Music Lists Are Us: Favorite 2010s Albums by Year with brief comments

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My Favorite albums of the '10s, by year, with brief comments

2010


Broken Bells by Broken Bells (James Mercer from The Shins & Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley)

I Learned the Hard Way by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

It Gets Better by Ryan Shaw

Write About Love by Belle & Sebastian

Backatown  by Trombone Shorty

Together by The New Pornographers

Nothing's Impossible by Solomon Burke

Pete Yorn by Pete Yorn

Soldier of Love by Sade

Genuine Negro Jig by The Carolina Chocolate Drops (with Rhiannon Giddens: banjo, fiddle, voice)





2011

Hold on Tight by Solomon Burke (last album by maybe greatest soul singer ever; it's good too)

Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars

Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio

Sweetheart of the Sun by The Bangles

No Time for Dreaming by Charles Bradley

Dye It Blonde by Smith Westerns

Mountaintops by Mates of State

American Goldwing by Blitzen Trapper

Give Til It's Gone by Ben Harper

Rare Bird Alert by Steve Martin (Yes, THAT Steve Martin; a talented banjo player)



2012


Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka

Radio Music Society by Esperanza Spalding

Real Love by Ryan Shaw

Charmer by Aimee Mann

The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit

Some Nights by fun

That's Why God Made the Radio by The Beach Boys

Boys and Girls by Alabama Shakes

What Comes After by The Honeydogs

Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen

Leaving Eden by the Carolina Chocolate Drops

Area 51 by Rodrigo y Gabriela

Locked Down by Dr. John



2013


The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae

Inside Llewyn Davis (movie soundtrack) by Oscar Isaac & various artists (superb folk collection)

Bankrupt by Phoenix

Soft Will by Smith Westerns

My True Story by Aaron Neville

Wakin' on a Pretty Daze by Kurt Vile

Victim of Love by Charles Bradley

The Worse Things Get by Neko Case

Automechanic by Jenny O.



2014


Morning Phase by Beck

Furr by Blitzen Trapper

Soul Power by Curtis Harding

Boy Cried Wolf by The Feeling

Seeds by TV on the Radio

The Voyager by Jenny Lewis

Give the People What They Want by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Comet Come to Me by Meshell Ndegeocello

Viper's Drag by Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein

Brill Bruisers by the New Pornographers




2015


Thompson Fields by The Maria Schneider Orchestra

Coming Home by Leon Bridges

All Across This Land by Blitzen Trapper

Son Little by Son Little

Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens

You're Going to Make It (ep) by Mates of State

Tomorrow is My Turn by Rhiannon Giddens

The Epic by Kamasi Washington

So There by Ben Folds

Something in the Water by Pokey LaFarge




2016


Apache by Aaron Neville

The White Album by Weezer

Upland Stories by Robbie Fulks

Here by Teenage Fanclub

Stripped by Macy Gray

Changes by Charles Bradley

Good Times! by The Monkees

Love & Cannibalism by Honeydogs

case/lang/veirs by Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs

Call It What It Is by Ben Harper





2017

Mental Illness by Aimee Mann

Parking Lot Symphony by Trombone Shorty

Heartworms by The Shins

Pacific Daydream by Weezer

Face Your Fear by Curtis Harding

Step Into Light by Fastball

Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens

Colors by Beck

Both Sides Now by Naturally 7

Whiteout Conditions by New Pornographers

New Magic by Son Little



2018


Ruby by Macy Gray

Look Now by Elvis Costello

Golden Hour by Kasey Musgraves

12 by Sloan

Good Thing by Leon Bridges

By the Way I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile

Maximum Rock Stupidity by Popdudes

Black Velvet by Charles Bradley

I Like Fun by They Might Be Giants

Love, Loss and Auto Tune by Swamp Dogg



2019


Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend

12 Little Spells by Esperanza Spalding

Hyperspace by Beck

The Highwomen by The Highwomen

From Out of Nowhere by Jeff Lynne's E.L.O.

American Love Call by Durand Jones and the Indications

In the Morse Code of Brake Lights by New Pornographers

Brighter Days by Robert Randolph

Forever Turned Around by Whitney

Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration by Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, James Taylor, Brandi Carlile,  Seal, et al

We Get By by Mavis Staples

Live In London by Mavis Staples














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Level 57
Aug 21, 2021
I haven’t heard most of these but Boys & Girls, Coming Home, Some Nights, Carrie & Lowell, and Golden Hour are some of my favorites. I also love Pure Heroine by Lorde, Melodrama by Lorde, Blonde by Frank Ocean, Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood, Norman F***ing Rockwell by Lana Del Rey, Art Angels by Grimes, When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go by Billie Eilish… Hmm.. maybe I’ll make some music blogs.
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Level 62
Aug 21, 2021
I own Art Angels and Titanic Rising and I like Lorde too, but they haven't made it to my favorites list yet. If you like Alabama Shakes, Sufjan Stevens, fun and Leon Bridges, there's a good chance you will like some of the others in my list. And I would love to check out your list of favorites. Thanks for commenting
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Level 57
Sep 3, 2021
You’re welcome!