100 Greatest Albums of 2010

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2010 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

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
11. Thank Me Later
12. Recovery
13. Loud
14. The Lady Killer
Cee-Lo Green
15. Raymond vs. Raymond
16. The Union
Elton John and Leon Russell
17. Plastic Beach
18. How I Got Over
The Roots
19. Pink Friday
Nicki Minaj
20. Body Talk
21. New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
Erykah Badu
22. Teen Dream
Beach House
23. Cosmogramma
Flying Lotus
24. High Violet
The National
25. Animal
26. The Love & War MasterPeace
Raheem DeVaughn
27. I Learned the Hard Way
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
28. Have One on Me
Joanna Newsom
29. Love Remains
How to Dress Well
30. I'm New Here
Gil-Scott Heron
31. Treats
Sleigh Bells
32. Love King
33. Back to Me
34. Broken Bells
Broken Bells
35. Heartland
Owen Pallett
36. Wake Up!
John Legend and The Roots
37. One Life Stand
Hot Chip
38. MAYA
39. Crystal Castles II
Crystal Castles
40. You Are Not Alone
Mavis Staples
41. Sea of Cowards
The Dead Weather
42. Lights
Ellie Goulding
43. The Monitor
Titus Andronicus
44. Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
My Chemical Romance
45. Diamond Eyes
46. Everything in Between
No Age
47. I Speak Because I Can
Laura Marling
48. Come Around Sundown
Kings of Leon
49. Le Noise
Neil Young
50. Swim

51. B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
52. American Slang
The Gaslight Anthem
53. Teflon Don
Rick Ross
54. The Big To-Do
Drive-By Truckers
55. Transference
56. Infinite Arms
Band of Horses
57. Band of Joy
Robert Plant and the Band of Joy
58. All I Want is You
59. The Beginning
Black Eyed Peas
60. The Age of Adz
Sufjan Stevens
61. Tourist History
Two Door Cinema Club
62. Innerspeaker
Tame Impala
63. Total Life Forever
64. Belle & Sebastian Write About Love
Belle and Sebastian
65. Halcyon Digest
66. Volume Two
She & Him
67. A Thousand Suns
Linkin Park
68. Together
The New Pornographers
69. The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Frightened Rabbit
70. Progress
Take That
71. Forgiveness Rock Record
Broken Social Scene
72. Hands All Over
Maroon 5
73. Nightmare
Avenged Sevenfold
74. Invented
Jimmy Eat World
75. Habits
Neon Trees
76. There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret.
Bring Me the Horizon
77. Your Future Our Clutter
The Fall
78. The Fool
79. The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Plan B
80. Astro Coast
Surfer Blood
81. Romance is Boring
Los Campesinos!
82. The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
The Besnard Lakes
83. Disconnect from Desire
School of Seven Bells
84. I Will Be
Dum Dum Girls
85. Before Today
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
86. Heaven is Whenever
The Hold Steady
87. Mojo
Tom Petty and the Heatbreakers
88. Gorilla Manor
Local Natives
89. Crazy for You
Best Coast
90. Écailles de Lune
91. False Priest
Of Montreal
92. Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Kid Cudi
93. Pickin' Up the Pieces
Fitz and the Tantrums
94. Congratulations
95. King of the Beach
96. Kaleidoscope Heart
Sara Bareilles
97. Marnie Stern
Marnie Stern
98. Night Work
Scissor Sisters
99. Majesty Shredding
100. Eyelid Movies
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2010
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great album from 2010
Teenage Fanclub

Lew's choice:
Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
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