The End of The 10s: Our Favorite Albums from the 2010s

November 8, 2019
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As we're rounding out this crazy, weird and unreal decade, we've taken some time to look over all the great (and not so great) music that hit us over the last ten years. It wasn't easy for some of us to pick our best and most favorite albums from the decade, but we did it! And now you should take some time and fill your ears with our picks!

Gregr:

alt-J - An Awesome Wave (2012) No wonder this thing won a Mercury Prize, it’s both loaded with atypical singles and a great listen top to bottom.

    

Arctic Monkeys - AM (2013) - I almost named a kid after a song on this album.



Nils Frahm - Spaces (2013) - There’s a part on the record when he plays a piano with a toilet brush. Look it up. My favorite song is “Says” and it indeed says a lot about what shaped me musically over the course of a lifetime. 

Bon Iver - 22, A Million (2016) - We were so stoned at the Paramount when I saw this band and they blew me away. The follow up to that show some months later was this beautiful and ultra weird record.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (2015) Once upon a time, FJM did an interview where he ate a bunch of something (def mushrooms) before hand and they were fully kicking in by the end. He’s truly a treasure. 

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (2011) If ever you’re feeling depressed and need a reason to return to nature, listening to Pecknold sing about orchards and apples and other simple bullshit is perfect. Rarely is a subject matter better captured on a recording better than this.

Alyssa:

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs - This is the album that really got me into the band. I played the crap out of this album start to finish when it came out, it was the best part of my 30 minute or so commute to my waitressing gig.



Mitski - Be the Cowboy (2018) - I only loved a few songs off this album before going to see Mitski at a festival this year, but after seeing her perform and bring the album to life, I had a much deeper appreciation for them. I went home, listened to it a few more times and now it's one of my favorites. Indie/artsy/bold at it's best.

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (2015) - There's a reason this album won an award for 'Best Independent Release' and was deemed 'Best Album of The Year' in 2015 by numerous publications. Courtney Barnett is smart, funny, witty and humble all throughout this debut album and honestly, the lyric that hooked me is "...now we've got that percolator, never made a latte greater, I'm saving twenty-three dollars a week." She has a way of taking mundane subjects and turning them into relatable pieces of art.



Taylor Swift - 1989 (2014) - Wait, don't scroll yet, hear me out! I know, it's Taylor Swift, a country gone pop artist, but this album is legit. Before 1989, I had never listened to a Swift album before. I read that Jack Antonoff of the band Bleachers worked on this LP with her and gave it a chance. I was hooked from track 1, (maybe because I was looking for something light and upbeat to listen to after my breakup) and you can hear the Bleachers infused, 80's synth pop influence. It's a good album whether you agree with me or not. :P

Ra Ra Riot - Need Your Light (2016)I've been a big fan of Ra Ra Riot since 2008. Their debut album is still one of my all time favorites, and the fact that I have a sweet spot for east coast bands is only a tiny part of it. I felt like the band hit the restart button with Need Your Light, and not in a bad way, but they found a happy medium of indie rock and synth pop with this one.

Walt:

Arctic Monkeys - AM – I really love this album.  I can listen to it from start to finish and not skip a track.  I’m fascinated by Alex Turner’s lyrics and phrasing!  Very English and very unique!

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks – For me, this album sounds very mature and progressive.  Not as angsty as what one might think of a NIN album, but that’s what I love about it. 

Legend – Fearless – I just discovered this album and band earlier this year and absolutely love it.  I can’t believe it alluded me for most of the decade.  The band is from Iceland and shouldn’t be confused with Legend from Detroit.  Big difference.

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 – What an incredible album. Bringing together so many different genres and has just as varied an audience. One of the best shows I saw in the last decade was Queens of the Stone Age, Run The Jewels and Biffy Clyro. The audience was all over the place… young, old, black, white and everywhere in between. Everyone was into every artist all night long! 

The Dreaming – Rise Again – Ok, a little self serving but I have to include the one album I released in the past decade. Many have said it sounds like a Stabbing Westward record which I’ll take as a good thing ;)



Steven:

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (2010)



Damien Jurado - Maraqopa (2012)  

Frank Ocean - Blonde (2016)


 

Mark:

Greta Van Fleet - From the Fires (2017) 



Mike Posner - At Night, Alone (2016) 

Of Monsters and Men - My Head is An Animal (2012) 

 

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