so I wanted to throw this on here. Fantastic EP/debut from Colin Caulfield.

Young Man – Home Alone (mp3)

5. Broken Bells – S/T sony

Broken Bells – The High Road (mp3)

4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs merge

Arcade Fire – Rococo (mp3)

3. Avi Buffalo – S/T sub pop

Avi Buffalo – One Last (mp3)

2. Beach House – Teen Dream sub pop

Beach House – Used to Be (mp3)

1. Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame anti-

Dr. Dog – Where’d All The Time Go? (mp3)

Dr. Dog – I Only Wear Blue (mp3)

6 thoughts on “Top 10 Albums of 2010

  1. I’d have to disagree with your Top Ten for 2010. I believe that the Broken Bells album deserves a higher place on the chart, while Sufjan Stevens shouldn’t have even been included. I am a Sufjan enthusiast, but his new album was too experimental for my liking. I was also very disappointed to see that the new Stars, New Pornographers, and/or Forest City Lovers albums were not even included. If you haven’t heard of any of them, I suggest checking them out.

  2. Hey Jessica,

    I hear you about Sufjan’s album. I definitely wasn’t expecting him to go back to his experimental roots after Illinois, and it took some time for the album to grow on me. The breakthrough for me happened after seeing him play the album live in Chicago. I also have a lot of respect for him not just riding the wave, and putting out something that he believes in….it makes it a lot more genuine.

    As for the other artists that you mentioned… I love them all and have featured them on the site many times. A top 10 list is somewhat limiting, so I unfortunately wasn’t able to include all the albums that I like from the year. Thanks for the comment and letting me know some of your picks.


  3. I absolutely love Avi Buffalo and I’m happy to see them up on the list. I was hoping to see some Fitz and the Tantrums on the list as well, but I guess they’re just not your cup of tea.

  4. I like the list, it reminds me that I should listen to the new Electric President album I totally forgot about.
    I’m looking forward to the new posts in January.

  5. First off I want to say credit is deserved for making a list in the first place. With that said, I have to agree and disagree with this list, my biggest disagreement is a tie between The National at #9 because they are my #1, and Broken Bells being ranked so high. I guess I just didn’t ‘get’ some of these albums, ie: Broken Bells, Avi Buffalo, Dr. Dog. It is nice to see Beach House at #2 as they are my #3 and could at any time be #2, but my #2 is Future Islands debut which solidified that when I saw it performed in a basement, but that is an album that should be on every 2010 top 10 list. The Young Man EP was amazing, I’ll have to agree, but if you’re adding EP’s then where is Memoryhouse and Active Child, I think they both put out better EP’s than Young Man. The Electric President album is definatly a top 10 album, as is Arcade Fire, I had almost the same ratings for those two. Concerning the Sufjan Stevens comments, yes, he did go in a different direction for his own reasons, granted the same reasons he always has changed up his sound. He is a true Godsend, and any album he puts out can be considered on top 10 year-end lists. He ranked #9 for me, which I believe will get a higher ranking someday. I understand, like with The National and most great artists/bands, you get what you put into it, and I haven’t put a lot into Age of Adz yet. Well, thanks for your time, and keep listening/sharing!

  6. The Sufjan album gets better and better the more I listen to it. Sounds best w/ headphones of course :)

    Nice list, good to see some unexpected albums up there.

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