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Decade Top 100

Can you believe we're only 1 year away from the next staff decade list? Next December will mark the end of 2010-2019. Here's where I'm at so far, loosely ranked.
Strange Desire

Shimmering summer pop
99Gold Panda
Good Luck And Do Your Best

Twangy and unfamiliar electronic
98Taylor Swift
Speak Now

Confessional country pop
97Bomb the Music Industry!

The pet sounds of pop punk
96St. Vincent
St. Vincent

Accessible quirkiness
95Beach Slang
The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel

Full steam ahead punk "feels"

Apologetic, downtempo folk
93Titus Andronicus
The Most Lamentable Tragedy

"The Wall" of punk-rock

Intelligent electro-pop
91Childish Gambino
"Awaken, My Love!"

Groovy soul/R&B with urban vibes
90Fair to Midland
Arrows and Anchors

Eccentric rock
89Steven Wilson
The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

70s prog worship done right (Opeth, take notes)
88Circa Survive
The Amulet

Tight as hell atmosphere
87Perfume Genius
No Shape

A poppier Bon Iver with better hooks
86Kishi Bashi

Flourishing colorful pop-rock
Old Raves End

Lush, immersive electronic
84There Will Be Fireworks
The Dark, Dark Bright

Alt-rock brimming with passion
83Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience

One of the greatest pop achievements in the modern era
82Racing Glaciers
Caught in the Strange

Atmospheric rock with beautiful melodies
81Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

One of the last great, true rock albums
80Ariana Grande
Dangerous Woman

Sexiest and catchiest pop album in a long time
79Sturgill Simpson
A Sailor's Guide To Earth

Elaborate country concept album
78Frightened Rabbit
Painting of a Panic Attack

This hurts even more now
77Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye's mangum opus
76Taylor Swift

Tay Tay's magnum opus
75Joanna Newsom

String-plucking beauty
74Julia Holter

Dense and challenging art-pop
73The Antlers

Angelic falsetto with brass
All We Love We Leave Behind

Aneurysm-inducing metalcore
71Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

The least discussed Bon Iver LP, also one of the best (disclaimer: they're all the best)
70Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants

Growly post-hardcore with plenty of riffs
69The Republic of Wolves

Brand New-core
68Silversun Pickups
Neck of the Woods

Some of the best indie-rock atmospheres of the decade right here
Let's Make Babies in the Woods

Raspy-vocaled ambient rock
66Beach House

Shimmering dream pop, the stuff starry nights are made of
Hollow Ponds

Gloomy acoustic songwriting
64Damien Rice
My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Devastated troubadour bares his soul
The Smoke of Atavistic Fires

Sput user becomes the next Agalloch/Opeth hybrid

Sput user becomes my favorite electronic artist

The kings of pop-punk bid farewell
60Antarctigo Vespucci
Love in the Time of E​-​Mail

Catchiest and punchiest mf'ing collection of pop-punk tunes, like, ever
59Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones

Frank Turner's ode to his country, and his best album
58Kevin Morby
Singing Saw

Bob Dylan-core with more horns
57Shakey Graves
Can't Wake Up

A moonlit stroll down a series of back alleys in the city of indie-folk
56Florence and the Machine
High as Hope

Surprisingly dark and cohesive indie-pop
55Haley Heynderickx
I Need to Start a Garden

Sad indie chick finally gets off couch and sings about transforming her life
The Albatross

Emo at its purest
53Tame Impala

The Beatles transport in time to 2012 and do even more acid
52Hop Along
Bark Your Head Off, Dog

An even better Papercranes
51Tigers on Trains

The next best thing to Grandfather

Depressing but very good electronic/experimental
49Low Roar

If Radiohead and Explosions in the Sky joined forces and created an indie album
48Bon Iver
22, A Million

Caves, UFO's, math equations, and a forest thrown into a blender with a vocoder and it's awesome
47The Jezabels

Some day, we'll talk about this album as one of the most ambitious female-fronted electo-rock albums of all time. Even if we is just me.
46Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan

The best blend of off-kilter experimentation and memorable hooks
45Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness

