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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Lists: Allison Stewart picks her top ten albums of 2010

By Allison Stewart

kanye westShocker: Kanye West tops another list. (Phil McCarten/MTV/Picturegroup via AP)

Last week Chris Richards shared his Top 10 albums of 2010. This week he's stranded at Heathrow Airport. But we've got plenty more end-of-year lists for you. Today, Allison Stewart picks her favorites of 2010.

1. Kanye West: "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
What else can be said? No one talked more smack this year than Kanyeezy. No one was better able to back it up.


superchunkSuperchunk's 2010 was a welcome one. (Jason Arthurs)

2. Superchunk, "Majesty Shredding"
You know how every issue of Vogue is the exact same, and Anne Hathaway or Keira Knightley or Sienna Miller is always on the cover and you forget whether or not you've read it already? Superchunk albums are like that, too. It's part of their enduring awesomeness. Even their comeback album sounds like it's 1998.

3. Big Boi, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty"
It took a bajillion years to come out, had a name people always forget and was soon eclipsed by Cee Lo's almost-as-good "The Lady Killer," but "Sir Lucious," with its mix of hip-hop, soul, psych and (almost) guitar rock, was the braver, crazier disc.

4. Jamey Johnson, "The Guitar Song"
Two discs of solid, stolid country the way Haggard did it.



laura marlingLaura Marling was one of the year's most overlooked artists. (Deirdre O'Callagan)

5. Laura Marling, "I Speak Because I Can"
On her sophomore disc, the quiet, literate, consistently overlooked English folkie inhabits territory somewhere between P.J Harvey and Beth Orton.

6. Jonsi, "Go"
The Sigur Ros frontman's solo disc-and English language debut-was lush and joyful and (for those with unhappy memories of "The Eraser") unexpectedly accessible.

7. Girls, "Broken Dreams Club"
It's just an EP, but still: The strange, addictive hipster faves managed to get any potential sophomore slump out of the way before anybody noticed.

8. Eminem, "Recovery"
We would have assumed Eminem didn't have a heart. We would have been wrong.


9. Freddie Gibbs, "Str8 Killa"
Gibbs' debut EP, released after years of promising mixtapes, simply amazed. "Oil Money," his collaboration with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach (among others), should have been a crossover smash.

10. Taylor Swift, "Speak Now"
She's a better communicator than she's given credit for, and a better pop stylist. And while we're still not sure Swiftenhaal is actually a thing, we look forward to the inevitable fourth disc confessional.

By Allison Stewart  | December 20, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Big Boi, Eminem, Freddie Gibbs, Girls, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Sigur Ros, Superchunk, Taylor Swift  
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