Top 50 Albums of the 2010s

The full list of my personal favorite albums of the past decade. I stuck to one album per artist, which was very tough for the very top of the list. You can listen to my extended thoughts on the top 10 over at We Bought A Mic.

Music is obviously something that is very personal and subjective to each and every one of us. There are albums that are undoubtedly the objective masterpieces of the decade, and there are albums that resonated with me on a deep, emotional level. Sometimes those were one and the same. Other not. I tried to find a balance in this list while always being true to myself and what meant the most to me. Even still, there are albums I loved that didn’t make the cut.

I’ll be adding some short thoughts on these soon. In the meantime, check out my Songs of Decade Spotify playlist (I’ll probably make a separate list for that too).

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THE AMERICAN FILM MAVERICKS – PART 2 OF 2 [ESSAY]

In retrospect, the 1970s has been solidified as one of, if not the most important decade in modern cinema. The era produced the greatest cinematic masterminds and films of all time. Not since the invention of the motion picture had such a single period of artistic proficiency impacted culture and the industry so assuredly. Mike Nichols, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese are all legends to the contemporary film student, but in the seventies, these men were just setting out to take risks and tell the stories that they felt were important. Their films stand as major milestones and benchmarks of aspirations to perfection, but they had no way of knowing that while they were producing them. I think that is what truly makes them unique and ensures their influence and relevance. The films these men gave us will never be able to be recreated or remade with the same precision. They are all true gems.

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THE AMERICAN FILM MAVERICKS – PART 1 OF 2 [ESSAY]

By the 1970’s, the United States had reached a cultural breaking point fueled mainly by the fallout of an assassinated president and an unpopular and aimless war. Film-goers were no longer responding to feel-good escapism, and their wallets demanded more challenging options when purchasing their tickets. The filmmakers of the seventies that spearheaded the response to this increasing demand for more invigorating content would go on to solidify themselves as true legends. They commanded the bravado of this new Golden Age in Hollywood with passion, taking on themes and styles that would have been uneventful in decades prior, impacting the film industry and our culture as a whole for years to come.

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