This list is far too important to trust my own taste, so I compiled my own list of my top 20 picks for new albums this year, then checked it against both the Urban Outfitters and NPR lists for the year… and there were several of each. We agreed on a lot of them, and it’s not hard to see (or rather, hear) why. 2010 was a great year for music, and in case you haven’t heard them, here are the 10 best albums of 2010. Please note: the prices and links are for downloading the digital tracks, not for vinyl or for a CD.
1. Arcade Fire - the Suburbs
Price: $7.99 at amazon.com
I loved, loved, LOVED this album, especially “Empty Room.” It’s been a long time since Arcade Fire released a new album, and this one was worth the wait. I couldn’t listen to it all the way through (I hate the first song, and the album sort of loses me in the middle), but it’sstill one of the best indie albums of the year for sure.