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Year-End Lists

SPIN’s 40 Best Albums of 2010


Here’s an easy-to-read index to SPIN’s 40 Best Albums of 2010 gallery. Click each entry to find out why we selected that release for our year-end list.

To hear the 20 Best Songs of 2010, click here.

40. Teenage Fanclub, Shadows
39. Caribou, Swim
38. Eminem, Recovery
37. The Walkmen, Lisbon
36. The Gaslight Anthem, American Slang
35. Robert Plant, Band of Joy
34. Against Me!, White Crosses
33. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, The Brutalist Bricks
32. Big K.R.I.T., K.R.I.T. Wus Here
31. Spoon, Transference

30. The Black Keys, Brothers
29. Sleigh Bells, Treats
28. Neil Young, Le Noise
27. Glasser, Ring
26. The National, High Violet
25. Of Montreal, False Priest
24. Waaves, King of the Beach
23. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach
22. Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer
21. Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles

20. MGMT, Congratulations
19. No Age, Everything in Between
18. Superchunk, Majesty Shredding
17. Beach House, Teen Dream
16. Drake, Thank Me Later
15. Titus Andronicus, The Monitor
14. Best Coast, Crazy for You
13. Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
12. Yeasayer, Odd Blood
11. Vampire Weekend, Contra

10. Robyn, Body Talk Pt.1
9. Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
8. M.I.A, Maya
7. Grinderman, Grinderman 2
6. Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroid
5. Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song
4. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
3. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
2. Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy