I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to put a list together – it just seemed too daunting, I was bound to forget important ones, definitely haven’t gotten a chance to listen to many of the most lauded – but then a friend called me out and I naturally I had to rise to the challenge.

I don’t want to call this a “Best of 2010” list, because I feel kind of like a fraud saying that.  Music is so subjective.  To this day I still don’t really understand the mad mass love of Beach House.  Maybe I’ll discover what I’m missing in 2011, but for the moment it is not music that grabs me personally.

That being said, I now present my favorite 25 albums and 5 EPs of 2010

25. Freelance Whales – Weathervanes

Freelance Whales “Generator ^ First Floor”

24. Owen Pallet – Heartland

Owen Pallett “Flare Gun”

23. The Head and the Heart – S/T

The Head and The Heart “Sounds Like Hallelujah”

22. Laura Veirs – July Flame

Laura Veirs “Where Are You Driving?”

21. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Social Network (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

“On We March”

20. Lovers – Dark Light

Lovers “Boxer”

19. Lissie – Catching a Tiger

Lissie “Little Lovin'”

18. Yeasayer – Odd Blood

Yeasayer “Ambling Alp”

17. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can

Laura Marling “Rambling Man”

16. Stars – The Five Ghosts

Stars “Dead Hearts”

15. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz

“Age of Adz”

14. Fitz and the Tantrums – Pickin Up the Pieces

Fitz & The Tantrums “MoneyGrabber”

13. Eternal Summers – Silver

Eternal Summers “Disciplinarian”

12. Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic

Punch Brothers “Rye Whiskey”

11. Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Frightened Rabbit “Living In Colour”

10. The Black Keys – Brothers

The Black Keys “Tighten Up”

9. True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series Volume 2

Jace Everett & CC Adcock “Evil (Is Going On)”

8. The Morning Benders – Big Echo

The Morning Benders “Excuses”

7. Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

Villagers “Becoming A Jackal”

6. Jesca Hoop – Hunting My Dress

Jesca Hoop “Murder of Birds”

5. Marina and the Diamonds – The Family Jewels

Marina and The Diamonds “Hermit The Frog”

4. Pepper Rabbit – Beauregard

Pepper Rabbit “Send In The Horns”

3. Jonsi – Go

“Grow Till Tall”

2. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

“We Used To Wait”

1. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

Local Natives “Airplanes”


Favorite EPs of 2010

5. So Many Wizards – Love Songs for When You Leave Me EP

So Many Wizards “Nico”

4.  Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EP

Sufjan Stevens “Heirloom”

3.  Owen Pallett – A Swedish Love Story EP

Owen Pallett “Scandal at the parkade”

2.  Grouplove – EP

Grouplove “Colours”

1.  Lord Huron – Mighty EP

“Son of a Gun”