Her most accessible album, this thing is a lush melodic masterpiece

Grew on me like of the most bitter post-hardcore records in a long time
43Sharon Van Etten
Are We There

Heart truly on sleeve, this will shatter you
42Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

Cave sings about the death of his son, horrifyingly depressing
Diamond Eyes

"Better than White Pony"
40Jimmy Eat World
Integrity Blues

JEW creates their 2016 answer to Futures
A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead creates the most Radiohead album ever and the world rejoices
38Submotion Orchestra
Finest Hour

Jazzy, downbeat electronic
37Circa Survive
Blue Sky Noise

The most progressive/ambitious this band has ever been, their best album by a wide margin
36Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger In The Alps

Most soothing voice ever serenades you with sad tales and silver linings
35The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

Acquired-taste-vocals and insane acoustic picking, one of the best and most unique albums of the decade
34The Dear Hunter
Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

Progressive indie-rock anthems set to an overarching concept, it's the Dear Hunter guys so need I say more
33The World Is a Beautiful Place...

Warm and romantic emo, I dare you to listen to this and not feel better about everything
32The Antlers
Burst Apart

Dazzling, sprawling taking a flashlight tour of a secret galaxy.
31Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me

Go hug your loved ones
Southern Air

Ocean Avenue for grown ups. I got engaged the week this came out so combine that with the fact that it's YC and imagine how I must feel
29Florence and the Machine

Haunting witch-like incantations combined with uplifting messages and one of the most booming, authoritative, and distinct voices in pop music
Nearer My God

Emo band throws caution to the wind and creates elaborate concept album about the end of the world
27The Republic of Wolves

TROW's crowning achievement; everything they have in their arsenal, they bring it here
26The Roots

Dynamic hip-hop record with some insanely infectious rhythms/beats
Ten Stories

Lyrical goldmine, a philosophy lesson set to music
24Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math

Sweeping, orchestral indie-rock. In 2011, this was one of the best albums I'd ever heard.
23Benjamin Clementine
I Tell A Fly

Jazz/experimental/soul with a flair for social commentary. Drop what you're doing now and listen to 'Phantom of Aleppoville'
22Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear

The only album by this guy that I truly adore, it's like a fucked up Valentine's Day
21The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream

If Dylan still made music I imagine it'd sound a little bit like this

Art pop perfected.
19Fleet Foxes

FF introduce all kinds of experimental and classical elements to their sound
18Gang of Youths
Go Farther in Lightness

Aussie rock band blends Springsteen-esque rock n' roll/ambition with National-esque emotion.
17The National
Sleep Well Beast

The slowest album by an already slow band yields incredibly cathartic results
Pale Horses

Weiss & co. sing about the apocalypse
15Kacey Musgraves
Golden Hour

CAOTD (country album of the decade)
14Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile to the Surface

One of the most impassioned and moving pieces of indie-rock that I've heard. Album has special meaning.
13Ben Howard
Noonday Dream

Like wandering about on a hazy summer day, ambience damn near perfected
12Laura Stevenson

Her most complete album, a wondrous blend of tender folk and more upbeat pop-rock
11Flying Lotus

Crazy ass electronic/hip-hop influenced experiments
10Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city

My go-to hip-hop album. This album dwarfs Butterfly.
9The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)

Ambition gone wild, these 36 indie-rock tracks are all brilliant in their own colorful ways
8Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

If Simon and Garfunkel wandered off into the woods and got lost, then created an indie-folk album
7Titus Andronicus
The Monitor

A punk album that moves you to be someone, to do something, to FEEL something
6The National
High Violet

Slow, fuzzy baritone indie-rock has never sounded this affecting
5David Bowie

The way this was released as a metaphor and hint at his impending death is crazy. I still can't believe how he pulled it off. RIP legend.

mwY's best. yup, I said it.
The Seer

Two hours of entrancing, pants-shittingly frightening hell on earth
2Brand New
Science Fiction

BN comes out of nowhere to solidify their discography as one of the best ever
1Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell

A generational indie-folk record.
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