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Most Played Albums of 2010
December 28th, 2010

So, I’m ripping off Neven’s idea here and listing my top 5 listened to albums of 2010 according to an iTunes Smart Playlist. Something about me: I’m a straight-up album kinda guy. The only time I listen to iTunes playlists is when we’re throwing a party and the only time I use iTunes Genius is never.

To be truly accurate, the play count of the albums listed below should be weighted according to when they came out in 2010 so the order that they’re sorted (by play count) is misleading. There are no tricks and no skipping the embarrassing ones. (spoiler: there weren’t any really embarrassing ones).

The National - High Violet

1. The National – High Violet (May)

Released in May, High Violet tops my play count for 2010. Despite what anyone else tells you, the standout song on this album is Lemonworld. It’s the one that comes after that one you’ve heard: Bloodbuzz Ohio, which is also great, but Lemonworld, wow. As soon as the drums kick in, it’s got you. When I played some of The National to a friend he asked, “how is it that you’re a happy guy when this is the kind of music you listen to?” I get it, I really do, but you don’t have to only watch comedy to lead a happy life.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

2. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (August)

I discovered Arcade Fire with Neon Bible (2007). It was one of those special albums where I would sit my loved ones down and make them listen, “Isn’t it just perfect? Listen to this bit… wait, wait… THERE.” When I found Funeral (2004), I found that Arcade Fire had two best albums. But now, The Suburbs: The first all-grown-up Arcade Fire album. Released in August and it’s all the way up here at #2.

Yeasayer - Odd Blood

3. Yeasayer – Odd Blood (February)

Ok, so Yeasayer. I discovered Yeasayer through the Dark Was The Night compilation and it led me to their first album, All Hour Cymbals (2007). A great album, not for everyone, but I loved it. Oddblood is really good, much more listenable than All Hour Cymbals, but not great. I wouldn’t have picked it for my top 5 but Smart Playlists don’t lie. And what the heck is up with that album cover that looks like a still from a Prodigy video clip?

Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz

4. Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz (October)

Sufjan Stevens’ Kid A. Is it cliche to say that yet? Probably. Easily my favorite album of 2010. This guy is remarkable. If you study this guy’s discography you can hear the trajectory that leads him to this album.

Four Tet - There Is Love In You

5. Four Tet – There Is Love In You (January)

It was Jess’s dad that introduced me to Four Tet, or at least, he was responsible for my transition from having heard of Four Tet, to having a Four Tet album. I don’t own too many albums like this one, it’s very difficult to sum up. Kind of like, Caribou or Bibio; a mix of electronic and folk tending more toward folk. I dunno, but it’s great.

Further reading: Jess recently posted her votes in Triple J’s Hottest 100. It is essentially her top 10 songs of 2010.

  • DoctorDRG — 9:49 am on 4.1.2011

    Downloaded both The National and Sufjan Stevens on the back of this post. Sufjan Stevens is definitely my sort of stuff, how could I possibly not know about him! Love ‘Now That I’m Older’.
    Also, on another note, love The Incident! Probably play a few minutes every day! Please pass on my congragulations to the team for creating such a gem, and keep up the good work!