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).

Ernest’s Favorite Albums of the Decade

  1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  2. Tame Impala – Currents
  3. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
  4. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  5. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
  6. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  7. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
  8. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  9. Young the Giant – Young the Giant
  10. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  11. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  12. Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
  13. alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  14. The Black Keys – Brothers
  15. Disclosure – Settle
  16. The Front Bottoms – Talon of the Hawk
  17. A Tribe Called Quest – we got it from here… thank you 4 your service
  18. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
  19. Tyler the Creator – IGOR
  20. Sza – Ctrl
  21. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  22. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  23. James Blake – Overgrown
  24. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  25. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  26. Beyonce – Lemonade
  27. Anderson Paak – Malibu
  28. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
  29. Lorde – Melodrama
  30. Cage the Elephant – thank you happy birthday
  31. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  32. Twenty-One Pilots – Vessel
  33. David Bowie – Blackstar
  34. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  35. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
  36. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
  37. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
  38. Manchester Orchestra  – Simple Math
  39. MGMT – Little Dark Age
  40. Kids See Ghosts
  41. Brittany Howard – Jaime
  42. Ariana Grande – thank u next
  43. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  44. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  45. Future Islands – Singles
  46. The Bright Light Social Hour – The Bright Light Social Hour
  47. Watch The Throne
  48. Capital Cities – In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
  49. Sleigh Bells – Treats
  50. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

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