Top Ten Rock Albums of Each Year - 2010-2019

Criteria: These Albums were chosen for their immediate and lasting popularity, impact, influence, originality, and acclaim from critics and musicians.

Top Ten Rock Albums of 2010

1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West
2. The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
3. This is Happening
LCD Soundsystem
4. Doo Wops & Hooligans
Bruno Mars
5. Brothers
The Black Keys
6. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Big Boi
7. Soldier of Love
8. The ArchAndroid
Janelle Monáe
9. Contra
Vampire Weekend
10. Teenage Dream
Katy Perry
Top Ten Rock Albums of 2011

1. 21
2. Take Care
3. Born This Way
Lady Gaga
4. Watch the Throne
Jay-Z and Kanye West
5. Bon Iver
Bon Iver
6. 4
7. Wasting Light
Foo Fighters
8. Let England Shake
PJ Harvey
9. Barton Hollow
The Civil Wars
10. 50 Words for Snow
Kate Bush
Top Ten Rock Albums of 2012

1. good kid, M.A.D.D. city
Kendrick Lamar
2. Channel Orange
Frank Ocean
3. Babel
Mumford & Sons
4. Red
Taylor Swift
5. Some Nights
6. The Idler Wheel
Fiona Apple
7. Unorthodox Jukebox
Bruno Mars
8. Wrecking Ball
Bruce Springsteen
9. Blunderbuss
Jack White
10. The Heist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Top Ten Rock Albums of 2013

1. Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
2. The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake
3. Yeezus
Kanye West
4. Modern Vampires of the City
Vampire Weekend
5. AM
Arctic Monkeys
6. The Next Day
David Bowie
7. mbv
My Bloody Valentine
8. Beyoncé
9. Paramore
10. Nothing Was the Same
Top Ten Rock Albums of 2014

1. 1989
Taylor Swift
2. Black Messiah
D'Angelo & The Vanguard
3. Run the Jewels II
Run the Jewels
4. In the Lonely Hour
Sam Smith
5. X
Ed Sheeran
6. Lost in the Dream
The War on Drugs
7. St. Vincent
St. Vincent
8. High Hopes
Bruce Springsteen
9. G I R L
Pharrell Williams
10. Turn Blue
The Black Keys
Top Ten Rock Albums of 2015

1. To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar
2. 25
3. Carrie & Lowell
Sufjan Stevens
4. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast
5. Art Angels
6. Beauty Behind the Madness
The Weeknd
7. Sound and Color
Alabama Shakes
8. Emotion
Carly Rae Jepsen
9. Traveller
Chris Stapleton 10. Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Courtney Barnett
Top Ten Rock Albums of 2016

1. Lemonade
2. Blackstar
David Bowie
3. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
A Tribe Called Quest
4. A Seat at the Table
5. Coloring Book
Chance the Rapper
6. A Moon Shaped Pool
8. The Life of Pablo
Kanye West
9. 22, A Million
Bon Iver
10. Blonde
Frank Ocean
Top Ten Rock Albums of 2017

1. DAMN.
Kendrick Lamar
2. 4:44
3. A Crow Looked at Me
Mount Eerie
4. Melodrama
6. Big Fish Theory
Vince Staples
7. More Life
8. Divide
Ed Sheeran
9. Reputation
Taylor Swift
St. Vincent
Top Ten Rock Albums of 2018

1. Dirty Computer
Janelle Monáe
2. Sweetener
Ariana Grande
3. Golden Hour
Kacey Musgraves
4. Invasion of Privacy
Cardi B
5. Black Panther soundtrack
Kendrick Lamar & various artists
6. A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
The 1975
7. Be the Cowboy
8. Astroworld
Travis Scott
9. Daytona
Pusha T
10. A Star is Born soundtrack
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Top Ten Rock Albums of 2019

1. Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Lana Del Rey
2. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Billie Eilish
3. Cuz I Love You
4. Father of the Bride
Vampire Weekend
5. Lover
Taylor Swift
6. Homecoming: The Live Album
7. Fear Inoculum
8. thank u, next
Ariana Grande
9. Ghosteen
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
10. 7
Lil Nas X

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Last Updated: 2020-01-24